The Burden of Sweetberry by Carol Gosa-Summerville

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Set in Sipsey, Alabama in the early 1960s …

Sweetberry has lived her life depending on men. She left home as a teenager with soul singer, Eddie Simpson, hoping to live the high life in New York City. When that life ends in a tragedy, she returns home sick and penniless. With no skills and a child to take care of, all she has is her beauty and sensuality, and they become her bargaining chips with men.

A Powerful Story of Sin and Redemption

Josiah Hess, a respectable married man, and deacon of the church falls in love with Sweetberry. His compassion for her situation compels him to offer that if she’ll stop bedding down with other men, he’ll take care of her. Sweetberry agrees to this arrangement, and they begin a long term affair in the presence of the community, the church, and even his wife. A child is born to Sweetberry during this affair. Then Luther McGill comes to town. A big shot and a braggart, Luther McGill is immediately attracted to Sweetberry. His wooing of her over the other women in town emboldens her and she begins a relationship with him. Believing Sweetberry’s interest in him is a passing fancy, Josiah Hess doesn’t challenge it. But Luther’s control of Sweetberry and his disdain for the deacon set off a series of events that end with Josiah Hess killing him on the church ground. Living with the aftermath of this tragedy sends Sweetberry into an abyss of demons and darkness and a fierce struggle for a life of redemption.
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“A Great Read!!!”

Five Star Review on Amazon by Carolyn M. Gosa

This book is well written from beginning to end!!! The emotional development of each character provides human element & real fascination!!!!! Each chapter dramatic action leaves you wanting to read the next chapter!!! The conflict, tension, suspense & curiosity hooked me!!!! The story is relatable to the churches of the past & possibly to some of our churches today!!! I laughed, I cried & I really gave serious thought to the novel’s plot!!! From the beginning, to the climax, to the end… This book kept me captivated and held me hostage!!!

About the Author

Carol Gosa-Summerville was born in Gordo, Alabama, and came of age during the late 1960’s and seventies. Her storytelling is built upon the stories told by the “old folks,” those who lived during strictly segregated times as well as her own experiences with the changing American society beginning in the 1960’s.

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