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True Believers Paperback – May 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801063620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801063626
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,112,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dorrell's sweet, if somewhat predictable, first novel is a tale of three unlikely soulmates who find love, truth and redemption in smalltown South Carolina in the mid-1950s. The protagonist, textile heiress Peggy Nickles, enlists an elderly black minister and a handsome, itinerant stranger to help her renovate a dilapidated church and cemetery she has recently purchased. Bemusement becomes rage among the town folk, especially Peggy's sisters, when they learn that she plans to give the historically white church to a black congregation. The minister and the stranger also suffer alienation from family and friends, trials that bring the three closer together as they restore the property and face their brokenheartedness. As Peggy loses herself in the daily task of clearing brush and vines out of the cemetery, her labor becomes an apt metaphor for each main character's tentative, earnest search for truth about his or her own family history. Dorrell ably weaves these personal stories into the larger story of Southern racial strife, depicting interracial friendships as early, faltering attempts at repairing the breech rather than easy solutions to centuries of oppression. Although the novel's central romance is telegraphed from the beginning, Dorrell creates a believable bond between these characters as well as considerable sexual heat, despite the chastity of their premarital love affair. While most of her characters speak as if they were well educated, and occasionally as if they were living today rather than 50 years ago, they are emotionally authentic, and this in itself makes Dorrell's first effort a delight.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Linda Dorrell is a regular contributor to Pee Dee Magazine, a regional South Carolina publication, and has been featured in Southern Living. A former reporter, editor, and public relations writer, Dorrell resides in Effingham, South Carolina.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is one of the BEST reads I have had in long time (and I have done a considerable amount of reading).Ms.Dorrell had given us a real gem here.I could totally imagine every scene as I went through the book.The story is touching and you find yourself rooting for the characters.I was lost in this story.In a time when we are told that only sex,violence and crude behavior is what sells,I am glad that there are still some people who are giving us product that moves us and entertains us without those things.I recommend this book to anyone who longs for a book that will give you a cozy feeling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Linda Dorrell's True Believers is the riveting and highly recommended story of Peggy Nickles, a Southern woman whose work of charity results in harsh family confrontations, social expectations, and racism in her 1950s rural community. Woven into the fabric of a compelling story are timeless lessons on the human spirit and the spiritual/emotional resources of the Christian gospel in the face of physical and cultural obstacles to establishing loving relationships and nurturing communities of faith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Tucker on January 11, 2009
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Ms Dorrell brings to life the people, the place, and the time. The strands of the story flow together naturally. This book did not try to be a good book. It is a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "mbdunne" on June 6, 2002
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This is one of the best stories that I have ever read. This a must read not only for Christian women but women everywhere. A true story of love and faith.
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I checked this book out at the local library and enjoyed it so much until I had to order it for my own personal library. The relationship between the main character and the minister was admirable. I have recommended this book as a read for my book club and recommend it for others as well.
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