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Randall Stargill's passing causes a dilemma, both for his sons, who must decide what to do with the family farm, and for Nora Bonesteel, who presents a small box that must be buried with Randall. When the box is found to hold the bones of a child, Sheriff Spencer Arrowood is brought into the matter.


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Randall Stargill's passing causes a dilemma, both for his sons, who must decide what to do with the family farm, and for Nora Bonesteel, who presents a small box that must be buried with Randall. When the box is found to hold the bones of a child, Sheriff Spencer Arrowood is brought into the matter.

30 review for The Rosewood Casket

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Sharyn McCrumb weaves tales that keep me spellbound, wistful and wanting more. I read the print versions of previous volumes in the series. However, with this one, I enjoyed listening to C. M. Hébert to read it to me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    Great McCrumb, written before she lost her way. Story of a dying man in the hills of Tennessee and the effects his passing has on his family and neighbors. The substory of Dovey Stallard and her father is an extremely sad, but beautifully written, work of art. Highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Burnett

    A number of intriguing elements intertwined through this book. The narrative lost focus about a third of the way through. McCrumb probably could have made this a masterpiece if she had set it aside and went back to it later for serious editing and reworking. It's really too bad she didn't.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bon

    2.5 stars rounded down. I've read three of the Ballad series so far, and for two of them, I found the plot more intriguing than actual execution of it, unfortunately. dislikes: This one sounds really good in summary - mysterious child-sized bones brought forward, a dying old man who has some really specific dying wishes, several family members brought home for the death vigil with conflict between them. But the story dragged; a lot of exposition, history of the area, family dynamics, clunky 2.5 stars rounded down. I've read three of the Ballad series so far, and for two of them, I found the plot more intriguing than actual execution of it, unfortunately. dislikes: This one sounds really good in summary - mysterious child-sized bones brought forward, a dying old man who has some really specific dying wishes, several family members brought home for the death vigil with conflict between them. But the story dragged; a lot of exposition, history of the area, family dynamics, clunky dialogue and rambling verbal explanations. I got so bored; I started with the audiobook, but the narrator wasn't working for me, and when I resumed the hardcover I owned, I found myself flipping through listlessly. The main "mystery" of the bones is summed up in a quick couple paragraphs, really tidily and abruptly, in conversation between two characters. I didn't find the revelations fulfilling because there weren't many building blocks to the mystery planted along the way. There's also a focus on and reinforcement of traditional gender roles found in the characters - the men all start building this coffin together for the funeral, and doing other heavy lifting, while the women literally stay home, cook, sew, and clean. I suppose this is apt for the area, rural Tennessee, where many societal things seem frozen in time - but it was frustrating to read. redeeming qualities: Anyways, the cover variants are really nice of this Ballad installment, so there's that. The Nora Bonesteel character is also fascinating - an old clairvoyant spinster who sees ghosts and foresees other events, she was the most interesting part, although she took an unfortunate backseat for most of the book, and was too Christian for my taste. There's some tidbits of Daniel Boone trivia thrown in, too, if you're into that sort of thing. Overall, I just didn't find this as great as I expected. It was also written in the 90s, though, and the calmer pace of an aged book often clashes with my need for immediate fulfillment, I find, these days.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    In the Tennessee Appalachian Mountains in a made-up county, a real estate developer wants to take land held by the Stargill and Stallard families for decades. A comatose Randall Stargill is found by his neighbor after he doesn't see him for a couple days. He sees the man's written wish to die at home rather than in a hospital. The neighbor calls the man's family to make the decision. They, of course, get him to the hospital in Johnson City. Their father wanted the boys to build his casket from s In the Tennessee Appalachian Mountains in a made-up county, a real estate developer wants to take land held by the Stargill and Stallard families for decades. A comatose Randall Stargill is found by his neighbor after he doesn't see him for a couple days. He sees the man's written wish to die at home rather than in a hospital. The neighbor calls the man's family to make the decision. They, of course, get him to the hospital in Johnson City. Their father wanted the boys to build his casket from some rosewood stored in the barn. Neighbor Nora Bonesteel brings a box she wishes to be buried with Randall. When they open it, they call the sheriff because it is the bones of a young