Cedar Hollow

4 books in series
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Appalachian Justice Summary

Deep in the mountains of Appalachia, Billy May Platte learned the hard way that 1940s West Virginia was no place to be gay:

"We was sheltered in them hills. We didn't know much of nothin' about life outside of them mountains. I did not know the word lesbian; to us, gay meant havin' fun and queer meant somethin' strange."'

In 1945, when Billy May was 14 years old and alone, three local boys witnessed an incident in which Billy May's sexuality was called into question. Determined to teach her a lesson she would never forget, they orchestrated a brutal attack that changed the dynamics of the tiny coal mining village of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia forever.

Thirty years after the brutal attack, living in solitude on top of Crutcher Mountain, Billy May discovers the hideout of a young girl - a girl who just happens to be the daughter of one of the boys who attacked Billy May so long ago. No one knows better than Billy May the telltale signs of abuse, and she must quickly make a decision. Will she withdraw into the solitude in which she has lived since the horrific attack, or will she risk everything to save the girl from a similar fate? In spite of the heartbreaking incidents that take place in the novel, the book is ultimately a tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit and a celebration of the beauty of second chances.

Underneath it all, Appalachian Justice is also a powerful love story, though certainly not a conventional one.

©2010 Melinda Clayton (P)2013 Melinda Clayton
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  • Book 1

    • Appalachian Justice

    • Cedar Hollow, Book 1
    • By: Melinda Clayton
    • Narrated by: Lee Covington
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1945, when Billy May was 14 years old and alone, three local boys witnessed an incident in which Billy May's sexuality was called into question. Determined to teach her a lesson she would never forget, they orchestrated a brutal attack that changed the dynamics of the tiny coal mining village of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia forever. Thirty years after the brutal attack, living in solitude on top of Crutcher Mountain, Billy May discovers the hideout of a young girl - a girl who just happens to be the daughter of one of the boys who attacked Billy May so long ago.

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    • Not your typical lesbian story - it is superb!

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  • Book 2

    • Return to Crutcher Mountain

    • Cedar Hollow Series, Book 2
    • By: Melinda Clayton
    • Narrated by: Catherine Edwards
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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    No one with Jessie's history of childhood trauma could make it through unscathed, and Jessie is no exception. As recounted in Appalachian Justice, Jessie is an adult survivor of horrendous childhood abuse suffered at the hands of her stepfather. At the age of 13, on a stormy night on top of Crutcher Mountain, Jessie was rescued by reclusive mountain woman Billy May Platte.

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  • Book 3

    • Entangled Thorns

    • Cedar Hollow Series, Book 3
    • By: Melinda Clayton
    • Narrated by: Catherine Edwards
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
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    Beth Sloan has spent the majority of her life trying to escape the memories of a difficult childhood. Born into the infamous Pritchett family of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia, she grew up hard, surrounded not only by homemade stills and corn liquor but by an impoverished family that more often than not preferred life on the wrong side of the law. After the mysterious death of her brother, Luke, at the age of 13, 17-year-old Beth and her younger sister, Naomi, ran away from home, never to return.

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  • Book 4

    • Shadow Days

    • Cedar Hollow, Book 4
    • By: Melinda Clayton
    • Narrated by: Catherine Edwards
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
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    On the anniversary of her husband's death, 49-year-old Emily Holt runs away, leaving an unmade bed, an unlocked house, two college-aged sons, and an overabundance of bad memories.

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