It’s 1872 in northern California. Dry Creek is a small town where nothing happens and the sheriff has left. No one wants to be sheriff, so who ends up taking the job? Maud Overstreet, a 35 year old woman whose father runs the bank in town. This is her story of going from being a housekeeper to being a successful peacekeeper despite the city council, her father and some thieving criminals.
You can find this in the Westerns and it is an enjoyable read for everyone. Recommended by Giselle.
Brothers Lawton and Hunter Loggins begin their kayak journey on the Altamaha River in southeast Georgia to take their father’s ashes to the sea. Their journey holds terror of legendary river monsters, lurking alligators, and half-crazed men protecting their water shanties and meager territories. They soon suspect their father’s death was not an accident, and when they follow their instincts into dead-end shadowy waterways line with prehistoric cypress and tupelo, they find the reason Hiram died. The dark mysterious story of Hiram’s life reveals an angry hard man lashing back at his constant bad luck, yet retaining a deep respect for the river. The boys’ journey and Hiram’s life are surrounded by the ghosts of history in the dark recesses of every creek, every tributary. In the 1560s, French explorers built an encampment on the same river, accompanied by LeMoyne, an artist who sketched the events of their ill-fated journey, encounters with the duplicitous natives, attack by Spaniards, their near starvation. The ghosts of the French explorers and their father’s hard luck life follow Lawton and Hunter on a perilous and life-changing journey, richly illustrated with LeMoyne’s original sketches. Drawing comparisons to Deliverance and Cold Mountain, Brown’s second novel (after Fallen Land) is an intense, solidly written story of family loyalty, southern traditions, and haunting historic landscapes, all bound up in the mythical powers of the Altamaha River. Brown has delivered an impressive novel evocative of the American south. Recommended by Donna.