child. The bones are dated, but the sheriff cannot get Nora to divulge where she obtained them. The Stargill family is divided on the disposition of the estate. Some want to sell; others want to preserve the natural beauty of the area. The Stallard family is not so fortunate. They owe back taxes which they are unable to pay. The developer forces the sheriff to post a tax sale notice. Dovey Stallard appeals to Charles Martin Stargill, a well-known country singer, to help her save their farm, but he's unable to do so since he spends most of it on his band, bus, and lifestyle. Charles Martin brought his current female interest and her daughter along with him. She's a curious little girl who wanders around the mountain just so she won't be in the way of the adults. She loves to hear Clabe's Appalachian tales about Daniel Boone and Nancy Ward. The novel includes a number of twists. The novel is distinctly Appalachian in flavor. Some of the twists took it in a direction I didn't expect, and I'm sad about some results and happy about others. I listened to the audio version of this. I noted a couple of odd pronunciations which indicate the narrator was not familiar with the region, but her cadence fit the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    Description: Randall Stargill lies dying on his southern Appalachian farm, and his four sons have come home to build him a coffin from the cache of rosewood he has hoarded for the special purpose. Meanwhile, mountain wisewoman Nora Bonesteel, Randall's sweetheart of long ago, prepares another box for his burial—a small box containing human bones... A story containing angels. Nice series this, what with the local folklore and indiosyncratic inhabitants. 3* She Walks These Hills (Ballad, #3) 3* The R Description: Randall Stargill lies dying on his southern Appalachian farm, and his four sons have come home to build him a coffin from the cache of rosewood he has hoarded for the special purpose. Meanwhile, mountain wisewoman Nora Bonesteel, Randall's sweetheart of long ago, prepares another box for his burial—a small box containing human bones... A story containing angels. Nice series this, what with the local folklore and indiosyncratic inhabitants. 3* She Walks These Hills (Ballad, #3) 3* The Rosewood Casket (Ballad, #4) 3* The Ballad of Frankie Silver (Ballad, #5)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I really liked this story. I loved the feel of the book--like I was sitting on the porch in a rocking chair watching the clouds in the sky, listening to an old southern grandmother tell the story. It just had a really pleasant, easy-going feeling. But it wasn't just a pleasant, easy-going book. The story really moved along and I was never bored or tempted to skim. I liked the flashbacks that interrupted the story for just a minute and told some of the backstory. Instead of just being distracting I really liked this story. I loved the feel of the book--like I was sitting on the porch in a rocking chair watching the clouds in the sky, listening to an old southern grandmother tell the story. It just had a really pleasant, easy-going feeling. But it wasn't just a pleasant, easy-going book. The story really moved along and I was never bored or tempted to skim. I liked the flashbacks that interrupted the story for just a minute and told some of the backstory. Instead of just being distracting, they were a complete story in their own right, a story I wanted to hear more of. And parts of the story were harsh and forced me to face the worst in humanity. Some people didn't treat each other particularly well, which may have been a reflection of the hardness of life on the mountain. Other people were truly likable. I found myself rooting for them to survive and succeed. I liked the ending a lot. There was some sadness, but overall I think it was happily-ever-after. I'll definitely be reading more by Sharyn McCrumb and I'm hoping to run into some of the characters from this book again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    THE ROSEWOOD CASKET - VG McCrumb, Sharyn - 4th in Ballad series Old man Stargill is dying, and his four grown sons are called home to the small mountain town where they grew up to say good-bye and carry out their daddy's dying wish: that his "boys" build him a rosewood casket. But a dying man's wishes aren't the only problems the splintered Stargills are forced to face. Emotions ride high, and tempers flare because if it isn't a vulture-like land developer going after the family farm, or old lady THE ROSEWOOD CASKET - VG McCrumb, Sharyn - 4th in Ballad series Old man Stargill is dying, and his four grown sons are called home to the small mountain town where they grew up to say good-bye and carry out their daddy's dying wish: that his "boys" build him a rosewood casket. But a dying man's wishes aren't the only problems the splintered Stargills are forced to face. Emotions ride high, and tempers flare because if it isn't a vulture-like land developer going after the family farm, or old lady Bonesteel delivering a mysterious box she insists must be buried with Stargill, or a small child disappearing, it's a neighbor going berserk or a shocking, long-forgotten tragedy resurfacing to add more pain to the family's grief. It's not much of a mystery but it is a wonderfully atmospheric story with a great setting. Sense of place of the people in Tennessee back country is wonderful. There is a well-done ghost and elements that make the story very compelling.

