Karen Cecil Smith

Selected Works

Anthology
The Violin, a short story by Karen Cecil Smith, is included in this anthology by Main Street Rag.
Fiction
"Both informative and entertaining, Pillow of Thorns is a model of historical fiction."
–Lee Smith
Children's Picture Book/ Fiction
"Karen Cecil Smith lovingly brings to life this holiday's Moravian customs in a North Carolina community of 1850."
-Kathleen Benner Duble
Biography
"Well-researched book about the tragic life and times of the region's most famous midwife."
–Wanda Urbanska
Children's Picture Book/Fiction
"A wonderful book that could easily become a regular part of the Christmas season."
–NC Society of Historians

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An Old Salem Easter, 1850

Join a young sister and brother as they prepare for the Easter Sunrise Service in historic Salem, North Carolina. Through the cleaning of gravestones in God's Acre, decorating them with flowers, being awoken on Easter morning by lovely trombone music, eating a traditional Moravian breakfast of sugar cake, then gathering with family and friends to watch the sun rise over Salem, you will be uplifted and inspired.

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REVIEW:

"Beautifully illustrated and tenderly rendered, An Old Salem Easter, 1850 introduces us to a real family --- Sofie and her brother Felix and their parents --- which immediately makes readers feel a personal connection with the traditions surrounding the Moravian Easter Sunrise Service at God's Acre in Old Salem. The narrative begins with the family washing the gravestones of their departed loved ones in preparation for the Sunrise Service and carries us through to Easter morning when they and other citizens of Salem celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in words, music, and song. Smith has truly made history come alive for her readers in this charming tale. There is no greater compliment I can give to an author of historical fiction."
-Terri Kirby Erickson, author of A Lake of Light and Clouds