This book transports you to rural East Texas and immerses you in the life of Briar, a strong-willed protagonist. Through her poignant storytelling, Briar reveals deep family secrets to her grandson, unraveling a history he never expected. The author skillfully captures the hardships of the Great Depression and the challenges of growing up on a farm. While the story may be unforgiving at times, it ultimately showcases the resilience and triumph of the human spirit.
The Story of Briar is a historical fiction that is a spectacular coming-of-age story. This brutal story takes place in rural East Texas and focuses on historical accuracy for that era in history. In the closing days of Briar’s life, she tells the story of her life to her only living relative, her grandson, Russell. A history of Russell’s family is told, which he never saw coming. These revelations recount the poverty of Briar’s family when they were young. The criticism she faced as being a Tom Boy. The hardships of the Great Depression, an approaching war, a rough life growing up on a farm, and family tragedies all encompass the life of Briar. All gravitating to a place comfortable for Briar, her family land where the creek runs through the pines along the trail by their house. That is her refuge. It is the Story of Briar.
She slowly walks out into the creek. The mud oozes between her toes. The water is about mid-calve high. She closes her eyes and giggles. In tune with Mother Nature, the wind quickly picks up and rustles the trees in the distance.