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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Prism Light Press (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098303575X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983035756
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,600,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gil Ballance is a retired teacher, born in 1919, who has always had a passion for literature and for writing. He knows a great deal about southern history not just from studying it, but from living it. His father was 13 when the Civil War began. Gil was the last of fourteen children and the first to go to college. This is his first novel.

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I was sorry when the book ended.
Connie
The story develops nicely with well defined characters and transports the reader on Leah's journey through life.
steve
Read this story with an open mind and an open heart - feel the love of life in this woman.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tarheelgmother on October 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
This was a delightful book which is most enlightening regarding the Outer Banks in the late 19th Century, early 20th Century. I reserve my highest praise for Gil Ballance's uncanny ability to see life, happenings, feelings through the eyes of a young girl. When I found out that Gil was a man, a "mature" man at that, I was blown away. As a woman, I would be hard pressed to express my true thoughts about many of Leah's issues, but he nailed it. I only wish he would grace us with another one. Well worth your time on this one!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on August 28, 2011
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I am the granddaughter of Leah, the real Leah, the inspiration for this book. This is a wonderful, warm book that makes you feel good after reading it. There aren't enough of those books around. If you want to smile when you finish a book, I DO recommend this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee Shephard on September 25, 2011
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Leah's Journey Home takes place near Elizabeth City, a coastal town in North Carolina on the edge of the Dismal Swamp. It's about a poor but ambitious young girl whose prospects for a meaningful life and career suddenly become dismal as well when she discovers that she is pregnant with her dead boyfriend's child.

The stigma attached to an unmarried mother may be hard to understand by today's standards, but in the early 1900's, when Leah's journey began, it was a lifelong social stain.

Her options were few and the one she chose was to marry a widower she barely knew who was 30 years her senior. It was to be a marriage in name only, since all he was looking for was a housekeeper.

That difficult decision transported a bright, young, literate city girl into the world of an illiterate farmer's "wife" in the rural South.

In this meticulously researched tale, the author paints an amazingly realistic picture of farm life of that time; windows with no screens, chamber pots, a wood stove, water from a well, complete with water bucket and dipper and the ubiquitous house flies and big green blow flies.

Adding to Leah's burdens is the open resentment of her husband's family.

Much of Leah's journey is also the journey of many women of that era, who, through their wisdom and determination were key to bringing public education to what would become the new south. I found myself cheering for Leah's victories; small at first, but later, more significant than even she ever realized.

You won't be disappointed if you ride along with Leah on her journey. It's a suspenseful and heartwarming story that you will long remember. It's a great read!

Lee Shephard
News Broadcast Network
Washington,DC
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BEVERLY on August 27, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. It give insight into the hardships women endured in the early 1900's. I loved how Leah's character evolved in the book from a young woman not knowing what to do, to a mature lady who stands up for what she knows is right. A great read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Connie on August 22, 2011
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5 stars. I was sorry when the book ended. I had two books to read for a four day break. I decided to read a bit of each one and then decide which to read first. This book written by my friends dad and a current top best seller. I started with Leahs Journey and never stopped. It held my interest and I was quickly drawn into the characters lives and wanted to know what happened next. I wish the book had kept going so that I would know more about their later years together. Excellent book and not just saying that because I consider the author's daughter to be one of my dearest friends. I have always wanted to write a book...maybe I can. My hat is off to Mr. Ballance for getting his completed and doing such a fantastic job of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Atch on August 6, 2011
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If you want to know how people lived and talked on the outer banks in 1899 you MUST read this book. Leah's campaign for womens rights will keep you interested through the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JoAnne Walston on August 13, 2012
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Leah's Journey Home is a very heart warming story that allows people to imagine what it was like living in the late 1800's to the early 1900's. Mr. Ballance is my grandfather's half brother, and I admire my great uncle for all the work and research he put into writing this book for everyone to enjoy. As I was reading the book (which I enjoyed very much) I found it hard to put down. I could visualize being with her (Leah) as she took that long journey. My great uncle Gil did an amazing and realistic job in telling her story. I will always cherish and read the book many times over. I surely hope that all those who read this enjoy it just as much as I did. My compliments to my great uncle for this wonderful story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walter D. Arthurs on August 5, 2012
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"Leah's Journey Home" is a beautiful and powerful story. Crafted with consummate skill. A great read, worthy of your time. In life's difficulties, we often find it's greatest moments.
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