By Ron Rash
The New York Times bestselling writer of Serena returns to Appalachia, this time on the peak of worldwide struggle I, with the tale of a blazing yet doomed love affair stuck within the turmoil of a country at war
Deep within the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dismal, forbidding position the place spirits and fetches wander, or even the sunshine fears to go back and forth. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe--just as they be aware of that Laurel Shelton, the lonely younger lady who lives inside its shadows, is a witch. on my own aside from her brother, Hank, newly lower back from the trenches of France, she aches for her existence to begin.
Then it happens--a stranger seems, wearing not anything yet a gorgeous silver flute and a word explaining that his identify is Walter, he's mute, and is certain for brand spanking new York. Laurel unearths him within the woods, approximately stung to demise via yellow jackets, and nurses him again to wellbeing and fitness. because the days move, Walter slips simply into lifestyles within the cove and into Laurel's middle, bringing her the sole happiness she has ever known.
But Walter harbors a mystery which can smash everything--and chance is nearer than they understand. although the battle in Europe is close to its finish, patriotic fervor prospers because of the likes of Chauncey Feith, an bold younger military recruiter who stokes worry and outrage during the county. In a time of uncertainty, whilst worry and lack of knowledge reign, Laurel and Walter will become aware of that love is probably not sufficient to guard them.
This lyrical, heart-rending story, as spell binding as its award-winning predecessor Serena, indicates once more this masterful novelist on the peak of his powers.