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Ella Dessa Huskey bears ugly scars from a young mountain lion's attack. After her mama's death, the disfigurement symbolizes her pa's rejection and his selfish decision to abandon her in a rugged cabin on the mountain. His rejection and her scars convince Ella Dessa she'll never be worthy of love. When two brothers show concern for her safety and urge her to leave the cabin, she finds herself thrilled. But she's even more self-conscious of her blemishes.
At the foot of the mountain, in Beckler's Cove, Ella Dessa finds shelter. She moves in with a pregnant woman whose gold-seeking husband has abandoned her. The overburdened woman needs help with her household of five children, and Ella Dessa is eager to repay her for a place of shelter. She finds afternoon work at the only store in the cove and jumps at the chance to attend school. God's grace brings friendship, even love. But will Ella Dessa ever be cherished for the inner beauty blossoming beneath her scars?
|Publisher:||Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Karen Campbell Prough's debut novel THE GIRL CALLED ELLA DESSA pulled me into the story and era from the very beginning. I usually don't read historical-set fiction, but I definitely enjoyed this story. My heart went out to young Ella Dessa, from the sad loss of her mom to the by-choice loss of her father. Yet, what I appreciated in this story is a girl who by the end of the book does not hate nor hold grudges. And the message of hope and confidence in God who knows what He's doing when it comes to mapping out our lives was truly inspirational.
This book was a fun, easy, quick read, and it was a wholesome story. I get tired of unwarranted sex and violence, and both were totally absent in this book! I didn't want it to end. I believe it is to be a trilogy, and I can hardly wait for the next book!