Appalachian Mountains

Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past, a Ballad Novella by Sharon McCrumb

Fiction
Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past

We don’t normally review novellas but we’ve got a couple of them this holiday season. Bestselling and award-winning author Sharon McCrumb is one of my favorite authors. I love all of her books but her Ballad series novels featuring old Appalachian Mountain tales are very special to me. I grew up there and she beautifully […]

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Risky Undertaking by Mark de Castrique: Mystery Book Review & Giveaway

Crime Story
Risky Undertaking

I had never heard of Mark de Castrique when I decided to read his latest Buryin’ Barry mystery, Risky Undertaking, and I’m wondering now how I missed this NC author since he’s quite a prolific writer. All I really knew from the publisher’s blurb was that this latest mystery was set in the Great Smokey […]

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The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle: Will the Truth Lead to Forgiveness?

Crime Story
The Last Breath

What does it mean to truly forgive someone? What price do we pay for holding onto old hurts and wounds? In her debut novel, The Last Breath, Kimberly Belle looks at the pain families go through when something happens that tears them apart and whether it’s ever possible to heal old rifts. Why is it […]

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The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman: Book Review & Giveaway

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The Midwife of Hope River

You know by now that I can’t resist a good novel about the Appalachian Mountains area, so I could hardly wait to snap up The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman. Patricia Harman is a midwife, so I had my fingers crossed that would lend this novel more authenticity. If you like historical fiction […]

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A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller: Book Review & Giveaway

Crime Story
A Killing in the Hills

You know I’m drawn to novels that take place in the Appalachian Mountains. When I saw A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller, I was drawn to the concept because I know a lot has changed there since I grew up. Scott Turow’s comment about it cinched the deal for me, “A gripping, beautifully-crafted […]

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Auraria by Tim Westover: Book Review & Giveaway

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Auraria

We’re participating in the No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop! As a lot of you know by now, I’m originally from the Appalachian Mountains. So when I see a novel about that area, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. Auraria is a historical novel about the Georgia Appalachian Mountains in the 1800’s, with a twist. This story […]

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