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- Print Length: 350 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (September 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0097HHHWG
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"'I just wonder if you've considered that by trusting this man, you are taking on two lives: one white, one savage. Can you live in that in-between world, Quincy?'" (loc. 1425)
Such a well written piece. As a debut novel, I'm taken aback at how seasoned and classic this novel feels. Told in first-person, I felt as though I was reading a diary and thus entering the inner most thoughts of Quinn. Quinn, as the strong independent woman she is, was a breath of fresh air from the usual damsel in distress. The depth this book goes into, steeped in history and culture, is wonderfully done. I admit I was a bit weary to continue, in the beginning, but I'm glad I did because the story line of war, freedom and romance caught me up in my imagination. As the descriptive scenery and vivd characterization is put before us, the author paints a glorious picture of a in-depth historical romance.
First Line: "My story begins before the fall, in that Indian summer time when the hills are tipped with oncoming old, and the light hangs just above the trees, dotting the Blue Ridge with gilded freckles." (loc. 50)
Last Line: "For the land called to me even now, in an ancient tongue, willing me home." (loc.Read more ›
Quincy McFadden is a 25 year-old Scottish immigrant residing in Charlestown, South Carolina, 1768. She is compelled to rescue her cousin, Owen from the Shawnee Indians that roam the southern Appalachian Mountains. Yet she also desires freedom and hopes to trade goods with the Cherokee for her own parcel of land in the Blue Ridge Mountains that mark the rocky confluence of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Quincy has a dream of her own homestead, far from government intrusion and the culture of a woman's expectations; she's a pilgrim running from the politics of oppression created by earlier pilgrims. With a family protector along as guide, they make their way from city lights to the rugged country side where she spies her first Indian and finds herself fascinated.
"Both men were shirtless but the younger...looked somehow wilder in his deerskin leggings, a dangerously long knife tied with a leather strap to his waist. His black hair was shorn into a single, spiky line that became a long tail at his nape...I stood transfixed...I'd never seen men who looked as they did. Their skin looked the color of burnt cedar that gleamed in the sunlight. They were tall and leanly muscled, and for the most part, strikingly handsome.Read more ›
Release Date: September 27th, 2012
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Page Count: 348
Source: Complimentary ARC provided directly by author, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
What Stephanie Thinks: Katherine Scott Crawford's debut novel is a lush, vibrant glimpse of the budding Revolutionary War-era America, as well as an impassioned, glittering combination of adventure, romance, and suspense. The story begins with our lovely heroine, Quincy MacFadden, confessing to having been plagued with strange visions, of which she is positive are omens. She's a rebel at heart, raised to be free and to be only herself, so she knows she has to peruse her intuition, especially because she's got a niggling hunch that her mission will lead her to her missing cousin, Owen.
That's only the beginning of the long, momentous, tumultuous journey that is Keowee Valley. Heart-pounding encounters with the Cherokee Native Americans, a star-crossed romance, more visions, and the threat of Redcoats loom in her time to come. While I did find the story to drag on at times (I felt there was just too much. I didn't have trouble getting through it, but there seemed to be an infinite number of pages), it certainly doesn't lack action.
Crawford's style is absolutely exquisite; her landscape descriptions brim with glittering detail and her emotions are captured beautifully on the pages. It's told in first-person too, which is rare for a historical novel, but all-the-more personal and vivid. Normally with historical fiction, I get bored with with all the material details, but that wasn't the case with this one. I think it had just the right amount of historical content.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a great read! I did not want to put it down. It was wonderfully descriptive, and the plot moved along. I really hope there will be a sequel.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Keowee Valley has everything: history, adventure, humor, suspense, romance and intrigue. A thought-provoking look at a important period of our history which has often been... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
In a time where women had no rights, this woman is headstrong and Independent in a time of the revolutionary war. Read morePublished 5 months ago by G Fontaine
Loved the book! I felt like I was there. I want to visit some of the places in the book.Published 6 months ago by firegal
I enjoyed picturing in my mind what our beautiful Keowah
Valley must have looked like during the time of this story.
The Mtns are still there. Read more
Enjoyed the "first three quarters of the book" but, when the story changed to them going to Charleston, the story didn't flow. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Martha
I loved reading this book. All the characters were amazing. Being a Charleston girl myself, I was pulled to your book. I didn't want it to end. Please write a sequel.Published 17 months ago by TH
I could not put this book down. such a great story. I can't wait for next sequel that may come from this great story. 5 + great authorPublished 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
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