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The Chimney Still Stands
     

The Chimney Still Stands

3.4 51
by Tammy Snyder
 

A dying man, returning to his childhood home, must relive a past that has cost him everything in order to find the peace and forgiveness he desperately needs.

1970 Tandon Bowman, newly promoted as manager of a survey team for the National Park Service, is told his new job is to go to the one place he had tried hard to stay away from - Jasper, Arkansas. It is to

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A dying man, returning to his childhood home, must relive a past that has cost him everything in order to find the peace and forgiveness he desperately needs.

1970 Tandon Bowman, newly promoted as manager of a survey team for the National Park Service, is told his new job is to go to the one place he had tried hard to stay away from - Jasper, Arkansas. It is to be his job to help the distraught landowners along the Buffalo River understand why they will lose their land to the nationalizing of the river.

JulieAnn Peterson, editor of the local newspaper, while always wishing her old high school sweetheart would return, is stunned that evening at the town meeting when she sees Tandon standing there before the podium.

Knowing that Tandon works for the very government that is taking homes and land from the ones he loves would put a strain on any relationship. But, will it stand in the way of healing an old rift between he and his father? Will it ruin his chance to be with the only woman he has ever loved? Or will giving up his dream job be his only chance at real happiness?

Editorial Reviews

Literary R&R - Mandy Shemery
" It's not very often that an author can twist the plot and surprise me, but Tammy did a fine job of that in The Chimney Still Stands, her debut novel. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a love story with a twist. It will definitely draw you in and keep you hooked until the last page." . ~ Mandy Shemery ~ Literary R&R
The Reading Frenzy - Debbie Haupt
"?If you like the novels of Nicholas Sparks you'll love this one. It's a poignantly told drama that will make you laugh, make you cry and at times make you angry. And isn't that just what a great author can do, pull all the emotions out of her readers. Don't hesitate to get this read, all you need is an e-reader, a box of tissues and a love of a great story." ~ Debbie Haupt ~ The Reading Frenzy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468112146
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Tammy Snyder (1971-...) was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1991 she moved south to Arkansas, where she still resides, in the heart of the Ozarks, just a stones throw away from the Buffalo River she writes about in her debut novel, The Chimney Still Stands.

Always reading and writing (and regrettably tossing previous works away!) she finally found time in 1999 to begin writing her first serious novel. She loves to read a variety of genres but, when it comes to her own writing, she prefers to weave an inspiring tale of love.

Tammy is blessed with a wonderful husband and three amazing sons.

