When the stock market crash of 1929 steals the Winslows' fortune, the family leaves New York for a run-down property in Georgia. A drifter named Clint Longstreet becomes their unexpected guardian angel in PILGRIM SONG (2). Gilbert Morris delivers this riches to rags to true riches story in a direct, uncomplicated style. Some characters feel too obvious—the typical tomboy, the spoiled heiress, the controlling stepmother-to-be, the playboy lush. In potentially exciting moments, such as the fight scene between Clint and Jordan Skinner, the author disappoints by telling what is happening, rather than showing us through the eyes of one of the characters. (Apr., 261 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson