Appalachian Song by Michelle Shocklee
High in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1943, midwife Bertie Jenkins lives with her four unmarried sisters on the family homestead. When they find a pregnant teenager on their land, shot by her own father, the sisters take her in and hide her, nicknaming her Songbird on account of her beautiful singing voice. The sisters grow fond of Songbird and her baby, but what would happen if her abusive father learned where she was?
In 1973, country music star Walker Wylie learns he was adopted, shattering all he believes about himself. He enlists the help of Reese Chandler, a midwife and an adoption advocate, to help him find his birth parents. But are Walker and Reese prepared for the heartache they may unearth?
Rich in description and atmosphere, Appalachian Song transports you to the culture and lifestyle of the Great Smoky Mountains. Through beautifully rendered characters in heart-wrenching dilemmas, Michelle Shocklee asks profound questions about life and family and belonging. An evocative read you are sure to savor!