Jodie Cain Smith Books

One sh2016-KBR-SemiFinalistot fired deep in the sticky pine forest of her youth was all it took to change Hattie’s life forever. Based on a true story, Hattie learns that her mother, Addie, is dead, and her father, Hubbard, stands accused of Addie’s murder, along with countless other shocking betrayals. Overnight, Hattie becomes mother to her three siblings while still very much a child herself. The life she had dreamt of now seems impossible to achieve. How will Hattie break away from the fBook of the Year Medalather who prevents her from living the life she desperately wants?

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29 Thoughts on “Jodie Cain Smith Books

  1. Beautiful blog…going to follow if I can.

    The Woods at Barlow Bend sounds like a book I would like.

    ENJOY!! Thanks for sharing.

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    • admin on May 6, 2015 at 9:09 am said:

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I checked out your sight and love it. I would love to send you a signed copy of The Woods at Barlow Bend. I would be honored if you would consider posting a review. If you like, please email a shipping address to me at Thank you again for visiting my site.

  2. Christine on May 14, 2015 at 11:11 pm said:

    What a wonderful book! I bought the book this morning and just couldn’t put it down. I live in the NW Florida panhandle and am familiar with some of those Alabama towns. I love the way you portrayed Hattie and her story. I remember my own grandmother’s stories through the hard times of the depression. Thank you for writing this awesome book!

    • admin on May 20, 2015 at 9:59 am said:

      Thank you for reading my book and for posting a comment. I love the Florida Panhandle and so wish to live in that area again one day. Just show me to a beach cottage, a comfy chair on a deck, and a frosty beverage, and I am one happy woman!

  3. Vicky on May 17, 2015 at 7:28 pm said:

    I thoroughly enjoyed your book The Woods at Barlow Blend. I hate, failed typing & never an write evaluations on books I read on Kindle so you can understand how much I enjoyed your book. Let me know when next one is on Kindle. We are in Belize so can’t just go to library or store & get a copy.

  4. Julie on May 18, 2015 at 7:09 pm said:

    I just finished reading your book, The Woods At Barlow Bend. As tears run down my face, I thank you for writing such a beautiful tale. I hope your life is filled with as much love and happiness as mine is.

    • admin on May 20, 2015 at 9:54 am said:

      Thank you so much. Three months ago, I thought I was as happy as I could be. I had my husband and my book. Who could want for more? Then, I gave birth to my son. Now, my joy-cup overflows!

  5. margie renegar on May 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm said:

    I loved this book! It was great to read about a life in Alabama with so much of the deep south culture during that time included. Warm and close to heart was this story. Thanks so much for writing it! It was marvelous!

    • admin on May 20, 2015 at 9:52 am said:

      Thank you so much for reading my book and for your lovely comment. The writing process made me feel Granny’s presence again and made me terrible homesick for Alabama!

  6. Nadyne McGehee on May 26, 2015 at 11:23 am said:

    You have a gift for writing and telling a story. I’ve read hundreds of books and a lot of them are good but this is the first time I’ve wanted to write a review. Sure hope you have other tales to tell.

    • admin on May 27, 2015 at 11:24 am said:

      Nadyne, thank you so much! My current work-in-progress, Jubilee Bells, takes place in Bellefountaine, Alabama, on the shores of Mobile Bay. It follows the story of Jules, a widow, as she and her family struggle to survive an insurgency war which threatens to tear apart her beloved home. Jubilee Bells is set to release in 2016.

  7. George Phillips on May 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm said:

    Hi Jodie. I just had to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I am a Grandad in England and have just finished reading it. I couldn’t put it down. Hope to read more of your books soon.

    • admin on May 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm said:

      George, thank you so much! And your comment means that the book has officially found its way across the pond. My next novel, Jubilee Bells will be released in 2016. I will give updates here and on Facebook as the release gets closer. Thanks again!

  8. Karen Winding on June 15, 2015 at 11:13 pm said:

    Hi, Jodie. I just finished The Woods at Barlow Bend. It’s a story that will stay me. I wish I had the opportunity to learn more about my own grandmother’s story. I look at photos of her when she was young and imagine what her life was like. It wasn’t all fun and games like the smiling folks in the photos would suggest. There was poverty and struggles, like there were for many people during the depression. Unfortunately, she took her stories with her when she died. While I don’t have her story, reading your grandmother’s story makes me feel like I know my grandmother a little better. Thank you.

  9. MARY LEE on July 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm said:


    • admin on July 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm said:

      Mary Lee, you are too kind! Thank you so much for reading my book. I love to hear when people have read and enjoyed Granny’s story. My next novel, Jubilee Bells, will be released in 2016. I will announce the exact date as soon as it is set. Stay tuned and keep reading!


  10. Faye Houch on July 4, 2015 at 1:07 am said:

    I loved your book. I didn’t want it to end and immediately searched to find more of your books. I was so disappointed there weren’t more. You have a wonderful gift for writing. Can’t wait for your next one to come out. Thank you so much for sharing this story.

    • admin on July 6, 2015 at 4:16 pm said:

      Thank you so much! My next novel, Jubilee Bells, will be released in 2016. I will announce the exact day here and on Facebook as soon as it is set.


  11. I just finished your book. What a lovely story of love, loss and family.

  12. I will read anything Jodie Cain Smith writes. Fabulous book. Hattie is one tough cookie with a lot of responsibility. Well done.

    • Thank you! My grandmother was really tough, and she tried her best to make all her grandkids just as strong. Thank again. You made my day.

  13. Beth Cain on October 27, 2015 at 10:10 am said:

    I love reading all the reviews, love the book. Thank you for the book, it made me feel Mother was still here. I miss her so much and I know she loves her story has finally been told. Thank you.

  14. Paula Garton on June 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm said:

    Your book was eloquent and heart felt. The story kept me intrigued throughout. My mother was born in the mid 1930’s in Alabama and she would be able to relate to the lifestyle your grandmother lived. My mother has lost her eyesight but I am thinking about reading your book to her. She would surely enjoy it! Thank you for the adventure.

    • admin on June 23, 2016 at 11:43 am said:

      Thank you so much for reading my novel! I love the idea of reading the book to your mother. I wish I had an audio version to offer you. Thanks again. Your comment warmed my heart on this hot, hot day.

  15. Kimberly on August 28, 2016 at 11:45 pm said:

    Awesome. There’s a word. Inspiring, daring, gripping. There’s a few more. All describe the greatness that is The Woods at Barlow Bend. My turn to host bookclub for this month and on the suggestion from my former and favorite teacher ever, I chose your book! Can hardly wait to hear what everyone else thinks! Do you have book club discussion questions to go along? And this information may be out there already, or the book may have already been published, but at our meeting I wanted to be sure to inform of the next book release! Thanks again for such a great read!!!

    • Kimberly, what a wonderful surprise to find your comment on my website. I only wish I’d found it sooner. I am so sorry for my mistake! I hope your book club meeting went well and that the book (and maybe even a little wine) led to a lively discussion. Thank you again for your wonderful words!

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