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On Viney's Mountain (Cumberland Mountain Series Book 1) by [Joan Donaldson]

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Grade 7–9—In 1880, in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee, Viney Walker, 16, lives on a subsistence farm with her sister and brother. All are accustomed to long days of hard labor, but Viney makes time for her art—weavings that make warm blankets and add beauty to drab mountain cabins. When men from an English utopian settlement begin to tear down the forest to clear land for their new farms and town, Viney is outraged and determined to undermine the settlement. A few tricks, however, cannot stop progress, and the teen despairs of losing not only her way of life, but also her sister to the wiles of an Englishman. Just as she begins to appreciate what the settlement has to offer, and to fall in love with one of the young men who comes to work there, disaster strikes. Based on the life of Dicey Fletcher and the ill-fated Rugby colony, this book offers a glimpse into the lives of women in the mountains during this period. While Viney's disinterest in marriage and family makes her unusual in her time, she is a somewhat drab heroine by today's standards. Offer this novel to fans of historical fiction and light romance who won't be put off by the absence of a happy ending.—Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA
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Joan Donaldson is a Michigan author, and an organic farmer. 

When she was a child,Joan Donaldson's favorite game was Authors. She memorized the portraits of the authors on the playing card so that even before she could read, she could identify Louisa May Alcott and Charles Dickens by their portraits. She hoped that one day she would be an author and would see her name in gold print beneath the title of her books. By the grace of God, this wish has come true. She began writing in first grade as soon as she clutched my fat red pencil. She composed a short poem and set it to a tune that she composed at my child-size piano. Her teachers and parents encouraged her passion for words. She read constantly and memorized many of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems from A Child’s Garden of Verses. One of her favorites: “The friendly cow all red and white, I love with all my heart: She gives me cream with all her might To eat with apple tart.” She quoted later on in life when milking her cow, Lottie. Because she spent many hours in the library, she became good friends with the children’s librarian, Mrs. Borosco told her about the Hunt Club, a section for young writers in the Horn Book Magazine. Mrs. Borosco encouraged her to send stories and poems to the Hunt Club with the hope that they might publish them. Though none of her writings were ever published, she saved the rejection letters and felt like a real author. One kind young editor even wrote her with editorial suggestions and complimented her on how she had watched her writing improve over the past two years. Enthused by her affirmation, she organized her writings, illustrated them, and bound them in a book that she still has today, a testimony to determination to be published and awful spelling. When she was about ten and moping around during a dreary winter day, her mother suggested that she write Rumer Godden a letter and tell her how much she loved her books about dolls. She did so, and one March day brilliant with daffodils, she skipped home from school and discovered a letter bearing an English stamp. Holding that letter from Rumer Godden impressed upon her that real people wrote the books she cherished, and her wish to become an author could happen. She wrote stories through high school and college. After she married her fruit farmer husband, John Van Voorhees, her time was devoted to establishing their organic farm, home schooling her sons, and maintaining the homestead. But from those rich experiences, she draw ideas and details for stories. Writing is a way of looking at life through words; she examines the details, the challenges and the joys that surround us.
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00LEWYUM2
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 29, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 382 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 182 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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I love stories and listen for them when I share meals with friends or travel to wonderful historical location such as Rugby, Tennessee. Writing is how I share those narratives with others and hopefully offer insight into various situations. When not writing, I work on the organic blueberry farm that I share with my husband, John. I love weeding in my garden, playing my Celtic harp, and sewing quilts. I live a blessed life and am thankful for editors, readers and reviewers who enjoy what I write.

My latest news is that Indie Reader chose Hearts of Mercy as a September pick, and the novel won first place in the historical romantic suspense category of the 2019 PenCraft Awards.

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