The Big House: Story of a Southern Family

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

The Big House Publisher's Summary

"I don't know why Mama knew Daddy was going to hurt us," Minnie says. "She yanked us out of the bed and over to the wall. The door flew open. There was a huge explosion! Daddy had fired his shotgun into our bed."

Minnie leaves boarding school to spend the summer at The Big House, her cherished Grandpa's home. She enjoys adventure, but she also learns of the dangers posed by the land and a river that can seduce the unwary. The arrival of Minnie's great-grandmother provides her with a fearless female role model as well as tales of the elderly woman's antebellum past and how she survived the Civil War. She also learns of her Grandpa's struggle to build a post-Civil War cotton and lumber empire in a wilderness of swamps, disease, and treacherous men willing to steal and murder.

Minnie's valuable lessons: One must face one's fears head-on, and one must never willingly become a victim. At the close of summer, young Minnie experiences devastating upheaval, but her innate courage allows her to face her fears...and to eventually triumph over them.

©2012 James Keck (P)2016 James Keck
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  • Book 1

    • The Big House

    • Story of a Southern Family, Volume 1
    • By: J. Keck
    • Narrated by: Carrie Barton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Minnie leaves boarding school to spend the summer at The Big House, her cherished Grandpa's home. She enjoys adventure, but she also learns of the dangers posed by the land and a river that can seduce the unwary. The arrival of Minnie's great-grandmother provides her with a fearless female role model as well as tales of the elderly woman's antebellum past and how she survived the Civil War.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved the characters

    • By Winnie White on 09-22-16
    • Story of a Southern Family, Volume 1
    • By: J. Keck
    • Narrated by: Carrie Barton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 08-09-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The Big House: Story of a Southern Family, Book 2

    • By: J. Keck
    • Narrated by: Carrie Barton
    • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In 1928, Minnie's mother, Nora, arrives at her nursing college after abandoning her a few years ago as a child. What does Nora want? An unexpected visit to Grandpa and Marie at the Big House offers Minnie shelter and refuge, but no longer the carefree days of her youthful experiences there. She discovers secrets. Shrewd and hidden manipulations of power ensure the survival of the Big House in this small Southern town, where a smile can mask suppressed rage and hostility.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The reader!

    • By ebbes bruk on 09-12-18

    Regular price: $24.95