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Keowee Valley

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  133 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Spring, 1768. The Southern frontier is a treacherous wilderness inhabited by the powerful Cherokee people. In Charlestown, 25 year-old Quincy MacFadden receives news from beyond the grave: her cousin, a man she’d believed long dead, is alive—held captive by the Shawnee Indians. Unmarried, bookish, and plagued by visions of the future, Quinn is a woman out of place… and thi ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Bell Bridge Books
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4.5 stars


Set in the years prior to the War of Independence, this romantic historical fiction will suit readers who love their romance steeped in rich historical detail and lush descriptions of the wilderness of the Blue Ridge Mountains

But for all my gift of Sight, I had never foreseen Jack. He'd come into my world unbidden, a steady, muscled disturbance that had charmed his way onto my land and into my heart.

Quincy (Quinn) MacFadden at twenty-five is a single, wealthy and well-bred lady fro
4.5 Stars - Brilliant Debut!

… Backcountry… “Enter these enchanted woods, You who dare.” …George Meredith

Katherine Scott Crawford’s debut novel, Keowee Valley is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It held me spellbound as I traveled back in time to the Pre-Revolutionary period and into the savage, untamed, and utterly breathtaking beauty of the Carolinas and the surrounding Appalachian region. Her vivid descriptions of the Blue Ridge Mountains conveys the majestic wonder and spectacular b
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: My Home: DNF :(

I'm so disappointed with this one, I had such high hopes for it. I have tried three times to read it and always got to only a certain part then couldn't continue. Boring..boring..put you to sleep boring. The characters have no personality, way too much "scenic" information and just to fairy tale unrealistic for me. Where is the hardships? Struggles? Strengths? Passion? Quincy goes from a pampered heiress to a frontier woman with no problems and gets land and food just lik
Dec 15, 2012 Karla marked it as to-read
$1.99 on Amazon as of 12/15/12 was $9.99

Author: Katherine Scott
Published by: Bell Bridge Books
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5


"Keowee Valley" by Katherine Scott wonderful, romantic, historical fiction read that turned out to be a amazing good read. This author really knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat with this read and gave you the feeling that you were right there in this read as she has you all caught up dreaming her(Quinn's)way to her ambitions. The descriptions of this
May 04, 2013 Happy rated it liked it
This book really frustrated me. It had so much potential. The first 10% I'd give a 4/5, from 10-50% a 2/5 (and in a way I feel that is generous), from 50% and on I'd give a 3/5--with a sprinkling of 4/5 moments. The ending is anti-climactic. The writing was so beautifully poetic in spots but it wasn't grounded. I often felt disconnected from the characters and the plot.

I loved the premise of the book, it's similar to Into the Wilderness and The Last of the Mohicans. This book had an added more
It is clear from the often poetic descriptions of the South Carolina landscape, that the author has a deep love of the place. However, I would have loved to see a little less of these sometimes lengthy descriptions and a little more character and/or plot development. The first half of the story is a little slow moving with all of these scenic descriptions and I kept waiting to hear more about the characters. I particularly felt that something was lacking in the early development of Quinn and Jac ...more
Amber Stokes
Dec 18, 2012 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
Imagine an independent young woman eager to build a home for herself on land that is both achingly beautiful in its wildness and freeing in the familiarity it breeds. Imagine a community composed of those of all different ages and all different backgrounds - all looking for a refuge and a new start. Imagine a place where visitors come and go, danger lurks in the woods, and the sheer grandeur of nature astounds. Imagine a place from which to embark on a life-changing adventure. Imagine a place to ...more
Romancing the Book
Jan 17, 2013 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed by: Desere
Book provided by: NetGalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This was a superb debut from a brilliant author! I loved each and every moment of a truly historical and phenomenal read. I had a really hard time trying to put this one town as the author took every aspect of this book and changed it into so much more. The characters are the kind that will forever stay in my mind.

