Steeple Hill Books – August, 2008
Middleburg was a small town in Kentucky horse Country. The merchants in the downtown area wanted to keep that area unique and old fashioned to appeal to tourists and others from the larger towns. Some of the men wanted everything up-to-date and progressive. Downtown revolved around the bath shop, the hardware store, and some clothing shops, primarily operated by women.
Emily, who ran the bath shop, was a widow who was trying to get the male population to smell better. She was pushing Edmundson's soap. It not only smelled good, but a Bible verse was included with each bar of soap. She saw where she could kill two birds with one stone.
Gil Sorrent ran Homestretch Farm, a one year correctional program for young adult offenders. Some of these young men thought Edmundson's soap really attracted women. The rush was on. However, Gil thought it was hogwash.
Emily and Gil got better acquainted and kind of liked each other when they weren't arguing. Gossip got started that Gil was an ex-con too but no one mentioned what got him into trouble.
The important theme in this book becomes forgiveness. Each person had their faith tested and found that it was far easier to talk about forgiveness than actually doing it. In addition to this, the book is well written and very enjoyable.