Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Cove

The Cove
Author Ron Rash
Publisher: Ecco Books/Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 2013
ISBN: 978-0--06-180419-9

Book Description:
The New York Times bestselling author of Serena returns to Appalachia, this time at the height of World War I, with the story of a blazing but doomed love affair caught in the turmoil of a nation at war.

Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander, and even the light fears to travel. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe–just as they know that Laurel Shelton, the lonely young woman who lives within its shadows, is a witch. Alone except for her brother, Hank, newly returned from the trenches of France, she aches for her life to begin.

Then it happens–a stranger appears, carrying nothing but a beautiful silver flute and a note explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and is bound for New York. Laurel finds him in the woods, nearly stung to death by yellow jackets, and nurses him back to health. As the days pass, Walter slips easily into life in the cove and into Laurel's heart, bringing her the only real happiness she has ever known.

But Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything–and danger is closer than they know. Though the war in Europe is near its end, patriotic fervor flourishes thanks to the likes of Chauncey Feith, an ambitious young army recruiter who stokes fear and outrage throughout the county. In a time of uncertainty, when fear and ignorance reign, Laurel and Walter will discover that love may not be enough to protect them.

Idgie Says:
Ron could simply write words about rocks and he would make the sentences flow and ripple through the pages and your mind's eye.  He has such a talent for taking a simple event and making you feel like you're in the very center of it all.  

He spends an amazing amount of time on detail and research, so if he describes a scene where an action is performed - you know that's exactly how it should be. 

This is a great story that grips from the start.........and shocks with the ending.  

The description above tells enough about the story to know if it would interest the reader, and I don't want to give away plot, but it's enough to know that it's a Ron Rash story.  You don't need more than that to want to grab a copy immediately

PS - Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence will be a romantic team once again - this time in the film adaptation of Serena!

Read an excerpt HERE.