Song of Springhill

(A Novel)

Song of Springhill
Editions:Paperback
ISBN: 9780692265086
Pages: 310
Kindle
ISBN: B00MYA8ENY
Pages: 312

Could you fall in love despite the great risk of losing the one you cherish most?

Hoping for a fresh start, Hannah Wright moves to Springhill, the hometown of the father she never knew because he died in their volatile coal mines before she was born. She tracks down her aunt, Abigail Percy, and is immediately welcomed to move in with the whole Percy clan. This includes her Uncle Ray, a coal miner, and their four lively children. Suddenly, she's surrounded by more family than she's ever had in her life.

The day after she arrives, the mine explodes, trapping many underground, including Uncle Ray. Little did Hannah know when she set off on this new adventure how much her family was going to need her. When the Percys face a sudden lack of provision, Hannah knows she must get a job to help them. But the only industry in town that pays enough is coal mining--and the mine company doesn't hire women.

Hannah secretly masquerades as a man and gets hired as Mel, a distant cousin of her father's. Keeping up her charade is challenging in this tight-knit, 1950s town, where everybody knows one another.

Hannah is placed on the team of Josh Winslow, a handsome bachelor who noticed her the moment she stepped into town. It doesn't take long for Josh to see through Hannah's disguise as Mel, but she convinces him there's no other way for her to help take care of her family. Understanding the pressure she's under, he agrees to not blow Hannah's cover--for now.

Though Hannah seems to keep Josh at arm's length, he's determined to chip away at her defenses and win her heart. She resists, afraid to love someone who could die at any moment in an accident underground.

Long-time miners start to sense that "the big one" is coming. Calling it a "Bump" does little to calm Hannah's fear of the impending underground earthquake, a disaster that could come any day.

Will Josh and Hannah be among the next miners caught in a catastrophic disaster? Does Hannah stand to lose everything she's worked so hard to rebuild?

Song of Springhill is a love story set against the backdrop of true-life disasters that plagued the town of Springhill, Nova Scotia in the 1950s. It was a town torn by tragedy that also experienced some of the most astounding, miraculous rescues the world ever watched unfold.

 


Praise for Song of Springhill

"I loved all the characters in this book, their realness, struggles, faith, love, community and story line are great. Cheryl McKay does an amazing job at putting you in the middle of small town life and the struggles of a mining town. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone who likes good clean historical (1950's) romance." -- Marilyn Johnson, Soul Inspirationz Reviewer
"Cheryl McKay has taken what could have been a depressing and contrived plot and turned it into something special, and I think the difference is the characters. While Hannah, Abigail, Josh and Liesel aren't real people, they feel like real people, and surely that's the ultimate aim of good fiction. I cared for them. I wanted them to be happy. And I especially wanted Hannah to learn that God is good, even in the midst of her troubles." -- Iola, Soul Inspirationz Reviewer


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Reviews:Marilyn Johnson on Goodreads wrote:

Hannah Wright is running from something, the only place she knows to go is Springhill, where she was born on the night her father died. She struggles with her anger at God, trust in others and the unconditional love she receives from a family she just met. Hannah feels she must help her family in their time of need by finding employment. Even though no one in town is hiring, she turns to the last place she really wants to be, a place only a man can work, the cole mine. Will she be able to handle the place that took her father? Can she ever really understand why the miners continue to work knowing the risks, and will she be able to surrender her anger and find true love before it is to late?

Joshua Winslow never planned for Hannah to show up in his world, especially in his work world. After tragedy strikes will he be able to move on with life? Will he ever be able to truly know Hannah and be patient enough with her that he does not push her away?

I loved all the characters in this book, their realness, struggles, faith, love, community and story line are great. Cheryl McKay does an amazing job at putting you in the middle of small town life and the struggles of a mining town. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone who likes good clean historical (1950's) romance. I was given a copy of this book from the author for my honest opinion.

Iola on Goodreads wrote:

It's 1956, and orphan Hannah Wright escapes from Toronto to Springhill, Nova Scotia, hoping her one living relative, an aunt, will take her in, at least temporarily. She finds the bustling Percy family are only too happy to have her stay, which leaves her with the challenge of finding a job. There isn't a lot of call for music teachers in the impoverished town where the main employer is the coal mine that killed her father the day she was born.

Although the characters in Song of Springhill are fictional, the plot is set against the backdrop of real historical events: the 1956 mine explosion, the 1957 Main Street fire, and the 1958 bump. I've read several novels over the last few months where the plot was based on real events, and they've all come up short for me. The plots have felt contrived and preachy, as though the characters only exist to follow the Real Story.

Song of Springhill is the exception. Cheryl McKay has taken what could have been a depressing and contrived plot and turned it into something special, and I think the difference is the characters. While Hannah, Abigail, Josh and Liesel aren't real people, they feel like real people, and surely that's the ultimate aim of good fiction. I cared for them. I wanted them to be happy. And I especially wanted Hannah to learn that God is good, even in the midst of her troubles.

"Had she spent too much of her live focusing on what God wasn't doing rather than what he was? Had she missed all of his little graces?"

In summary, I really enjoyed Song of Springhill. It was an original plot with fascinating characters, and backed up by solid writing. Recommended.

Thanks to Cheryl McKay for providing a free ebook for review.


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CHERYL MCKAY has been professionally writing since 1997. Cheryl wrote the screenplay for THE ULTIMATE GIFT, based on Jim Stovall's novel. The award-winning film stars James Garner, Brian Dennehy, and Abigail Breslin and was released in theaters by Fox in 2007. Her screenplay, NEVER THE BRIDE, has been adapted into a novel for Random House Publishers and was released in June 2009. Cheryl and her husband live in Georgia.


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