Even though Luke was out of prison, hard times weren't over. Without a job and having to live on the little money Darlina had saved, they struggled to put food on the table by picking up pecans that had fallen from trees that no one owned. But the scene where Luke sold his guitar, the one thing that kept him from giving up in prison and the one constant in his life, so their pitiful little Christmas tree would have a few gifts for his girls under it deeply touched my heart. That showed the depth of his love for his family in such a huge way. I was overcome with emotion.
This book isn't full of sadness and gloom. There are plenty of lighthearted moments. Every success was met with joy and love. It's a story of family ties, a love that refuses to die, and a life well-lived. Jan Sikes does an outstanding job in telling this true story of hers and Rick Sikes' amazing life together. Theirs was a lasting love that defied all odds.