Adamsville native’s first novel set in 1930s Walker County
by Jennifer Cohron
May 04, 2014 | 1288 views | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adamsville native Rebecca Smith Hall recently published her first novel, “Echoes of Life,” which is set in Jasper in the late 1930s.

Hall, who retired after 35 years in the legal field, said writing a book was one of the items on her bucket list.

The plot centers around Sarah Smith, who falls for two young men as a teen and spends the rest of her life paying the consequences of the choices that she makes.

“It’s a love triangle, but it’s not like a harlequin romance where a boy kisses the girl and her eyes light up,” Hall said.

John is a lawyer with a dark side. Hall said readers must decide whether his behavior is demonic or the product of mental illness.

Jasper is a war veteran, a Freedom Fighter and the archetype of a nice guy who spends most of his life finishing last.

“One of the things I wanted to portray is that you can do the right thing and come out ahead. You don’t have to be a loser just for doing the right thing,” Hall said.

The storyline evolved over the three months that Hall spent writing the book.

In some parts, she drew on her decades of experience as a paralegal.

She included the war passages as a tribute to a 90-year-old friend who served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and contributed an acknowledgement for “Echoes of Life.”

The title was inspired by a line uttered by John in one of his most vulnerable moments — “I hear voices echoing inside my head, echoes of life, my life, our life, jumbled together words I can’t understand.”

The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Abbott Press.