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About the Author

Celia Miles, a native of Jackson County in western North Carolina, lives in Asheville. She attended Brevard and Berea Colleges and has graduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and IUP in Pennsylvania. Recently retired, she taught at Brevard College and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. She now spends her time writing, editing, photographing old mills and stone circles, and traveling. She writes in various genres and has co-authored a college textbook; her published fiction includes Mattie's Girl: An Appalachian Childhood; A Thyme for Love; ThymeTable Mill; and On a Slant: A Collection of Stories. Selected works by this author: A Thyme for Love Mattie's Girl: An Appalachian Childhood On a Slant: A Collection of Stories ThymeTable Mill Sarranda
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741435187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741435187
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,109,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christy Tillery French VINE VOICE on February 5, 2013
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This epic tale chronicles the life of Sarranda Hensley who grows up in the mountains of Western North Carolina during the 1800s, secure in the love of her grandfather but with a father who is distant and mother who doesn't have time for her. Sarranda is fascinated with her grandfather's grist mill and loves to read poetry but times are hard and she barely has time for either. When Sarranda is very young, her father heads West to mine for gold and is never heard from again, leaving Sarranda, her mother and brothers to eke out a living from their scraggly farm. Sarranda marries at a young age only to lose her husband to the Civil War and is left with two young boys to raise. As the war rages on, Sarranda and her mother face many hardships and Sarranda becomes hardened by life save for one night spent with a stranger who strikes a bright flare in Sarranda's heart.

Celia Miles realistically depicts the turbulent times surrounding the Civil War and the bitter division between the North and South and conflicts within families over which side to fight for. There is much pain and hardship surrounding Sarranda, a woman who is not prone to show or express love yet feels deeply. Historical detail is fascinating, the dialogue is realistic and the characters are interesting. Miles shows a propensity for pulling her reader into a story that is well-written and entertaining.
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Celia Miles, author of Mattie's Girl: An Appalachian Childhood and many other fine works, spins a yarn of epic struggle and redemption in her Civil War saga Sarranda. While writing this work, Miles spent time listening to Stephen Foster's lament "Hard Times Come Again No More." In most of the novel, the emphasis, for Miles' heroine, is on the "hard times" the heroine endures. But there is, of course, an end to these hard times. Miles' story gives the reader a vivid rendering of the war brought close through the eyes of the narrator, a "mountain woman" from western North Carolina's isolated Green Valley, who, after pain, loss, and devastation, ultimately rises again, not only surviving but triumphing, beginning a new life perhaps never even dreamed of before her mettle is tested.
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By BeBe45 on October 22, 2011
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Every woman, whether she is from the north or the south, would enjoy this book. History, love, pain, joy - very poignant. Well written and the best of Celia Miles.
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Couldn't put it down and the sequel is even better. Great characters and loved the dialogue. An amazing duo! Polly Davis
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