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  1. Cathy Cathy says:

    I absolutely loved this book I like the characters even some of the bad ones I love that this is placed in the 40's and I love that the main characters had their own part to tell This story took me back to my childhood and listening to my parents speak about their childhood such a simpler wholesome time compared to today Everything about this book appealed to me from Philip's story as a young boy growing up in Alabama to Violette and KarlCarl's story about going back to Europe and back to Phillip's story as a young man and on Thank you for a great read

  2. Su Su says:

    Not uite But AlmostThe description of the book is such that this was not a book I'd have chosen for myself The coming of age phrase was okay I just don't gravitate toward that type of story Case in point it took me six 6 decades to read Where The Red Fern Grows I bought a copy of Secrets of Sand Mountain because I was asked to read it and review it I'm glad I read it Here is my reviewAs a fan of Wilkie Collins his Moonstone 1868 is considered the first modern English detective novel according to Wikipedia I appreciated Mr Elrod's shifting point of view different sections of the story are carried forward by different characters On the other hand there are a few things missing in my humble opinion One of them is dialect the story would have come alive if the conversations at least were sprinkled with words and phrases which indicated the specific individuality of a character The story was interesting enough that it was tedious trying to voice everyone myself I think this would make a great mini series for the dialects and locations alone Another point there aren't many plot twists Anyone who favors the dramamystery genres will pick out the action before it happens in several places Some people enjoy doing that I don't find it entertaining If I know what's going to happen why read the book? Which was my son's excuse for not spending three hours of his life watching Titanic In the e book version the author information is at the end A few things fell into place when it was revealed that this was an early book by an author of non fiction It's a good read if somewhat textbook in style Finally a word of warning There are a few words which put my back up two of them are only and surely I didn't realize that surely was a problem until it appeared in this story three times in rapid succession Also there are a flurry of typos and misplaced words which can't be blamed on the publisher's fledgling attemps at digitizing the manuscript There will be no specifics mentioned because 1 you may not notice the errors 2 you may not be bothered by them and 3 making mention of some might make you miss others It isn't a good idea to edit your own manuscript over dinner or on the commuter train or bus as the distractions will cause you to miss things My own book has an error that was missed by five people including the paid editor so it is a good idea to be diligent about the processBottom line? Read the book It is entertaining for adults a walk down memory lane for baby boomers and a good blueprint of what life was like in the world following the war to end all wars something the inuisitive young adult will enjoy

  3. Ann Ann says:

    This was a really good read The beginning was a little slow but when the story took off it had me hooked The characters were fun My favorite characters were Aunt Vi Charlie Uncle Porter I loved watching how Aunt Vi and Charlie changed throughout the book And the stories of Aunt Vi Karl in New Orleans and Cuba were great I wish there had been stories of being in Englandmaybe another book I would highly recommend this book

  4. Susan Howell Susan Howell says:

    Since I lived in the Sand Mountain area of Alabama I thought this would be an interesting book to read It did not disappoint I recognized a lot of the towns mentionedCollinsville Albertville Boaz etc It was an enjoyable book but not as well written as it could have been

  5. Kristyn - Reading to Unwind Kristyn - Reading to Unwind says:

    This book is split into four sections that follows the life of one family from the small town in Southern Appalachia mountains We first meet Philip who seems very intelligent but feels distanced from his family He seems to want to gain knowledge about the world around him as well as his family He gets a set of pearls from the local store and gives them to his Aunt Vi I think this is where the story really takes off Once Aunt Vi is introduced you can see the story is going to take several turnsThe character development is amazing each character is developed fully so as the reader you can get a uick feel for each of them without being overly detailed The setting the author picks for the scenes is also easy to follow for the reader It allows you to feel like you are 1940's with the war going on I love who Philip transforms during the book and you can see him growing as you read We learn and about how Philip's family is made up and can see why people are the way they are but from the beginning Philip wants to break that tradition The details of the war really keep the story moving for me I love the details regarding gas rations it is a small detail but you can see how it affects life for the people in the town It was very interesting to learn about what the family did to protect themselves from bombing at night by keeping the shades shut and also listening to the radio every night for updates on the war The war is a big portion of the book and showing how people lived and acted during this time is very interesting to meThis is an excellent book and if you love books set in time of war this is the perfect book The story really moves along so you want to keep reading to figure out what is going to happen to all the characters The plot is pretty complex with the story really taking place all over the world not just one small town but you can see that other towns must have been going through the same thing There are so many great topics in the book this would be an excellent book club book

  6. Tony Parsons Tony Parsons says:

    1944 WWII1946 Campbell Crossing AL Sand Mountain DeKalb County Philip Campbell narrator son lived with his momdadWe were on our way home from church Mr Campbell dad was teaching Mrs Caroline Campbell mom how to drive Gas was rationed Mrs Campbell said I could invite Harlan BMF over But we were doing the War effort collecting scrap metalSchool was out for the summer Philip was working PT at Mr Thompson’s General Store taking Pianovoice lessons from Ms Wade pianistchoir leader Methodist churchPhilip Harlan were also enjoying doing fun stuff What was in the letter that Rolf wrote to Aunt Violette “Vi”?Who is Marshal Johnson David? Yrs Later Philip graduated from Auburn got a degree in electrical engineeringI can remember looking at the National Geographic for the same reason I will never eat Spam again as long as I live I did not receive any type of compensation for reading reviewing this book While I receive free books from publishers authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review only an honest one A very awesome book cover great font writing style A very well written WWII historical fiction book It was very easy for me to readfollow from startfinish never a dull moment There were no grammartypo errors nor any repetitive or out of line seuence sentences Lots of exciting scenarios with several twiststurns a great set of uniue characters to keep track of This could also make another great WWII historical fiction movie or a mini TV series A very easy rating of 5 stars Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Author; Word book Tony Parsons MSW Washburn

