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The Mountain Girl

Payne Erskine

Book Overview: 

A delightful love-story, genuinely American in feeling and treatment. The story is stirring, the heroine is ideal.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He had learned only that morning that circumlocution or pretence of any sort would only drive the youth further into his fortress of silence, and close his nature, a sealed well of turbid feeling, against him; therefore he chose a manner pleasantly frank, taking much for granted, and giving the boy no chance to refuse his help, by assuming it to have been already accepted.

"We are about the same size, I think? Yes. Here are some things I laid out for you. You must look as much like me as possible, and as unlike yourself, you know. Sit here and we'll see what can be done for your head."

"You're right fair, an' I'm dark."

"Oh, that makes very little difference. It's the general appearance we must get at. Suppose I try to trim your hair a little so that lock on your forehead won't give you away."

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"I reckon I can do it. Hit's makin' you a heap o' trouble."

David was pleased to note the boy's mood softening, and helped. . . Read More

Community Reviews

What an enjoyable story! A young Englishman, ill and disillusioned with the society that produced him, goes to the North Carolina mountains to find health again. He finds a great deal more...work, friends, restored faith, and a wonderful young woman who steals his previously untouched heart.
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Why hasn't this book been made into a movie or BBC mini-series? If I had the inclination I'd write the screenplay...and maybe I do have the inclination. Anyone want to fund this project?

A young British doctor from a wealthy family goes to Canada and then to a remote mountain area in America to build up his health from a long illness. He stays in the cabin of a doctor friend of his who has left the area and gets pulled into the simple but fascinating lives of the mountain people,...more

My mother is an avid reader and I decided to go through some of her favorites and read them myself. The Mountain Girl was a tippy top favorite so it was an obvious choice.

I fell instantly in love with this book. I had to know at every second what was going to happen to these characters and well,...more

This is a classic historical romance that takes place in the beautiful mountains in North Carolina. David Thryng is a doctor who seeks to escape his mother's plans of marrying him to wealth and good fortune. He decides that he shall not marry without love and takes refuge at the mountains.

The sto...more