The True Story of a Girl Born in the 20th Century
but Raised in the 19th

Though born in 1965, Rachel’s story could easily have been set in the 1800s. Wearing long dresses and broad-brimmed bonnets and living without modern conveniences including electricity, telephone, radio, television, or indoor plumbing, she and her two older brothers were shaped by the extreme religious views of her iron-willed, Vietnam-veteran father and malleable, practical-minded mother. The family separated from society and lived under often harsh conditions in an old, abandoned house atop a remote range of hills in Tennessee, awaiting the end of the world. Then at 16, Rachel was forced to face the world in which she was not raised to live. She struggled to adjust to an unsheltered life without casting aside the good along with the bad. Eventually, she managed to shake free of family dysfunction and spiritual abuse to find her way to a full, balanced, and vibrant life grounded in faith.

“Rachel Williams-Smith is the embodiment of perseverance, resilience, hope. Her book is a must read for people of all ages, and from all walks of life. They will, indeed, be motivated to overcome any adversity.” 

Lucas L. Johnson II, former Associated Press reporter and author of the book, Finding the Good

What a wonderful story and soul-inspiring account of life! It was difficult to put down even for sleep. I highly recommend it for the beautiful prose, for the captivating storyline, and for the soul-searching encouragement.

Amazon Customer