Listen for the Angels, the third book in the Ollie’s Angel Series, begins on the road to California where Ollie and Roy move with three little girls in search of a prosperous life following struggles on an Arkansas farm during the Great Depression. Roy works at farm labor. Ollie joins him in the fields during cotton-picking season and becomes infected with a disease the newspapers call Sleeping Sickness. Several people die from the illness, but doctors do not know the origin. Ollie’s intuition tells her that mosquitoes cause it—she takes a quinine tonic and recovers. They return to Arkansas, buy a small farm and continue to struggle. Almost every year, Roy goes away to work in other states to earn money for the mortgage, to buy seed and fertilizer for crops, and to pay doctor bills.
In 1949, a son is born. The toddler narrowly survives diphtheria. The same year, his older sister gets tetanus after sticking a pitchfork in her foot.
In 1946, Roy and Ollie buy the farm of their dreams, but drought destroys crops. In 1950, Ollie, expecting her seventh child, has rapidly growing uterine tumors. During pregnancy, she gets strep throat and loses her hearing. The doctor cannot give her strong antibiotics to kill the infection for fear it will harm the baby. She delivers twin girls, but never regains her hearing. Four years pass before she can buy a hearing aid that allows her to hear her babies laugh or cry.
Roy and Ollie want to start a Grade ‘A’ dairy farm, but are denied a low-interest loan; fire destroys the pasture and crops; and a tornado hits the farm. After four of their eight children are grown, Roy and Ollie begin operation of a dairy farm. At last, Ollie can sit on the porch with her sewing as fat cattle graze the hillsides.