Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book Signing Friday

Gil Ballance

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was.

After all, the author is 92 years old and it's his first book.
Plus, he spent all his working life teaching high school kids with "skulls full of mush," as Rush Limbaugh would say.

But, our loveable old CHS teacher, Gil Ballance has written a heck of a novel called, "Leah's Journey Home"

Leah's Journey Home takes place near Elizabeth City, a coastal town in North Carolina on the edge of the Dismal Swamp. It's about a poor but ambitious young girl whose prospects for a meaningful life and career suddenly become dismal as well when she discovers that she is pregnant with her dead boyfriend's child.

Her options were few and the one she chose was to marry a widower she barely knew who was 30 years her senior. It was to be a marriage in name only, since all he was looking for was a housekeeper.
 That difficult decision transported a bright, young, literate city girl into the world of an illiterate farmer's “wife” in the rural South.

As I wrote in my "review" that I posted on the Amazon dot Com site (where you should go to buy the book..the paperback is only $10)

 "You won't be disappointed if you ride along with Leah on her journey. It's a suspenseful and  heartwarming story that you will long remember. It's a great read!"

Our own Mary Kratt's praise is printed on the back cover of the book.

Feel free to add your own review on the Amazon site to let others know what you thought of it.

Wilora Lake Lodge
Mr. Ballance is having a BOOK SIGNING this Friday at 2pm at Wilora Lake Lodge in Charlotte.

Even though you won't have time to read the book by then, be sure to go to the signing anyway, otherwise after you've read it, you'll kick yourself for not having gone!   -Ed