by Reba Rhyne
Melva Tipton lives in Chilhowee, Tennessee. She is a feisty, outdoorsy, young girl with her own mind, encouraged by her parents, Noah & Nancy Tipton. Noah owns the Tipton Mercantile. Melva sees a handsome man, Burl Whitehead and decides she will marry him. After they marry, Melva has a hard but idyllic life until faced with a terrible tragedy. This precipitates a decision which changes her life.