  9. 5 out of 5

    June Ahern

    My first time to read Sharyn McCrumb, but a favorite author of my sisters, so I read "The Rosewood Casket". The story starts out with clarity and promise. The prologue is intriguing enough to pull a reader in. Ms. McCrumb, very vividly, describes the wooded southern area and captures the people so well. I truly felt as though I was in the mystic and beautiful place. The story continues with an elderly man who lives alone and needs to be hospitalized His family, all sons and their wives, come fro My first time to read Sharyn McCrumb, but a favorite author of my sisters, so I read "The Rosewood Casket". The story starts out with clarity and promise. The prologue is intriguing enough to pull a reader in. Ms. McCrumb, very vividly, describes the wooded southern area and captures the people so well. I truly felt as though I was in the mystic and beautiful place. The story continues with an elderly man who lives alone and needs to be hospitalized His family, all sons and their wives, come from here and there to care for his needs and prepare for his death. Then there is - confusion. Too much about each character and less about moving the story plot along. The plot actually becomes intertwining of personalities, purpose, and history that I found the story hard to follow. And throw in a devious real estate investor, a police officer, a neighbor and I'm like, really where are we going? Too many times. The author is an excellent writer but this book was long and took me months to finish. It ended up being the book I went to in between other books. I think I'll try another of her books though because she does write so beautifully. The Skye in June

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Fischman

    This is a deeply resonant book about how secrets, silence, poverty, and war haunt two families and the whole Appalachian region. It’s also a continuation of the story of Nora Bonesteel, seer. All that is wrapped up in an installment of a police procedural series. Come for the detective story; stay for the novel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Mills

    A well spun story! Hard to put down. Love the northeast Tennessee setting.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    An engaging, intriguing mix of history, mystery and magical realism set in Appalachia.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thea

    Meh. In a nutshell, this book is about how what goes around comes around; in the context of this novel, if you take someone's land, someone will eventually come and take your land (or the land of your future offspring). McCrumb uses the sad story of the Americas to illustrate a moral point, reaching back to Daniel Boone's days of European settlers stealing land from Native Americans (though somehow he's revered, right?) and following this thread to 20th century America, where a family -- presumab Meh. In a nutshell, this book is about how what goes around comes around; in the context of this novel, if you take someone's land, someone will eventually come and take your land (or the land of your future offspring). McCrumb uses the sad story of the Americas to illustrate a moral point, reaching back to Daniel Boone's days of European settlers stealing land from Native Americans (though somehow he's revered, right?) and following this thread to 20th century America, where a family -- presumably offspring of the aforementioned sticky-fingered settlers -- in Appalachian Tennessee is on the verge of having their farm "stolen" (read: bought for cheap) by a greedy developer. But there's more to the story than this, isn't there? Well, there is, but things become muddled. Just what is the point here? The moral lesson gets overshadowed by the story of an old, dying man who wants his four scattered (and, frankly, jerkish) sons to return to the family homestead and build his casket. Each son has a significant other, and trying to keep up with the plot lines of the four grown men, the women in their lives, the dying man, two little girls (one alive, one not), an old woman who has the gift of second sight, and the greedy land developer was a bit exhausting. Oh, I forgot: add to that list the old man and his daughter whose farm the developer wants to buy, Daniel Boone, and also a weird, out-of-place chapter from the point of view of Nancy Ward, an 18th/19th century Cherokee woman. I see what McCrumb was going for, I really do. I just would have preferred a more simple telling of the story, and for that matter, maybe less of the story: narrowing the focus instead of casting such a wide net. To me, the most interesting plot line revolved around the ghost girl and the circumstances surrounding her life and death. Come to think of it, why was that plot line even included? It was a thread that ran through the entire book, but honestly, if it had been left out, I don't think it would have mattered. I like spooky stories. I like stories about Appalachia. I like spooky stories about Appalachia, and I really wanted to like this book, but to me it was too disjointed. There's an awful lot going on, and I never knew where to "look," so to speak.

