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A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House
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Apr 19, 15

bookshelves: 2011-reads, kentucky, southern, appalachia
Read in January, 2011

The setting for this book is the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky in the early 1900s. It is the story of Vine, a beautiful Cherokee woman and her husband Saul, a white man. Vine leaves her family home to live with her husband’s family on God’s Creek. When war breaks out Saul must leave his family and go to work for the war effort. He leaves them in the care of his younger brother, Aaron, who he trusts will take good care of them all. But everything won’t be okay. There is something sinister and disturbing about Aaron, and when Saul returns home he will find his wife changed and his brother missing. Vine must make a dreadful choice that is driven by fear of the prejudice against the Cherokee. But, can she keep secrets from the man she loves?

The characters in this story are well developed and I grew to love the women characters. The countryside is beautiful, and life is harsh in these mountains. What endures in the end is love, strength, and bonds of family and friends.
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