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Publisher's Summary

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

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Enthralling!

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 11-14-14

1899 W Virginia Logging Town & Humble Women

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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You have to read this book!

What made the experience of listening to The Girl on the Mountain the most enjoyable?

The author captures the time period and draws you in. The characters seem like people you want to help.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

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!

Have you listened to any of Becca Ballenger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't .

If you could rename The Girl on the Mountain, what would you call it?

May Rose

Any additional comments?

I just can't wait for the next book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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a bit boring

not sure what else to say. just a bit boring. just nice. I was hoping for more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good historical fiction

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Coming of age book

Didn't realize it was a. Oming of age book until I got pretty deep into it.
Kept reading though as O was looking for historical fiction and it was very descriptive

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Great Story

Kept me waiting to hear the rest of the story! Mae Rose was an unforgettable character.

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Awesome book!

Hated to stop listening and cannot wait to begin the next in the series. Thank you for writing this.
Dr. Sue Clifton

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  • Becky
  • PALL MALL, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 09-21-17

kept me guessing

I kept wanting Mary Rose to get out of town! wish she would have taken all her family to Charleston!
I love that place!

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Not what I expected

This book was really depressing from start to the second to last page. The narrator read in a monotone that did not help. I don't think I will go on with the rest of this series.