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Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better.

But Julie and Hank’s new life in the valley, in the last years of the nineteenth century, is more complicated than the couple ever imagined. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what to fear most—the fires and floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters, drunks, and busybodies who insinuate themselves into their new life. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with the disappointments and triumphs of their union make Gap Creek a timeless story of a marriage.

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Gap Creek
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Good ...but
May 18th, 2015
Really liked it, but it seemed quite short and I was hoping for a much more detailed and definitely longer novel. The follow up book is about a subsequent generation and does not really finish the main character's story as I had anticipated. I was really struck by the author's depth of knowledge of pioneer lifestyle and challenges of survival. It made modern life seem like such a cake walk, also as a male author I felt Morgan did an amazing job of creating a believable and sympathetic heroine. A good read! '
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Great Story
March 1st, 2015
A great story. This book and the sequel Road from Gap Creek are both are excellent reads. I wish there was a book about the middle of this families tale.
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January 24th, 2014
this was an amazing book, not what I normally read, but I loved it :)
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