SEEKING GRACE IN BEULAH LAND, A Novel
SEEKING GRACE IN BEULAH LAND is a tale about a small Oklahoma community and the mystery that has haunted its residents for decades.
In the days following WWII, residents of rural Pittsburg County Oklahoma were mystified by the sudden disappearance of Grace Barlow, a young wife and mother of two daughters. When Grover Cleveland Barlow, her veteran husband, did not file a missing person’s report or treat her disappearance with suspicion, assumptions were made that Grace had left of her own free will; she was known to be a free-spirited woman with high aspirations. Grover Cleveland Barlow carried on quietly, working as a sharecropper to raise his two daughters. Over the next sixty years, he spoke Grace’s name not once. Until now.
At an urgent request from his mother, Mack Barlow, has returned to Pittsburg County to deal with his grandfather’s eccentric behavior and end-of-life requests. What Mack discovers about the night Grace disappeared is more astonishing than anyone could have imagined. Stirring up long-dead memories creates a domino effect, causing several others to come to terms with long-held resentments and guilt. Piece by piece, what emerges is a story of dashed hopes, impulsive acts, and a series of extenuating circumstances that demand an old man receive forgiveness.
Filled with down-to-earth characters, Seeking Grace in Beulah Land is a mesmerizing tale that will speak to those who struggle with long-buried emotions and fears. It’s a tale that speaks to all of us.
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