August 29, 2012
Untrue things are rumored of May Rose, but it's true she's too pretty for her own good. Her husband has disappeared, and now she's on her own in a rough town ruled by one of the lumber companies logging the last of West Virginia's virgin forest. The year is 1899, and a woman alone has few options.
With no resources but a litter of pigs and the attachment of an untamed girl, May Rose must find a way to survive with respect. She must also save the girl who sleeps with a doll clutched tight and a knife under her pillow.
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The Girl on the Mountain by Carol Ervin is a historical fiction with a wholesome story and a strong female lead. As a girl living on a mountain in a harsh town in 19th century West Virginia, May Rose is left to fend for herself and a young girl named Wanda. After May Rose’s husband, Jamie, disappears, she moves into a boardinghouse where she works to keep her dignity among the patronage and in town while she cares for Wanda.
Wanda is a wild child with a strong spirit who’s not afraid to speak her mind. Over the course of May Rose and Wanda’s stay at the boardinghouse, new characters and their motives come to light and the truth about Jamie’s lies and deception are discovered. The deceit of others are all too prevalent in the town as well, and, in the end, May Rose and Wanda agree enough is enough.
In all, I loved the audiobook. I enjoyed the story from the moment we’re introduced to May Rose until the very end. The Girl on the Mountain somewhat reminds me of True Grit by Charles Portis as both tales involve strong female characters facing a tough world in a time when women weren’t considered to have much say without the help of a man. But in the case of May Rose, she makes a way for herself and Wanda even though the odds are against her.
Concerning the audiobook’s narration, the voices of May Rose and Wanda were my favorite performances from Becca Ballenger. I liked Wanda’s performance the most because Ballenger wonderfully captured the personality and tone of Wanda. The Girl on the Mountain is a great story all around, and I thoroughly enjoyed the narration.