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Who Crosses Storm Mountain? 1911   By: (1850-1922)

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Who Crosses Storm Mountain is a captivating novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the rugged landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains. Penned by Mary Noailles Murfree, this 1911 classic pulls readers into a world teeming with adventure, suspense, and the timeless exploration of human nature.

Set in a small mountain community, the story centers around the lives of its inhabitants and their struggles to survive amidst the untamed wilderness. Murfree skillfully depicts the harsh realities faced by these characters, emphasizing the strength and resilience required to overcome the numerous obstacles that lie in their path.

The author's vivid descriptions transport readers straight into the heart of Storm Mountain, where they can almost feel the biting wind and taste the scent of pine in the air. With her meticulous attention to detail, Murfree paints a vivid picture of the mountain's treacherous terrain, making it a character in its own right. The disquieting beauty and unpredictable nature of the mountain serve as a backdrop for the various intertwining narratives.

Throughout the book, Murfree weaves a complex web of relationships, secrets, and desires. Each character possesses their own motivations and strengths, which collide and intertwine in unexpected ways. From the resilient mountain folk to the unscrupulous outsiders seeking to capitalize on their lives, the reader gains insight into the diverse perspectives and conflicts that shape this tight-knit community.

What makes this novel particularly engaging is the author's ability to capture the essence of human emotions and dilemmas. The characters grapple with love, loss, and betrayal, facing difficult choices that force them to confront their own moral compasses. These conflicts are portrayed with such depth and realism that readers can't help but become emotionally invested in their struggles.

Furthermore, Murfree's prose is both eloquent and accessible, making the story a pleasure to read. Her writing style effortlessly transports readers back in time, immersing them in an era where survival meant more than just physical strength. The author's evocative language adds a layer of poetic beauty to the narrative, enhancing the experience of the story for readers.

Although written over a century ago, Who Crosses Storm Mountain continues to resonate with audiences today. Murfree's examination of human nature, the power of community, and the triumph of spirit over adversity are themes that withstand the test of time, remaining as relevant now as they were when the novel was originally published.

In conclusion, Who Crosses Storm Mountain is a masterfully crafted tale of love, loss, and survival against the backdrop of the rugged Appalachian Mountains. Mary Noailles Murfree's richly drawn characters and immersive storytelling make this novel a timeless gem. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction, adventure, or simply appreciate thought-provoking literature, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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By Charles Egbert Craddock


The wind stirred in the weighted pines; the snow lay on the ground. Here and there on its smooth, white expanse footprints betokened the woodland gentry abroad. In the pallid glister of the moon, even amid the sparse, bluish shadows of the leafless trees, one might discriminate the impression of the pronged claw of the wild turkey, the short, swift paces of the mink, the padded, doglike paw of the wolf. A progress of a yet more ravening suggestion was intimated in great hoof marks leading to the door of a little log cabin all a crouch in the grim grip of winter and loneliness and poverty on the slope of the mountain, among heavy, outcropping ledges of rock and beetling, overhanging crags. With icy ranges all around as far as the eye could reach, with the vast, instarred, dark sky above, it might seem as if sorrow, the world, the law could hardly take account of so slight a thing, so remote. But smoke was slowly stealing up from its stick and clay chimney, and its clapboarded roof sheltered a group with scarcely the heart to mend the fire.

Two women shivered on the broad hearth before the dispirited embers. One had wept so profusely that she had much ado to find a dry spot in her blue checked apron, thrown over her head, wherewith to mop her tears... Continue reading book >>

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