A Mountain Stands There

A Mountain Stands There

by A. Robert Hill
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A Mountain Stands There 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A page turner, Excellent, I couldn't put it down. This novel should make the best seller list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bigotry, religion, war and money in the early 1900s all come together in this romance written by Coloradan A. Robert Hill. The story starts with a boy and a girl on the banks of the Cuchara River in southern Colorado and follows that boy and girl as life buffest their hopes and dreams. For most of the book, both the boy, Robert, and the girl, Concepcion, are subject to forces outside themselves. Robert is sent to a Catholic college in the east by bigoted parents who want him away from Concepcion and her Hispanic ancestry. Concepcion, whose parents disapproved of her involvement with Robert, marries someone else while Robert is gone and she has a son. Robert, disappointed, and grieving over the deaths of his parents, takes his vows and becomes a priest. Robert works among the poor in St. Louis for a while, but eventually ends up back in his hometown of La Plaza de los Leones. Concepcion is still there and an incredible temptation, so Robert takes off again, heading for World War I in Europe and more tests of his faith. The story is good and its only stumbles are a few missed typos that the editor should have caught. The characters are well defined. Readers get to know Robert, caring and hoping that he will eventually find the happiness he has sought for so lone....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once in a while a novel comes along that really grabs me. A. Robert Hill's novel, 'A Mountain Stands There' is one of these that does! From the time two children swam in the buff, the story dug deep into my mind. Robert Gunther and Concepcion de Varga are the children. Born and raised on neighboring ranches, the two children become physical lovers the night of their graduation from high school. Like many 'White' people in Colorado, the Gunthers do not want their son marrying into a Spanish family. This fact lights the fuse for a story that explodes like a Roman candle on the Fourth of July. Through the advice of a former high school lover, Emily Schumann, Mr. Gunther sends Robert to a Catholic college in Boston. After a series of tragedies, Robert becomes a priest and a few years later, after returning to his home parish, Concepcion seduces him. The guilt driven priest ends up in a trench in France during the height of World War I. The author through Father Robert Gunther, reveals warfare in the European war. The author's discription of the fighting during this period is amazing! Wounded, the priest resigns the priesthood and is sent home a hero, to his ranch in Colorado and once again faces Concepction de Varga. I don't want to ruin your enjoyment of this book by telling you more. I will tell you this, from the time you pick this book up, you won't want to put it down! Even though I finished 'A Mountain Stands There' a week ago, the words still throb inside my head!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to let you know that I really enjoyed reading the novel, 'A Mountain Stands There', as well as a friend of mine in Walsenburg. I was expecially intrigued by your Hispanic and Anglo relationships that were definitely part of our history and culture and still previal today, even though there are more mixed ethnic marriages, less surface prejudice, etc.