Reader reviews for My Old True Love

Heartwarming, heartwrenching, heartbreaking. And the narrator is wonderful--she makes the book.
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My Old True Love, by Sheila Kay Adams, is an old-fashioned story from the mountains of North Carolina. I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, characterizations and dialect Ms. Adams employed to tell her story of love, life and redemption. And as it turns out, love is not only for our own lovers, but for family, friends and those already spoken for, in equal measure. Inserting the lyrics to old ballads to enhance and underscore her theme, Sheila Adams has created a uniquely homespun tale you can't help but enjoy and gain enrichment from.
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Arty's voice rings as clear as the clean mountain air as she tells the story of her life and her nephew Larkin Stanton in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the mid 1800s. Arty's aunt dies in childbirth and at the tender age of 8 years old, she becomes the nearest thing to a mother Larkin will ever know. Through family celebrations and deaths and with the Civil War as a backdrop, Arty's life unfolds as one of deep sorrow and simple joys. The first line in the book will hook you: "Some people is born at the start of a long hard row to hoe. Well, I am older than God's dog and been in this world a long time and it seems to me that right from the git-go, Larkin Stanton had the longest and hardest row I've ever seen."
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