The Saints of Swallow Hill A Fascinating Depression Era Historical Novel

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Where the Crawdads Sing meets The Four Winds as award-winning author Donna Everhart’s latest novel immerses readers in its unique setting—the turpentine camps and pine forests of the American South during the Great Depression. This captivating story of friendship, survival, and three vagabonds’ intersecting lives will stay with readers long after turning the final page.

It takes courage to save yourself…

In the dense pine forests of North Carolina, turpentiners labor, hacking into tree trunks to draw out the sticky sap that gives the Tar Heel State its nickname, and hauling the resin to stills to be refined. Among them is Rae Lynn Cobb and her husband, Warren, who run a small turpentine farm together.

Though the work is hard and often dangerous, Rae Lynn, who spent her childhood in an orphanage, is thankful for it–and for her kind if careless husband. When Warren falls victim to his own negligence, Rae Lynn undertakes a desperate act of mercy. To keep herself from jail, she disguises herself as a man named “Ray” and heads to the only place she can think of that might offer anonymity–a turpentine camp in Georgia named Swallow Hill.

Swallow Hill is no easy haven. The camp is isolated and squalid, and commissary owner Otis Riddle takes out his frustrations on his browbeaten wife, Cornelia. Although Rae Lynn works tirelessly, she becomes a target for Crow, the ever-watchful woods rider who checks each laborer’s tally. Delwood Reese, who’s come to Swallow Hill hoping for his own redemption, offers “Ray” a small measure of protection, and is determined to improve their conditions. As Rae Lynn forges a deeper friendship with both Del and Cornelia, she begins to envision a path out of the camp. But she will have to come to terms with her past, with all its pain and beauty, before she can open herself to a new life and seize the chance to begin again.
“Fans of Sarah Addison Allen won’t be able to put it down.” – Booklist

SKU: 1496733320
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Kensington (January 25, 2022)

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384 pages

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Item Weight ‏ : ‎

12.8 ounces

Dimensions ‏ : ‎

5.43 x 1.05 x 8.19 inches

Best Sellers Rank:

#61 in Family Life Fiction (Books)

Customer Reviews:

6,400 ratings

Customer Reviews

1-5 of 10 reviews

  • Kindle Customer

    Donna Everhart’s detailed and well researched description of the lives of turpentine laborers in work camps during the depression, and the meanderings of a young woman trying to navigate her way in a mans world, was spell binding. I was swept off my feet and immersed in the physical struggles and emotional triumphs of Rae Lynne Cobb. Such a absorbing read that I found myself up until early morning not wanting to put it down. Historical fiction at its best.

    December 25, 2022
  • Emily d keiswetter

    This book was so good. The flow of the story was just so perfect. The characters were relatable and inspiring. Some were written to be so mean but there was always a back story. The others were written so sweet. Each character had qualities you could relate to. And lose yourself in their lives. That’s what makes a good book.

    December 25, 2022
  • Afsaneh

    This was my first book of Donna Everhart. I am not very into historical novels but this is a wonderful story of Depression era and the life of ordinary workers. It really reminded me of John Steinbeck and William Faulkner.

    December 25, 2022
  • 2 Fires

    This is my first book by this author and I loved it! The history is really well done. “Saints” captures the essence of the depression era as well as the desperation that must have permeated everywhere. I learned so much about the making of turpentine and the harsh conditions people were forced to work in to make a small living. Great characters and plot.

    December 25, 2022
  • Linda Morris

    I couldn’t stop reading this, t had lots of twists and turns. Ray ( was my favorite character. She was terrifi c . ) she faced every challenge and succeeds.

    December 25, 2022
  • Kindle Customer

    The terrible things people had to endure in the 30’s, after the stock market crash is part of this book, along with the deplorable way blacks were still treated. It’s one of those stories that has you thinking, we don’t come close to knowing hard times! I learned a lot reading this book and was reminded of the power in hope for better days ahead!

    December 25, 2022
  • simpli123

    Great story with a variety of characters. Very interesting as I knew nothing of turpentine camps, or the process if producing turpentine. The story line of Del and Rae Lynn and others at the camp added depth. Overall a very enjoyable book.

    December 25, 2022
  • gmmfbb

    Amazing story from this time frame. Living in the south, I get the tree fascination and it’s byproducts as a way of life now. More please!

    December 25, 2022
  • Kindle Customer

    One I will recommend to my book club. The characters stay ed in my head. Wanted to stay up all night and read.

    December 25, 2022
  • Candace Runion

    This is an excellent book. I will read more of Ma. Everhart’s works. There were some formatting errors in the ebook, but that’s the only negative thing I found.

    December 25, 2022

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