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2.0 out of 5 starsA So-So Sequel to Book 1 of the Trilogy
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2018
It wasn't as good as the first novel of the trilogy. I was really disappointed in this book and in the author, Helen Bryan. I really liked her previous novels, 'The Sisterhood,' 'War Brides,' and 'The Mountain.' They had well developed story lines and characters. Ms. Bryan is a better writer than this; maybe she ran out of gas. I wasn't moved by any of the characters, and I really didn't care what happened to them; I finished the book be3cause I hate leaving books I paid for unread. I don't think I will be reading the 3rd book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2018
I loved the first book in the series. This book while good got very confusing. About half way through the book too many characters. Also I felt I needed a playlist of who was who. WHO did they marry? WHO were their children? I think there was too much to cover in just this 1 book. I hope that the third book in the series has many less characters so they can be developed. I expected more depth about the Civil war and slavery.
The story line was great until about the last few chapters. There were so many characters that it was difficult to sort them all out. Family trees of the principles would have helped a great deal in keeping everyone straight. It interrupted the story to have to back in the book to check out whose father/mother was whose...
this book brings the characters and their lives clearly into focus for the reader. the hardships and trials of those old pioneers were almost unimaginable to us who were brought up in the modern world I am looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy
Intrigue woven into the settling of America’s south. An insight into the courageous struggles of women in particular as they partner with family and friends to preserve their homes and their very lives.
The Mountain is the second book in the trilogy. While there is a little overlap with The Valley (book 1) it continues the stories of the many characters and additional new ones. You really feel like you’re living their lives. On to book 3
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
There were too many characters introduced without enough development to help the reader to remember them and their place in the story. The book could have been half the length with added development to the characters.
I loved the first book with its complex interesting characters that the author took time to introduce us to and weave stories around but this second book seems to be a rush to introduce character after character jumping time frames up to ten years between chapter's non of them are on the page long enough to get to know I stopped half way through as I didn't really know who anyone was anymore