Deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe - just as they know that Laurel Shelton, the lonely young woman who lives within its shadows, is a witch. Alone except for her brother, Hank, she aches for her life to begin. Then it happens - a stranger appears, carrying a note explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and is bound for New York. As the days pass, Walter slips easily into Laurel's heart, bringing her the only real happiness she has ever known. But Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything - and danger is closer than they know.
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by Ron Rash
by Jordana Frankel
by Ron Hansen
by Ron McLarty
by Ron Suskind
by Ron Carlson
by Ron Corbett
"This look back at the WWI era puts the listener in a small North Carolina community tragically fraught with common human fears. Laden with distrust of diversity in any form, the townspeople cast blame--and worse--at the feet of a young woman and a strange young man. Merritt Hicks brings a quiet beauty to the voices of this pair, hers with vocal cords, his with a flute. Charged with depicting mountain folks, a German immigrant, and a good-old-boy politician, Hicks dus not flinch. She brings doubt, fear, and genuine love to her vocal depictions. Listeners will be struck by the power of the human capacity for both good and evil. Dynamically performed, this is a story to return to time and again. J.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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