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In the Shadows of Chimney Rock

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A book by Rose Senehi

Rose Senehi knows it is essential that we save our Southern Appalachians from pollution and over-development, and work for a responsible stewardship of the region. In the Shadows of Chimney Rock concerns not only the mountain past, and the all-too-real … see full wiki

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Author: Rose Senehi
Publisher: Ingalls Publishing Group
1 review about In the Shadows of Chimney Rock

Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

  • Sep 12, 2008
Hayden Taylor Parks' life has been in turmoil since the death of her child and subsequent estrangement from her husband. Hayden grew up never having known her father and is shocked to learn that he only recently passed away. In an attempt to learn more about her father, Hayden moves to his home in Chimney Rock, NC and takes over the art gallery he owned while trying to decide what to do with the 400-acre tract of land she inherited from him. Ben Beckham is a former pro football player who recently lost his wife. After taking a position with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Ben meets with Hayden in an effort to persuade her not to turn the land over to developers. The two become friends and are drawn to one another, but neither feels ready to make the first move. While going through her father's things, Hayden discovers evidence that he may have been involved in illegal activity. In an effort to redeem his reputation, she unknowingly places her life and the disposition of her father's land in danger.

Rose Senehi draws her readers into the majestic expanse of the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, creating a powerful story about one woman's journey to overcome grief and tragedy and begin a new life. Senehi's knowledge of the region shines through in vivid detail, with colorful descriptive and instructive geographical data. Her gentle nudge regarding conserving this magnificent area is well understood and appreciated. Characters are well-developed and the plot engaging and suspenseful. Highly recommended.

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