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Secrets of Sand Mountain (Sand Mountain Tales) by [Philip C. Elrod]

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Secrets of Sand Mountain (Sand Mountain Tales) Kindle Edition

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Length: 417 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled
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Readers Favorite: Secrets of Sand Mountain is a coming of age novel written by Philip Elrod. Campbell Crossing is a tiny town nestled in the Appalachian Mountain Range on Sand Mountain in Alabama. Mostly it's a farming community, and in 1944, at the time this story begins, there were two churches, a movie theatre and one main store, Mr. Thompson's General Store, with a bright red gas pump out front. Philip Campbell loved that store; it was filled with interesting things to examine and having a store meant Campbell Crossing was indeed a real town. When he found some old boxes stored under the counters, he asked Mr. Thompson if he could see if there was anything in them that could be sold in the store. Mr. Thompson agreed and Philip set to work. One of the boxes had a small cloth bundle which he carefully unwrapped. There was a string of pearls inside; they had luster and shine and seemed real, even to his untrained eyes. When he showed them to Mr. Thompson, the man grew pensive and a bit sad. He told Philip a story about a young couple who had run out of money and gas on their way out to California to find work. She offered him the pearls as surety for gas and said they'd exchange the money owed and the necklace when they reached the coast. He never heard from them again, and he never felt they were his to sell. But, he would let Philip help around the store for a few weeks to earn them.

Philip Elrod's historical coming of age novel, Secrets of Sand Mountain, is told from the perspective of Philip, his Aunt Violette and Karl, a German-English doctor, and the story they tell is a marvelous one. I loved every aspect of this novel which has as its background the final years of World War II and the sad legacy of dysfunctional fathers and the impact their harshness can have on the lives of their families. I was fascinated by the way the author blends traditional medicine and healing into his tale and loved the parts of the tale set in New Orleans, Cuba and England. Elrod is a masterful storyteller. I found myself staying up late into the night rather than tear myself away from a story that had completely captured my interest and my imagination. Secrets of Sand Mountain is literary fiction that delivers a powerful and compelling performance, and it's most highly recommended.

Product details

  • Publication Date : December 10, 2015
  • Print Length : 417 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • File Size : 720 KB
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B0198RCK3A
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27 ratings