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Deborah Smith
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On Bear Mountain

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,169 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
From the art scene in New York to a tiny town in the Georgia mountains, On Bear Mountain is an evocative tale about an affair of the heart that cannot be broken by distance or difference.Bestselling southern writer Deborah Smith brings us a page-turning, heartbreaking novel about two unlikely people who are truly destined to meet. Ursula Powell and Quentin Riconni are draw ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 446 pages
Published March 5th 2001 by Wheeler Publishing (first published 2001)
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I read and reviewed this author many years ago but never again and this is why.

Here's my original review so those who will cannot accuse me of being a drive-by troll. If anything I was a silly fangirl. I wrote this way back when. Ahhh, innocence was bliss.

This is a beautifully crafted book filled with characters who leap off the pages and into your heart. These aren't perfect people, they've made mistakes and make a few during the course of the book which is probably why I enjoyed it so much.
Lin Stepp
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Deborah Smith's wonderful southern books I discovered. Since reading this book, I have hunted down and read all Deborah's books - all equally good reads.

On Bear Mountain is set in the rural mountains of Georgia near the Tennessee Smokies line. I just re-read this novel for my book club this fall. Again, I enjoyed Deborah's tough, spunky main characters - Ursula Powell and Qnentin Riconni, the regional descriptions, the captivating plot, and the psychological insights into '
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quentin Rinconni Stood With His Mother As They Waved Goodbye To His Father, He Was Eight Years Old And Did Not Understand Why Is Father Had To Go All The Way To Upstate New York And Leave Them There In The Bowels Of Poverty. He Faithfully Waited For His Papa To Ask Him To Come Down And Say Goodbye Once Again And He Flew Down The Stairs. His Papa Made Art From Scraps Of Metal And He Was So Proud. But Months Became Years And Papa Failed To See How They Struggled To Survive On His Mothers Salary As ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This review should come with a warning: I am not a regular reader of straight-up romance novels. On Bear Mountain is a romance. I picked it up because it was two bucks, and the setting (mountains, rural Georgia) sounded interesting, and the story involves artists and scrappy farmers, and why the hell not?

Here is why the hell not: SO MANY WRONG THINGS. I was very optimistic for the first big chunk of the book, where the two main characters' childhoods are narrated -- really enjoyed that, though I
Inhalt: Quentin Riconni aus New York macht sich auf in die Berge Georgias, um eine hässliche Bärenskulptur zu kaufen, die einst sein Vater geschaffen hat. Aber er ahnt nicht, dass die Bärenskulptur untrennbar mit der Geschichte der dort ansässigen Familie Powell verknüpft ist, und dass nicht mal seine 3 Millionen $ die Skulptur loskaufen können. Und worauf Quentin außerdem nicht vorbereitet war, ist Ursula.

Positiv: Gleich mehrere Familiendramen reingearbeitet, so dass die Geschichte viel
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many parts of this hauntingly beautiful book that are lyrical and philisophical. But here are three of my favorites:

"He(Daddy)taught me that life was a work of art we build on crudely welded turning points and hopeful imagination. He said every birth, every death, every joy, and every heartache shaped our destinies from thin air, while we were busy pretending we were in charge of our own construction."

"If you only love someone after they've changed to suit your tastes, then what did yo
Susie James
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Deborah Smith several years ago after noticing a paperback copy of her novel, "A Place to Call Home" on our library's swap rack. Her story and writing truly drew me in and I hoped to find more of her work. A year or so later I found a used hardback version of yet another wonderful Southern story she'd published, and a copy of "On Bear Mountain" was among a hodge podge of used books a friend boxed for me for Christmas 2015. I just found time to read it and, though I was afraid I'd be ...more
Mary Ann
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my first read by this author, and frankly doubt I will look for more of her books. I found this one on sale, and now I see why. The first part of the book was so boring, and confusing, I found myself skimming pages to get to better parts. There were two interwoven plots but the transition from one to the other was choppy and I was unsure which plot I was reading for awhile. As the book progressed, the story did become more interesting but since I skimmed parts and found some of the story ...more
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable emotional romance novel. I have not read a Deborah Smith book that I have not enjoyed. The history and stories of the 2 main characters and their families was an intimate look at the emotional baggage we all carry and must face in this lifetime. Well portrayed and an enjoyable romance story. I especially loved Arthur and his simple yet profound connection to nature and the things around him. I feel his character brought a new dimension to the romance aspect. Good book.
Martha Meyers
This was a free book on my kindle, but it wasn't worth my time. Too predictable, and I didn't even like the story.
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