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Author:  Barry Jones

Paperback, 307 pages

Published in 2013 by Barry Jones

Genres:  New Adult, Historical Fiction

Synopsis: Based in 1928, Rusted Rails resurrects the now abandoned coal-mining town of Wilder, Tennessee. Life in these towns held little promise for the future. One family, that of David and Jenny Hughes, sought to keep their son out of the mines. Their plan was, however, jeopardized by David’s untimely death and by Jenny’s discovery that she was carrying her late husband’s unborn child. With few options, Jenny chose abortion. And so begins a gritty tale that tells of Jenny’s rescue from the dire consequences of her decision.

My Review:  I love a good work of historical fiction and am happy to say that this will go down as one of my favorites.  Jones’ portrayal of the 1920’s mining town Wilder, Tennessee is riveting.  Well researched, the subject here is not for the faint at heart, but is an important lesson in the history of illegal abortions.  One woman’s risky decision leads those desperate to find her into a web of violence and corruption that ultimately involves the FBI and Al Capone.

Well written and hard to put down, this was a very enjoyable read.  It is not just about the desperation of women in the 1920’s, it is also about the deplorable conditions of the mines and the sad fate of the miners’ families.  There are a few editing mistakes, but those are easily dismissed by the great story contained here.  If you are interested in reading about the “not so good” old days, this book is for you.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.