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The Shepherd of the Hills

The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
By: (1872-1944)

The story depicts the lives of mountain people living in the Ozarks and the mystery surrounding an old man called ‘The Shepherd of the Hills,’ who’s called Dad Howitt. The backdrop storyline surrounds the pretty Samantha Lane, called Sammy, and her love of Young Matt, Grant Matthews. The shepherd, an elderly, mysterious, learned man, escapes the buzzing restlessness of the city to live in the backwoods neighborhood of Mutton Hollow in the Ozark hills.

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THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS

BY HAROLD BELL WRIGHT

TO FRANCES, MY WIFE

IN MEMORY OF THAT BEAUTIFUL SUMMER IN THE OZARK HILLS, WHEN, SO OFTEN, WE FOLLOWED THE OLD TRAIL AROUND THE RISE OF MUTTON HOLLOW THE TRAIL THAT IS NOBODY KNOWS HOW OLD AND FROM SAMMY'S LOOKOUT WATCHED THE DAY GO OVER THE WESTERN RIDGES.

"That all with one consent praise new born gawds, Tho they are made and moulded of things past, And give to dust that is a little gilt More laud than gilt o'er dusted."

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA. ACT 3; SC. 3.

CHAPTER I.

THE STRANGER.

It was corn planting time, when the stranger followed the Old Trail into the Mutton Hollow neighborhood.

All day a fine rain had fallen steadily, and the mists hung heavy over the valley. The lower hills were wrapped as in a winding sheet; dank and cold. The trees were dripping with moisture. The stranger looked tired and wet.

By his dress, the man was from the world beyond the ridges, and his carefully tailored clothing looked strangely out of place in the mountain wilderness... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - April 24, 2016
Subject: The Sheperd of the Hills
Emily does an excellent job of the narration and the story is enjoyable.


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