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The Man Inside the Mountain is the fictional story of Essie Bell, a woman living on her farm in West Virginia during the last few months of the Civil War. Her only son has been presumed dead by the Union Army and hard work has been her salvation. She grows a big garden, raises chickens, bakes bread to sell in town. When her husband dies, everyone says she must sell the farm and move to town, but she knows this will kill her. With only her old dog, Essie faces the cold, harsh winter alone.

When a man deserts the heavy fighting and begins hiding inside the mountain behind her farm, Essie comes to believe her son has survived and does everything she can to draw him down. As her story unfolds, you will be drawn into her agonizing fear that it isn’t her son, and her greatest hope that it is.

Suzanne Mays - Chesapeake, VA - suzannemays@hotmail.com
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