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  • File Size: 2253 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amazon (January 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SQTNGS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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The rich heritage of West Virginia has been in the author's blood for generations and is woven through the threads of her stories. Her ancestors labored in the coal mines, and her grandparents were original homesteaders in Roosevelt's New Deal Project - the small town of Arthurdale. An obsession with genealogy as an adult and years of "Grandma, tell me about the old days" as a child, lend her stories a true sense of the simplicity of Appalachian living.



The author resides in Moorefield, West Virginia with her family. She teaches eighth-grade reading classes and selfishly uses teenagers as research for her story ideas.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mon on October 13, 2011
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Finished this book in a very short time. It was easy to read, the characters were very real and likable. The best thing about this book was that it came full circle. Where many books would have ended, this one took care of all my concerns for the characters. It was a pleasure. It is well worth your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheneen on October 12, 2011
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I just finished this book, and it was an amazing blend of the "good old days" and today. The author brought to life the era of the 1930's while also maintaining the modern world we live in. The characters are captivating, and the rich appalacian heritage shines thru. I couldn't put it down, and would love to read more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paulette on February 20, 2012
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What It Takes is easy to read and quite enjoyable. The main character is transported to the past lives of her family. Her role in it all will change her forever. This story puts a great perspective on family and life in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JML -(o_0)/¯ on January 13, 2012
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This book kept me entranced from the first page. I read it in a few hours and was totally involved the entire time. Very well written, with well-developed characters, and a plot that holds the reader.
I hope that Terri Thompson has other books in the future.
A must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AK Mystery Mom on November 3, 2011
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Arianna has been dealt some bad blows, and she's not handling it well. Her behavior is just making everything worse. But a shift back in time gives her perspective, and helps her summon her own inner strengths.

The descriptions of day to day life from almost a century ago are fascinating. The author does a great job of recreating the "good old days" without sugar-coating them. Drunkenness, evil, and sheer hard work are there, but so is the spirit of family, friendship, and community. Arianna is able to learn from this episode and apply the lessons to her less-than-ideal life.

Altogether a very enjoyable book. Highly recommended.

-Lisa Hall Deckert
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on October 12, 2011
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I recently purchased a Kindle and what a way to start my new library!! I hope the author is working on Book #2!!
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I got a Kindle for Christmas and as soon as I set up my account, I bought this book. Couldn't put it down. The author did a great job creating the character of Arianna, an angry, unhappy teenager and then transforming her to Anna from the 1930's. She was very crafty in teaching Arianna some basic coping techniques and how to make her own life better. I really loved the family created for Anna and eventually for Arianna. The author understands Appalachian history and culture. This would be a great book for high school libraries.
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