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Chimney Still Stands 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
MRShemery More than 1 year ago
This novel is one of those that starts off in the present, but quickly proceeds to the past and stays there for the majority of the novel. I thought this to be a tale of two long lost loves reunited with nothing but happiness in their future. Boy, was I wrong! I don't want to put any spoilers in here, but this novel was not what I expected. It seemed so at first, but by the time I finally finished the novel, I was floored! It's not very often that an author can twist the plot and surprise me, but Tammy did a fine job of that in The Chimney Still Stands, her debut novel. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a love story with a twist. It will definitely draw you in and keep you hooked until the last page.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Tandon Bowman has had many regrets in his life, but perhaps the most important was JulieAnne Peterson. He's not a man to look back, but now as he heads to the only place he's really ever called home he reflects on his life, past and present because there will be no future for him. He looks back at the could have beens and the wish there weres and he contemplates the choices he's made and the costs that came with them and as he nears his final destination he's amazed that "The Chimney Still Stands" a testament to time. He also knows first hand that sometimes happy endings only happen in fairy tales, the truth is sometimes love isn't enough and sometimes that's the ultimate cost of being true to yourself. Welcome to a brave new world and debut author Tammy Snyder. It's not enough she writes the novel, she also published it, marketed it and I hope with all my heart that it pays off for her because it deserves to. In her debut novel Ms. Snyder takes us close to her heart and home to the still wilds of Arkansas and the Buffalo River. She gives us a story line that could easily be told from one friend to another, sitting in a hair salon or gossiping in the grocery store isle or even over the back fence and she does it with pleasant to read, easy to understand language, dialogue that will take her readers directly into the pages of the novel as she expertly describes places and scenes and people we can clearly imagine. She also accomplishes this feat with far fewer pages than other novelists and the tale is told to the fullest so don't worry that there's more you should know. Her hero of this story is someone we all would be proud to know, a man who was brave enough to live his life by his terms, with honesty and integrity and unselfishness. Her other characters are stars in their own rights and are very well developed and portrayed in this drama. This is a love story, but not your typical Harlequin Happy Ever After tale. It's the love of a woman, the love of your family, but most important the love of oneself. If you like the novels of Nicholas Sparks you'll love this one. It's a poignantly told drama that will make you laugh, make you cry and at times make you angry. And isn't that just what a great author can do, pull all the emotions out of her readers. Don't hesitate to get this read, all you need is an e-reader, a box of tissues and a love of a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a while back but still remember it because when I read a novel I look for one thing: the truth and if there's one blaring truth to life it is that, sooner or later, we all gotta die. This is not, particularly, for me personally, a sad thing but, still, in this life, it's like the old biblical line: "we all wanna get to the promised land, we just want to wait until tomorrow." This story speaks of love and death and life's great problems, I couldn't put it down so I read it standing up: next to the chimney.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While young, a man leaves his home and travels off to get an education, then he returns wilth his job to take away some of the older people's land along the river He also meets his school girl. Can a person get a second chance? Tammy is a good writer. Come n check it out today.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Chimney Still Stands by Tammy Snyder, This book first fascinated me because of the picture of the old chimney. There are several like it on the Army Camp Road on the island I spent many a summer and weekends year round. Hikes in the fall with many colored leaves on the ground, the rustling sounds they made and back to a time when the chimney actually stood next to a house. This book brought all those happy memories to the forefront. Starts out with an old man thinking back to his youth. Figured I'd be hearing of his tales along the way straight from the 'horses mouth'. What a wealth of information. Interesting to learn about the politics of the national park service and how they come to decisions to place a park under their control. Love story just adds to this tale. Wasn't hard to follow with just a few main characters and with the extended family it reminded me of my own family-we range close to 300 spread across the world. I rate this book a 5 for not only the numerous hours to accumulate the accurate data from many sources but the political sides to it all. I'd rate the scenery and feelings/detailed thoughts of the characters a 10 if this site would allow it. I'd recommend this book highly. I will be planning a trip now to this national park and other sites nearby. thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable & pleasurable read. Keeps your interest from beginning to end. Hard to put down.
Shadster More than 1 year ago
Without using profanity or sexual scenes, the writer created an understanding of the deep love shared by the two principle characters in the story. The story makes you ponder your own choices in life, the values we individually assign to people/places/things, and ultimately the consequences of those choices. Makes me wonder if more than just a chimney will stand at the end of my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable reading all the way. Didn't have to wade thru heavy sex or unacceptable language. The references to Christian principles were refreshing.
Janzee More than 1 year ago
You never know what is going to happen next and it surprises you. I thought I had it figured out but was wrong most of the time. That makes the book intriguing. I recommend this book for those who do not like figuring out the end.
Sugo More than 1 year ago
sad - but good story - made you pause to think about so many mistakes during a person's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most poignant story! Had me into the story from the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not happy with the ending, but life does not always turn out the way we want it to. Very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was one of the best debut novel i've ever read
PickyReader12 More than 1 year ago
So much effort put into this book! Enjoyed it cover to cover!
hamburgerman More than 1 year ago
Great !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a love story about relationships. A man struggling within himself. Since this is about a man who works for the park service, I thought maybe it would have more of the storyline about nature. Not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unpredictable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Buffalo River is so beautiful. I have often wondered about the people who made their homes along the river & how they coped with leaving so this woonderful, natural beauty could belong to all of us forever. This story gives us some insight into how these dear people were changed because of it. I thank them one & all for their sacrifice - they lost so much so we can enjoy this very touching, inspirational place. To really appreciate this book you need to experience a few hours in a canoe on the Buffalo River - it will change you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok read
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I liked this book because it's backdrop is an area that i am familiar with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good quick read and cheap too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an Arkansas native I was immediately attracted to the story, however I was disappointed in the grammar and syntax in the narrative. A little more editing could have made a good book much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't care for this book at all.