Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur

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Read Heart Spring Mountain Online Free - In this evocative first novel, a young woman returns to her rural Vermont hometown in the wake of a devastating storm to search for her missing mother and unravel a powerful family secret

It’s August 2011, and Tropical Storm Irene has just wreaked havoc on Vermont, flooding rivers and destroying homes. One thousand miles away—while tending bar in New Orleans—Vale receives a call and is told that her mother, Bonnie, has disappeared. Despite a years-long estrangement from Bonnie, Vale drops everything and returns home to look for her.

Though the hometown Vale comes back to is not the one she left eight years earlier, she finds herself falling back into the lives of the family she thought she’d long since left behind. As Vale begins her search, the narrative opens up and pitches back and forth in time to follow three generations of women—a farming widow, a back-to-the-land dreamer, and an owl-loving hermit—as they seek love, bear children, and absorb losses. All the while, Vale’s search has her unwittingly careening toward a family origin secret more stunning than she ever imagined.

Written with a striking sense of place, Heart Spring Mountain is an arresting novel about returning home, finding hope in the dark, and of the power of the land—and the stories it harbors—to connect and to heal. It’s also an absorbing exploration of the small fractures that can make families break-and the lasting ties that bind them together.

Title : Heart Spring Mountain
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ISBN : 006244445X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2018

4.5 This is the kind of book I best like to read. Quiet books that tell the story of land,, nature and the strong people who are tied to this place. The mountains of Vermont, the book begins with a hurricane and heroin. Bonnie has just shot up when the hurricane hits, her daughter n New Orleans,...

Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

November 23, 2017

Complex characters, complicated relationships, women living seemingly simple , quiet lives in the woods. A narrative structure that can pose at first a challenge, trying to keep tract of the characters in the present and past since there are multiple time lines, multiple narratives. Yet I enjoyed...

Karen❄️ rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2018

Tropical Storm Irene has hit Vermont in 2011, rural areas are all torn up, and a woman named Bonnie, a heroin addict has gone missing. Her daughter Vale, who has been living in New Orleans for eight years, comes back home to Vermont and Heart Spring Mountain, the place that her ancestors have bui...

Cheri rated it ★★★★☆

September 29, 2017

Returning home in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, August of 2011, a young woman named Vale leaves her job at a bar in New Orleans to search for, and hopefully find, her mother Bonnie, who has not been seen since the storm. They haven’t seen each other in years, Vale can’t even remember the last...

Lolly K Dandeneau rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2018

I didn't forget about this book, finally I can share my review: Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ "She knows nothing of war. Her pain comes from different wounds, but isn’t all pain shaded the same color? Soft blue, plum. Running up and down our veins. Recognizable across the room...

Ann rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 14, 2017

I found this story very difficult to follow. It was narrated by several women and the story line bounced over several time periods. Bonnie disappears during a hurricane and her estranged daughter Vale returns home to look for her. Lena the grandmother is still around and Vale works on developing...

Jessica rated it ★★★☆☆

December 25, 2017

A lot of potential, but a little hard to follow. Full review to come.

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

January 20, 2018

A highly absorbing story of three generations of women each coping with their own lives, loves, losses and pain. They are deeply connected to their rural home land of Vermont and are tied to each other but not in a normal, open way. There are hidden inter generational family secrets and inner str...

Kellie rated it ★★★★☆

February 16, 2018

A bittersweet and harrowing tale about returning home, returning to your roots. Interestingly written, the stories of Vale, Deb, Hazel, Lena, Marie, Stephen, Danny and Bonnie are raw and real. An emotional read nonetheless.

Lynn rated it ★★★☆☆

August 03, 2017

Thank you for making this title available. Unfortunately, the further I read, the more I was convinced that this was not the kind of book that I would enjoy. This is no criticism whatsoever of the plot, characters, writing style, setting, or the author. Merely a statement of my own preferences.

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