Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where... show more
Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better.But Julie and Hank’s new life in the valley, in the last years of the nineteenth century, is more complicated than the couple ever imagined. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what to fear most—the fires and floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters, drunks, and busybodies who insinuate themselves into their new life. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with the disappointments and triumphs of their union make Gap Creek a timeless story of a marriage.
Publish date: August 21st 2012
Publisher: Shannon Ravenel Books
Pages no: 356
Edition language: English
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, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Womens Fiction
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4 stars. 1st in a series, really looking forward to reading the rest. Based on the lives of the authors ancestors; truth is stranger than fiction.
This book was just ok....a very slow read, but the plot was missing...it basically gave the life of a woman in rural america at the turn of the century
I wanted to like this book a lot because it's written by a local author and is set in this general area, and I tend to appreciate books like that on a different level than books set in an unfamiliar place. However, there were a few things that threw me off.First, I realize that many authors write re...