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My Old True Love | [Sheila Kay Adams]

My Old True Love

The Stantons and the Nortons were families in the truest, oldest sense: extended networks of kin stretching across the mountains, everyone within hiking distance. They’d come from the British Isles and settled in the Appalachians of North Carolina during the 1700s, bringing with them their dearly loved songs and their clannish ways, their ties to the land ultimately becoming as strong as their ties to one another.
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The Stantons and the Nortons were families in the truest, oldest sense: extended networks of kin stretching across the mountains, everyone within hiking distance. They’d come from the British Isles and settled in the Appalachians of North Carolina during the 1700s, bringing with them their dearly loved songs and their clannish ways, their ties to the land ultimately becoming as strong as their ties to one another.

So when Larkin Stanton is left parentless at birth in the 1840s, he is taken in by his cousin Arty Norton and, true to the family way, starts singing before he starts talking. As Larkin grows up, he hungrily learns every song he can, as well as the subtleties of ballad singing: how the songs are about the joys and the horrors of life, and how the best singers can produce a song that will summon tears. Going head-to-head with Arty’s brother, Hackley, the cousins’ competitions to produce the finest song soon spill over into the wooing of the finest girl in the community, Mary.

When Hackley wins Mary and then leaves to fight in the Civil War, Larkin, still too young to enlist, finds himself uncontrollably drawn to the woman who’s held his heart for years. What he does about that love defies all he has learned about family and loyalty - and reminds us that these mournful ballads didn’t come just from the imagination, but from imperfections of the heart.

©2004 Sheila Kay Adams (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Catherine Whitmore Front Royal, va United States 08-28-11
    Catherine Whitmore Front Royal, va United States 08-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    I felt like my grandma was reading this book to me. The narration flowed and the singing was pleasing. A great story told.

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    Nicole LEHI, UT, United States 06-24-13
    Nicole LEHI, UT, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2013

    I mostly read historical non-fiction and fiction and I love it when it's done well.

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I only listen when I'm doing house work or yard work, so I never feel like I've wasted time listening.


    Would you recommend My Old True Love to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not as an audio book, but maybe as a regular one. There was a lot of not-great singing on the audio version.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think maybe a man's voice would have worked better as two of the main characters were male and singers. Having a woman's voice try to replicate old songs sung by young men didn't really work. Also, I could hear doors shutting and coughing in the background in some places when I had my headphones on.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


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