  14. 4 out of 5

    DAISY DISNEY

    I almost gave up on this book. To be honest I found the first half to be very boring. Some of the historical parts on the mountains & the American frontier was interesting but some was just tedious to read. As I stated before on a past reading update: This author sure has an obsession with Daniel Boone! lol I will say that I learned about who he was and that was sort of interesting. I can also tell by the author's writing that she loves her mountains! I read more about the author after reading t I almost gave up on this book. To be honest I found the first half to be very boring. Some of the historical parts on the mountains & the American frontier was interesting but some was just tedious to read. As I stated before on a past reading update: This author sure has an obsession with Daniel Boone! lol I will say that I learned about who he was and that was sort of interesting. I can also tell by the author's writing that she loves her mountains! I read more about the author after reading this book and read somewhere that she lives in the mountains where her family first settled over 100 years ago. That was an interesting fact all in itself. The story was good. It took a minute for it to pick up speed and I am now glad that I didn't give up on this book. The mystery behind the bones that were in the box was intruiging. I did feel that once it was discovered who the bones belonged to, that it would have added more depth to the story if the author would have added more to the story of how the person's bones came to be and how that person died. On a little side note: An annoying thing about the story was that the 2 main families in the story had very smiliar last names. It made it confusing when reading trying to keep up with who's family the chapters were pertaining to. I couldn't really keep track of this until a little over halfway through the book. I am on the fence on whether or not I would recommend this book. I would say yes and no. Some might find the beginning boring as I did and some might love the mystery that comes halfway through the book. Pick this one up and see if it's for you!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    The Rosewood Casket was recommended to me, for my love of magical realism. And I am very grateful for that recommendation! This novel is set in Appalachian Tennessee, basically a foreign country to me, but McCrumb details both the culture and the landscape in a beautifully poetic way. At its heart, this is not just a story of the Stargill family, but of the timeless transition of land-tied creatures being forced to move, and indeed, of consequences. It's the story of Daniel Boone, the Cherokee, i The Rosewood Casket was recommended to me, for my love of magical realism. And I am very grateful for that recommendation! This novel is set in Appalachian Tennessee, basically a foreign country to me, but McCrumb details both the culture and the landscape in a beautifully poetic way. At its heart, this is not just a story of the Stargill family, but of the timeless transition of land-tied creatures being forced to move, and indeed, of consequences. It's the story of Daniel Boone, the Cherokee, indigenous species that have been shoved out by invasive species, and the development of farm land into McMansions and planned communities in the 1980's. But it's also the story of a collection of men and women that McCrumb paints as three-dimensional, realistically flawed, and equally broken. There is no sole protagonist or antagonist, though Clayte is most often the narrative voice- it's truly an ensemble piece. And one that plays with your expectations. I highly recommend it for fans of magical realism, place-centric fiction, historical-influenced contemporary stories, those who enjoy the Appalachian culture, and adults who can relate to having dysfunctional families.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I was really disappointed in this book. It started out with a very intriguing premise, and the characters, at first, felt very realistic and with quite a lot of depth. But about halfway through, I realized that nothing was really going to happen plot-wise, and the one big "event" that does occur happens to one of the minor characters that I couldn't have cared less about. The book has meandering side steps, going into detail about things like the inner thoughts of a random paramedic or doctor tr I was really disappointed in this book. It started out with a very intriguing premise, and the characters, at first, felt very realistic and with quite a lot of depth. But about halfway through, I realized that nothing was really going to happen plot-wise, and the one big "event" that does occur happens to one of the minor characters that I couldn't have cared less about. The book has meandering side steps, going into detail about things like the inner thoughts of a random paramedic or doctor treating a main character, which seemed to serve no purpose. The primary "mystery" of the story is only solved at the very end, and it's about what you'd expect. While the author does do a nice job of describing how beautiful this part of the country is, the story goes nowhere and has no real direction or purpose.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Terry Southard

    I enjoyed this book very much. An interesting story about an old man dying, his four sons coming back home for his death and funeral, and everything else that happens. It was good to run into Sheriff Arrowood and Deputy LeDonne again. The author does a good job of weaving the past and present together, revealing just a little at a time. It keeps you reading on to find out "just one more thing". A quick read because of that. I would recommend.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Love, love, loved this one! The Rosewood Casket had all the right elements of a great book for me. Namely, it has an Appalachian setting, dysfunctional family issues, and an engaging mystery element. I recommend this book for others interested in Appalachian family stories. You won't be disappointed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Kirby

