Monday, December 7, 2015

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

My rating: 5.0

Wow.  After his 3 year old brother's death, 14 year old Kevin and his grieving mother go to live with his grandfather in the Appalachian mountains for the summer.  Kevin is introduced to new friends, good books, being an assistant veterinarian to his Grandpop and immersion in the slow life of this Kentucky town.

This is all set against the backdrop of mountain top removal for mining that is blowing up the hills of the mountain heritage. 



Almost from the very beginning, this was a book that I couldn't wait to return to and very soon, I found myself thinking of it during the day. This is well written, with marvelous character development.  I am still stunned by this amazing story and cannot believe that this is this author's first book. I hope it isn't his last.  

11 comments:

  1. thanks Elle, I can't wait to read this. Sounds like my kind of book.

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  2. thanks so much Elle! This book sounds wonderful, and being from Kentucky, it's a must read for me!

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    1. I hope that you love it as much as I did! xoxo

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  3. thanks so much Elle! This book sounds wonderful, and being from Kentucky, it's a must read for me!

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  4. What an amazing book! Spent the day reading it. I just couldn't put it down. What great character development. Hope to see more by this author.

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    1. Sorry for the double post. Must be reading overload today! ��

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  5. What an amazing book! Spent the day reading it. I just couldn't put it down. What great character development. This one will stay with me for a while. Hope to see more from this author.

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    1. That makes me so happy to know you loved it as much as I did! I hope he writes more books too xoxo

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  6. Wow! I loved this story. If we could all have Pops as our grandfather, and a place to feel so connected or belonging to the earth. A wonderful coming of age book, so well written it is hard to believe it is Scotton's first novel. While reading I was imagining who would play the parts in a movie.

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    1. It sounds like you loved it as much as I did...and that makes me happy. I completely agree that we all need a Pops :-) Thanks Mariann. xoxo

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