The Granite Heart
by Alan Black
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Ozark Mountain - Book 2
Publication Date: February 20, 2014
Publisher: Alan Black
Genre: Historical Fiction
Print Length: 247 pages
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In the Ozarks in 1920
Susanne Harbowe is shamefully and suddenly ripped from her life as a
schoolteacher. She did nothing wrong that justified being fired from her
job, evicted from her home and shunned by people she thought were
friends. In desperation she joins forces with her young friend,
LillieBeth Hazkit. Susanne and LillieBeth track down the men responsible
for ruining Susanne’s life. While she struggles to keep up with her
friend’s youthful spirit and undaunting courage she wonders if she will
end up in a brothel with nowhere else to go. LillieBeth’s audacity and
determination lend strength to Susanne as she seeks to either reclaim
her old life or build a new one. But first, they must bring the men who
hurt her to justice.
The Granite Heart by Alan Black
Alan Black takes us back to the 1920’s, to the Ozark Mountains, and back into the world of twelve year old LillieBeth Hazkit, who tries to live by the teachings of God, but finds life can sometimes be confusing, brutal and too unforgiving to always accept that God has a plan for all contingencies. Her strange hermit-like friend has been killed, her teacher has lost her job through no fault of her own and the impoverished mountain town becomes a colder and less friendly place for someone with a heart as big as LillieBeth’s. The archaic and small-minded double standards set her teeth on edge and she is determined to stand strong and be heard, no matter what. The men who murdered her friend and raped her teacher have been captured, but en-route to the county seat they escape and kill another good man while injuring her father. To LillieBeth, justice must be done, plain and simple and she and her former teacher, Susanne Harbowe set out on an impossible mission to hunt down and capture these monsters.
Told from Susanne’s point of view, LillieBeth’s story takes on a new depth as she makes her mark on the hearts and minds of those who know her. Alan Black has created a warm and inviting tale that places the reader back in time, to a place so remote, it’s almost as if the rest of the world does not exist. Simple joys, complicated pain and a loss of childhood innocence shake LillieBeth’s world and harden her heart, while forcing her into the world of adults, all at the gentle guidance of Mr. Black's pen.
Alan Black creates a world filled with history, rich in detail and well-developed characters that worm their way into your heart and mind. That I could feel LillieBeth’s feelings and see what she saw is the mark of an amazingly talented author who deserves to be read.
I received a review copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.