Hi, Winnie Griggs here. Indulge me a moment while I moan over my to-do list. I have major revisions due to my editor in less that two weeks, I need to draft a proposal of my next book by May 1st, we’re in the middle of doing some much-needed home renovations, I’m not quite done with my tax filing yet and to top it all off, my youngest daughter is getting married on Saturday. So to say I’m more than a little distracted is an understatement.
All this is to say, I hope you folks will forgive me for yet another short post.
My newest installment in the Texas Grooms series, Second Chance Hero, releases next month. Part of the plot line in this book has the heroine, Verity Leggett, forming a children’s choir to perform at the upcoming Founder’s Day Festival. One bit of research I had to do was to find some songs that would have been around during that time and that would be fairly simple for the children to learn. But I didn’t necessarily want songs that were not actually “children’s songs”. While digging in to this, I recalled a church service several year back where a very young boy sang Down In The River To Pray – solo and a capella. So I looked into the history of the song and found that not only was it around at this time, but that it’s origins are the source of some debate. Various sources claim it to be an Appalachian song, a folk hymn, a gospel song and an African-American spiritual. There are even some who hint that it has some American Indian influences woven through it.
Whatever its origins, it’s a song I enjoy listening to. Here is a link to a version sung by Alison Krauss, the singer who brought it back to popularity with her performance on the soundtrack of O Brother Where Art Thou. Down To The River To Pray
AND, to thank you all for your patience, I will draw the name of one of the individuals who comment on this post today and send them an advance copy of Second Chance Hero.
Winning the Widow’s Heart
To help his dying sister, Nate Cooper once broke the law—and he’s regretted it ever since. Now the ex-con turned saddler hopes for a new beginning in Turnabout, Texas. So when Nate saves a young widow’s daughter from imminent harm, he’s shocked to be called a hero.
Single mom Verity Leggett leads a safe life, avoiding danger and excitement at all costs. But her daughter’s rescuer Mr. Cooper seems like a perfectly responsible—and handsome—man she can rely on. But when his secrets come to light, will Verity be able to get over his past and see Nate for the caring man he’s become?