Carol Ervin captures the triumphs, tribulations, and feel of the late 1800s perfectly in The Girl on the Mountain Life at this time was real rough for women, and the same holds true as May Rose Long must contend with company hardliners and brothels while caring for herself and a young girl This novel is heartfelt and powerful and I look forward to seeing where Ervin goes with it next March is Women s History Month, a good time to read well researched, well written historical fiction like Carol Ervin s The Girl on the Mountain If you ever feel nostalgic for the good old days, if you long for simpler times, the kind Ervin evokes with sounds of leaf whisper and high cricket drone and hawks making lazy circles in the sky, and if you think this was the clean time, when the earth did not tremble with far off crash of trees, and passing trains did not smother the air, read on Maybe you d love to do laundry the old way May Rose, a twenty year old bride living in a cabin in West Virginia logging country, rubbed soap into his underclothes and set them to boil on the stove He dozed, tipped bac Captivating, compelling and a whole lot of other C words come to mind, like Couldn t put it down Carol Ervin s writing is subtle and strong, the setting is powerfully portrayed without getting in the way, there s an undercurrent of dread that creeps along The Girl on the Mountain is one of the best books I ve read lately the best I ve read by an indie author Seldom have I felt so transported to another time and place, or caught myself yelling at the top of my lungs at a bad guy, fists clenched on my Kindle What seems to be effortless scene setting and characterization is no such thing Carol Ervin made me, the jaded writer, really care about these people I won t get into details I hate spoilers I ll just say that anyone who thinks this is a simple historical romance will be pleasantly surprised from the very first page If I had to compare Carol Ervin s writing to anot
This is usually the kind of book I like one of those West Virginia mountain stories centered around logging camps and company towns Young woman who gets a rotten deal from a pretty boy husband has to find her way after he abandons her with no support But I just couldn t get emotionally involved in May Rose s struggle, her connection with Wanda her husband s daughter by another woman that May Rose was entirely unaware of til she was forced to leave the mountain and move to town , or any of the other characters for that matter The writing was not notable enough to rescue the book for me.
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I ve had a copy of this book sitting on my TBR shelf for months As a disclaimer, I want to throw out there that I read historical fiction for entertainment, for mostly the happy endings and insight into what life was like during another time period So, when I was entering the giveaways and saw Ervin s book, I thought, Here we go, something set in West Virginia just before the turn of the century I think of something sweet and wholesome with an inspiring message, like Christy by Catherine Marshall The Girl on the Mountain was not at all what I expected.
This would be a great read for someone who wants a gritty, survival tale of a woman struggling to make ends meet in a poor, rural area It s a time when women didn t have a lot of options and for M
Þ The Girl on the Mountain Æ Good bookGood book The ending is surprising May read the rest of sequel books 2 and 3 Worth reading and decide for yourself.
Rose Married Young And Unwisely, And Now Her Husband Has Abandoned Her In A Rough Town Ruled By One Of The Lumber Companies Logging The Last Of The Eastern Virgin Forest She Has Nothing But Her Wits, A Litter Of Pigs, And The Attachment Of A Wild, Homeless Girl Somehow She Must Survive, But InThere Are Few Honorable Options For A Woman On Her Own The Girl on the Mountain Is A Heartening, At Times Chilling Story Of How May Rose Finds Friends, Escapes Predatory Men, And Protects Ú The Girl on the Mountain ☆ Download by ¸ Carol Ervin The Girl Who Sleeps With A Doll Clutched Tight And A Knife Under Her Pillow Nicely detailed historical, but not enough happens Good old days never wereThis review contains spoilers at the end I love historical fiction from this era when it is historically accurate as far as I can tell This book had accuracy of social history like no other book I ve ever read No nostalgia for the good old days when chivalry was not dead The story was set in a Virginia sawmill town a place that God forgot as one side character remarked It was dangerous to be a woman Capitalism abounded keeping people poor and under control Even the middle to upper middle class was controlled The main character is not caught up in lamenting all this, she is courageous and sometimes naive in just doing the next right thing for her survival and spirit she has a conscience when it would be easier