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Bountiful Creek: a legendary love story by [Weissman, Steven B.]
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"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)
  • Publication Date: June 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CPZHYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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This was a beautifully written book. For this I gave it four stars. However, it seems that no ones dreams seem to come to fruition in this one. There was very little happiness and much sadness throughout the whole book. I did not give it the final star because even though beautifully written it was just too depressing.
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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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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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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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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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"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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