    I love the way Sharyn McCrumb writes, her style is so unique and her stories always draw me in. I love the way she blends southern family drama, history, and supernatural elements. Nora Bonesteel is my favorite of all McCrumb's characters. My heart broke for Randall Stargill in this story at what it must be like to die sick and alone.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Sheridan

    Great book! It was a little slow at times, but the good character development and story line make up for it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angelique Simonsen

    I love these mountain characters especially Nora. This story broke my heart at the end

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bibliomama

    I love Nora Bonesteel. Glad she got a prominent role in this story. Also Daniel Boone and Nancy Ward.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bret James Stewart

    The Rosewood Casket by Sharyn McCrumb is a wonderful amalgamation of mystery, Southern Literature, and ghost story bordering on Southern Gothic. My mother recommended this book to me, and I did not think I would like it much as I am not overly fond of mysteries, but I was wrong. The overall story is about a dying man, Randall Stargill, and the gathering of his four sons, who are tasked with working in cooperation to construct the eponymous casket for their father. A mysterious woman arrives with The Rosewood Casket by Sharyn McCrumb is a wonderful amalgamation of mystery, Southern Literature, and ghost story bordering on Southern Gothic. My mother recommended this book to me, and I did not think I would like it much as I am not overly fond of mysteries, but I was wrong. The overall story is about a dying man, Randall Stargill, and the gathering of his four sons, who are tasked with working in cooperation to construct the eponymous casket for their father. A mysterious woman arrives with a box containing the skeleton of a child, requesting it be placed in the coffin when the latter is completed. I won't include any spoilers in this review, but I wanted to include the basic teaser plot. The novel is written in a series of flashbacks and present sequences. This is well done and interesting. She provides a number of perspectives, too, which is nice as it allows the reader to really get into the head of the characters. The "present" sequences are in the 90s, so it is now the past, with the result that the book actually provides intriguing insights into two different time periods. More than that, really, because the sequences of Stargill's past involve a number of different times, notably the World War II era. A number of themes are present in the book. The universal struggle with changing times (particularly marked in the rapidly-changing 20th century), the move from the agrarian society/culture of the time and the corresponding issues such as the abandonment of the family farms as children leave to take urban jobs. Also present are struggles between siblings, the rich and the poor, the traditional and the modern, and industrialization and environmentalism. Moreover, morality questions, ethics, and the poignancy of love and death abound. These issues are timeless, and this novel is, too. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in any of the genres and/or characteristics mentioned above. McCrumb has worked magic in this work, and you don't want to miss it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nigel

