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The Cabin

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The Cabin is an historical fantasy, with a hefty dose of romance thrown in (although not romance in the traditional sense of a romance novel). James-Cyrus Hoffmann has just inherited his grandfather's farm, and with it a mysterious cabin deep in the woods on Hoffmann mountain; a cabin he has dreamed about since childhood. When James-Cyrus enters the cabin, he is vaulted ba ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published February 28th 2008 by Vanilla Heart Publishing
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3.5 stars

This was a nice time travel story with a hint of fairy magic. There is some romance but it is very light, with nothing more than kissing detailed.

I'm not generally a fan of time travel, had I known it was, I probably would have passed on this. It was entertaining and I enjoyed it. Nothing great or spectacular, nothing truly emotional or gripping, just enough conflict to keep one interested.

Jan 20, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cabin was a captivating story that drew me in quickly and wouldn’t let me go. Set in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia, where there was a deep connectedness that transcended the tangible between the women and the land. Catherine and Corrine are sisters who inherited a strong connection between each other as well as the land. Their grandmother, who was part Cherokee Indian, called it mountain magic as she taught them to respect the spirits of water, stones, trees, and plants. The story star ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Allison rated it liked it
I enjoyed this time-travel novel set in Virginia. The cabin in the woods belonging to the Hoffmann family has stood for generations and is the portal between time periods. The book intertwines the stories of Elizabeth and her mother, father and brother who lived in the cabin during the civil war when it was a stop on the underground railroad and James-Cyrus and his grandfather's cousin Cora who live on the property in the present. I liked the author's added elements of folk medicine, faires and ...more
Nov 18, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
A hauntingly beautiful story filled with plenty of characters, controversy and magic, The Cabin is a must read story. The Cabin follows, and connects, generations of the Hoffman family. The story line involves fairy magic, strong family ties, the Civil War and Underground Railroad.

The story starts off in 1846 with Corrine and her sister Catherine, two woman who have a deep connectedness between themselves and the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia. The connection with the girls to the mountains t
Dec 13, 2009 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
There was a deep connectedness between mountain women in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia, a connectedness that transcended the tangible, yet was as real as the forest itself. It was a part of the mountain magic, her grandmother had taught her when she was a young child, and it was particularly strong between Corrine and her sister, Catherine.

Faerie folk and an old cabin in the high country link characters in modern times with those living during the American Civil War. Those who "know" tell
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Corrine Hoffmann and her sister, Catherine, were mountain girls, raised to honor the spirits of all living things, and never harvesting or gathering more than half of what was available. While gathering morels soon after the birth of her daughter, Corrine discovered a fairy stone, shaped like three crosses joined at the base by a single stone. As she rinsed the stone in a nearby creek, she accidentally dropped it, breaking one of the crosses loose. Taking the single cross for her preacher husban ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
what an awesome read! the novel is filled with nature, fantasy, history, romance, and wonder - even some low-key time-travel. The Cabin is a book one wishes both to finish and NOT finish. i wanted to know what happened. but i didn't want the story to end.

what i appreciate is all of the elements somehow combining into a believable novel. Zeidel reminds us to believe that things are not always what they seem, that reality isn't always what we are told.

this book is highly recommended. it will imm
May 02, 2011 Carissa rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the concept in this book. The fairy-stone time-travel thing was kindof fun, but I was interested in how the protagonist was able to grow up with his triple great grandma. I think it would be neat to be able to visit someone from your family history. I got caught up in thinking about it. I'm not so certain if the dialogue was correct from the different time periods. That would be something to research. I did enjoy how Cora (Corrine) said that next time she would try the "Doctor Coke".

Feb 14, 2016 ReadingWench rated it it was amazing
This might be the perfect book for me. It has everything that interests in me books, but in just one book.

A bit of romance; historical; contemporary; civil war times; the underground railroad; great plot; intrigue; action; doing the right thing; little sadness; a locality that is familiar; happy ending; feel good; and makes you want to find out more about a subject in the book.

I have re read this yet again and I still love love love this book.
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Nov 11, 2011 Doreen McGettigan rated it it was amazing
I love the layers in this story. So well written and unique.
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Smoky Zeidel is a novelist and poet, whose love of the natural world is thematic in all she writes. She taught writing and creativity workshops for many years at venues throughout the Midwest before succumbing to her bohemian urges and moving to Southern California. Her work has earned her two nominations for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

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