2016-11-30 / County Lifestyles

Book Review

The Calling of Ella Mcfarland by Linda Brooks Davis

Recently I was led to ordered a book after reading that the author was reared on a farm in the Rio Grande Valley. It is fiction with its roots in fact, because Mrs. Linda Brooks Davis uses her grandmother, Ella Jane, as a pattern for the heroine of THE CALLING OF ELLA MCFARLAND. Set in the early 20th century in the Indian Territory the story revolves around a family with great faith and a strong work ethic. Any luxuries they might enjoy are rare and greatly appreciated because their livelihood depends on good health, mutual support among family members, friends, and neighbors, and always the grace of God.

After earning her teaching credentials Ella applies for her first position at the exclusive Worthington School for Girls. Because of her sister's misconduct two of the three-man board is reluctant to hire her and ask her to return in two weeks to hear their final decision. This disappointment is just the first of several which this young lady must face. However in a surprise move when the board does accept her application upon her return she refuses graciously. She is convinced that God is leading her down a different path after learning of the difficult circumstances surrounding the lives of a mother and daughter who work as field hands alongside the McFarlands.

There are interesting family relationships, including domestic abuse suffered by nearby neighbors, a villainous son of valued friends, a tragic accident, unbelievable setbacks, and extraordinary outcomes to be found in this first novel which I very much hope is not the last by Mrs. Davis.

Submitted by Diana Walker 11-29-16 Harlingen, Texas

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