Untrue things are rumored of May Rose, but it's true she's too pretty for her own good. Her husband has disappeared, and now she's on her own in a rough town ruled by one of the lumber companies logging the last of West Virginia's virgin forest. The year is 1899, and a woman alone has few options.
With no resources but a litter of pigs and the attachment of an untamed girl, May Rose must find a way to survive with respect. She must also save the girl who sleeps with a doll clutched tight and a knife under her pillow.
©2012 Carol L. Ervin (P)2014 Carol L. Ervin
The author captures the time period and draws you in. The characters seem like people you want to help.
Oh yes. The plot seems to travel from line to line. I listen on my way to work and on my way home. I would listen at work if I weren't a teacher!
No I haven't .
I just can't wait for the next book.
May Rose is a strong and capable heroine who meets many serious challenges in her young life. She soon realizes that her husband is not the man she thought he was and that she must manage for herself. She works hard and tries to do what is right but there are so many challenges. She learns that her husband has a child with a local whore and may have married the child's mother. Then she learns that her husband is dead. Then life becomes even more challenging!
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Keeping one's honor in a rough and tumble logging town where women are a commodity to be used up and thrown aside is hard to do . . . but one cannot help but to admire young May Rose who comes to town after her husband runs off accused of killing a fellow logger. Her love of children and gentle spirit are admirable, but her determination and hard work to not only provide for herself, but young Wanda, her husband's child that she finds in the town, well, that's true character. This is very good historical fiction. Don't miss it!
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This is a novel about a young woman bearing up through hard times in a small mountain town. It does give some idea of a time before government handouts and how desperate life was for regular folks. The protagonist weathers scorn and distrust from the townspeople and works hard to be respectable. It's a story of back-breaking labor and simple pleasures.
I was a little hesitant about the narrator's high-pitched voice at first, but she did a very nice job reading. Her accents were spot on and she made most of the characters obvious. Her pacing was perfect for this book.
I listened to "Orphan Train" recently and this is a similar-type of story, although without the contemporary parts of the book. If you liked one, you will probably like the other.
narrator took some getting used to but the story was captivating. "Sold my soul to the company store" is now portrayed in a historical fiction novel and no longer only by song.
It took stamina and hope even during the bleak hard times in a timber town, especially for a woman. Good characterization of all the people in the town. MayRose, the main character, experiences many difficulties, but never loses a view of the future, helping others who have no one else to defend them.
almost got in trouble at work because couldn't stop listening after lunch. Love books about strong women
the very end on the train
with her innocent sounding voice it identifies the women in the story
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