'Til All These Things Be Done


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Suzanne Moyers, a former teacher, has spent much of her career as an editor and writer for educational publishers. An avid volunteer archeologist, mudlarker, and metal detectorist, she’s also the proud mom of two amazing young adults, Jassi and Sara.’Til All These Things Be Done is based on a still-unraveling family mystery, and the real-life twist of fate that inspired the novel’s fictional resolution. Suzanne lives with her husband, Edward, and their spoiled fur baby, Tuxi, in Montclair, NJ.


“A deftly crafted and inherently fascinating read from cover to cover, ’Til All These Things Be Done is a compelling and memorable read—and one of those stories that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book is finished . . . which is all the more impressive considering it is author Suzanne Moyer’s debut as a novelist.” 
—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. . . . Leola is a protagonist to whom readers will be attached from the outset. . . . To readers who love character-driven dramas, this is a gem of a book.”
—Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

“A rich and beautifully written story of family, tragedy, and love. . . . The author renders her characters in vivid detail, capturing their strengths and foibles with heart and a brilliant ear for dialogue. Moyers also provides a clear-eyed portrait of the prejudices of the time that unfortunately feels too familiar in the 21st century. ’Til All These Things Be Done is exactly the book any lover of historical fiction—or of stories about the power of families to hurt and heal—would want to have.” 
—Mally Becker, Agatha Award­–nominated author of The Turncoat’s Widow and The Counterfeit Wife

 “With deft prose and a compelling realism, Suzanne Moyers’s richly imagined novel presents an insightful portrait of courage in the face of devastating betrayal. In ’Til All These Things Be Done, Moyers shows how the character of her remarkable protagonist, Leola Rideout, is shaped by her orphan experience and gives a timely and unflinching exposition of prejudice, pandemic, and power in the early twentieth century.”
—Dianne Ebertt Beeaff, author of Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner On Tràigh Lar Beach and Power's Garden 

“A serious and intensely gratifying page-turner that places the reader squarely in an era of political, social, and emotional turmoil in Texas. It’s 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

“An excellently written book that paints a powerful portrait of the dire conditions endured by a poor family in Texas in the early 1900s. Sixteen-year-old Leola Rideout, a young woman with a social conscience, makes heroic efforts to ensure her and her siblings’ survival, overcome harrowing circumstances, and maintain her dreams.”
—Linda Stewart Henley, author of Estelle

“Through her irresistible language and characters, Suzanne 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. In ’Til All These Things Be Done, many readers will find a resonance with their own family histories and yearning for connection.”
—Peter C. Brown, author of The Fugitive Wife

“This riveting tale set in East Texas in the early 1920s, when the Ku Klux Klan held sway and only ‘100% Americans’ were treated with dignity, is the story of Leola, a character inspired by the author’s grandmother. From an early age, Leola resolves to stand up against the cruel treatment of Blacks and other minorities. Sent with her young sisters to a home for orphans when her mother dies in the Spanish flu epidemic and her father disappears, Leola confronts sexual abuse, along with other indignities. Told in lively and authentic colloquial speech, Leola’s story will reverberate with readers in today’s world.”
—Sara Jane Loyster, author of The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit

“A brilliantly delineated coming-of-age story; Suzanne Moyers recreates the early 1900s of rural Texas as a young girl struggles with tragedy, poverty, prejudice, and a searing betrayal that refuses to let her go. 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 

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