Travelers is the story of Trudy’s friend Jeremy Smitherlin as he finds himself functioning as the adult in his home because his parents have emotional and physical illnesses. Jeremy first appeared in The Dream Bucket as the slimy boy who dipped Trudy Cameron’s braids into his ink well.
He struggles to be perfect so he can win approval. The more he tries to do the right things, the more he irritates Caleb, his papa. Jeremy wants his mother to live, but she moves closer to death. Travelers settle on Cohay Creek, which runs through Caleb’s farm. The captain of the Travelers becomes a friend.
Although Jeremy would like to live an innocent, carefree life, evil adults slam him into a grown-up world. He learns about gunfights, adultery, drunkenness, physical abuse, and sarcasm.
Sometimes, despite all his problems, Jeremy has adventures that are fun, such as snacking on a candy bar and soda at a store in Soso or wading in the ice-cold near the Spillway at Gitano, Mississippi.
About the Author
Sarah Walker Gorrell, the former owner and President of SWG Consulting, Inc., was for many years a Software Consultant specializing in the implementation of Payroll and Human Resources for clients. She now enjoys life on her front porch at the home designed and built by her husband on her family's old home place in south Mississippi, near Sullivan's Hollow and Cohay Creek. Her hobbies include freelance writing. She writes a column, titled "From the Front Porch," for the Taylorsville Post and a blog with the same name. She also enjoys spending time with her family and her two Pomeranians. She likes to study genealogy, and she loves to travel. Sarah is the Organist for her church, Taylorsville United Methodist Church, where her great-grandfather, the Rev. D. C. Langford, was one of the first pastors and where her grandparents were married in 1910. Mary Lou Gregg Cheatham Cooke began her life on a Mississippi farm north of Hot Coffee and south of Taylorsville. Her family spent their winter evenings playing games, reading, and conversing by the fireplace. Mary's parents, two of the world's greatest storytellers, bequeathed a legacy of yarn spinning to their children and grandchildren. When she was ten years old, she decided she wanted to be an author. Life took her down other paths. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, she taught English in Greenville, Mississippi, and Ruston, Louisiana. Later she attended Louisiana Tech University and became a registered nurse. Although four of her books are a series, the Covington Chronicles, each book stands alone. The Chronicles-Secret Promise, The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson, The Dream Bucket, and Manuela Blayne-depict life in rural and small town Mississippi in the early 1900's. During 2016, The Dream Bucket has frequently earned number one ranking in the Christian historical romance category, and Mary has earned a high sales ranking in historical fiction on Amazon. Abi of Cyrene, an inspirational novel, set in the time of Christ, continues to receive critical acclaim. Mary's novels are available in paperback, Kindle, and professionally recorded audible books. Mary Lou and Sarah have co-authored the fifth book in the series, Travelers in Painted Wagon on Cohay Creek.