The story of Jonah retold in 1930's Appalachia.
Coleman Harpe has always had exceptional hearing, he puts his skills to use working for the railroad, but he has a heart for preaching. His family has long been embroiled in a feud with the McLeans, who shot his cousin. So when he hears God tell him to go preach to the McLeans, it is the last thing that he wants to do. But when he tries to escape his calling, it only take him closer to the heart of the McLean lair.
A mountain tale of feuding families,faith amidst the superstition and crime, that runs rampant. The story follows main characters from both clans, showing their strengths, conflicts, tender moments and struggles.
Slow to start, it took awhile to get to the characters and the lay of the land, but after that it picks up and keeps pace. I really liked the Gordon family and how they stay just barely a part of the McLean operations, yet have enough standing to stand their ground. I liked how this book showed good and bad in boths sides, as well as showing the saving power of the Gospel. An enjoyable read, with many striking characters, and a memorable plot.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.