The Hickory Nut Gorge - It's History & Lore featured in Local Novels
An heiress to one of the South's lumber dynasties reaches out to her mountain
roots for solace after suffering a life-shattering blow, only to be drawn into the race
against time to save the beauty of the Hickory Nut Gorge in Western North Carolina.
Against the backdrop of the feverish land grab by developers, and the desperate
attempts by local conservancies to stave them off, emerges a moving story of a
woman struggling to redeem the legacy of a father she's never known. Hayden Taylor
starts to heal in the womb of the gorge and the edgy exhilaration of Asheville, never
suspecting the man who killerd her father was stalking her. Football legend, Ben
Beckham, is looking for redemption too, and tries to earn it working for a local land
trust, only to discover he's falling in love with a woman he can't have.
Author, Rose Senehi
A touching tale of Family & Place
Award winning fiction writer, Rose Senehi, is noted for her historically accurate novels
in which she gently weaves in environmental themes. She was inspired to write her
three stand-alone novels that take place in the Southern Blue Ridge by her love of the
Western North Carolina mountains. A resident of Chimney Rock, NC, she moved to
the South from Upstate New York in 1996. Her first novel, Shadows in the Grass, was
published in 2001, her second, Windfall, in 2002, and her third, Pelican Watch, in
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"Re-kindled love, a relentless stalker, an overprotected
boy--woven into a compelling tale of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
"All my life I have loved hearing people’s stories, and during the writing of my Blue Ridge Series, I was enthralled with
the rich history and tales of the Southern Blue Ridge. Researching Render Unto the Valley, I found that the challenges
the early settlers faced in this often harsh, hard-scrabble environment forged a unique American character that exists
to this day in these mountains, hamlets and farms. “Render Unto the Valley takes place in Fairview, NC, where the
Hickory Nut Gorge spills through the gap onto a beautiful valley surrounded by layers of hazy blue mountains. In fact,
the photograph on the cover of this book was taken from Route 74 looking onto this valley from the gap. I wrote this
story to express my empathy with the universal desire to hold onto one’s land and heritage against the forces that are
changing the places we love.
Part family saga, part mystery, part love story, the books in my Blue Ridge series tell of the rich history and lore of
this historic area as well as the heroic efforts of the people who are working to preserve the beauty of these mountains
by staving off unplanned overdevelopment.Throughout these books, I have strived to portray historical events as
accurately as possible. I do hope you enjoy them.”
Two Thrillers that take place in the Hickory Nut Gorge
In the Shadows of Chimney Rock
Render Unto the Valley
Senehi's Sixth Novel takes place in Fairview at the Hickory Nut
Gap where the gorge begins its dramatic climb.
Render Unto the Valley draws the reader into the lush mountain valley of Fairview,
NC. A woman straddles the divide between the staunchly independent mountain
culture she comes from and the sophisticated world she has become part of,
while wrestling her dangerously cunning brother for the family farm.
Decendants of the early settlers still have a grip on the farmlands in the folds of
the Blue Ridge Mountains, baut the ground is shifting beneath their feet. Cousin
Bruce sees life through the family's colorful past; a local conservationist keeps
one eye on the mountains and the other on Karen; Karen's nine-year-old daughter
is in the throes of the mission her dying father sent her one; and Karen is hiding
the ugly secret that drove her away.
The Wind in the Woods
This Romantic Thriller reveals a man's devotion to North Carolina's Green River
Valley and the camp he built to share its wonders; his daughter's pledge to hike
the Blue Ridge, never suspecting that a serial killer is stalking her; and
nine-year-old Alvin Magee's heart-warming discovery of freedom and
responsibility in a place apart from his adult world.
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