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Book Review-How Blue Are The Ridges-Ken Ollis

Monday, December 16, 2013


Pump Up Your Book is proud to announce Ken Ollis’ contemporary fiction novel How Blue Are the Ridges Book Tour December 16 – January 17! Ken will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card and 10 eBook copies of his book. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below or on participating blogs throughout the blast and good luck! To see the other blogs participating-click here.

This is a story about the Depression years and how a young man and his friends manage to overcome the poverty that has plagued them most of their lives living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A lot of the book is about life in the mountains and how it was lived and probably still is. It is a story about family and friends and the trust each and everyone of them puts in the Almighty-Church is one of the most important parts of their lives. It is also the story about how Moonshine pitted these staunch, truthful and honest men against terrible enemies. It is a long book-approx 600 pages but I can honestly say I was never bored. The ending left me in shock and possibly there will be a sequel--but maybe not--life goes on--5 Stars for this one!!


About the Book: (from IUniverse)


Title: How Blue Are the Ridges
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Author: Ken Ollis
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 604
Language: English

In the midst of the Great Depression, the people of the Blue Ridge Mountains are as colorful and unforgettable as their home. Strong, intelligent, and kind, they are a force to be reckoned with. They are determined, unyielding, and tough when challenged, and they do what is needed to protect what is theirs. They live off the land and love their music, barn dances, and moonshine whiskey with equal passion.

Walter Stamey is a true Southern gentleman and a mountain man through and through. A veteran of World War I, he works hard to build an empire to provide a future for his family. During the Great Depression, Walter works his way into the moonshine business, and the Newbarn operation grows quickly. But Newbarn is too successful too soon. Now Walter has to contend with the Chicago Mafia, and everything he had worked to achieve is at risk. With the help of his son Jackson and a local detective, they work to protect their livelihood.

Millard Watson grew up dirt poor, knowing nothing but poverty. As an adult, he vows to break the bonds of his past to create a new future with Flora, the girl of his dreams. When Jackson offered him a chance to build that new life at Newbarn, Millard jumped at the opportunity. But is he truly willing to pay the price for his dreams?

Only time will tell how far everyone will go to defend what’s theirs.

Purchase the book at IUniverse

About the Author: (from IUniverse)

Ken Ollis is a child of the Great Depression and of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. After traveling abroad, living over much of the United States, and serving in the US Air Force, he returned there to build a life on Gingercake Mountain with his wife, Jackie. They have two sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He is also the author of Seasons of Poetry




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21 comments :

Masshole Mommy said...

The depression era fascinates me for some reason, so I think this would definitely be a great book to add to my reading list.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

My Mom and Dad lived through the Depression years and had so many stories to tell. I would love reading this book.

Jennifer Williams said...

I have only heard of stories from the depression from my mother, I would love to read this book, for some reason this is something I have been wanting to see more on and how they all survived.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I think this would be super interesting to me. I really like the era and the setting.

Rachee said...

I love historical fiction and people who are able to grow from where they began. This sounds like a good read; something ELSE to add to the pile.

Lady Lilith said...

What an interesting story idea. There was so much going on during the Great Depression that I am sure you book is filled with interesting facts and ideas.

Theresa said...

This is the kind of book I gravitate towards. Like Robin, the depression era was so interesting! Reading about how people made their way through that time is fascinating!

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I love the sound of this what an interesting idea - and it's always nice to read about people making the most of a bad situation. x

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

Sounds like it will be entertaining and inspiring!
Thanks for the giveaway

Pam said...

I love reading about history but especially the depression era since my parents have told me quite a bit about it. This looks pretty interesting.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I really love the historical references in this book. It catapults you to another time and teaches you a lot about the past.

Pam said...

I live near the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's so cool to see books about the area!

Teresa Moody said...

I good time for a storyline like that. We need a reality check on the depression.

Annie said...

I always loved learning about other people's lives, especially in other regions :)

Robyn Good said...

Great book for the holiday season.

Tina said...

One of my favorite childhood trips was through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Such beautiful country! Just wish I had more time to read. Problem is I get so caught up in the stories, I just can't put them down and next thing you know it is 3:00 a.m!

Maria said...

I just visited the Blue Bridge Mountains! Absolutely beautiful area!!

Ashley Gill said...

This would be a good book to read through with my husband. Something we could connect on! Thank you!

Amanda Love ~ Growing Up Madison said...

Sounds like a good read but I tend not to read these kind of books. I'll be sure to share it though since I know there are others unlike me who would love to read it. :)

Courtney Pies said...

How Blue are the Ridges sounds like a pretty good book! I think my dad would really enjoy it.

Katherine Bartlett said...

What a great sounding book. I live in the blue ridge mountains and they really are beautiful

 
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