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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: KIM Publications (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615499953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615499956
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Senehi offsets suspense with local preservation and history details, and delivers handsomely. ...even late in the novel, there are some intriguing surprises. Ignore the archaic title and glib first paragraph... and enjoy the ride."

--Rob Neufeld, THE READ on WNC, December 28, 2011.

Using her own unique and descriptive writing style (reminiscent of Dean Koontz.) Senehi offers the reader a well-conceived thriller and conveys a sense of breathless danger which escalates throughout. Senehi's storyline twists and turns many times before surprising its readers at its final destination." - Patrice Tappee, RAPID RIVER MAGAZINE

      "Rose Senehi has a distinct talent for developing memorable characters and, in this newest book, creates people who still reflect the independent nature of the early settlers of this mountain valley town."  - Paul M. Howey, The Laurel of Asheville

 
      "Rose Senehi, author of the widely praised Blue Ridge Series of novels, continues with her winning blend of romantic suspense and passion for environmental conservancy in Render Unto the Valley...her talent for authentic characterizations and high-tension plotting continue to grow." - Josua Simcox, WNC MAGAZINE

       "A small town drama that speaks to the mountain life, Render Unto the Valley is an excellent and much recommended read, not to be overlooked." Midwest Book Review

Render Unto the Valley is a many-stranded tale of three generations of a star-crossed family struggling to mend itself and preserve something of its rightful heritage. In the midst of this tempestuous story stands Travis Whitfield, as stony-hearted a bad hat as you are ever likely to meet. But the female forces arrayed against him are formidable. Are they strong enough to prevail? Read and you'll find out. But be warned: It's a breathless ride. --Fred Chappell, North Carolina poet laureate emeritus and author of Ancestors and Others

About the Author

Render Unto the Valley, was awarded a 2012 IPPY Gold Medal for Fiction-Southeast, USA. It is the sixth novel by contemporary fiction writer Rose Senehi, and the third book in her "stand-alone" Blue Ridge series. A resident of Chimney Rock, North Carolina, Senehi moved to the South from Upstate New York in 1996. Her fourth novel, In the Shadows of Chimney Rock, was a 2009 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award finalist, and her fifth, The Wind in the Woods, was nominated for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Award in 2010. Her other novels are Pelican Watch, Windfall, and Shadows in the Grass.

More About the Author

"Dancing on Rocks" is Rose Senehi's seventh novel and the fourth of her Blue Ridge Series of standalone novels. "Render Unto the Valley," Rose Senehi's third standalone novel of the series was awarded the 2012 IPPY Gold Medal for Fiction-Southeast,and was also chosen as a Spring Okra Pick by SIBA. Her fifth novel," The Wind in the Woods" was a finalist for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. "In the Shadows of Chimney Rock" was nominated for the "2009 SIBA Book Award by members of the Southern Independent Booksellers' Alliance as the Best in Southern Literature for the year. Prior to moving to Chimney Rock, NC, Senehi was a resident of the Murrells Inlet/Pawleys Island, South Carolina, area for twelve years, and featured that coastal area in her book, "Pelican Watch". Senehi moved to the South from Upstate New York in 1996, and has been a featured author at the 2010 South Carolina Book Festival, 2007 "Readers in the Rockies" symposium in Crested Butte, Colorado, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston in 2006 & 2007, the Amelia Island Book Festival, and the Carolina Mountain Book Festival in Burnsville, NC.

