" This was an interesting book. Set in the Appalachians, what I enjoyed most about it was all of the history the author included, both about Appalachian music and the early Scottish settlers. I especially enjoyed her mention of the early Scottish settlers to Buncombe, North Carolina as I can trace my ancestry there. I did not think as far as being an overall great story that it really fit the bill for me, as it didn't seem thecharacters themselves really experienced any kind of growth or triumph as individuals, with the possible exception of Joe LeDonne. They seemed to be there more to embellish the story of the central song whose history is followed in the book. Perhaps that was the point, but I still felt like it would have been more satisfying if the characters had achieved anything from the beginning to the end of the book. Still I'm glad I came across it for the other reasons I've stated. I may read another book by Sharyn McCrumb just to see if I can dig as much history out of the next one. "
— Sarah, 2/18/2014