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Dancing on Rocks is the fourth "Stand-Alone"
novel in my Blue Ridge Series and my seventh
RENDER UNTO THE VALLEY
wins Gold Medal in 2012 IPPY
Awards for Fiction-Southeast
Karen Godwell isn't as much ashamed of her mountain
heritage as of what she had to do to preserve it.
She reinvents herself at college and doesn't look back till her clan's
historic farm is threatened. The gutsy New York Metropolitan Museum
curator returns to the mountains only to come face to face with who
she was and what she did.
Decendants of the early settlers still have a grip on the farmlands deep
in the folds of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, but the ground is
shifting beneath their feet. Cousin Bruce, the town historian, sees life
through the family's colorful two-hundred-year past; Tom Gibbons, a
local conservationist, keeps one eye on the mountains and the other on
Karen; Karen's nine-year-old daughter, Hali, is in the throes of the
mission her dying father sent her on; and Karen is hiding the ugly secret
that drove her away.
As she wrestles her dangerously cunning brother for the farm, Karen
straddles the divide between the staunchly independent mountain
culture she comes from and the sophisticated world she has become
Josua Simcox wrote in WNC
“Rose Senehi, author of the widely praised Blue Ridge Series of novels,
continues with her winning blend of romantic suspense and passion for
environmental conservancy in Render Unto the Valley…her talent for
authentic characterizations and high-tension plotting continue to grow.”
Rob Neufeld wrote in Asheville CITIZEN-TIMES
“Senehi offsets suspense with local preservation and history details, and
delivers handsomely. …even late in the novel, there are some intriguing
surprises. Ignore the archaic title and glib first paragraph… and enjoy the ride.
Midwest Book Review
“A small town drama that speaks to the mountain life. Render Unto the Valley
is an excellent and much recommended read, not to be overlooked.”
Rapid River Arts & Culture Magazine, Review by Patrice Tappe
"Using her own unique and descriptive writing style (reminiscent of Dean
Koontz), Senehi offers the reader a well-conceived thriller and conveys a
sense of breathless danger which escalates throughout...Rose Senehi's book
delights with an interesting cast of characters, some quirky, many based on
real-life people living in the counties of Western North Carolina."
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Simmering beneath the skin and hiding around every
corner are a family's painful memories of a child who
disappeared in the middle of the night 25 years ago.
Nursing her mother back to health wasn't all that drew
Georgie Haydock back to the mountain tourist town of
Chimney Rock. The summer roils as her mother thrashes
in her bed, insisting that the strange woman stalking her
store downstairs is Georgie's missing sister. Georgie
aches to reunite with the hometown boy she never forgot;
yet, she fears all the turmoil will force her to unveil the
secret that she's kept since she was six. But naturalist
Ron Elliott doesn't care what Georgie did all those years
back. She's the one creature he's always yearned to
possess. Rose talks about this book on the Dancing on
Praise for Dancing on Rocks
"Dancing on Rocks is riveting from beginning to end."- Anita Lock for IndiReader
"This is a 'find a good, comfortable spot, plenty of time, and a great cup of coffee'
kind of book. Once opened, the reader is taken on the trip of a lifetime. It
encompasses beautiful settings, noteworthy incidents, memorable characters, a
well-thought out, realistic plot, and is expertly written."- N.C. Society of Historians,
"Spooky strangers spying on the town, mysterious disappearances of long ago,
buried treasure- maybe it is inevitable that a story set in the shadows of one of the
most famous crags in America would be a cliffhanger. And Dancing on Rocks is
certainly that. But it is also a telling study of individuals, families and local history.
Rose Senehi has written a complex but entertaining story."- Fred Chappell, North
Carolina poet laureate emeritus and author of Ancestors and Others and Look Back
All the Green Valley.
"...a book that manages the rare feat of being a page turner as well as a satisfying
exploration of the human heart; a book that, like the river that runs through Chimney
Rock, is swift and deep.- Tommy Hays, Author of What I Came to Tell You and The
Pleasure Was Mine
"...Senehi weaves a multi-layered tale of emotional power and redemptive
transformation. Simply put, the tale is a love story of rich complexity-love of land,
love of family, love of what has been, and the longing love of what might have been.
Senehi pulls you into her characters' lives and makes you care about all of it."
- Mark deCastrique, Author, A Murder in Passing, A Sam Blackman Mystery
"Senehi's keen observation of the natural beauty of the mountains, in sharp contrast
to the tourist kitsch of a tiny mountain community, provides a vivid setting for the
tangled lives and loves of the village's inhabitants- Vicki Lane, Author of the
Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries
"Few locally set novels involve their settings as faithfully as Dancing on Rocks
captures various aspects of Chimney Rock. Senehi does this by contrasting the
history and the contemporary reality of the up-and-down tourist town. The dialogue
is natural; the theme, 'we will survive.' Deftly, Senehi folds in mystery, romance,
environmentalism, and oh!-a great character in the person of the heroine's spunky
mom."-Rob Neufeld, Book Reviewer, Asheville Citizen-Times; Web Editor, The
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Winner of 2014 Indie-Reader
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