HEART OF THE OAK
The old man was on his deathbed after a long and productive life, and his aged wife sat in vigil beside his bed. Her own life had been spent in service to her husband, to others, and when God insisted, to Him. She had one request as she neared the end of her life, and that request was not for something for herself. It was for her granddaughter. HEART OF THE OAK contains the hopes, dreams and final acceptance of a young girl who follows her husband through a long life while he follows his own calling. The trip leads to another state and another culture, but wherever he went, she would go and his God was also her God for as long as there was breath. Author Joann Ellen Sisco perfectly captures the voice and soul of the southern Ozarks. People are people, no matter where they are, but the subtle culture and expression of language is unique to a place and time and no one masters this better for this distinctive section of America than Sisco.