Hazel Creek  -     By: Walt Larimore
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Hazel Creek

Howard Books / 2012 / Paperback

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This captivating story takes place in the Hazel Creek Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains wilderness during 1924 and 1925, as Nathan and Callie Randolph, with their five unique daughters, wrestle to maintain their farm, forests, family, and faith against an unforgiving wilderness and an evil lumber company manager seeking by every means possible to pilfer their land and clear cut their virgin forest.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.44 X 8.44 (inches)
ISBN: 1439141827
ISBN-13: 9781439141823
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Publisher's Description

In a new novel from award-winning author Walt Larimore, a loving rural family struggles to survive tragedy and cope with the invasion of modern ways in the 1920s.

In the Great Smoky Mountains wilderness in 1925, Nathan and Callie Randolph, with their five unique daughters, struggle to maintain their farm, forests, family, and faith against a menacing business and an evil company manager trying to pilfer their land and clear cut their forest.

As loggers invade the mountains, death touches the family, and hardship and loss confront them again and again; fifteen-year-old Abbie Randolph becomes mother to her sisters and leans on her faith to guide her through the emotional wilderness of changing times. With the march of the industrial age, the roaring twenties, Prohibition, the increasing momentum for national parks, and the onslaught of a modern world, the traditional life and ways of the mountaineers were about to change forever.

Featuring a cast of colorful characters, including independent and earnest mountain families, a murderous lumber company manager, Cherokee Indians, a band of gypsies, desperados, lumbermen, moonshiners, a world-famous writer, and Civil War heroes, Hazel Creek reveals a gripping struggle of good and evil during an eruption of violence.

A beloved family physician, Walt Larimore is the perfect author for this novel of love, loss, and injury that illuminates the enduring power of faith.

Author Bio

Walt Larimore has been called one of America’s “best-known family physicians.” He was awarded the 2004 Christianity Today Book Award for coauthoring Going Public with Your Faith and has been a Gold Medallion Book Award finalist three times. The author of the popular Bryson City Tales series, he lives in Monument, Colorado.

Editorial Reviews

“Walt Larimore isn't just a great storyteller. He paints word pictures that linger like country wood smoke—so strong you can't get it out of your mind. Once you experience Hazel Creek, you'll never want to leave.”
“This captivating story took me to a simpler time when humans were closer to creation and to the creator. I found in it echoes of Christian classics—Catherine Marshall's Christy, for one—and that puts Larimore's book in the best of company. Being in the Great Smoky Mountains wilderness when it was still wild nourished my soul!"
“A powerful, heartwarming story of courage, love, and faith, Hazel Creek is sure to leave the reader ready for a sentimental journey into an era and region that has charmed the hearts of millions.”
“A compelling story of courage and faith.”
“In Hazel Creek, author Walt Larimore tells a story woven through with timeless themes of family, friendship, and faith. He deftly recaptures life in the Great Smoky Mountains in the mid 1920s through the eyes of fifteen-year-old Abbie Randolph, weaving in both love and loss and the occasional lyrics of songs that add a sweet touch of music to the story.”
“Larimore captures both the natural beauty and the culture of the people who once lived there that makes Hazel Creek one of the most beloved sections of the Great Smoky Mountains.”
Hazel Creek intertwines fictional characters with historical facts so well that they come alive in a unique way that will stir the hearts and minds of readers and will encourage them to become better people. The research given to this writing is impeccable and the sensitivity to the inward character and integrity of our beloved mountain ancestors is nothing short of inspired insight. I am simply delighted with Hazel Creek!”
Hazel Creek is an American portrait of day to day life in the early 20s. Through the eyes of Abbie, we feel the struggles, courage, determination, and faith of the Randolph family. This glimpse into the past stirs the heart and leaves us wanting more.”
“Walt Larimore’s Hazel Creek stands right along with Katherine Marshall’s Christy or Francine Rivers’ The Last Sin Eater. This book will stir your emotions at a deep level, entertain, and open your eyes to a different time and world far back in the Great Smokey Mountains. I hated to see it end, and I’m thrilled to give Hazel Creek my highest recommendation.”

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  1. Bristol, TN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Historically rich information
    July 29, 2013
    Bristol, TN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I liked the way the author began the book with the main character recalling her early years. Also a pleasant ending.
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful book, highly recommend!
    December 28, 2012
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This was one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Reading it was like watching a movie unfold before your eyes. It was the first book that I have read that I found myself weeping so that I could not see to read. I would rate it even higher if possible!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great storytelling
    April 30, 2012
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    This book which is set in the Smoky Mountains in the 1920's, is full of historical details and atmosphere. He gets the "voice" of the time and place just right and the reader can picture the scenes in their mind. If you like stories similar to the Christie series by Catherine Marshall then you will love this book and this series. It is wholesome and yet realistic. Read it...and love it
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A deeply satisfying read
    April 22, 2012
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Walt Larimore has written a book that will transport you back in time to an era and a place where people believed in right and wrong, marriages were forever, men treated women with respect, and family was all important. Reading this book made me ache for such a time, rather than today's society where families are splintered and nobody seems to believe in morals. Larimore has created absolutely beautiful characters, and I especially loved reading about Nathan, a man's man who loves his wife and children with tenderness, defends them from evil, stands up for what is right. The children are simply delightful, and I felt like cheering when young Corrie stood up to the bully of a teacher in front of the whole class! Their innocence and their adventuresome ways left me smiling more than once, and the characters are so true-to-life I felt an actual fondness for them, and grieved alongside them during their time of loss. The conclusion is perfect, a clash of good and evil that resolves in a wholly-satisfying way, and yet still hints at more drama to come in future books. I was truly sorry to see the story end and can't wait to find out what happens next!

    Prepare to leave Hazel Creek feeling deeply satisfied, and inspired to act with courage and dignity like these characters of old. If you are looking for a highly enjoyable, historical novel, then Hazel Creek should be on your "must buy" list. I highly recommend this wonderful book and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    Book was provided courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this unbiased review.
  5. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    outstanding down to earth real life in that time.
    April 21, 2012
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    enjoy how the book draws the reader into the story and the feel of that era and location.... enjoyable read!
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