Barbara J. Johnson, author
DELTA STRENGTH - a historical fiction (religious/family/mystery/thriller/romance) - starts out at the turn of a new century (early 1900’s) and drills down through “The Great Mississippi Flood, and The Great Depression” with the Beasley family surrendering themselves to a life-style deep within a very large share-cropping society - hardworking tenants living on credit and sharing their profits from raising cotton with well-to-do landowners in exchange for rent on land that the family could never own. A wide-open delta plain with catfish canaries, grain bins, cotton crops, cornfields, cane patches, rice patties, rye, and wheat growing from moist and fertile black soil beneath a pale-blue sky and a blazing hot sun is, initially, the scenery in “Delta Strength.” For, as far as the eyes could focus across the north-western corner of Mississippi – in the evenings, one could see a deep orange sun casting bright rays of light behind heavy clouds as the days brought an end to hard work for the Beasley family. An azure blue sky disappeared as a full moon rose in the east. The delta plain became cloaked inside of darkness while large bright stars gradually burst into view as though one could reach out and grab them. By the next cool dewy morn, heavy white fog – low to the ground formed in patches over a warm earth, and the same fog surrounded fine landowners’ homes, and the Beasley family’s dilapidated shacks as they rose from dreaming in their sleep - to dreaming of escaping in their awaken spirits. In “DELTA STRENGTH” - many generations of the Beasley family and their connectivity throughout this novel – inspires fresh un-tapped strengths in readers, and stimulates wisdom to make good decisions for the betterment of their own individual life. Very passionate characters capture the good, bad, perseverance, and spiritual connections in all human-beings. They expose intense emotional portrayals of events and relationships in very delightful and entertaining details. Their long and enduring journeys [triumphs, tribulations, strong determination, and trusting in a divine order stimulated their wits to survive and rise up to meet great expectations with empowerment far beyond a “stagnated” entrapment controlled by others. They anchor themselves to the earth in places they dared to dream of; yet, escaped to. Readers shall travel with them - as they “do it all.” Also, within this golden treasure – over fifty years in the making – readers can expect to learn about a society that they, otherwise, would have never known, i.e., social challenges and unrests in a southern delta; philosophical and psychological relationships – (experiences filled with all the glory and riches gained from hard work and rewarded by the beauty of romance). This fiction concludes with dreams turning into realities. Deaths had no end for characters who never said “good-bye” to oved ones. A southern mansion situated on Chinaberry Lane is the final resting place for many Beasley generations. This mansion, built by Orville Derrick’s family from Europe stood strong as an old oak - a country setting, where trees still grow wild, and pink blossoms constantly quivers in the wind.