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Light to the Hills: A Novel by [Bonnie Blaylock]

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“This moving tale of family bonds and the resilience of mothers and daughters is filled with rich period details, regional dialect, and fascinating local customs and foods…Readers of Kim Michele Richardson, Ann H. Gabhart, and Kim Vogel Sawyer will also enjoy this engaging historical novel.” Booklist

“A gorgeously written and well-layered novel that immediately transports us to the Appalachian Mountains of the 1930s. The ways, superstitions, folklore, and justice of the mountain people are woven deeply into the story. Rich in color, tradition, and character, this mountain saga will hold you spellbound.”
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“A bright and vibrant debut.
Light to the Hills is a touching meditation on motherhood and the importance of community, especially during difficult times. Bonnie Blaylock will be one to watch in the realm of historical fiction.” ―Olivia Hawker, bestselling author of One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

“The packhorse librarians of the 1930s opened up entirely new worlds to people through the power of literature, a power no better showcased than within these pages: the vibrant Appalachians, courageous women, and a moving tale of compassion, justice, and forgiveness. Lush and rich with detail in a setting like no other, Bonnie Blaylock’s
Light to the Hills will transport readers, capturing not only the resilience of those living among the Appalachians but of the lasting and binding magic of stories.” ―Gabriella Saab, author of The Last Checkmate

“Bonnie Blaylock is a gifted author, and her
Light to the Hills is an impressive debut. Set in the eastern Kentucky mountains during the Great Depression, Blaylock takes the reader into the lives of an Appalachian rural coal-mining family hit hard by hard times. Blaylock skillfully weaves a grand story of moonshiners, coal miners, tough people, regional language, a beautiful setting, danger, romance, and more than a little humor. The compelling characters in Light to the Hills will live with you long after you finish the last page. This is a beautiful novel, and I recommend it heartily!” ―John Carenen, award-winning author of the Thomas O’Shea series and Keeping to Himself

“Bonnie Blaylock’s
Light to the Hills paints a loving, vivid portrait of the families, communities, and landscape of 1930s Appalachia. Its characters endeared themselves to me in their pluck and spirit, their attunement to the natural world, and their fierce love for one another. I wanted to stay immersed in their world.” ―Susannah Felts, author of This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record and cofounder of Porch Writers’ Collective --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Being from the Appalachian region myself, I was immediately drawn into the rich, atmospheric mountain setting of Bonnie Blaylock’s incredible debut novel about the family we choose. A strong sense of the resiliency, kindness, pride, and familial love of the Appalachian people truly shines through in this heartening story set in the 1930s about human connection and the power words can hold.

Light to the Hills follows three strong female leads, including Amanda Rye, a single mother looking to provide for her young son as a packhorse librarian delivering books with her trusty mule, Junebug. On her route, she meets the stalwart Rai MacInteer, her spunky twelve-year-old daughter Sass, and her charming son Finn. An immediate friendship is born and Amanda begins to feel like she has an extended family for the first time in years. However, when a threat from Amanda’s past resurfaces, endangering the MacInteer family as well, the three women become allies in a mission to protect their loved ones.

At its heart,
Light to the Hills is a love story to Appalachia, to literacy and the gift of words, and to a group of people who have little in the way of material possessions yet so much to give the world and each other. Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’s The Giver of Stars or Kim Michele Richardson’s The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, this heartwarming novel transports readers to the misty mountains of Kentucky and introduces a cast of unforgettable characters who exemplify resilience and hope.

—Alicia Clancy, Editor

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QPL7XT5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lake Union Publishing (Dec 1 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5789 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 271 pages
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After 20 years of co-owning a veterinary practice while raising two kids, traveling extensively, and living on a few acres where she wrangles the bees, the garden, and various barnyard beasts, Bonnie focused on her first love of words and writing (and put that MA in creative writing from UT to use). It's these experiences, as well as growing up in a large military family, from which she draws material for story ideas. She hosts a blog of personal essays, many of which have been re-published on various platforms.

Light to the Hills won the 2021 Porch Prize in fiction award. Bonnie is currently at work on her third novel.

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