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Bountiful Creek: a legendary love story [Kindle Edition]

Steven B. Weissman
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Book Description

In the spring of 1861, just prior to the onset of the Civil War, eighteen-year-old Martha Somerville finds her life rapidly changing along with the world around her. Determined to find a way to build a life with her love, Wilby, Martha focuses her energies on acquiring enough money to buy a plot of land to turn into a small farm. Her obsession takes her far from quiet Bountiful Creek, Virginia, deep into Union territory in Ohio. When war breaks out, she immediately sets her course for home before Wilby leaves to join the Confederate Army; but a wealthy suitor, a gravely ill companion, and a thief challenge her efforts to reach him in time. Yet even if she can successfully overcome her obstacles, her life dangerously parallels an ill-fated legend that threatens to keep her and the man she loves apart forever.

Editorial Reviews


"From the opening paragraph, Weissman proves himself an adept storyteller. Throughout the book, the narrative is masterfully portrayed."
    - Hilton Head Monthly (Aug. 2012 issue)

"Breathtaking. A love story for the ages."
    - Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association

"An appealing story with a strong sense of place and time, and Weissman's style is engaging."
    - ForeWord Reviews

"A great book from beginning to end. Steven B. Weissman has written a book that can stand up among the best. It has a little of everything - love, adventure, war, everyday joys and hardships before and during the Civil War era. I highly recommend this as a must read."
    - Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers Favorite [5 Stars]

"A must-read for anyone with an interest in American history and for those who appreciate how beautiful the English language truly can be."
    - The Hilton Head Sun

"Both grand and intimate. The great triumph is Weissman's use of language. He bathes the reader in colloquial images and evokes the simplicity, roughness and cruelty of Civil War life."
    - The Bluffton Sun

From the Author

Bountiful Creek is not a happily-ever-after story. Nor is it without joy and hope. It is, as were the lives of the people who lived during that place and time in American history, a story about the best people could do to survive and find peace.

Bountiful Creek was inspired by a real person. She lived on a farm in the mountains of western Virginia, in a place so small and obscure that its name appears on no map, and passed her youth during the American Civil War. Little else about her is known except through two surviving letters she had written to a cousin when not yet twenty years old, which paints her nature as spirited and restless, romantic and dramatic, down-to-earth and yet with a taste for social refinement. Along with matters of everyday life, and her bouts with ill health that prevent her from enjoying what little entertainment is to be had in her area, she writes of flood, disease, death, and burial. Undoubtedly, the rest of her life in the Appalachian Mountains was one of hardship, loss, and whatever joy she could squeeze in between the two. Bountiful Creek is the story of how her life might have unfolded, amidst the historic events of her time, fleshed out with the poignant content of her letters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Studio One (June 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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A beautifully written story of a girl coming of age, during pre Civil War, and her undying love for Wiby. Martha wants to marry and settled down, buy a small farm and start her life with Wilby. They have no money, and Wilby is a free spirit who is not tied to a piece of ground, but is willing to be if they can raise the money to buy the property. Wilby has five dollars for hunting and selling fur pelts, but they need at least fifty dollars. He wants to make sure Martha, the main character, will be happy staying in one place and not need to see the world as he has, Saying she is like "a frog stuck in a well". Martha has plans of her own to obtain the money, which leads her on an adventure to Ohio. The characters she meets are written richly and she has many trials and hardships. She is a strong character, fearless and loving and compassionate.
This book is written so well, you feel you are in the story wanting to yell at some of her choices and laugh and cry. It is more than worth the time to read and enjoy. It renews your faith in the human spirit, and helps you remember your fate is in the decisions you make.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A love story, legendary and bittersweet... August 16, 2012
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Weissman's effective use of first person narrative immediately drew me into the story, plunking me soundly into Martha's (the main character) head. I intimately knew her emotions as she traversed the days of her life. From an 18 year old deeply in love, with plans, dreams, and optimism for all the wonderful things that will come. Then sharing her decisions as she made them, and feeling the pain as it happened--the consequences of her choices.

She trekked through life, unflappable, in the face of every hardship life handed her. Her coming of age was amid the stirrings of the civil war. And the love story? Beautiful, sad, haunting. There was foreshadowing early in the book, shared in an old foxfire legend--which set the tone for me.

Weissman's prose was beautiful, his vocabulary--extensive. The book was a walk through a long gone era, sometimes sweet, sometimes desperate, sometimes shame inspiring, but never without hope of something better.

The themes that were touched upon fit perfectly into the time setting of the story.

The pace was good, steady, and kept the pages turning.

A good story. I can't say much more without having to issue a spoiler alert.

