BOOK REVIEW: THE DROP EDGE OF YONDER
Laura Ross was in love with Bill McBride and Laura’s father was pleased with the match. Bill showed up at the Ross farm one day to take Laura for a ride. Mary Tucker, his twenty-one year old niece and Ruth Tucker, his fifteen-year-old niece, accompanied him. Mary and Ruth are the children of Alafair and Shaw Tucker and were well respected in the community.
Little did any of the group know that day in 1914 would change their lives forever. When the group stopped to get honey from a beehive, they were attacked by a bushwhacker. Bill was shot and Mary and Laura hurt. Ruth managed to get away to run for help. When help arrived, they found Mary had been knocked out. Bill McBride was dead. Laura was not to be found.
When Laura was finally found she had crawled to the middle of a road but was not coherent to tell the Sheriff anything. Mary kept having flashbacks to a period when Uncle Bill and several others were together on the 4th of July but she could not pinpoint why these memories kept coming to her.
Shaw and Alafair have their hands full with the children still at home and the chores to do but Alafair decided she will help the Sheriff in anyway she can to find the culprit who committed this crime.
Phoebe, Mary’s sister, gave birth during this trying time. Between harvesting the cotton, the new baby and the funeral for Bill McBride everyone was kept busy. Still the whole community was on the lookout for the person that killed Bill and did harm to the girls. Alafair and Shaw were concerned that the person might come back to further harm Mary.
Donis Casey has written another wonderful tale about times in the early 1900’s and showed the readers that even then bad things happened to good people.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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