Let’s Go Down To The River

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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.

18 SCH mediumWinning 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?



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Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
Three of Winnie’s books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and one of those nominations resulted in a win.
Winnie loves to hear from readers. You can connect with her on facebook at www.facebook.com/WinnieGriggs.Author or email her at winnie@winniegriggs.com.

48 thoughts on “Let’s Go Down To The River”

  1. Hi Winnie, Wpw! You are a busy lady! I do want to thank you for your post even if it is a little short…that’s totally okay and understandable with all you have going on.

    I want to thank you for the link to Down to the River to Pray. That was a great song. I also love the cover of your new book and would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance,

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. My youngest was married not that long ago. It is time consuming. Beat of luck is getting everything done.

  3. Just the title of your post today brought back memories of when I was a little girl. Me and one of my sisters used to walk to the river all the time. We weren’t allowed to do it, but we did anyway.

  4. Oh my, Winnie! You certainly have your hands full. I know you will get all your tasks finished and your daughter’s wedding will be beautiful. Hang in there, Girl!

  5. I thought I was busy,,wow lady you are super busy,,when it slows down you need to take a good rest

  6. Yowzers, Winnie. I’d say some deep breathing is in order! Things will pass, I promise…most of all, enjoy the wedding, and post pix for us.

    Short is sweet. This is a great post, and I know this song well.

    The boo sounds fabulous. I always love a story about somebody getting redeemed. Hugs to you and yours…

  7. Oh my, Winnie! You are one busy lady! I hope everything goes well with all that you are doing. How exciting to have your daughter getting married. A Spring wedding! Best wishes for the entire family…

    Your new book sounds wonderful! (And I love the cover!)

  8. Hi Ms. Griggs,
    Thanks for sharing a post with us today. I love that song too. I have a Alison Krauss CD and “Down To The River To Pray” is on it. Also, two weeks ago, one of the beautiful young ladies on “The Voice” sang it. Can’t be coincidence that it is coming up for me again today here. I am going to get my CD out and listen to it again this week for sure.

    I am going to add your books to my want to read and wish list at Goodreads and Amazon if they are there. I look forward to checking them out soon.

    A win is always welcome when it comes to new authors and new reads 😉

  9. I have always believed everyone deserves a second chance. Who of us has not done something that was dumb or dangerous if not even illegal? Most of us learn our lesson and that is the last time it happens. That is one thing the American West was good for, an opportunity to start over and show the world the person you have become, not be judged by the mistakes of your past.

    It sounds like you need to give yourself some necessary time to recharge yourself. You have too many important things to deal with in way too short a period of time. Good luck with it all.

  10. Hi Winnie. I would love to win another of your books. We hear a little then we want to hear more. Right? Please put me in. Thanks.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  11. You are busy! This sounds like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

    • Hi Danielle! So glad you found us over here at the junction. And thanks for stopping by and leaving a note.. The scavenger hunt was lots of fun, wasn’t it? I love participating in them – it always introduces me to the very nicest of readers 🙂

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