The author took me on a journey that felt unbelievably real,it was as if I could touch each
Oct 26, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOODNESS! I have yet another author's books to obsess over. "Keowee Valley" is the debut novel by Katherine Scott Crawford and is filled with adventure and romance and a great historical setting. I was so disappointed when I came to the end of the book because I grew quite attached to the characters.

As an avid reader, I am a lover of words and Crawford's descriptions of the frontier of Cherokee territory were so vivid that I felt myself transported back to 18th century South Carolina.

I a
Jan 15, 2014 BonnieL rated it liked it
An interesting book - very slow-paced, lots of lyrical descriptions of the scenery and wilderness, an interesting view of pre-revolutionary, colonial times. At one point, I almost put it into my "did not finish" pile since it seemed to be composed of interminable descriptions. Once it picked up, it became more enjoyable and it was interesting to see the relationship between the hero and heroine develop. HOWEVER. Nowhere in the description, from either author or publisher, was there any mention t ...more
Aug 16, 2013 Katrina rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely swept away into Quinn's world each time I opened this book. The love that Katherine Scott Crawford has for the area of the South Carolina mountains that she writes about comes through in every word. I am waiting as patiently as possible for the sequel.
Apr 08, 2013 Jeanette rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a little bit slow at times and I would have liked to see a little bit more background on Jack but overall it was very good. The descriptions of the scenery were beautiful but a little long winded.
Michelle Griep
Oct 31, 2012 Michelle Griep rated it it was amazing
I’ll be blunt here…Pre-revolutionary war sagas are not usually my chosen genre from which to read. I accepted this one on a whim. And just like Quinn, my reading life changed in ways I didn’t expect. Translation: I LOVED this story! And I totally can’t wait for a sequel.

While I was sometimes annoyed with Quinn for her super independent spirit, I also love that it made her character unpredictable. I didn’t always relate to her, but that just made her more believable.

Hero Jackson Wolf is everythin
Feb 12, 2013 Cinzia rated it really liked it
Keowee Valley is a beautiful historical book set in Southern frontier of what would become par of the United States of America. The historical period in fact refers to the years just before the war of independence of the new Americans.
We are in the spring of 1768, when a young woman Quincy MacFadden, of Scottish origin, grown by his grandfather since her earliest childhood, after the death of her parents, discovers that her cousin Owen is not dead, as she and her grandfather believed, but held p
Sep 25, 2012 Deneé rated it it was amazing
Quinn yearns for the freedom of the valley; not only does she yearn, she dreams. With the familial MacFadden Sight in tow, she dreams her way to her ambitions. While she's on a mission to find and free her cousin, Owen, from the hands of the Iroquois, she gains her own settlement, The MacFadden settlement. Her guide, half-Cherokee half-Irishman, Jackson Wolf changes her life course as she finds herself falling madly in love. With the impending war, Jack is to make a choice: either to be entruste ...more
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My Thoughts: I must admit that I was impressed, and more than a little surprised, that this was Katherine Scott Crawford's debut novel. This is a well-written novel full of adventure and romance all set in one of my favourite historical settings.

That said, as I started reading this book I began to see many similarities between this book and one of my all-time favourite historical fiction series
Sep 30, 2012 Karielle rated it really liked it
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Keowee Valley by Katherine Scott Crawford
Release Date: September 27th, 2012
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Page Count: 348
Source: Complimentary ARC provided directly by author, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

What Stephanie Thinks: Katherine Scott Crawford's debut novel is a lush, vibrant glimpse of the budding Revolutionary War-era America, as well as an impassioned, glittering combination of adventure, romance, and suspense. The story begins with our lovely heroine, Quincy MacFadden,
Genevieve Graham
Oct 24, 2012 Genevieve Graham rated it it was amazing
What an amazing debut!

