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Christmas in Matheson Cove

Christmas in Matheson Cove

By Brenda Kay LedfordPublisher: Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc.ISBN: 978-1-7376908-8-7Genre: Children's Picture BookPrice: $20.00
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Christmas in Matheson Cove describes one holiday Brenda Kay Ledford's family spent during the Great Depression. The parents had no money for presents, but the children figured out a plan to provide gifts for the family. Despite their meager means, love of family and faith made this a heart-warming holiday. This true story will inspire and give hope to those who may be facing challenges today.

Illustrator Doreyl Ammons Cain creates art that reflects the awareness and concern for the culture of Appalachian people and the impact of the changing times. The colorful illustrations will draw the readers to savor this delightful children's picture book.

Brenda Kay Ledford is a seventh-generational native of Clay County, NC. She's a retired educator and award-winning writer. Ledford has received the Paul Green Multimedia Award from NC Society of Historians a dozen times for her blogs, books, and collecting oral history on Southern Appalachia. She received the Marquis Who's Who in America's Lifetime Achievement Award for writing in 2019. Ledford is a member of North Carolina Writer's Network, Georgia Poetry Society, and listed in "A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers" and "North Carolina Literary Trail."


Brenda Kay Ledford’s Christmas in Matheson Cove captures the innocence of childhood. Ledford sparks our imagination with a rich sense of place, images that linger. She brings us close as possible to Southern Appalachia’s past. The mountain storytelling fills the pages of this beautifully illustrated children’s tale for all to enjoy.

Randolph W., retired professor of music