’Til All These Things Be Done
(She Writes Press; September 13, 2022)
When her beloved father mysteriously vanishes, sixteen-year-old Leola Rideout has little time to question why. With the 1918 influenza epidemic in its second year, social turmoil raging across Texas, and poverty a constant threat, it’s all she can do to keep her young sisters–and dreams–alive.
Over time, new clues about Papa’s fate suggest such painful betrayal, Leola vows to bury his memory forever. But grief denied never rests easy and, when Papa reappears in haunting visions decades later, Leola must finally reckon with her past, leading to a remarkable family discovery that could bring the peace she seeks.
A deftly crafted…fascinating read from cover to cover, especially impressive for a debut author.
–Midwest Book Review
Moyers makes the world of the poor in Texas both rich and specific, giving her readers a wealth of details that only add to the novel’s strength. I highly recommend this book to any fan of historical fiction. It deserves to be one of the most remembered books of the year.
–Seattle Book Review, 5/5 stars
A captivating tale of forgiveness and sacrifice, ‘Til All These Things Be Done is rich in emotional resonance and captures the complexity of human behavior perfectly. To readers who love character-driven dramas, this is a gem of a book.
–Readers’ Favorite, 5/5 star review
A serious and intensely gratifying page turner that…is also a poignant love story, as Moyers presides over the lives of her characters with tenderness and a sure hand. Love, longing, and the hard persistence of hope shine in this debut novel.
–Elizabeth Crook, author of The Which Way Tree and Monday, Monday
Through her irresistible language and characters, Moyers pulls us into a braided story that is quintessentially Texan and yet universal. Time and again, I paused over passages for their sheer richness, and was sorry to reach the end.
–Peter C. Brown, author of The Fugitive Wife
Impeccable research and a deft ear for local dialogue enrich this fully immersive debut novel.
–Michelle Cameron, award-winning author of Beyond the Ghetto Gates