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The Legend of the Mountain Ash

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Ethan is a Doughboy wounded in the battle for Belleau Wood. Davy is a reviled British conscientious objector serving in a military hospital. Two young men drawn to each other in the midst of the horrors of the Great War. Neither has a family, for the soldier's has all died and the CO's has cast him off in disgust for refusing to take up arms.

The bond of love that grows bet
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Published (first published March 25th 2011)
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Kassa
Jun 21, 2011 Kassa rated it it was amazing
The Legend of Mountain Ash is a wonderful story. I’ve read it before and remembered the story as soon as I read the first lines. It’s one that sticks with you, pulling emotion that you don’t want to fear and wonder at the magic offered. It’s not an easy story but Sims rarely offers that. Instead it’s sad, painful, uplifting, and offers happiness but not before the sacrifice. The writing is beautiful and perhaps some of the author’s best so if you haven’t read it, you should for that reason alone ...more
Cryselle
Jun 30, 2011 Cryselle rated it really liked it
The opening lines of Ruth Sims' short story puts the reader at the feet of a storyteller swaying in a rocking chair on the porch of a log cabin such as Ethan and Davy live in. The Legend of the Mountain Ash mixes the eeriness of myth with a story set in a time we can recognize.

In a few brief words, Ms. Sims captures a hideous time for the young men in World War 1, the fighters and non-combatants both. Ethan and Davy, the wounded and the medic, find love in the horror and a refuge in the Appalach
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Elisa Rolle
A short story about forever love, and here forever is a really long time; Davy and Ethan met during IWW and at the end of that war, Davy being disowned by his own English family for being a conscientious objector and Ethan being an orphan, they decided to build their own family and home in the Appalachian Mountain. But they were naïve, and innocent, believing they could live together given they didn’t harm anyone. Davy above all, a CO, believed there was good in anyone. Davy is like a mystical c ...more
Edina Rose
Jun 21, 2011 Edina Rose rated it really liked it
Heartbreaking story with a happy end.

It is a legend, the tale two men, Ethan & Davies. They make a cute couple and they are total opposites. Davis is a gentle soul who is against killing, and served as a nurse (I think) in the army. He is positive guy who is always laughing. Ethan, a soldier, takes everything seriously, and has more gravitas.

They meet during the war, fall in love and leave the army. They hope to build a loving and peaceful life together, far away from guns and blood.

Love,
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Chris
Nov 01, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, gay, short, fantasy, ebook, 2012
Very good short m/m romance/fable about two men who meet during WWI and then attempt to build a life together in the Appalachian Mountains.
Heather
Nov 11, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether you believe in legends or miracles, the story of Ethan and Davy is a tale of love and survival. A great little read that left me equally in tears and smiles.
Sandra Gonzalez
Jul 24, 2012 Sandra Gonzalez rated it liked it
the only reason i gave it a 3 star instead of a two is that for such a short story, I did like the emotions overall. the lack of dialogue at the very beginning kept me emotionally detached until nearly finished.

This is m/m story.
107rinoNeko
Jun 14, 2012 107rinoNeko rated it liked it
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うーん、うーん。これはちょっとどころでなく、かなーりEthanが気の毒な展開で、素直に喜べない、いわゆる不条理系の物語。私はヘリクツ屋なので好みではなかったが、これだけの少ないページ数の中に上手くまとめてある。
唯一疑問に思ったのは、Davyの行為が良かったかどうか。見ず知らずの人に親切にするなとは言わないが、守るべき人がいるならばもっと慎重であるべきだ。もし他人を助けたために身内を苦しめるとしたら、それは美徳ではなく、ただの自己満足にすぎない。
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Read as part of I Do, Two Anthology.
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