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Author: Catherine Marshall

Best Part About The Book: Insight into another era, time, and place, and written so realistically you’re there as it happens.

What’s Missing: Brevity. The book has 576 pages.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This book reads like a biography, so I was distraught to learn that it was a novel–in the fiction section. I thought all the characters seemed so real…then I learned that Marshall based the story, published in 1967, on her mother’s life back in the 20’s. My faith was renewed. This novel explores many deep topics, such as choosing who you love, faith in God, and following your dreams. The choice between her two lovers drives the plot of the story, as well as the sometimes laughable and sometimes tragic scrapes the mountain folk create for themselves. The series based on the book with Kellie Martin inspired me to read the book.

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