by Melanie Forde

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BN ID: 2940161556085
Publisher: Mountain Lake Press
Publication date: 07/26/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Melanie Forde is a veteran writer, ghosting in diverse formats--from academic white papers to advertising copy. Under her own name, she has published numerous features and commentaries about the natural world. Fond of parsing the mysteries of Mother Nature, the former city girl has undertaken such foolhardy challenges as turning flax seed into linen over the course of many labor-intense months. Never again.

She really does live on a West Virginia farm, but no longer with llamas. Now, she shares the acreage with two dogs, one cat, and one husband. Hillwilla is her first novel.

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Hillwilla: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Bea has struggled from humble beginnings to an Ivy League graduate. But she has had enough with society and has moved to the mountains of West Virginia. There she is considered an outsider by the locals, but she could care less. She has her home, her animals for companionship, and a job as a translator and editor. Then her neighbor Tanner Fordyce tries to convince her to ghostwrite his biography. She reluctantly agrees and then finds herself helping Tanner rescue Clara from a troubled home life. Bea sees herself in Clara and although grudgingly, she does help Clara. But along the way Clara helps her in return. This is a great, heartwarming story. I find a lot of my tendencies in Bea. I grew up on a little farm and have come a long way. Yet I find that I would rather stay at home with my cats than have to go out and deal with other people. I can also relate to Clara and some of how she grew up. But the best part of the story was how Bea realizes that she really does need other people and that they can be a bright part of her life. I loved the scenes; I could feel myself right there in the pages. You can’t help getting sucked into the story and keep reading into the late hours wanting to know what is going to happen next. This is a stand alone book but I could see other adventures for Bea in the future. I can’t wait to read what Melanie Forde comes up with next. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hillwilla is a wonderful book paricularly if you like character study.  Beatrice Desmond is the main character and could be described as a recluse who lives in West Virginia and doesn't want anyone'shelp.  Beatrice's life changes when she is forced to,help a teenage girl.  Clara must move in with Beatrice for awhile, but then Beatrice breaks her leg and must depend on Clara.  Soon others intrude on Mrs. Desmond's life and she seems to lose her anonymity.  Ms. Forde has written a book that is filled with imagery and portrays realistic characters attempting to live life their own way.  Set in rural West Virginia with llamas and dogs, Hillwilla is a good read that makes you keep turning the pages to see what happens. Maybe there will be a sequel?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago