The Melungeon Series book 1
by Katt Anderson
In 1798 Callie Trent travels with her parents in a wagon train to the frontier of Tennessee. Before they reach the settlement where they will live, her father tells her he has arranged a marriage with her and Jacob McGinnis, a man she has never met.
Callie objects to the marriage, but when she meets Jacob, he is not that bad.but she has come to the mountains to teach the children in the settlement, not to get married. Before they reach the settlement, they are attacked by three of the meanest men from the ridge, three Melungeons.
Callie learns about the Melungeons and becomes interested in their history. No one knows when they came to the ridge. They are strange in physical appearance and in their ways. There is much prejudice against them. She befriends one family and teaches them to read and write.
Jacob falls in love with Callie and wants to marry her, but she does not encourage him. She wants to teach school before she marries, but the three Melungeon men have other plans for her.
Callie's Mountain is a fun read through a little known period of history and about a little known people.
After reading this book I was and am inspired to do some more research about the Melungeon people, their history, and where they are now. There has been a surge of interest over the last few years and there are dozens of articles about genetic research they are doing with the Melungeons, in hopes it will be discovered where they came from.
Callie is a girl who would like to make her own choices especially in what man she will marry. She is a bit stubborn but kind, loving, and gentle. After tragedy strikes her family she does her best to help her mother and siblings. She is a genuine Christian and lives out what she believes.
Jacob is a good man. He wants to marry Callie and spends much of his time preparing a home for her, designing it specifically for her convenience. He, too, is a Christian and lives his faith but he is also willing to protect others using force when they are attacked by Indians.
This E-book earned a 3.5 Bark rating.
This E-book was won in a giveaway and I am in no way obligated to review this book. I am doing so for my own and your enjoyment.
This book reminded of a cross between the Christy TV series and an old 1930's-1940's Colonial Frontier movie with Gary Cooper, or the like.
So if you love those old movies with forts, Indian attacks, romance, danger, family, and some interesting history, Callie's Mountain is a good choice.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Callie's Mountain by Katt Anderson a 3.5 Bark rating.
Note: Callie's Mountain is book 1 in the Melungeon Series.