for the Heart
What would you do if you had no home and no family? Where would you turn
if every road ended at a brick wall? Sarah Bishop Hart, a small, gentle
woman from the hills of Southwest Virginia, was born into a world without
When she was five years old, her father hired her out to a family she had
never met. From that day, Sarah never knew a real home or what it was like
to have a true family. She ate from table scraps, slept in outbuildings, and
never felt welcome --no matter where she was. She lived with one fiercely
held desire‹ to have a home of her own. When she married the man of her
dreams, a half-blood Indian with secrets of his
own --Sarah thought she had realized her fantasy. Little did she know her
troubles were just beginning.
Keepsakes for the Heart sets the life of Sarah Bishop Hart against the
mountains and the coal mines, The Great Depression and two World Wars, the
women's movement, and other upheavals of the twentieth century. Sarah's
simple mountain philosophy offers a lesson to anyone who has ever thought
about giving up, "You can be anything you want. You just got to be tough as
an old pine knot. Trust God to take care of you. And keep the good things in
your heart. Pull them out to keep you going when times are bad."
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About The Author
Amelia Ruth Townsend was born in a house that stands near the railroad
tracks in the Southern Section of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Both her
grandfathers mined coal in Keokee, Stonega and Roda. The family took Route
23 South to North Carolina when her grandfather retired. Townsend earned a
BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has
been a television news reporter, writer and free-lance producer/director.
Currently, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Historical Consultant for Keepsakes for the Heart
A true man of the hills, Dink E.
Shackleford grew up in Keokee, Virginia. The son of a mine owner, he
expected to grow into leadership with the family business, but fate had
other plans. At the age of fifteen, Dink was injured in an accident at a
mine and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. He earned
undergraduate degrees and a graduate degree from East Tennessee State
University. He is the Executive Director of the Virginia Mining Association
and the Editor in Chief of the Virginia Mining Journal.
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