Under A Cloudless Sky

Under A Cloudless Sky

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1933. In the mining town of Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, two young girls form an unbreakable bond against the lush Appalachian landscape, coal dust and old hymns filling their lungs and hearts. Despite the polarizing forces of their fathersone a mine owner, one a disgruntled miner--Ruby and Bean thrive under the tender care of Beans mama, blissfully unaware of the rising conflict in town and the coming tragedy that will tear them apart forever. 2004. Hollis Beasley is taking his last stand. Neighbors up and down the hollow have sold their land to Coleman Coal and Energy, but Hollis is determined to hold on to his family legacy on Beulah Mountain. Standing in his way is Buddy Coleman, an upstart mining executive who hopes to revitalize the dying town by increasing coal production and opening the Company Store Museum. Hell pay homage to the past--even the massacre of 1933while positioning the company for growth at all costs. What surprises them all is how their stories will intersect with a feisty octogenarian living hundreds of miles away. When Ruby Handley Freemans grown children threaten her independence, she takes a stand of her own and disappears, propelling her on a journey to face a decades-old secret that will change everything for her and those she meets.
Publisher: Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781496428288
Branch Call Number: Fiction Fab
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 01, 2018

Southern historical fiction centered around a fatal incident in a small West Virginia coal mining town. I liked parts of this book better than others. It goes back and forth between the present and 1933. I liked young Ruby and Bean's story in 1933 the best. I liked 80 yr old Ruby's spunk, but her story dragged at times. Didn't care for her daughter, Frances' perspective too much. Overall, it was worth the read and it definitely got better towards the end.


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