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Two people, destined to love each other, but forever doomed to be apart…
Vancie Keller is trying to survive on her mother’s failing farm when her life is forever altered by the arrival of two men: Josiah Buckland and Jagger Hill. One, she will love, the other she will marry. She has a secret neither of them know.
Orphaned as a teen, Josiah Buckland came down from the rugged mountains of North Carolina to try to find work and possibly a home. He didn’t expect to find the love of his life.
Jagger Hill has secrets of his own. When he comes to town and starts to rebuild, nobody knows him for who he really is, but people will soon learn.
Some secrets cannot be kept forever…
"""This book reads like a ballad. It could be set to music even. You can hear the words sing on every page. You can almost sing them. When the author describes a North Carolina mountain waterfall, you hear it, smell the moss on the rocks, breathe in the mountain air. It's pure poetry and a joy to your senses.""
The Pilot, Pinehurst, N.C., Ruth Moose (July 25, 2019)
""Impressive as well is the amount of action and emotion Gulledge manages to condense in this short novel. He cuts from scene to scene and from character to character with expert ease, telling us the story of these people without wasting a word or making a misstep.""
Smokey Mountain News, Waynesville, N.C., Jeff Minnick (July 22, 2020)
""I found it to be a very compelling read. Not only does the book take you on an intriguing and emotional journey, it also leaves a profound impression... but here's what you need to know about my thoughts on this book: I read it, loved it and would read it again. Books that you'd want to reread are pretty special! ""
Crazy Curious Reader book blog, India, Sara Moon (September 13, 2020)
""Jim Gulledge's novel A Poor Man's Supper explores the drudgery of a harsh life in a rural, mountainous corner of North Carolina in the post-Civil War era, as well as those small, faint blessings in life that have the power to restore dignity to people who have been dehumanized by the conditions of the world -- it is rugged, earthy and scarred, much like the soils of North Carolina from which it arises. The story's characters are at once deeply human, yet also animalistic in their instincts and actions. They are all seeking to escape the traumas of their life. It's the sort of tale, in part coming-of-age, that could be told by a respected community elder around a campfire."" Christopher Adam, author, Ottawa, Canada (October 14, 2020)"