In Beyond the Quiet Hills, Hawk and Elizabeth Spencer struggle to survive and raise their family on the Tennessee frontier. Hawk also brings his son Jacob to live with them at the Watauga Settlement, but Jacob resents the strong bond between Hawk and his stepbrother Andrew. Things are complicated between the stepbrothers when they are both drawn to the same girl.
As a part of a villain's vengeful plot against Hawk and his family, men disguised as Cherokees attack the settlement, injuring some settlers and taking Hawk's daughter captive. The settlers want to attack the Cherokees, but Hawk discovers the plot and must race to keep a war from raging across the frontier.
Aaron McCarver teaches drama and Christian literature at Wesley College in Florence, Mississippi. His deep interest in Christian fiction and broad knowledge of the Christian market have given him the background for editorial consultation with all the "writing Morrises" as well as other novelists. It was through his editorial relationship with Gilbert Morris that The Spirit of Appalachia series came to life.
Gilbert Morris spent ten years as a pastor before becoming Professor of English at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas, and did postgraduate work at the University of London. His publishing credits include some two dozen scholarly articles, 200 poems, and more than 200 novels, including series such as House of Winslow, Lions of Judah, and Cheney Duvall, M.D. (coauthored with his daughter, Lynn Morris). Dr. Morris passed away in February 2016.