The New York Times bestselling author of Wench returns to the Civil War era to explore the next chapter of history—the trauma of the War and the end of slavery—in this powerful story of love and healing about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future.
The Civil War has ended, and Madge, Sadie, and Hemp have each come to Chicago in search of a new life.
Born with magical hands, Madge has the power to discern others’ suffering, but she cannot heal her own damaged heart. To mend herself and help those in need, she must return to Tennessee to face the women healers who rejected her as a child.
Sadie can commune with the dead, but until she makes peace with her father, she, too, cannot fully engage her gift.
Searching for his missing family, Hemp arrives in this northern city that shimmers with possibility. But redemption cannot be possible until he is reunited with those taken from him.
In the bitter aftermath of a terrible, bloody war, as a divided nation tries to come together once again, Madge, Sadie, and Hemp will be caught up in a desperate, unexpected battle for survival in a community desperate to lay the pain of the past to rest.
Beautiful in its historical atmosphere and emotional depth, Balm is a stirring novel of love, loss, hope, and reconciliation set during one of the most critical periods in American history.
A wonderful read
I just finished this book today. I enjoyed all the different characters in this book. And how they all cam together. I have never have read anything from this author and can’t wait to read her another book wrench. I highly recommend this book. I hope she writes more books. Because even through this is so short it has so much in it.
This book is set after WW1 in Chicago. We follow Sadie who has just become a young widow. Who is learning to live as a widow.. When she discovers that there is a spirit that is commuting through her. We meet Madge is a natural healer. She left her mother and aunts who lived in Tennessee. Who didn’t like the idea of her leaving. Then We meet Horse who becomes a free man. And his wife Annie is shipped off to another land. Horse is trying to find his wife and her daughter. I love these characters and how they go on different journeys of the effect after the war. Highly recommend this book. Will be reading the Wrench..