Gap Creek by: Robert Morgan
Published : October 2000
Version Read : Library
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Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better. (taken with love from Amazon)
For me this is what Historical fiction is all about. Growing up in the Carolina mountains I understood the way life was back in the final years of the eighteenth century. I know people who still live that way in the backwoods. The reviews deem this story as “The story of marriage”, but it is so much more than that.
The young couple of Julie and Hank encounter every hardship a person could back in that era. She strides through it all with such great strength and dignity I wish I had known her. Floods, sickness, starvation, and drifters are enough to bring even the strongest person down. Yet Julie and Hank hold strong to their faith and finally get through it all.
The only thing that bugged me was the ending. After all the problems the young couple had to live though, I wished there was a solid ending. Whether it be happy or sad it kind of leaves me wanting answers. Regardless this is a story that is a must read by any history fan. Hopefully it will leave you with a strong sense of admiration for your ancestors and the daily struggle just to survive.