The new release by Joy Neal Kidney.
I just got my signed copy in the mail! Joy is a great author and I count her among my author friends. I am looking forward to digging into this book. So far, I have only read the back cover, the reviews, and the Foreward by John Busbee, but I can already tell it is going to be great.
I read Joy’s earlier work, Leora’s Letters, which is an amazing tale of this same family’s patriotism, struggle, sacrifice, and pain during World War II. All five of Leora and Clabe Wilsons’s sons went off to serve in the military. They did not all come home. It was a story that broke my heart, made me smile, and stirred my pride all at the same time. If you haven’t read Leora’s Letters, you really should. It is an American story about an America we all need to be remind of these days.
In Leora’s Dexter Stories – The Scarcity Years of the Great Depression, Joy Neal Kidney now shares with her readers the lives of Leora and Clabe Wilson and their displaced Iowa farm family during a time of great struggle and sacrifice. It is an American history, a history of hardworking common folk in America’s heartland during the Great Depression told through the memories and stories of Leora Wilson. And it is, by all accounts, a great collection of stories about love, survival, determination, sacrifice, and perhaps most importantly, hope.
Of course, when I finish the book, I will be posting a review here. I just could not wait that long to say something.
9 thoughts on “Leora’s Dexter Stories”
Wow, this sure made my day! Bless you, Darren!
That’s Clabe in the driver’s seat (a cut-down Model T truck they called their roadster), Dale,Danny, and Junior. Junior is looking down at Rusty, their pet squirrel. His story is in Chapter 25!
Very cool! I am going to enjoy reading this!
It’s a quick read, short chapters, hoping that even high schoolers will get acquainted with the Depression Era.
Joy is an excellent advocate for the era that created us. I hope these two books mean we have even more to look forward to in the future as well.
Me too, GP
Definitely a pertinent read that is extremely relevant to the times we are living in. Thanks for sharing -AmericaOnCoffee-
It certainly is. And thanks for commenting!
A pleasure it is. Today, the love of God, family and country are in shambles. I believe Leora’s stories are real journeys of love and patriotism that can awaken the heart of our nation. AmericaOnCoffee
Couldn’t agree more!