The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway's Georgia home conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a Northwoods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he's hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.
With grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era. From the ethereal, snowy forest and the warm cookstove to the rowdy shanty boys and the jagged edges of the saw, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting the reader back to the time when pine was king, men were made of iron, and rivers were choked with logs on the way to the sawmills. Readers will have a hard time leaving the Northwoods when they turn the last page.
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The story completely captures you and pulls you into history and the time. Totally worth your time!
Book hard to put down
Written so that I could imagine each page with vivid imagery.
A wonderful, educational read
I loved this book! The story was engrossing, the characters well-formed, and the amount of background and logging technique was astounding. I despaired of finishing it and having to say goodbye to these people of whom I had grown so fond. Might a sequel to Katie's and Robert's story be in the works?