  7. Ellie Midwood Ellie Midwood says:

    I love discovering new authors who bring me into a world I’ve never been to with their incredible stories; “Secrets of Sand Mountain” is one of those unforgettable magical stories I loved how it was narrated by three different characters – Philip Violette and Karl and how unexpectedly their fates seemed to intertwine At first I wondered what a young boy from a uiet Alabama town his aunt Vi who chose a life of recluse after suffering from a broken heart and an escaped prisoner of war from an American camp Karl can have in common? I couldn’t be pulled into the story as it started to unravel the story of human kindness when young Phillip decided to put his best effort to help his aunt out of depression; a story of trust and compassion when the aunt and nephew collaborated to save their newfound German friend from the imminent danger; and finally the story of healing when the whole family and even the town marshal came together to stand against an abusive father an obsessed former boyfriend and the dangers that Karl was still facing It’s one of the kindest stories I’ve read in years I absolutely fell in love with the main characters and found myself rooting for their happiness and safety I also appreciated how the Nazi regime and the horrors of war were shown through the eyes of a young German who didn’t want to have anything to do with the regime and yet had his life in danger multiple times because of it The ending was absolutely perfect I highly recommend this wonderful book

  8. On My Kindle BR On My Kindle BR says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewSet in the summer of 1944 near the end of World War II Secrets of Sand Mountain by Phillip C Elrod takes readers back to a time when liberty gardens and stills supplemented a family's ration coupons and people made do with what they had If the setting does not interest you the characters in the story will Readers learn all about Aunt Violette's adventurous and tragic past; how Phillip's father runs the family household and uses his gas coupons to make backdoor deals; find out about an estranged family member and discover how a German POW ended up living in a cave near the townIf I had to choose one word to describe Secrets of Sand Mountain it would be comfortable The characters are genuine and the pace of the book is steady I did not feel like I was being rushed from one point of the book to the next; I felt comfortable with putting the book down for a bit to take care of everyday matter without worrying about losing momentum in the book but it was still compelling enough to read while I was drinking my first cup of coffee in the morning Colorful characters and an interesting setting make Secrets of Sand Mountain a page turner It has plenty of adventure a little action and enough skeletons to keep readers wondering what Aunt Violette and Phillip will stir up next

  9. Letty (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer) Letty (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer) says:

    A very captivating story with well developed charactersCoincidence and family connect the characters in this fantastic story full of mystery and intrigue making the reader want to continue without stoppingI loved reading and following the story through Phillip’s eyes The way he grows and the man he turns into The stories of his family and the secrets that are revealed When his Aunt Vi comes on the scene we know that she will be important and when her story is first introduced I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know the how’s and why’s of her current situationI enjoyed reading about the era the things families did to protect themselves from the war and the way everything was rationed to surviveThe characters are well developed allowing the reader to connect with them and want to continue reading their story The information given is never too much always giving enough to keep the reader’s interest and desire to learn Although the story starts off in a small town in the Southern Appalachia Mountains the setting is actually the whole world as you learn about the effects of the warThis is not a romance but it is one of those books that should be read by everyone

  10. Angela Kalnins Angela Kalnins says:

    This story has GREAT bonesI truly enjoyed this book The story has GREAT bones; great character development loved watching aunt Vi grow and change from an embittered old maid to a lively fun loving adventure seeker who loved peopleSet in the last few years of WWII and a little beyond Secrets of Sand Mountain paints a very real picture of the time period I could have lost myself in those descriptions I was very much reminded of the stories my grandmother used to tellI do have to say I found the dialogue especially in the first half of the book to bestilted and forced Character monologues went on for way too long most often used as a vehicle to tell backstory information As my editor once said to me don't teIl me show me In some cases as with Vi telling her ten year nephew her past love life issues I even found the conversation both inappropriate and implausible However I pushed through those conversation issues and I was glad I had It really is a good story and I enjoyed it very much

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Secrets of Sand Mountain ❮EPUB❯ ✼ Secrets of Sand Mountain Author Philip C. Elrod – Serene and beautiful on the outside fires raging beneath the surface Moonshine murder an escaped German prisoner of warfrom the tiny town of Campbell Crossing to Cuba's glory days as playground for th Serene and beautiful on the outside fires raging beneath the surface Moonshine murder an escaped German prisoner of warfrom the tiny town of Campbell Crossing to Cuba's glory days as playground for the rich and unscrupulous to post war England The Secrets of Sand Mountain stretch out their tentacles weaving a complicated web and leaving none untouched and at least two dead.

  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Secrets of Sand Mountain
  • Philip C. Elrod
  • English
  • 14 February 2015
  • 9781519707222

About the Author: Philip C. Elrod

Philip C Elrod was raised in Crossville a small town on top of Sand Mountain in Northeast Alabama Currently he resides in Richardson Texas along with his wife of many years Linda and two little canine friends Kokko and Tinker who served as the inspiration for the fictional character Mitch the Bitch MYLEA is his first novel Currently he is writing two seuelsWebsite.