Katherine Scott Crawford let herself sink deep into Keowee Valley — she must have, because every aspect of the book is beautifully done. Her characters were multi dimensional (including secondary characters) and believable, and even though there wasn’t one clear cut “evil” guy, there still managed to be some wonderful tension and scary moments. She wrote skillfully and lovingly of the beautiful, rugged Keowee Valley and its people, going so far as to include Cherokee langua
Clare O'Beara
Jul 20, 2014 Clare O'Beara rated it it was amazing
This exciting tale is set in the American colonial period when settlers were few and native tribes still owned the land. Quincy is an unmarried bluestocking in 1768 when news comes to her Charleston home of her beloved cousin Owen who vanished in frontier land. Defying her rich grandfather she sets out to ransom him from the tribe who hold him captive, with a trunk of trade goods.

The town of Ninety-Six is protected by a British garrison which is about to be abandoned by the redcoats. Quincy know
Barbara Burd
Oct 09, 2012 Barbara Burd rated it liked it
Quincy MacFadden leaves Charleston in search of her cousin who was kidnapped by Indians and in search of her own destiny. Along the way, she purchases a tract of land and establishes a settlement , travels with her soon-to-be husband and his half-brother, members of the Cherokee tribe. She is a master horsewoman. Oh, and she also has the "sight", ability to see the future. Jack Wolf is part Irish, part Cherokee, with the body of Adonis and unmatched intelligence and bravery. The author goes over ...more
Henrietta Higginbottom
Apr 03, 2014 Henrietta Higginbottom rated it really liked it
This was beautifully written; I really enjoyed the lyrical descriptions and detail.

So frustrating, though, to get to the end and realize there's an unwritten sequel! I suppose that means I get the pleasure of reading it again, but I am not a patient lady. :)
Vicki Foster
Feb 06, 2014 Vicki Foster rated it really liked it
Liked Quincy's unique personality; certainly unusual for this time period. Enjoyed visualizing the settings throughout the book; great descriptors. Didn't like the ending; is there a sequel in the works?
Lorilyn Coggins
Truly enjoyable read!

the characters in this romantic novel set in a historical time were very belIevable. the descriptions made me feel like I was in the Blue Ridge mountains. a joy to read and disappointing To reach the end. I hoPe there are more too come.
Oct 05, 2012 Steph rated it it was amazing
Great read! I really enjoyed this book by Katherine Scott Crawford. I can't believe it's her first published work! It is set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and Charleston, South Carolina. Two of my favorite places. She describes the beauty of the Blue Ridge in exquisite detail. This historical romance leaves me wanting more. I didn't want to put the book down. I hope she plans to write more novels about Quincy, Jack and the rest of her characters. All of her characters are likeable and yo ...more
Dec 06, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
I liked it. It was a fun historical romance.
Jonnine Ayling
where is the sequel must know what is next - why do they have to go to Italy go hide in the woods
Mar 22, 2014 Kari rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. Although I cannot say if it is historically accurate, it was still an enjoyable book.
Stephanie Smith
Jan 08, 2016 Stephanie Smith rated it it was amazing
A great historical romance read!

I really enjoyed this book. I could imagine the scenes in my head since I'd visited the Smoky Mountains several times in my life. The way of life Quinn lives is amazing, what a strong woman. Then to find a man who loves her, she has everything. Very detailed, exciting action.

I am guessing there's a second book out or on the way. If not, there should be!
Liese Coleman rn
Feb 06, 2013 Liese Coleman rn rated it really liked it
I love reading historical fiction that is local. I like to read about places I have been, or places i can easily make a day trip to see. This book had that plus an interesting plot and interesting characters. it was a good first novel and I see the openings for at least 2 more books to make it a series. it was a fun read. light and enjoyable.
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Katherine Scott Crawford was born and raised in the blue hills of the South Carolina Upcountry, the history and setting of which inspired Keowee Valley.
Winner of a North Carolina Arts Award by the N.C. Arts Council, she is a former newspaper reporter and outdoor educator, a college English professor, and an avid hiker. She lives with her husband, young daughter, and favorite trail partner--her bla
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