Under a Cloudless Sky - eBook
Under a Cloudless Sky - eBook  -     By: Chris Fabry
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 9781496427694
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  1. GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Dwelling in Beulah Land
    February 19, 2018
    GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Under a Cloudless Sky.
    The title catches your attention and then you learn the focal point of the story is West Virginia coal mining country. Cloudless and coal seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. An elderly lady living in central Kentucky in 2004 is remembering the brief time she lived in Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, in 1933 with her father, who was the co-owner of the coal mining company and the general store. When she lived there as a young teen, the whole world seemed cloudy. Meanwhile back in Beulah Mountain, the grandson of the other co-owner is trying to buy out everyone living on the mountain so the coal company can expand its operations and use massive machinery to mine the coal. As the story moves back and forth from 1933 to 2004, Ruby is torn between going back for a big celebration the town is planning or staying home in Kentucky. Without knowing anything about the invitation she has received to be the guest of honor, her adult children decide she is too old to continue driving and take her car keys from her. Now, what would you do if your kids took your car keys from you when you felt you were still quite capable of driving? For Ruby, that was upsetting enough but learning that her son had spoken with a neighbor about buying her car was the straw that broke the camel's back. She makes a decision that has all kinds of repercussions for her son and daughter, as well as for the folks down in Beulah Mountain. One of those people is Hollis who promised his parents before they died that he would never sell their land. But Buddy Coleman is applying the pressure for him to sell. What does any of that have to do with Ruby? The excitement and tension mounts as one event after the other occurs, pulling the reader along like a runaway train down the mountainside. Will greed win? Jump on the train and see where it takes you. You will enjoy the ride.
  2. ksnapier
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book will keep you intrigued until the end
    February 3, 2018
    ksnapier
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Under a Cloudless Sky.
    This novel tells how a town's past can bring it down or save it. Set in Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, in 1933 and in the present. In the past, there are two girls who make a vow. Ruby and Bean come from two different homes. One is the daughter of the mine owner and the other is the daughter of a mine worker. Both girls are looked after by Bean's mother and they do not know about the conflict that is coming.

    In the present, Hollis Beasley has decided he is going to hold onto the legacy which his family left him on Beulah Mountain. His friend Buddy Coleman, however, want to increase the coal production of the town and open a museum. He wants to share the entire history of this town, including the 1933 uprising. He also will do this without care for anyone else.

    These two stories come together through an elderly woman who lives miles away. The children of Ruby Handley Freeman want to take away the life she knows, so she disappears. While she is going she discovers a secret which will effect her and those who come across her path.

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat clear until the end. It is so well-written that I felt like I was int he midst of the story from beginning to end. There is suspense throughout. I look forward to reading other works by this author in the near future.

    I was given this book by Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

  3. reli
    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book as are all of Chris Fabry's
    January 29, 2018
    reli
    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Under a Cloudless Sky.
    Chris Fabry is an author whose writings I scarf up every chance I get. He is definitely on my list of top ten authors to read. That poses an interesting thought: who else would I put on my top ten list? Anyway, that's for another time and place.

    It seems like a lot of Chris' books take place in West Virginia and this one is no different. The story goes back and forth between the year 1933 and 2004. It chronicles the unlikely friendship of two young girls, one the daughter of the mine owner and the other the coal miner's daughter.

    It's a story of sacrificial love, truly laying one's life down for the sake of a friend. It's a story of forgiveness, forgiving yourself for what you have done. It's a story of learning to love well, the main character's children tended to be a bit over protective, basically in an effort not to inconvenience themselves. It's a story of how the truth can set you free and even set others free.

    I don't want to say a lot more because I don't want to spoil the story. Let's just say there are some unexpected plot twists that I didn't see coming until just before they happened and which added an excellent dimension to the story.

    While the story is not true, I think it certainly could be. A few things that sparked the story: a picture of Chris' dad and uncle in front of a coal mine, the fact that his mother refused to go back to where she grew up in West Virginia and the fear they had for their mother to drive as she got older. There were also some rumors about abuse that occurred in some mining communities. While the veracity of such claims has been challenged, it certainly seems believable. And the last thing that contributed to this story is Chris' radio show and how older people will confide long held secrets and the relief they feel once they share those things.

    If you ever have a chance to pick up a Chris Fabry book, do it. I have read at least ten of his books, I believe and every one of them have been worth picking up. So make that your New Year's Resolution to read at least one of his books this year. As far as a favorite? I'm not sure. Not in the Heart was my first introduction to his books I believe and it was excellent. War Room is the book equivalent to the movie, also really good. Borders of the Heart is probably my least favorite, that might be easier than trying to decide my favorite.

    Anyway, I received this book from Tyndale and was not required to write a positive review.
  4. vics49548
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read!
    January 28, 2018
    vics49548
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Under a Cloudless Sky.
    Dual time periods have become quite popular, and since I've gotten used to this style of writing I really enjoy it. Author Chris Fabry takes us from 1933 to 2004 and back very skillfully.

    I will say it took me a couple of chapters to get into this story, but once I did I couldn't put it down. Expertly written, with interesting history woven throughout, Fabry's storyline is quite remarkable. His characters are well developed and intriguing.

    The thread throughout this book reminds that us that, according to the Bible, truth sets us free. Secrets will always affect our lives adversely. It also addresses the need to forgive so you can move on in life.

    Full of twists, turns, and winding roads, this book climaxes to a surprise ending that I truly didn't see coming. I highly recommend it!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
  5. Cricket
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful Story With Surprises Until the Last Pages
    January 22, 2018
    Cricket
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Under a Cloudless Sky.
    Independence meant everything to Ruby Handley Freeman. Living on her own in Biding, Kentucky, and driving herself to the store and her hair appointments were things she knew she was capable of doing despite her eighty some years. Baking cakes for folks, listening to gospel music, and good preachers made her heart happy despite the death of her husband a few years ago. She especially loved to listen to one preacher named Franklin Brown, but a recent message about forgiveness had caused her mind to start replaying some things from her childhood in Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, things she had never told a soul.

    This is a story you wont want to miss. Chris Fabry's writing will bring the reader right into the story as Ruby makes her cakes, faces her children, and takes off in her old Town Car for the trip to Beulah Mountain.
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