Gap Creek

Gap Creek

by Robert Morgan
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Gap Creek 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1137 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beyond boring. Floods, fire and famine all while they stay in the same house. My book club read this book , only one person liked it, the rest almost stoned her for suggesting this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the final disgusting scene in the first chapter I knew I shouldn't waste my time on this all too self-possessed effort to depress and wear on the reader. I've always been leary of 'Oprah Picks' but this one takes the prize. Do the editors at Oprah's show pick such bad novels on purpose? From the death of her little brother from worms (which is unneccesarily graphically portrayed) to her struggles against her strange husband (whose character annoyingly is never really explained or developed thoroughly by the author), the protangonist, a young woman in her late teens named Julie, is slapped hard incessantly by her circumstances. I just wanted a break from it. Although it was an easy read (day and a half, thankfully no longer) I found myself wishing that the protangonist would just go home to her mama and forget about Gap Creek. She and her bizarre husband eventually do, but it's too late to save the effort. Try a different novel. Don't waste your time on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish they had a 'zero stars' option for this book. A real snoozer--I kept waiting for something to happen, but it never did. How many pages-long descriptions of pig slaughter and floor scrubbing does one reader need? I get tired enough thinking about my own housework; I certainly don't care to read about someone else's boring chores, no matter how hard the chores may be! And what's with the weenie men? They all either die untimely deaths, whine incessantly, or dump all their workloads onto Julie. Give me a break! Apparently, I have more faith in men than Mr. Morgan has.
Pamela Anderson More than 1 year ago
This book was so depressing. The couple never got a break. I read this book years ago and it is the only book i have ever owned that I put in the trash. I couldn't pass that saddness on.
DDeLong More than 1 year ago
This Free Friday book has a perfect price on it. I wouldn't spend money on this book and recommend reading it only if you are desperate for reading material. A friend loaned this to me a long time ago and I read it then, but remember that it was not a happy read. I will say one thing about the book, it does make an impression on you! It describes poverty in a way that I'll never experience. I can't remember many of the books I've read, but this one I do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was definitely disappointed. With a good book, readers find themselves unable to put the book down. With this book, I found myself taking breaks from it. While some parts touched me, it wasn't enough for me to gasp or really feel what the characters were feeling. The way the book was written was too monotone and there wasn't excitement pouring out of the words where there should have been. Gap Creek may seem fit for others, but overall, I felt the book moved too slow. The ending also totally sucks.
loveweightedbooks More than 1 year ago
A very compelling book! The life lessons contained really give you perspective on your own life. All of the stuggles that the main character goes through leave you deep in thought as to what god really has in mind when you descend this earth. It shows that the light at the end of the tunnel may not always be what you expect, but it's what you need to continue to go on. I highly recommend this book. It's a great read that you don't want to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After living in the mountain foothills only a 20-minute drive from the Gap Creek area for the last 35 years, I found Mr. Morgan's characters a little too educated for the times. Also, I felt that it was obviously written by a man trying to express a female point-of-view, which he was not able to accomplish to my satisfaction. I was left with an uncomfortable feeling after finishing the book. 'The Perils of Pauline' for the new millenium.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I like books about strong women of the 19th century. I couldn't put it down and was sorry when it ended. I want to know more about Julie and Hank. This book gives me a deep appreciation for the hard work of my ancestors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very moving portrait of a young woman's will to survive tragedy and pain in the 1900's in the Appalachian mountains.Robert Morgan writes in very realisitic manner. The reader becomes the heroine. I could not put this down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so involved with what was happening to Julie that I could not stop reading this book until I finished it! I loved it and passed it on to my daughter. I am familiar with the general area the book deals with and remember it with fondness, as Rober Morgan writes about waterfalls and valleys surrounded by mountains. It's my favorite place on earth to visit on vacations. The story is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm amazed at the negative reviews I have read here. This was a spellbinding book and the main character, Julie was an amazing example of courage. I found it hard to believe that it was written by a man, particularly the parts dealing with childbirth!
mommatwogirls More than 1 year ago
A slap in your face to how easy we have it... stimulating
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever said this about a book before but what a waste of time. Bad choice for a book club. Nothing to discuss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was this long drawn description of someone preparing a pig. That kinda threw me off. I sort of like this book. it did have it ups and downs. I probably won't read it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel this was a true portrait of what life could have been at that time in the country! These people where real and did the best they could . They learned to help each other. I laughed and cried with them through their many ups and downs. I recomemend this book highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started the book and thought that I would like it. Nope. It started out okay and then got depressing and then it abruptly ended. I have the ebook version (a Free Friday book) and I think that it is missing pages and chapters. I did some investigating and saw that the "hands-on" books had about 100 pages more than the ebook edition (227 pages for the ebook compared to 329 for the "real" book). I guess that you get what you pay for--in my case it was nothing. I wouldn't read it again. The storyline was too depressing.
spizerink More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago as a young wife and new mother, and was struck by how I could identify with Julie! No I didn't grow up on a mountain in the poorest conditions, but some of my close family have told me stories of a life very much like the one depicted in this book. This story made me understand them better, which in my opinion is what a good story should do for you. It should make you think outside of yourself and your own circumstances, then bring you back to yourself. You should be able to apply lessons learned to your own life, just by having read about someone elses. I would recommend this book to everyone! You might just learn something!
Mikala Johnson More than 1 year ago
I hated the way it ended but overall it was an amazing book(: I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was ok.But not so great.From what I read on the back I thought it would be a love story.(which I like reading some times)But this was just too sad for me.Especially the end.Not at all what I thougth it'd be.
Emily Pigman More than 1 year ago
Don't understand all the bad reviews....I couldn't put it down...
kjsmith97 More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it was first published...it still haunts me to this day...I cried many times while reading it...the characters will stay with you for a very long time...if you love a story told well with characters your heart aches for, then give it a try.
Molly Mya Boes More than 1 year ago
Did not enjoy. Slow and anticlimactic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Gap Creek and truely enjoyed every intence moment of it. I was very disappointed that nothing good ever happened for poor Julie & Hank. I kept waiting for things to turn around & have their luck change, afterall it's hard to believe that so much could happen to someone who has given their all and worked so very hard and had such faith in God & the bad just kept coming. I'd love to see a sequel to this. If ever there was a perfect part two, this is it! Please write one!
Ms_Soni More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get this book for free, AND it was a very good read!