By: Larry K. Morphew
86 Kindle Edition Pages
Country Folk is a compilation of historical fiction short stories based on authentic events written by Larry K. Morphew. Based in the early and mid-1900s, the tales highlight the brutality of the financial situations as well as the hardships that came with the labor involved with rural living. The three narratives in the collection extracted a wide range of emotions from me while reading, though I absolutely enjoyed reading them, I could feel the passion from the characters.
The opening story in the collection, Sadie, is one to generate some anger and serious empathy for the ten-year-old main character who endures emotional abuse and physical abuse at home. The second story, The First Frost, emphasizes the financial struggle of raising children and in rural life during the time where the greatest anticipation is a brand-new pair of boots with the arrival of the first frost of the season. The last of the collection, Tinker, Tutt, and Doo Dobber exhibits the dangerous challenges that three adventurous boys commit to when left with vacant time on their hands and a raging stream caused by a recent flood.
I psychologically prepared myself for the emotions to come with reading Country Folk, but nothing could have quite prepared me for the passionate turmoil I was going to endure for only 86 pages. Morphew’s three-story collection accurately describes life when hard work was a normal part of life and in general, most people appreciated the humblest things. I could feel the pain radiating from each character and the fear that came along when they had no idea what to do or where to turn. The author depicts a clear representation of what it takes to develop distinct personalities and tell a story that will stay with readers.
I’m honored to share my rating of 4 stars for Country Folk by Larry K. Morphew with my fellow readers. While this one was a shorter read, it was equally enjoyable and something I think any reader could enjoy and learn from. Though there are some emotional struggles to deal with while reading, this is an excellent collection to share with younger readers to introduce some humbleness.
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