Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Christmas Past" by Sharyn McCrumb

Christmas is a wonderful time of traditions, family, and fun. In this new novella, Nora Bonesteele gives us two stories, and either can destroy the holiday. 

The Honeycutt house has been sold, and Nora Bonesteel is happy. It is not good for a house to be empty. The new owners decide to stay for Christmas. It is then that they begin having some interesting problems, and ask Nora to help them. Will she find ghosts or is something else going on in the house? 

The other storyline readers are treated to involves Sheriff Spencer Arrowwood and his deputy, Joe LeDonne. It's Christmas Eve and they are looking forward to a quiet holiday. That thought is interrupted when they get a call asking that they arrest an elderly man. Will this call stop them from enjoying Christmas? 

This is an easy, quick read that will leave you with a good feeling. Ms. McCrumb invites you into her story, and brings two of her beloved characters with her. There is some laughter, some mystery, and a lot of enjoyment contained within these covers. If you like quick, fun Christmas reads, this book is for you. I received my review copy from PR by the Book in exchange for an honest review.

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Christmas in Appalachia with bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb
Coming this October, first-ever holiday novella from favorite Southern 
writer means Christmas comes early 
For Sharyn McCrumb's "Ballad Novel" fans, October can’t come soon enough. 
Her first-ever holiday novella, Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past brings back her most popular characters, Nora 
Bonesteel and Spencer Arrowood, in a heartwarming story of a ghost of Christmas past and a felon of Christmas 
The book finds Nora happy to see some life brought back to the old Honeycutt mansion, even if it is by “summer 
people.” But when her new neighbors decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the 
On Christmas Eve, Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and Deputy Joe LeDonne find themselves on an unwelcome call to 
arrest an elderly man for a minor offense. As they attempt to do their duty, while doing the right thing for a 
neighbor, it begins to look like they may all spend Christmas away from home. 
In a story of spirits, memories, and angels unaware, McCrumb revisits the mountains we call home, the folk we 
call family, and a familiar message that there is more to this world than the eye can see, especially at 
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Praise for Sharyn McCrumb and her previous bestselling Ballad novels 
“Ms. McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic....She plucks the mysteries 
from people's lives and works these dark narrative threads into Appalachian legends older than the 
hills. Like every true storyteller, she has the Sight.” —The New York Times Book Review 
“There are few writers today who are able to blend past and present, tradition and law, legends and 
headlines in a wholly credible fashion—Tony Hillerman springs inevitably to mind. Sharyn McCrumb is 
another; her widely acclaimed Ballad series is one of the finest being written today.” —Bookpage 
“McCrumb provides fresh evidence that there is no one quite like her among present-day writers. No 
one better, either.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
“True to the language and culture of its time and place...the Ballad series could be headed for 
bestsellerdom.” —Library Journal 
“With fluid writing and sensitive telling, McCrumb presents her Appalachian series as perfectly 
as dogwood in the spring.” —Houston Chronicle
Christmas in Appalachia with bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb
Coming this October, first-ever holiday novella from favorite Southern 
writer means Christmas comes early 
Abingdon Press
October 7, 2014
160 pages
ISBN 978-1426754210
#NoraIsBackAbout the Author 
Sharyn McCrumb is the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosewood Casket, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, 
and many other acclaimed novels. 
Her much-loved Ballad novels weave together the legends, natural wonders and contemporary issues of 
Appalachia, also home to McCrumb’s own family legacy. Readers have come to love the characters, mountains, 
and mystery brought to life by the award-winning Southern writer.
McCrumb tributes her gift of storytelling to her great-grandfathers who were 
circuit preachers in the Smoky Mountains 100 years ago, riding horseback 
over the ridges to preach in different communities each week.
Her novels, studied in universities throughout the world, have been translated 
into 11 languages. She has lectured at Oxford University, the University of 
Bonn-Germany, and at the Smithsonian Institution; taught a writers workshop 
in Paris, and served as writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee and 
at the Chautauqua Institute in New York.
A short list of her numerous honors include: 
• NYT Bestseller list appearances for four titles
• 2014 Mary Hobson Literary Prize for Southern Literature
• 2014 Woman of History Award – Daughters of the American Revolution
• 2010 Perry F. Kendig Award – Roanoke, VA – Writer of the Year
• 2008 “Virginia Woman of History” for Achievement in Literature
• 2006 Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award
• 2006 Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award
• 2003 Wilma Dykeman Award for Historical Writing – East Tennessee Historical Society
She lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge, less than 100 miles from where her family settled in 
1790 in the Smoky Mountains that divide North Carolina and Tennessee.

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