Song of Springhill by Cheryl McKay
Publisher: Purple PenWorks (August 2014)
312 pages, eBook (borrowed from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library)
Book Rating: 5 Stars
Sensuality: White Heart
Hannah is running from an abusive fiancé and hoping to start fresh in the small mining town of Springhill, her birthplace, where she still has family. The death of her father in a mining accident has haunted Hannah all her life, but as she gets to know the people, place and life that her father lived, she gains a new outlook on his death and what he would have wanted for her in her own life. There were so many great, complex characters in this story, many of which were dealing with problems that have no easy answers. Josh was such a constant, steadying influence throughout the story, and despite having troubles of his own, I liked how he persisted in his pursuit of Hannah. I wish Bryce could have a story of his own—he was such an interesting character. This story did such a great job of showing the camaraderie between the miners and the reasons they do what they do, in such dangerous conditions. It made me think of all the service members in the military that reenlist when their tour is up, despite having family responsibilities back home. This book is labeled as “inspirational” and deals heavily with Hannah’s struggle of faith with a God that lets bad things happen to good people, but I wouldn’t say the story was overly religious (definitely not preachy). This story is inspired by three disasters that happened in the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia, in the late 1950’s. For more information on the mining disasters and the town of Springhill, be sure to check out the companion book, Spirit of Springhill.