Bountiful Creek

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In the spring of 1861, just prior to the onset of the Civil War, Martha Somerville finds her life rapidly changing along with the world around her. Determined to find a way to build a life with her love, Wilby, Martha focuses her energies on acquiring enough money to buy a plot of land to turn into a small farm. Her obsession takes her far from quiet Bountiful Creek, Virginia, deep into Union territory in Ohio. When war breaks out, she immediately sets her course for home before Wilby leaves to join the ...
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Overview

In the spring of 1861, just prior to the onset of the Civil War, Martha Somerville finds her life rapidly changing along with the world around her. Determined to find a way to build a life with her love, Wilby, Martha focuses her energies on acquiring enough money to buy a plot of land to turn into a small farm. Her obsession takes her far from quiet Bountiful Creek, Virginia, deep into Union territory in Ohio. When war breaks out, she immediately sets her course for home before Wilby leaves to join the Confederate Army; but a wealthy suitor, a gravely ill companion, and a thief challenge her efforts to reach him in time. Yet even if she can successfully overcome her obstacles, her life dangerously parallels an ill-fated legend that threatens to keep her and the man she loves apart forever.

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Bountiful Creek was inspired by a real person. She lived on a farm in the mountains of western Virginia (now West Virginia), in a place so small and obscure that its name appears on no map, and passed her youth during the American Civil War. Little else about her is known to me except through two surviving letters she had written to a cousin when not yet twenty years old, which paints her nature as spirited and restless, romantic and dramatic, down-to-earth and yet with a taste for social refinement. Along with matters of everyday life, and her bouts with ill health that prevent her from enjoying what little entertainment is to be had in her area, she writes of flood, disease, death, and burial. Undoubtedly, the rest of her life in the Appalachian Mountains was one of hardship, loss, and whatever joy she could squeeze in between the two. Bountiful Creek is the story of how her life might have unfolded, amidst the historic events of her time, fleshed out with the poignant content of her letters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475115376
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/2/2012
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Weissman's effective use of first person narrative immediately d

    Weissman's effective use of first person narrative immediately drew me into the story, plunking me soundly into Martha's (the main character) head. I intimately knew her emotions as she traversed the days of her life. From an 18 year old deeply in love, full of plans, dreams, and optimism for all the wonderful things to come. Then, sharing her decisions as she made them, and feeling her pain as it happened--the consequences of her choices.

    She trekked through life, unflappable, in the face of every hardship it handed to her. Her coming of age was amid the stirrings of the civil war. And the love story? Beautiful, sad, haunting. There was foreshadowing early in the book, shared in an old foxfire legend--which sets the tone.

    Weissman's prose was beautiful, his vocabulary--extensive. The book was a walk through a long gone era, sometimes sweet, sometimes desperate, sometimes shame inspiring, but never without hope of something better. And the themes touched upon fit perfectly into the time setting of the story.

    The pace was good, steady, and kept the pages turning.

    A wonderful story. I can't say much more without having to issue a spoiler alert.

    I'll leave it at this: It is a legendary love story. The kind of love that makes a person soar to the heavens, and then plunge to the deepest despair. The kind of love we all hope to know at least once in our lifetimes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

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    Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers Favorite "Bountiful

    Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers Favorite "Bountiful
    Creek" by Steven B. Weissman is a beautiful love story. Martha
    Somerville is the main character and I loved her from page one through
    the tear-jerking last page. It is the spring of 1861 in Bountiful Creek,
    Virginia, and we find Martha living with her father, brothers and cousin
    Elizabeth. Martha is a young girl in love with Wilby Winterbourne. She
    is a country girl with no idea of what the world offers. Wilby is a boy
    who has no responsibilities and dreams of all of the adventures awaiting
    him. Elizabeth is the cousin who came years ago to care for the
    Somerville family when the mother died giving birth to Martha. We share
    the life on the farm and meet some of the people of the community before
    Martha and Elizabeth set off over the river to Ohio. Elizabeth is ill
    and returning home to her rich family to receive medical treatment.
    Martha accompanies her on the journey. The two women face many perils as
    they travel by a horse drawn carriage. Upon their arrival at Elizabeth’s
    home, we meet her mother who is less than happy to have her farm girl
    niece as a house guest. We cheer when Martha confronts her aunt and
    helps Agnes to soften her heart and change her ways. We worry for Wilby
    as Chester Danford, the well-to-do nephew, tries to win Martha’s
    affections. When the Civil War begins in earnest, Martha and Elizabeth
    decide it is time to return to Bountiful Creek immediately or the
    soldiers will not allow them to cross the river into the enemy
    territory of Virgina. It is a long and hard journey back with many
    obstacles and I found myself crying and hoping, worried and scared until
    once again Martha reaches her childhood home. "Bountiful
    Creek" is a great book from the beginning to end. The characters
    are well-defined and I felt as though I knew each one of them
    personally. Martha began the story as a loving, caring girl and I
    watched as she turned into a resourceful, intelligent woman. Steven B.
    Weissman has written a book that can stand up among the best. It has a
    little of everything – love, adventure, war, everyday joys and hardships
    before and during the Civil War era. I will be anxiously looking for the
    next book by Steven Weissman. I highly recommend this as a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    I couldn't put this book down. An intoxicating story-line. I fel

    I couldn't put this book down. An intoxicating story-line. I felt like I was right there in the story. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I highly recommend this to book to anyone who likes historical fiction and a tender love story. I actually loved it so much that I read it twice.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    loved this story and the writing was beautiful. It reminded me

    loved this story and the writing was beautiful. It reminded me of novels by Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte except edgier. The characters and scenes were so lifelike that I felt I was experiencing everything along with Martha, who is the main character and narator. I cried, I laughed, I even felt sick to my stomach at one of her tribulations.
    The time, places and different language from country to city recreated a long gone era that felt so real and current. I particularly liked Martha's journey from rural mountains to a "modern city" (circa 1861) and back again, and her transition from ignorant farm girl to, well..., I don't want to give too much away.

    There were a lot of interesting events woven into the story. I sometimes found myself googling things, like the unusual story of Esther Foster (the first woman ever hanged in Ohio), foxfire (I had no idea it was real), and the crippling effects of tetanus (scared me enough to plan to get a booster shot!), and everything in the book was accurate.

    The story was so engrossing that each time I thought I would take a break at the end of a chapter, I kept on reading to find out what happened next. One of the best books I've read in a while. Highly recommended!

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    Posted June 15, 2012

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