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A classic of early American architecture, the hewn-log house has a unique rustic charm and character. In this engaging and informative guide, Charles McRaven provides illustrated step-by-step instructions that cover every aspect of building your own log house, from selecting the site and hewing the first log to laying the final chimney stone. Whether you’re building a new house or restoring an old one, McRaven offers proven techniques and time-tested advice that will help you successfully create a warm and inviting hewn-log home.
A modern love story set in the Tennessee mountains hinges on secrets hidden for 200 years in the violent aftermath of the Revolutionary War.
"A novel within a novel that’s well worth a read."
- Kirkus Reviews
“The Rifling is historical fiction like few others because it creates a disparate story fueled by new territories, explorations of place and self, and the intricate story of a rifle's creation and its effects on not only the immediate world, but the future … The result is an engrossing story that successfully pairs historical perspectives with realistic, involving characters and their lives, making for a tale hard to put down.”
- D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
Theo MacBain, master mason, divorced, lonely, follows some simple rules.
Work hard. Keep the stones plumb. Don't hire a woman - she'll be trouble.
But he breaks them when he agrees to take on Hanson Blair as an apprentice.
First, she earns his respect by working hard. Then she arouses his protective instincts when he senses she is in trouble. And soon enough, she makes him forget the age gap between them. He falls for her. Hard. And there is no turning back.
Should have stuck to his rules.
“Lyrical scenes depict the art and effort of building with stone, as well as community celebrations such as barn-raising. At the center of this beautifully-written novel is a passionate, unstable relationship between two complex people who know how to create, and how to destroy.”
- Cary Holladay, author of Horse People: Stories
"The novel is a true character study. McRaven (The Classic Hewn-Log House, 2014, etc.) builds a compelling narrative around an unlikely hero; an aging, reticent stonemason whose rough exterior hides a sharp intellect and reflective nature. Theo and Hannie’s relationship is satisfyingly nuanced, as the author probes the issues that hide beneath the surface tensions created by long days at work or jealousy. Theo’s steady friendship with Beth, which reappears throughout the tale, effectively counterbalances an otherwise complex love life. The evocative descriptions of days spent outdoors under wide-open Western skies, fly-fishing, or riding horses, are reminiscent of the work of Norman Maclean or Jim Harrison."
- Kirkus Reviews
“A feud between the Mabry and Millard families in Ridgeway, Arkansas, leads to three murders, with consequences that haunt two families for five decades… A sweeping, suspenseful murder tale that offers enough atmosphere, subplots, and vibrant secondary characters to make readers enjoy the leisurely pace.” – Kirkus Reviews
A bitter feud spirals out of control in the Ozark Mountains. When a stand of magnificent oak trees are harvested for their timber, questions of property lines come into play.
A family of hardscrabble farmers – attractive young divorcée Andy Millard; her ne’er do well brother Charlie; her teenage nephew Nate; and Nate’s crippled grandfather Elijah – find themselves fighting against powerful lawyer Montgomery Mabry and his spoiled son Barry.
As the attacks multiply and murder after murder ensues, it becomes clear that a cunning and remorseless killer is compounding the chaos. One by one, Charlie, Andy and Nate are driven off their small farm, fleeing the reach of relentless lawmen.