Monday, September 27, 2010

The Columns of Cottonwood by Sandra Robbins

HP 919
ISBN 978-1-60260-486-5

Cottonwood was supposed to be hers.
She grew up there; she lived through the war there; she lost her parents there. Even in its burned-out condition, it’s still home to Savannah Carmichael. But now it belongs to a stranger—a foreigner!—who paid the back taxes on it and bought it right out from under her.

Dante Rinaldi never expected that the culmination of his dream—to own some of Alabama’s rich farmland—would mean the destruction of someone else’s. He hasn’t done anything illegal; in fact, he’s worked hard for the privilege of land ownership. So why does Savannah Carmichael’s plight affect him on such a deep level?

Both believe in the sovereignty of God, but how can this situation be orchestrated by Him? Can they find a solution. . .a compromise to benefit both?

Key Verse:
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11

Excerpt From the Book:
“I’m sorry. I had no idea you were Savannah Carmichael. I didn’t know any of the Carmichaels were still alive.”
Her heart began to pound in fear. She knew she was about to receive news that threatened everything she held dear. “What are you trying to tell me?”
He exhaled. “I bought Cottonwood yesterday at the courthouse in Selma.”
She heard the words, but she couldn’t believe it. A stabbing pain ripped at her heart. “You can’t have Cottonwood,” she cried. “It belongs to me.”
“The taxes haven’t been paid in years. The county had the right to sell it,” Sympathy lined his face, but she refused to acknowledge it.
She doubled her fists and advanced on him. “But I was going to pay the taxes and come back here to live. You can’t do this to me.”
He backed away. “I’m sorry, Miss Carmichael. I didn’t mean to cause you any hurt, but Cottonwood now belongs to me.”

SANDRA ROBBINS and her husband live in the small college town where she grew up. Until a few years ago she was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full time writer. Without the help of her wonderful husband, four children, and five grandchildren who've supported her dreams for many years, it would be impossible to write. As a child, Sandra accepted Jesus as her Savior and has depended on Him to guide her throughout her life. It is her prayer that God will use her words to plant seeds of hope in the lives of her readers. To find out more about Sandra and her books, go to her website at

Is there something dear to you that you inherited from a family member? An old Bible? A piece of jewelery? A tradition?


  1. Love that cover! The story sounds really good. :)

    I inherited a ring that belonged to my great-great grandmother, whose name was also Amber. It was such a privilege to have my grandparents pass it on to me!


  2. I have a beautiful aquamarine ring that was my great-grandmother's. Since that is my birthstone, my family passed it down to me.

    I love the confict in Columns of Cottonwoods, and I agree with Amber, the cover is stunning!

  3. Hey, Sandra, looking forward to this one! It was great seeing you at ACFW, but I missed getting to say goodbye. Well, I guess that means we will see each other soon...I hope. I have my mother's book of poetry she wrote in her own hand. Certainly one of my most precious possessions!

  4. I have a ruby ring that belonged to my grandma and hand written journals that were my grandpa's. Such treasured possessions. But my greatest inheritance was the legacy of faith they passed on to me.

  5. My Mom loved birds and I have several little bird figurines scattered around the house that were in her collection. When I see them I remember her joyful smile and that little sparkle in her eyes.