Abbi Gouch A tale of Terror, Tragedy and Triumph!

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Rusty Smith

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Italian immigrants Vito and Cassandra Gouch come to America in search of the American dream. Part of their dream is realized with the birth of their beautiful daughter Abbi. The family is loved by the small town community of Mendenhall Mississippi because of their humility, kindness, the remarkable produce from Vito's farm and Abbi's extraordinary talent as an artist. Death claims Cassandra and soon after, a cocaine-fueled gang led by big-shot wanna-be Rube Miles brutally attack Vito and Abbi, leaving Vito nearly crippled and Abbi horribly disfigured with cold steel and flames of fire. Father and daughter are separated, each presuming the other dead. Grief and pain take them both to the edge of sanity, but they are finally reunited. Vito is shocked to find that when Abbi experiences joy, her scars are hidden by some sort of aura. The Veil. Those who once loved Abbi are taken aback by this strange phenomenon. Is she associated with the occult? Nothing could be further from the truth, because Abbi has a very unique relationship with Jesus Christ! Suddenly dead bodies begin popping up everywhere in the small community leaving Sheriff James Barnes baffled. What in the hell is going on in his quiet little town? Disaster continues to strike the Gouch family. A newspaper article about Abbi's extraordinary talent as an artist and her ability to be able to "summon" Jesus Christ riles a well known hate group. Everything the family worked so hard for has been destroyed. After the death of her beloved father, the broken, once beautiful girl is perched on the edge of the abyss. Will she plunge over the edge and give in to the Adversary, or will she be delivered from evil and soar like an eagle?


Religious, Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Romance, Suspense / Thriller, Drama, Epic, Folktale, Fantasy,

Short Summary

Facing incredible hardships that would normally devastate even the strongest of people, they overcome and are triumphant due to their strong faith.


Mendenhall Mississippi

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Twist, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse, Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Abbi Gouch

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Beautiful, Gracious, Modest, Romantic, Obedient, Religious, Decisive, Desperate, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Insecure, Naive, Complex, Funny, Honorable, Visionary, Faithful, Perseverance, Skillful, Charming, Confident, Educated, Empathetic, Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Vito Gouch

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Faithful, Engaging, Romantic, Aggressive, Badass, Confident, Empathetic, Funny, Honorable, Perseverance, Leader, Masculine, Gracious, Modest, Religious, Strong Moral Code

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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