About the Book
Book: Sabal Palms and the Southern Squall
Author: Terry Overton
Genre: Christian Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Release date: April 5, 2022
Elaine Smith lived in the small coastal town of Sabal Palms long enough to know when to worry about a squall and when to simply close the windows and wait for it to pass. This one would be significant. It would be significant in terms of damage, but that was to be expected. What no one expected was the profound effect it would have on the lives of people from the Texas coast to New York City. Positive qualities of humanity are often displayed during times of natural disaster.
But a supernatural power had attached to this storm and subsequently worked within the hearts of the most needy, the most lonely, and the most sinister. The lives of four delightful women, a homeless teen, a rebellious son, a grieving lover who is at the bottom, a son who lost his faith, and a hired murderer, are all intertwined in the aftereffects of a Category 3 hurricane thanks to a few passages written by one determined woman.
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“I don’t write for the money, I write hoping to change people’s lives.”
Terry Overton presents a very unique, heartwarming story about four older, widowed women who take refuge together from a hurricane. We see four mismatched persons who are very different, yet work together to form a strong, safe friendship. But that friendship is subject to two dangerous cancers. One is gossip, and the other is not encouraging a friend in her chosen line of work, simply because the results are not obvious.
I enjoyed this in-depth look at a hurricane, something unfamiliar to me. I loved how people rallied around each other to rebuild and restore necessities after the damage of the hurricane.
Poor Elaine. She feels like her writing is making no difference, until she finally writes a small passage for Adrianna. Adrianna is much encouraged, but the other two friends feel Elaine is wasting her time and have no qualms about telling her so.
Then, something begins to change. One by one, we are introduced to several other individuals from various parts of the country, whose lives intersect with the four friends. After finishing the book, I am in awe of what God can accomplish through humble people who are determined to do what He has called them to.
I received a copy of the book through Celebrate Lit. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.
“She wondered, as she did every night at the typewriter, if anything she wrote would make a difference for someone else.”
“Tamar wasn’t loved by God because she did good or bad things. She wasn’t loved by God because she had earned His love.” “I don’t understand what you are trying to say.” “Tamar was loved by God first, no matter what. He called her.”
Great! God Rewards Those Who Quietly Do What He Calls Them to Do!
About the Author
Terry Overtonobtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed.D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. Her university experiences included teaching at Longwood University in Virginia, the University of Texas-Brownsville, The University of Texas-Pan American, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Stephen F. Austin State University. She held positions as Dean and Department Chair during her tenure in higher education. Her areas of research included behavior disorders, learning disorders, autism, and research in higher education. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, blogging, and visiting with friends and family. Her books have been recognized and received awards from Firebird Book Awards, American Writing Awards, and have earned five stars from Readers Views and Readers Favorites. Her books have been recognized Finalist for the International and National Book Awards.
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This book will take the reader to the southern coast of Texas. In fact, this book happens at the very bottom tip of Texas. The reader will feel the warm sea breezes, view the coastal sunsets and sunrises, and experience the friendships of four close women friends. Here is a sample:
The women gathered at the swimming pool and shed their cover-ups. Next, each lady
took out her favorite sunscreen lotions and creams and sprayed and squirted so much on, they all
looked almost as pasty as a bottle of glue. No one talked at all during this process of slathering
on thick coats of varying SPFs. It was a polite, unspoken agreement that no forbidden words
were ever mentioned when the ladies were in swimwear. Words like cellulite, wrinkles, fat, fatty
tissue, weight, weight loss, weight gain, age spots, and—the worst words ever—skin cancer were
completely and totally off limits.
In times of crises, these four women always bind together and help each other. They have been friends for over twenty years. Here is an excerpt of one of their conversations during a pool party:
What strangers might not understand is the banter back and forth was exactly the only way they could get along. They enjoyed it. They thrived on it.
“Oh, fiddle-faddle, Bonnie, last week you told me you thought the salon was opening up
this week,” Mary jabbed. “It didn’t.”
“I didn’t say that. I said I heard it might be opening next month.”
“You said next week as sure as I am floating on this raft.”
“Had your hearing checked lately?”
“Right after you get yours checked.”
And they both laughed. It was always entertaining.
“Well, horsefeathers! I need to get this hair trimmed again. It is all cattywampus on the
“What? You’ve got a cat in there?” Bonnie laughed.
“Feels like it,” Mary retorted.
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