My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella

Vidalia’s story is told by her first child and their bond is special.  Vidalia is a woman who knows she deserves better but it takes her a long time and a bit of fate to go after the dreams she holds, dreams her husband can’t seem to destroy no matter how much her tries.  Like most mothers she tries to make a better life for her children with her severely limited resources but a kindly small town doctor and a few caring neighbors help out along the way.  A touching story of survival, love  and redemption.  I  loved the unusual viewpoint that the story is told from and while there is no window dressing her Vidalia’s life is hard and that is a picture that is clearly painted you can’t help hoping that something better is waiting around the corner.

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