4/01/2012

Hazel Creek

Walt Larimore
2012
Howard Books
Fiction/Historical

I love books like this, they always make me think of a favorite movie.  These stories are told as the reminiscences of an elderly woman.  Mrs Abbie. 
In the stories we learn of the life of Abbie Randolph a young woman who grew up in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains.  As hill folk, her family is leery of outsiders and lowlanders, and especially her father is leery of the logging company who is trying to force him to sell their land.  And with good reason when they bring in a man who tries his best to intimidate them into selling. 
Abbie has a wonderful life, but it is not an easy life, her momma is pregnant for the eighth time, and she is having a lot of trouble with this pregnancy.  The baby is born, but Abbie's momma doesn't make it.  Her death makes more work for Abbie, taking care of her younger sisters, and her regular chores, and trying to go to school too. 
I really felt the pain and sorrow that Abbie experienced, this author has a unique storytelling ability that draws you into the story, making you feel like your there in the Great Smoky Mountains experiencing what the Randolph family was going through.  A great story, with promise of more to come.  368 pages $14.99 US 4 stars. 
This book was provided for review purposes only by Howard Books, no payment was received for this review.

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