by Karen Spears Zacharias


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Burdy by Karen Spears Zacharias

Sequel to the award-winning MOTHER OF RAIN.; ; When it is a healing they need, the people at Christian Bend, Tennessee, turn to one woman—Burdy Luttrell. Melungeon by birth, Burdy learned the therapeutic properties of roots from the women in her family. When Burdy discovers that Lincoln Memorial University is hosting a class on healing roots, she persuades her friend, Mayne, to drive her up. The two women make a fateful stop at Laidlow Pharmacy at Bean Station where an armed gunman executes three people and critically injures another. Burdy—the woman able to cure others—is now fighting for her life at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. One thing is keeping Burdy alive—she has to tell Rain, the boy she has cared for since birth, the secret she's kept from him all these years. ; Rain was a deaf toddler when his father Zebulon Hurd was reported presumed dead following the Normandy Invasion. The news sent Maizee Hurd, Rain's mother, headlong into a mental collapse from which she never recovered. When the now grown Rain gets word that Burdy has been shot, he leaves his job in Rhode Island and rushes back home to Tennessee, completely unaware of Burdy's secrets and how the shooting at Bean Station will transport them all to another time and place—1950s, Bayeux, France. Karen Spears Zacharias has crafted a mesmerizing novel of tragedy and transformation, a beautiful rendering of fact and fiction, and a tenderhearted narrative of survivors and the battles they face.

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ISBN-13: 9780881465396
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 820,480
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Karen Spears Zacharias is the author of several books including the bestselling WILL JESUS BUY ME A DOUBLEWIDE? iand MOTHER OF RAIN, winner of the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction and a finalist for the Crook's Corner Book Prize. MOTHER OF RAIN, the stage play, is under production by Georgia's Springer Opera House. Zacharias's work has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and The Diane Rehm Show. She lives near the big river in Oregon.

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Burdy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the series about the residents and visitors to Christian Bend, Tennessee. Burdy Luttrell, the local healer, makes a fateful trip to learn more about healing roots in 1987. She is shot by a robber and ends up at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Burdy knows she has to tell Rain, the boy she's cared for since birth, the secret she's been keeping for years. This book deals partially with PTSD and survivor's guilt. The characters are well developed and I found them to be characters I cared for. While I've never been to the South, I have lived in a small town. Ms. Zacharias nailed it. I read the first book in the series and am looking forward to reading the third book.