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Sunday, November 11, 2007  1:31:00 PM

by Anita Ballard-Jones

Literary Fiction
The Dancing Willow Tree is the much awaited sequel to The Rehoboth Road by Anita Ballard-Jones is now available in all major online book stores.

The Dancing Willow Tree is the much awaited sequel to The Rehoboth Road by Anita Ballard-Jones

         In 1950, young Elizabeth Turner was raped by Reverend Oliver, the assistant pastor of her fatherís church. After a hidden pregnancy she gave birth to a son, Johnny. Reverend Turner, Elizabethís father refused to respond to her story of rape and disowned her and her son. He forced Elizabeth and his wife Loretha to hide the identity of the babyís father and live the next thirty six years with lies and secrets. 

     In 1986, Reverend Oliver was forced to confess to his family as well as the Turner family, but before he could leave Rehoboth he became seriously ill. The ripple effect of his confession touches everyone causing them to have an array of physical and emotions reactions. As Elizabeth continues to move on with her life, she didnít know her husband, Nat was holding a secret that was causing him to suffer enormous pain. 
     Thea, Reverend Oliverís wife, could not escape the disgrace and shame she was feeling. She watched painfully as her son, Malcolm tried to forge a relationship with his brother, Johnny. And she never knew Malcolm was also struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. Theaís most plaguing dilemma had to do with her relationship with her husband. Her only consolation was an old weeping willow tree in her front yard where the graceful branches would dance on the mild summer breezes. Thea called it her dancing willow tree and she would sit under it daily to pray and receive guidance from the Lord. She knew if her husband was to be saved, she had to give him a life threatening ultimatum.

     Anita Ballard-Jones has the ability to pull you into her stories and keep you captivated until the last page. Another brilliantly crafted novel.
--J. J. Michael, best selling Karibu author of, Itís Not Over Yet  and Life is Never As It Seems


Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Black Deer Books (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972945520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972945523
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches




Rehoboth Road by Anita Ballard-Jones
When Rev. Oliver becomes assistant pastor in the small Georgia community of Rehoboth in the early 1950s, everyone agrees it's a stroke of good fortune. He's young, he has a beautiful and vivacious wife, and he seems just one to bring new life to both the church and the community. Unfortunately, Rev. Oliver has a little problem: he just can't seem to get the senior pastor's daughter, Elizabeth, out of his mind.

The beautiful teenager haunts his every thought until, overcome with lust, he catches her alone and rapes her. Elizabeth is consumed by shame and hides her pregnancy until, finally, she gives birth to a son in a bathroom at her high school. When Elizabeth's father refuses to believe her story of rape, she becomes determined to hide the father's identity and raise the child alone.

Rehoboth Road follows Elizabeth, her family, and the Rev. Oliver through the decades that follow as they try to deal with the secrets surrounding the birth. As Elizabeth's family unravels and Rev. Oliver tries to deal with his guilt, the burden of concealment becomes too much to bear until their secret explodes, marking them forever.

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