by Alex Bledsoe
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Publisher: Tor Books
Paperback: 304 pages
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No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, yet when the first Europeans arrived, they were already there. Dark-haired, enigmatic, and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet lives in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. While their origins may be lost to history, there are clues in their music—hints of their true nature buried in the songs they have passed down for generations.
Private Bronwyn Hyatt returns from Iraq wounded in body and in spirit, only to face the very things that drove her away in the first place: her family, her obligations to the Tufa, and her dangerous ex-boyfriend. But more trouble lurks in the mountains and hollows of her childhood home. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, and a restless “haint” lurks nearby, waiting to reveal Bronwyn’s darkest secrets. Worst of all, Bronwyn has lost touch with the music that was once a vital part of her identity.
With death stalking her family, Bronwyn will need to summon the strength to take her place among the true Tufa and once again fly on the night winds. . . .
And they'd be right, but there it is. We also have noses that run and feet that smell. Sometimes the universe just doesn't make sense.
- page 129, chapter 12
In-a-word(s): Darn tootin'
Absolutely LOVED this story and how it unfolds. This story has a wonderful mix of small town folks, family history, haints, tradition, music and magic-of-sorts.
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