IN THE HEART OF DARKWOOD
INTRO (FROM AMAZON)
A motherless girl hungry for hope . . . and the dream that could be leading her astray.
Almost two years have passed since twelve year-old Allie Granderson’s beloved mother Mary disappeared into the wild tornado winds. Her body has never been found. God may have spilled out his vengeance on all of Mattingly that day—but it was Allie’s momma who got swept away.
Allie clings to memories of her mother, just as she clings to the broken compass she left behind, the makeshift Nativity scene assembled in Allie’s front yard, and to her best friend, Zach. But even with Zach at her side, the compass tied to her wrist, and the Nativity characters just a glimpse out the window, Allie cannot help but feel lost in all the growing up that must get done.
When the Holy Mother disappears from the yard one morning, Allie's bewilderment is checked only by the sudden movement of her mother's compass. Yet the compass isn't pointing north but east . . . into the inky forest on the outskirts of Mattingly.
Following the needle, Allie and Zach leave the city pavement behind and push into the line of trees edging on the Virginia hill country. For Allie, the journey is more than a ghost hunt: she is rejoining the mother she lost—and finding herself with each step deeper into the heart of the darkest woods she's ever seen.
Brimming with lyrical prose and unexpected discoveries, In the Heart of the Dark Wood illustrates the steep transition we all must undergo—the moment we shed our child-like selves and step into the strange territory of adulthood.
"The Devil Walks in Mattingly . . . recalls Flannery O'Conner with its glimpses of the grotesque and supernatural. The story unwinds slowly and with a convincing voice that draws the reader deep into the unexplainable." —BookPage
“Billy Coffey is one of the most lyrical writers of our time . . . we leave his imaginary world hungry for more, eager for another serving of Coffey’s tremendous talent.” —Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Into the Free and When Mountains Move (on The Devil Walks in Mattingly)
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401690092
- ISBN-13: 978-1401690090
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
As I read the book, the words seem to flow so wonderfully across the pages. Billy Coffey is giving us a woven tale of good and evil coming face to face. As you read you become totally into the book. There is nothing else around you. You get a mysterious feeling that you are part of the story. The author gives great detail in woven web. As you turn the pages you become more and more engrossed in the story. As with some books you turn the pages as fast as you can but with Mr. Coffey's book, you take your time as you read each page thoroughly. The author writes with such intensity and with such a knowledge of the writing. I liked the fact that we were back in Mattingly where the previous two novels took place. Dark Woods have a mystique about them along with just a touch of scare. Even with that, the Dark Woods are stunning. You can't help but notice the sheer beauty of them, no matter where they are. Mr. Coffey introduces not only a well written story but some very important lessons to be learned. The three books based in Mattingly can be read in order or as stand alone's. You won't be able to help yourself but to fall in love with Mattingly and its characters.
I was given a complimentary copy of IN THE HEART OF DARK WOOD from the author, Billy Coffey and Book Look Bloggers for my view of the book.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
Billy Coffey's critically acclaimed books combine rural Southern charm with a vision far beyond the ordinary. He is a regular contributor to several publications, where he writes about faith and life. Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit him at www.billycoffey.com. Facebook: billycoffeywriter Twitter: @billycoffey
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