Gary D. Hillard (author)
12.12.19 (release date)
Betts’ Best introduces us to Betts, a quiet and curious seven-year-old already bruised and battered by the chaos in her life. After a life of abuse, a whirlwind of failed foster homes and a locked psychiatric unit, Betts finds herself in a kinship placement with her shy uncle, Ames, a wounded vet, living in a cabin on Bear Hill, trying to keep his own demons from the Sand Wars at bay. Zoey is the young social worker who believed in this placement, and who falls in love, first with Betts, then with Ames.
Family, school, and friendship are all hard, as Betts slowly adjusts to her new family, and the magic of the Vermont woods. The center of Betts’ universe is a tiny cabin near the top of Bear Hill, deep in the Vermont mountains. Travel with Betts and her family, up twisting dirt roads, through the Vermont seasons, to a special place of long views, cold springs, wood heat, poverty, resilience, and love, deep into the hearts of the Vermont people.