'In the gloaming, oh, my darling!
When the night meets gold of day...'
She was twenty-eight and in love. The man of her dreams met her on the hill above the river in the 'gloaming.' He took her in his arms and kissed her as she had never been kissed beforeâEUR"the kiss of a friend, she was to find out, and her heart would be broken.
Miss Clementine Wilmeth married Mr. John Briley in May of 1911. He was not the Apollo of her dreams, but he would make a suitable husband when there seemed to be no other option. As Clemmie and John began their life together, neither could foresee the challenges that would test their faith, shake their trust in each other, and, eventually, renew their love.
When times were tight and food was scarce, John, Clemmie, and their girls struggled to survive, yet they never lost hope in their loving God, who provided when all hope seemed to be lost. Surrounding themselves with family and friends, the Briley family overcame when, during the Depression, so many couldn't. Meet Me in the Gloaming is a fictional account of a real woman's life journey, from the rising sun of adulthood to the twilightâEUR"the gloamingâEUR"of her life. When the sun begins to set and before the moon begins to rise, walk the familiar path to Big Hill and Meet Me in the Gloaming.
Author Carol Mitchell Vinzant was born as the Depression neared its end in 1936. She grew up in Beaumont, Texas, where her father worked for Mobil Oil as a chemist. Her mother, Ruth, was Clemmie's daughter. At a young age, Carol found letters stuffed in an old trunk that had belonged to her grandmother and soon discovered scores of Clemmie's diaries, documenting her life in the difficult time of the Depression. Carol has lovingly penned the journey of her grandmother, and her history is etched in these pages.