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Her characters are sympathetic and easy to identify with.
Carol Weathersbee
The over all theme leads one to better understand our beautiful geographical resouces and the importance of protecting them.
Bruce Stelow
I loved learning about the real events and history that shaped the small farming community where the story is set.
Jackie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Karen Godwell spent years trying to sever her mountain roots and forget her family's painful past. She left her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains for college and reinvented herself. She made a successful life in New York, where she is a curator at the Metropolitan Museum, and except for the rare visit to see the grandmother who raised her, never looked back.
She is recently widowed and still looking to find a new normal with her young daughter, Hali, when she finds that her sociopathic brother has pushed her grandmother into a nursing home and somehow convinced the elderly woman to sign over all her money and property to him -- including the family farm, which he wants to sell off piece by piece.
To stop him and preserve her family's heritage, Karen must go back to the place where her deepest secrets are buried.
"Render Unto the Valley" is the third in Senehi's Blue Ridge Mountains series, and in my opinion is the best ... at least to date. As readers have come to expect from Senehi, the story is a romantic thriller that focuses largely on environmental themes. However, there's also a strong emphasis on the importance of preserving history and culture, and that was what really sold me on this book. I loved learning about the real events and history that shaped the small farming community where the story is set. But the battle between Karen and her brother (a character who is truly frightening in his lack of conscience and empathy) kept me enthralled until the very end.
I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leanna on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rose Senehi's newest novel, Render Unto the Valley, evokes many emotions in the reader. We empathize with Karen Godwell, the story's main character, as she fights both inner and outer battles. Inner: her recovery from her husband's death from cancer, the knowledge that her efforts to cut ties with her mountain roots has failed, and memories of the terrible thing she did in the past. Outer: her move back to the family farm in NC with her daughter, Hali, and the ensuing battle with her psychotic brother over the family land.
We feel her love for her daughter, the highs and lows of her relationship with environmentalist,Tom Gibbons, her sorrow over the situation with her grandmother, her feelings of both love and fear she has for her brother, Travis, but most of all, the inescapable pride she has in her heritage.
I'm a NC mountain girl, myself, and I understand the power of mountain heritage. It's a mystery that many people probably don't understand, but native western North Carolinians "get it."
As a lover of books (both author and reader) I spend a lot of time with them and specifically love stories set in NC. I've read all of Ms. Senehi's novels and Render Unto the Valley is my favorite so far. She has successfully captured the power of the Blue Ridge Mountains within the pages of this book and I highly recommend it.
~Leanna Sain (NC author)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mysunshine510 on August 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Render Unto The Valley was a captivating book. The author creates the characters so beautifully that you can really relate to them. From page one I felt for Karen, who had recently lost her husband, and her young daughter, Hali. Not only had they just lost the "man of the house" now they must leave New York to return to Karen's hometown. Karen returns to the mountain she tried so hard to escape to save her grandmother's land and home from her disturbing brother. The reader can't help but hate Travis, and be very scared that someone like this might exist. I also enjoy the way the author allows us to see many sides of the "story" without making it confusing. Each character flows so effortlessly, and well described, into the next that you never get the "tennis match" feeling of back and forth that you frequently get with many point of views.

The family dynamic is very real in this book. The connections and emotions are well written. You'll definitely want to keep reading to know why Karen's grandmother went down hill so fast, to find out just how evil Travis is, and if Karen will return to New York or stay where her husband had wanted them to be. With plenty of thriller type action and very detailed scenery with a strong theme of protecting the environment,history, and culture this is a great story that will please many audiences. This is the third book in Rose Senehi's "stand-alone" Blue Ridge series. I highly suggest reading all of them. Soon, you'll find yourself wanting to leave the city life to follow the characters in Blue Ridge.

I was not paid for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own and were in no way swayed. I was given a copy of the book for an honest review. Thank you for reading! -Melissa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Stelow on February 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Senehi's best so far!

I've read all of Ms Senehi's books with genuine appreciation. Up until now I liked Pelican Watch best, but Render Unto the Valley moves her writing up a couple notches. Character development was very satisfying. I felt I knew them if I met them on the street. The story moves at a comfortable pace with just the right amount of conflict and suspense. The over all theme leads one to better understand our beautiful geographical resouces and the importance of protecting them. Overall I rate the book 5 star with the hope the she is already writing a sequel with the main characters included. I would have appreciated more pages. The read went much too fast.

Bruce Stelow
Pawleys Island, SC
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