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Somewhere Along the Way
by Dorothy I Holbrook   

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Publisher:  Infinity Publishing ISBN-10:  0741413078 Type: 


Copyright:  Oct. 2002

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This book started out to be an autobiography so that our decendants would know about their ancestory and it developed into a novel that took me a long time to complete.

This is the true story of a young couple from the hills of Appalachia and their strugles and their successes and is like another Walten's Mountian.          

        In two thousand two I was diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a walnut between my eyes. I had to have a very serious operation and they told me it was not malignant but that I might not ever be cognizant or able to see and the one side affect would be a short term memory but I would die without it. I had little choice and they told me that I might not recover from it or know who I was or be able to function at all. "I don't know about that," I said. "Well, your going to die if you don't," my family pleaded. So I figured the operation wouldn't be that big of a problem but after the surgery my short term loss was was more serious than we expected. It's rather difficult to ask the same questions to a customer that you'd asked a few minutes before. So I had to retire from my floor covering business after working thirty four years. With a lot of time on my hands that I had not had for years I did all of the wifely, motherly, homemaker things that I'd hired done for all of those years. I was never happier than after I'd cleaned my cabinets and closets and all of the  things I'd thought was drudgery before. Finally with time on my hands I was bored to death and since I've always loved poetry, literature, etc. I dug out a batch of old diaries and journals that I'd been writing for years about my earliest childhood memories and realized there was a good story to be told for I remembered every thing up until now for my long term memory was not harmed. I could remember my first day of school when I was five and also when I lost my first tooth. It was during the great depression and times were hard. Each chapter is like an episode of Walton's Mountain. It's hard to put down once you've started reading it.  One episode I'll never forget its called "A Miracle On Gillum Branch. It was a few days before Christmas and our family was destitute. Dad had no job. Mom called my sister and me to her and gave us a store order and a five dollar bill, money she had made quilting. The list was for cornmeal and flour and sugar and a pound of coffee and a few potatos. My sister exclaimed, "You mean we don't get anything for Chistmas."  Mom answered with tears in her eyes that Santa would have to miss us for he had run out of Christmas gifts this year. We were dissapointed but on our way to the store down Gillum Branch a miracle happened for we found a crisp new five dollar bill on the edge of the road. It was clean and unwrinkled and looked as if it was new and had been deliberatly placed there. We were beside ourselves. When we got to the store the merchant asked if Santa was coming to see us and we told him no. We knew what Mom would have got if she had been the one who'd found the money. We knew what we needed to do and we spent the five dollars for Christmas dinner, even a fat hen for Mom to roast. The merchant was a Mr. Franklin and from behind the counter he began filling bags with fruit and nuts and candy. On the way home we were so excited and Mom cried with joy at our blessing.  One day I said to my husband Charles,"you know if something would happen to both of us our descendants would know nothing about their ancestory." That's why and how I began my autobigraphical novel. The first chapter relates our heritage and then forwards to the day we met and then it moves on to episodes of experiences we've shared for sixty years, some bad some good and some sad. I had it published and my first order was one hundred books. I had to reorder the next month and I've sold hundreds of them and they are in libraries in three states. There's another unforgettable story titled "Duel Of two mothers. You will be spellbound by that one. Each chapter is compelling but it is connected to the other chapters in a very interesting manner. I have been told by several people that have bought the book that once they started reading it they could hardly put it down, in fact they say they reread some of the stories over and over.

The unlikely union of Dorothy, a teenage under priviledged girl, and Charles, the son of a prominent and prosperous family is the fabric from which this book is woven. It spans fifty years and relates the love, the unbeleiveable struggles and triumphs, the courage and committments to over come them.They felt they were failing miserably to uphold the monumental legacy they'd been given then they realized that"Somewhere along the way they had established their own legacy, leaving an indelible mark on so many people that had been a part of their lives.

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