Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: Under A Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry

Under a Cloudless Sky
Chris Fabry - view author info
Cover: Under a Cloudless Sky

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January 2018 

A charming and engrossing novel for fans of Southern fiction and the recent hit memoir Hillbilly Elegy about a lush and storied coal-mining town—and the good people who live there—in danger of being destroyed for the sake of profit. Will the truth about the town’s past be its final undoing or its saving grace?

1933. In the mining town of Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, two young girls form an unbreakable bond against the lush Appalachian landscape, coal dust and old hymns filling their lungs and hearts. Despite the polarizing forces of their fathers—one a mine owner, one a disgruntled miner —Ruby and Bean thrive under the tender care of Bean’s mama, blissfully unaware of the rising conflict in town and the coming tragedy that will tear them apart forever.

2004. Hollis Beasley is taking his last stand. Neighbors up and down the hollow have sold their land to Coleman Coal and Energy, but Hollis is determined to hold on to his family legacy on Beulah Mountain. Standing in his way is Buddy Coleman, an upstart mining executive who hopes to revitalize the dying town by increasing coal production and opening the Company Store Museum. He’ll pay homage to the past—even the massacre of 1933—while positioning the company for growth at all costs.

What surprises them all is how their stories will intersect with a feisty octogenarian living hundreds of miles away. When Ruby Handley Freeman’s grown children threaten her independence, she takes a stand of her own and disappears, propelling her on a journey to face a decades-old secret that will change everything for her and those she meets.

My Review: 

Under a Cloudless Sky is an incredible read. I could not put it down. Ruby’s story is one a reader would never forget. It has quite a twist and turn I did not see coming nor expect. Ruby endured so much when she was young and her story goes back and forth from 1933 to 2004.

Under a Cloudless Sky will definitely be among my favorite books for 2018. I definitely highly highly  recommend it. I would give it 100 stars if I could.

I received this book from the publisher. This review was 100 percent my own honest opinion.

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1 comment:

  1. Good review, Amy! I haven't read this one yet, but it's on my must-read list as I always love Chris Fabry's stories. Now I'm looking forward to reading it even more.