    In the Appalachian mountains, a man lies down to sleep and doesn't wake up. He isn't dead yet, but he isn't far off. A handwritten letter instructs his four surviving sons to build a coffin out of rosewood and bury him on the land. With their wives and partners in tow, they set to, but there are tragedies all around them. The ghost of a young girl whose bones are delivered to them in a rosewood box. The slow death of a way of life as a land speculator schemes and manipulates to drive people out In the Appalachian mountains, a man lies down to sleep and doesn't wake up. He isn't dead yet, but he isn't far off. A handwritten letter instructs his four surviving sons to build a coffin out of rosewood and bury him on the land. With their wives and partners in tow, they set to, but there are tragedies all around them. The ghost of a young girl whose bones are delivered to them in a rosewood box. The slow death of a way of life as a land speculator schemes and manipulates to drive people out of their homes. As the sons struggle to come to terms with their father's impending demise, more death lies in wait. 'More death lies in wait.' Heh, that's melodramatic, and accurate, but this isn't a melodramatic book, for all its gothic and thriller elements. The narrative hearkens back to the previous century, as one lot of people face disruption and displacement, to the present of the book, when another lot of people face the same. The latter-day land-grab may not be as bloody, but it is still protracted, painful and rife with injustice. McCrumb builds to a final, heartbreaking, suspense-filled climax in a setting haunted by ghosts and secrets and terrible tragedies.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    My introduction to McCrumb's Appalachian ballad series. Loved its intermingling of current life, Anglo-Appalachian history and Cherokee belief. Stumbled across the book as my Mother was undergoing gallbladder surgery and the complication of a botched surgery.She almost died and I waited until I knew she was okay before suggesting this title. I told her that I felt it would have been extremely insensitive for me to send her this book by a writer I had just discovered, given the title, until I kne My introduction to McCrumb's Appalachian ballad series. Loved its intermingling of current life, Anglo-Appalachian history and Cherokee belief. Stumbled across the book as my Mother was undergoing gallbladder surgery and the complication of a botched surgery.She almost died and I waited until I knew she was okay before suggesting this title. I told her that I felt it would have been extremely insensitive for me to send her this book by a writer I had just discovered, given the title, until I knew that she was going to be okay. Mother's response was a laugh and suggestions to read the other books. She was as usual many books ahead of me. I miss that exchange of good book suggestions, especially mysteries, with her.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Sharyn McCrumb is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! The Appalachian Mountains are not one of the places I naturally gravitate to for reading, but this is the second (or maybe third) book of hers set in that area, and I like each one better. I especially like the character of Nora Bonesteel, who appears in each of these books. Nora has The Sight, and it always adds an interesting dimension to the plot. This one, as they all did, ends in a way I would never have predicted. Did I like the en Sharyn McCrumb is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! The Appalachian Mountains are not one of the places I naturally gravitate to for reading, but this is the second (or maybe third) book of hers set in that area, and I like each one better. I especially like the character of Nora Bonesteel, who appears in each of these books. Nora has The Sight, and it always adds an interesting dimension to the plot. This one, as they all did, ends in a way I would never have predicted. Did I like the ending? No, but it was the only possible one given the events leading up to it. All things considered, I really liked this book, and can recommend it most highly.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Darbyshire

    Magic stuff. I forget how good a writer McCrumb is between books. She weaves history and culture and the real past together with a fictional present and comes up with unputdownable stories that become tales not just of a few characters but of the whole society of Appalachia. This is the story of what happens when old man Randall Stargill is dying and his four sons and their partners gather at the family farm in the mountains to carry out his last wish, to build him the rosewood casket of the tit Magic stuff. I forget how good a writer McCrumb is between books. She weaves history and culture and the real past together with a fictional present and comes up with unputdownable stories that become tales not just of a few characters but of the whole society of Appalachia. This is the story of what happens when old man Randall Stargill is dying and his four sons and their partners gather at the family farm in the mountains to carry out his last wish, to build him the rosewood casket of the title. It's much less of a mystery than the earlier books in the series have been but it's the best imagined story of the series yet.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kw

    I loved seeing our "favorite family history story" mentioned three times in the novel, and noting one of my ancestors' names in a quote by Daniel Boone. What fun! So my review may be prejudiced by that, but I really did enjoy this story and the historical references enhanced it. How the Appalachians were formed and how they've changed - the topography and the people and even the birds and animals - was very interesting. A good read. If you're curious, the link tells the story of my great-great (e I loved seeing our "favorite family history story" mentioned three times in the novel, and noting one of my ancestors' names in a quote by Daniel Boone. What fun! So my review may be prejudiced by that, but I really did enjoy this story and the historical references enhanced it. How the Appalachians were formed and how they've changed - the topography and the people and even the birds and animals - was very interesting. A good read. If you're curious, the link tells the story of my great-great (etc.) grandmother and her sister's and cousin's capture by Indians, and of their rescue. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    The Rosewood Casket is a very interesting novel about true events of the Appalachian Mountains. I love reading books by Sharyn McCrumb because they are always so well written you feel you there during those times yourself. I have been to a couple of book signing she has come to in my area and she tells about her research she does before writing the novels. I highly recommend her books to any who like historical novels of the Appalachians. Also, if you get a chance to go to her book signings you The Rosewood Casket is a very interesting novel about true events of the Appalachian Mountains. I love reading books by Sharyn McCrumb because they are always so well written you feel you there during those times yourself. I have been to a couple of book signing she has come to in my area and she tells about her research she does before writing the novels. I highly recommend her books to any who like historical novels of the Appalachians. Also, if you get a chance to go to her book signings you will not be disappointed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I like Sharon McCrumb, and Nora Bonesteel is one of my favorite characters of hers. Her books are set in Appalachia. I remember reading this one a while back and liking it. Mystery, folk lore, tradition and change.

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