Sweet Hope: an Appalachian Ghost Story

Littered with lyrics, Sweet Hope takes us on a journey with Adam and Parry as they travel together in West Virginia, bantering and adventuring. The relationship between them is palpable; they care for one another, and have an unspoken fondness and mutuality that can be sensed hopping off the pages. It is no surprise, therefore, that despite the majority of the novel focusing on them and their interactions, it does not feel slow or stuck, as we are constantly witnessing a refreshing and deeply engaging friendship manifest in different ways.

Other characters are introduced, such as Junie, Brother Lillard, Granny Estey, and their introductions and arcs make for a seamless story, expanding on Parry’s experience in Hoagland Holler.

Although starting off lighthearted, the story touches on a lot of interesting and often serious topics, all basked under the thick umbrella of a southern setting. It is refreshing and enjoyable to be so immersed in the music, speech, and even the ambiance of these arenas, which Easterling scribes with precision.

A clear work of love and passion, Sweet Hope is recommended for anyone looking for an immersive adventure that takes place in the backwoods of West Virginia.

Sweet Hope: an Appalachian Ghost Story | Rating: 5 Stars | Genre: Drama / Historical Fiction | Tags: Bluegrass music, hillbilly feud, ghost | Author: Michael Easterling | Publisher: Valley Oak Publications | Pages: 307 | ISBN: 978-0-578-45344-6 | Purchase
Author: Michael Easterling
Michael lives on a small farm in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada where he dreams of adventures and puts them to pixels.