Church in the Wildwoodby Barbour Publishing Staff, Debby Mayne, Pamela Griffin, Kristy Dykes
Come to the church in the wildwood. . .where the citizens of Hickory Hollow have worshiped for generations. In 1869, the preacher's daughter, Amanda Hodges, is drawn to mysterious newcomer Matt Campbell who helps to build the church. When Matt's crooked past comes to light, can Amanda stop the townsfolk from lynching him? And will the church busybodies succeed in matching her with Zeke Randall? Even though Shirley Campbell's grandfather served as the first parson for Hickory Hollow church, she is ready to leave both the church and town for bigger things. When the new parson, Forrest Townsend, arrives in 1894, can he change Shirley's mind about moving on? In 1954, Hickory Hollow newcomer Eva Hargrove finds herself caught in the middle of a hundred-year-old feud. Can she mediate a truce between James Randall and Robert Campbell - or will she be the latest victim in a longstanding dispute? Resort owner April Russell loves her quiet life in modern-day Hickory Hollow, but her peace is disturbed when a wealthy developer, Matthew Campbell, makes plans to demolish the church. Will the old feud or her ancestors, the Randalls, be revived by a member of the Campbell clan? Or will a startling discovery bring reconciliaton and save the little stone church in the vale?
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This generational novella collection traces the feud between the Campbells and the Randalls in the Missouri Ozarks. Starting in 1869 in the book Leap of Faith, the family feud begins while the community builds a stone church in Hickory Hollow. You will want to find out what Amanda Hodges has to do with fueling the feud. In Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, Forest Tounsend arrives in Hickory Hollow in 1894 to become the pastor of the church started by Shirley Campbell's grandfather. How can this big city pastor fit into the life of this mountain town, and how can he fit into Shirley's life? Only a Name tells the story of Eva Hargrove in the 1950s. Will she marry the man her father wants her to, a man who doesn't understand the importance of the church, or will she follow her heart to Robert Campbell? April Russell in Cornerstone must find a way to reach the heart of Matthew Campbell, who wants to pull down the church built by their ancestors so long ago.