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Beyond the Past (The Caney Creek Series) (Volume 2)

By Jo Huddleston


Emmajean Callaway’s life in Atlanta plummets from bad to worse. Can big brother, Jim, lead her back to the family who loves her and also hold the imploding Callaway family together? Jim Callaway looks forward to 1951 and the chance to forge a relationship with Caroline after twenty years apart. He’s sidetracked when his sister and his best friend need his help. His baby sister, Emmajean, skids into jail on drug charges in Atlanta. The ordeal of incarceration and trial diminishes her and she needs rescuing, not only physically but spiritually. She struggles toward recovery and restoration with her lawyer’s help as he champions her inside and outside the courtroom. Jim’s nephew Art is one step ahead of the truant officer, wrecks his car, and officials suspect alcohol is involved. Art awaits his fate at the hands of the juvenile court judge. Jim and Caroline continue their bumpy journey as they seek realization of their dreams, wondering if they really can overcome obstacles to their being together after so many years.

Book Takeaway:

It's easy to praise God in good times. In the bad times we tend to forget God. It's in the bad times when we should draw closer to God, ask Him to become a part of our lives, and pray with Him as we make all our decisions with God's guidance.

Why the author wrote this book:

I and my ancestors grew up in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee. At family reunions I listened to them tell their stories of times without TV and telephones. That inspired me to write about people's lives before I was born.


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