G.R.I.T.S.
Sugar Fork by Walt Larimore

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This Captivating Story  takes place in the Sugar Fork Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains wilderness during 1925-1926. Nate Randolph and his five unique daughters wrestle to survive after the death of Callie (his wife and their mother) as well as to maintain their farm, forests, family, and faith against an evil lumber company manager seeking to clear-cut their virgin woodland.
 A cast of delightful characters, including gypsy siblings, Cherokee Indians, a granny midwife, a world famous writer, and even a flesh-and-blood Haint, join our heroine, a sixteen-year-old Abbie Randolph, in her life-and-death struggle. Abbie falls in love for the first time, helps run the farm, and mothers her independent sisters while battling to preserve her faith when senseless murders threaten to destroy her family and her way of life.
Will the Randolph family survive intact? Will the farm be saved? Only a miracle could make it happen.
With the march of industrial age, especially industrial lumbering, the roaring twenties  Prohibition, the increasing momentum for a national park, and the onslaught of a modern world, trains, and radio communication  the traditional life and ways of our Southern High-landers were about to change forever.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
 I have to admit, this was  an ok book. I think it could have been written better. But I do think it has a good story thought line. I just think it could of had I don't know...something more....
 I love how this takes place in the Great Smokey Mountains, and that he writes in their accents. He also puts in the every day struggles that the had at the time.
 Right off from the bat, he makes you feel bad for Abbie and her siblings, they have a father that is often gone, to make extra money for them. And Abbie is left to raise the rest of the family. But she has help from some immigrants that her family took in. Abbie is trying to be a mother and a child at the same time. She is being courted by a young man, and she's falling in love with him. And everyone wants to her marry him, and live close by to help with the family.
 The lumber company start going to extreme lengths to get the Randolphs land, to the point that Abbie's life is turned upside down, along with her siblings. Now she is forced to come up with everything to keep the farm going. BUt will she be able to continue with it? Or will everyone be shipped off to who knows where?

To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book Howard Publishing Company. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Howard to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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