I'll leave it at this: It is a legendary love story. The kind of love that makes a person soar to the heavens, and then plunge to the deepest despair. The kind of love we all hope to know at least once in our lifetimes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Read August 9, 2012
By SamG
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I just finished this book. It was great. Very compelling reading and very elegantly written. It was my first Amazon e-book! I can easily see this as a great movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for your book group! August 28, 2012
I found the characters and the descriptions of what life was like during this pre-civil war era to be interesting and thought-provoking. The writing style kept me attentive and intrigued with the language use of that period. This historical novel is both educational and heart-felt. I found myself part of an impromptu book discussion group about it at a recent family wedding! Everyone enjoyed it and had different insights into the character and the author! I look forward to more novels by this talented author!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Voracious Reader July 4, 2012
Bountiful Creek was, for me, a read-in-one-afternoon-must read-again book. Vivid description, exceptional vocabulary, well-portrayed characters, and a compelling story made this fictionalized history realistic and riveting. An extraordinary debut and it definitely rates 5 stars!!!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I AGREE WITH THE OTHER 2 STAR REVIEWER January 22, 2013
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To say I am disappointed with this book would be an understatement. I purchased it based on the 4 and 5 star reviews and I have to say I wish I hadn't.

As I read this I kept thinking God I must be reading a different book than all the others raved about. I know reading and reviews are subjective so I kept slugging on to the end.

I disliked both the heroine and the hero who was a lazy, dreamer with no real goals in life except to do nothing and live by the seat of his pants. THe herione was a silly girl who could have been and had so much more in life but choose to moon over ths lack luster hero.

The story did nothing for me except make me want to cry over the lackluster writing and the stupidity of human beings in general and mine in particular over spending this much money to buy this boon doggle of a story.

My advise unless it is for no cost or you are borrowing it for free Skip it and find something else, but I seem to be in the minority.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching story June 14, 2012
By Kristin
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This book is a real page-turner. I could not wait to find out what happened next! A great love story that isn't too mushy. Also love the historical setting. What it must have been like to live back then!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Elegantly Written Story September 19, 2012
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"Bountiful Creek" is a rousing tale, evocative of those from the period in which the story hails. I was often reminded of Mark Twain's wry wit as I read the novel, which is told from the viewpoint of Martha Somerville. A feisty 18 year old Virginia girl, Martha is dead set on having Wilby Winterbourne. But she is not so overcome by her love for him that she plays the fool. The result is often amusing and heart wrenching.

The author uses 1st person so effectively that you cannot help but be right there with the heroine. I immensely enjoyed her sense of humor, cunning, and bravery. She is no melting Southern belle and you cannot help but respect her for it. Unlike many novels written in first person, the other chracters do not suffer from lack of emotion. Wilby, Elizabeth, and even Martha's father are brilliantly sketched.

I happily recommend "Bountiful Creek." Well researched and written, you will be sucked in from the very first words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book!
This book had many adventures and love stories also. It was a page turner all the way through! Interesting and diverse characters abound.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-wrenching love story
Bountiful Creek is so beautifully written. I love the author's style of writing. So vivid and real. I felt like I was right there.
Published 7 months ago by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars It is a marvelous love story, but I found everything that happened a...
It is a marvelous love story, but I found everything that happened a little too much and the way the heroine talked a little overbearing, however I would consider reading another... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Linda Hanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to become a classic.
I simply loved this story. Realism, romance and history interwoven by a writer who knows how to craft a tale. Highly recommend.
Published 11 months ago by GEM
2.0 out of 5 stars could not get through it
I read about the first 100 pages and decided I had better things to do with my time. At that point in a novel, I should care about at least one of the characters, but I didn't. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Reg
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Voice & Wry Humour
*This review contains minor spoilers from the early portion of the book*

Well written with an authentic voice and a wry humour, Bountiful Creek transports the reader to... Read more
Published on April 25, 2013 by The Kindle Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Bountiful Creek
I really enjoyed this love story. Even though it's fiction, the civil war and slavery are real historical events. I do wish the ending would have been different..... Read more
Published on April 22, 2013 by LuAnn Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Here is a main character to love
In a time where women were considered to powerless, this one manages to control her destiny without compromising her morals. A beautiful and inspiring story.
Published on March 29, 2013 by Sunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Story...
Great story and relaxing read, the author researched the Civil War years. One must read to understand the hardships for people during the mid-1860's.
Published on March 28, 2013 by LaRae
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More About the Author

Steven B. Weissman grew up in Long Island, New York. After college, he traded in musty books for a Harley Davidson, and well-trodden university halls for roads less traveled, to experience the kind of life that can't be taught. It made all the difference in providing the raw materials necessary to be a writer.
An avid NY Yankees fan and theater lover, he now resides in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
BOUNTIFUL CREEK is his debut novel, and a Finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
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