Ever since her husband, Joe, died, Velma True’s world has been limited to what she can see while clinging to one of the multicolored threads tied to the porch railing of her rural home outside Echo, Florida.
Then one day a stranger appears at her door. Without knowing why, the agoraphobic widow welcomes him into her kitchen for coffee while she tells him stories of how life used to be, before her purposes were “all dried up.” Just before disappearing as suddenly as he came, the man presents Velma with a special gift, one that allows her to literally step back into the past through her own memories to a place where Joe still lives and the beginning is closer than the end.
While Velma is consumed with the man’s gift, her son Rudy is also being presented with a challenge to his self-centered, complacent lifestyle. And a teenage girl winds her way to Echo, determined to unravel the mysteries her dead mother left behind. As secrets old and new come to light, Velma finds herself unmoored from the fears of the past and feeling her way toward freedom.
This lyrical, Southern novel weaves mystical elements with tangible touches of God’s redemptive grace to reveal a pattern of irresistible hope.
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Praise for Saints in Limbo
“River Jordan’s words flat out sing. One may speed read the paper, the grocery list, and the email, but not the words of River Jordan. Her stories court you to pace yourself and give them their due. It’s hard to close Saints in Limbo without wondering why River Jordan isn’t a household name.”
— Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, author of “Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On” What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters That the Rest of Y’all Should Know Too, created and hosts All Things Southern on the TV, radio, and web.
River Jordan’s Saints in Limbo is a compelling story of the mysteries of existence and, especially, the mysteries of the human heart.
—Ron Rash, Author of Serena
“In Saints in Limbo, River Jordan’s melodious writing lets you see-feel-taste the wind, and she practically sings her characters to life. You will hold on to this book and treasure it and flip though the pages like fire. Saints in Limbo is a triumph of the spirit and a reminder that there’s much more to life than meets the eye. Read this book to remind yourself that heaven can be found right here, right now. “
—Nicole Seitz, author of A Hundred Years Of Happiness, Trouble The Water, And The Spirit Of Sweetgrass
“Mystical and magically written, Saints In Limbo, is a beautiful novel from start to finish. With vivid characters and lush language, readers will find themselves thinking of Augusta Trobaugh’s Resting in the Bosom of the Lamb. Fans of River Jordan will be thrilled with this latest work.”
—Michael Morris, author of A Place Called Wiregrass, Slow Way Home
“River Jordan’s written words are as poetic and enchanting as her name, and her story Saints in Limbo, is as powerful and healing as the River Jordan itself.”
—Denise Hildreth, author of Where Living and Life Meet and Flying Solo