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Unto These Hills

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"A subtle tale deep with character and southern atmosphere to die for. Emily Sue Harvey has a sure touch and strong voice. She's a talent to watch."
- Steve Berry, "New York Times" bestselling author
""Unto These Hills" is strong in its characterization and Emily Sue Harvey captures the humor and heartbreak of Southern Culture. The scenes are real and the emotions deep. A
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Published November 1st 2011 by Story Plant
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Before I go any further, let me give out a warning. I picked this up on 02 January from Netgalley, where it was listed under the Christian genre. At the time of writing this review, it is still listed as such. I am reluctant, however, to label Unto These Hills as a Christian novel. The main character of Sunny Acklin calls herself a Christian and the second half of the book has her making a return to her faith but that’s it. Sexual acts outside of marriage are described in great detail. The langu ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Note: Review contains minor spoilers

When I am picking books to read and review, I tend to limit my searching to those books categorised as ‘Christian’ by genre. I read more widely than this, but my review blog is Christian fiction, so that is what I look for. Most of the books I select to review are tagged as ‘Christian’ and ‘Literature & Fiction’, with the occasional ‘Romance’, ‘History’ or ‘Nonfiction’ appearing. So my excuse for selecting this title is that as it was tagged ‘Christian’, ‘
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Unto These Hills is an unforgettable novel of love, scandal, family, and roots by one of the most emotionally authentic authors of our time. Taking us into the deep South's Tucapau Mill Hill, it introduces us to the unforgettable Sunny Acklin. Betrayed, abandoned, and violated, Sunny faces one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another. But she never loses her spirit or the memory of the love that once so richly illuminated her world. As years go by, Sunny does everything
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unto These Hills by Emily Sue Harvey is a book of happiness, fear, freedom, sadness and joy. The bittersweetness of Unto These Hills speaks to the heart and soul and the innocence spirit of wisdom in often found in very young children although they don't know they possess it. Unto These Hills helped me recall those times hearing ladies in my mother's age group describing some very small children as “ol' souls; they have been here before” because of this spirit of discernment.

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Christie Hagerman
I was particularly interested in this story since I’m a South Carolina gal, and it did not disappoint. The setting of this book came alive and became such a huge part of the story. Set in the mill hill town of Startex, SC, we follow the decline of the factory and its surrounding town over the course of several decades.

Sunny works to overcome the stereotypes and family baggage she faces, hoping to rise above what those around her expect her to turn out to be. With good intentions and a well-mean
Lis Carey
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, christian
This is a Southern family saga, not ordinarily my preferred reading, but Emily Sue Harvey weaves a compelling story with a central character who grabs you and won't let go.

Sunny Acklin is a teenager growing up in the "mill hill" village of Tucapau, South Carolina in the late forties as the book opens. Despite the stresses and embarrassments of her parents', to say the least, imperfect marriage, she grows up feeling safe and cherished in extended family of the tight-knit village. Then everything
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unto These Hills takes place in the deep south's Tucapau mill hill and gives us the story of Sunny Acklin and her family. Her mama runs off with another man and her father leaves to find work, Sunny and her three siblings are raised by their grandmother. Despite everything Sunny finds love in Daniel. Shortly before their wedding Sunny is raped and Daniel leaves her to face it alone. Sunny knows that nothing will ever be the same but she struggles on to make a life for herself.

I must admit there
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Set in a small mill town in South Carolina, Unto These Hills by Emily Sue Harvey follows the life of Sunny Acklin through first love, heartache, disappointment, and strained family relationships. From the vivid depiction of small town life, the characters and situations were heartbreakingly believable. Although the book as a whole was an interesting read, several things did concern me. I had a slightly difficult time keeping straight some of the characters who seemed to float in and out of the s ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-ebook
If you could give half stars I'd give this heartwarming tale a 3.5. Emily Sue Harvey really nailed the family details and interactions airing all the dirty laundry leaving no stone unturned by touching on every topic imaginable that one might face during a lifetime. You get sucked in from the beginning with the young, innocent, hopeful Sunny who like her name is a bright light in the lives of all she meets. When tradgedy strikes the bright young girl your heart is torn to shreds and you cant sto ...more
Dani Moore
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as Tony and Maria, Romeo and Juliet, Sunny and Daniel are star crossed lovers, destined to be together, but ripped apart. Serene faithful Sunny is slowly sapped of her joy and faith. Daniel is raised faithless, never trusting in anyone by a cold, faithless mother, abandoned too early.
In a "Mill Hill Village" seemingly serene and joyful, undercurrents of deception, selfishness, and betrayal weave a choking web that conspires to steal the serenity and celebration out of so many lives. You wil
I won this book from the First Reads giveaway on the goodreads website. I had a very hard time getting into this book. The book is broke into three parts. The first part I had the hardest time getting through. I found the tone to be gossipy due to the elaborate name dropping of every person who lived on Mill Hill done by the narrator/main character Sunny. The number of characters introduced to the reader during part one is overwhelming and unnecessary. Part two and part three were much better. T ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. It follows the lives of 3 generations in a SC mill hill town. The book can be best described by this saying: oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive. We tell lies to protect those we love but in the end do we do more damage with those lies? Sometimes yes but you don't know that at the time. You really can't know until down the road, then what happens?
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is listed as Christian fiction, but it's not your typical Christian fiction. It's brutally honest about some of the uglier sides of life. But I think that's why I liked it. It isn't fluffy. And being a Christian isn't fluffy. But it shows the depths of God's grace, love, and redemption out of the ugly.
Deb Tyson
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Emily Sue Harvey and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It takes the reader through many emotions from laughter to sadness, and shows many aspects of friendship, including love and betrayal.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fairly dark book with a lot of depressing scenes. But I enjoyed reading and recognizing the local (Spartanburg) places. The story is set in a mill village, so parts of the storyline reminded me of what I've heard of the Clinton mill hills.
It took me a little while to get into this story but once I did I was hooked, I didn't find it offensive in any way and felt for Sunny and how life had treated her, was glad that her life worked out.
Kim Rainey
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and heart-breaking!
Martin Maenza
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
For my review please visit my blog: Martin's View: Unto These Hills.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book with a lot of emotion. Everything that happens to Sunny makes you think about how much in life you can handle and how forgiving a person can actually be.
Carol Bowers
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was apretty good book a time line on a girl/womans life.
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