As a child, young Starling Brann is dealt a severe blow when her widowed mother remarries into the most infamous family in Tolly Trot Valley, the Masons. Brutish, angry, and holding a grudge she can t possibly understand, Star s new family presents real dangers to the young girl and she quickly learns to do what she can to avoid them. When even her mother won t stand by her side, the deprived girl finds comfort only in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains outside her door, in school, and eventually, in the adoring attentions of Brey Arden, a kind and intelligent boy whose love fulfills her beyond her wildest dreams. But when the couple s deep love is threatened by Star s vile stepfather, the specter of WWII, and the prevailing atmosphere of ignorance and superstition in the town, Star and Brey must fight to hold on to every bit of happiness they have earned, eventually risking life and death in order to fulfill their entwined destinies. Set against a stunning backdrop and written in beautiful Elizabethan prose, with a cast of characters that sticks in the memory like resin, Sixteen Aprils gives readers an authentic, insider s look into a gotten world defined by deep-rooted tradition, illiteracy, religion, and struggle, while at the same time ensnaring them in a tale full of intrigue, suspense, murder, sex, and one of the most beautiful love stories ever described on paper.
|Publisher:||Vantage Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Mother of two, Marcella Buchanan lives in the Piedmont section of North Carolina, where she has written and published many articles for local newspapers. A creative person, Marcy, as she is known, was a runner-up in the Ms. Senior North Carolina American Pageant and also won the Algonquin Award for high sales and leadership in the Stanley Home Products Company. This is her first novel.
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