The Edge of Heaven Series (3 Book Collection)
The popular series by Eva McCall that looks into the life of Lucy Davenport and the Carpenter family she married into. More
Edge of Heaven depicts stories that were heard from the real Lucy Davenport Carpenter. Edge of Heaven is a spirited account of family life in western North Carolina at the turn of the century. In the late 1890s, rural life was often threatened by illness, poverty, and violence, but was softened by the love of family and the surrounding beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Children of the Mountain returns to the mountain that every reader has come to love. Ever since Eva McCall wrote about Lucy Davenport's arranged marriage to Holman Carpenter, a widower with thirteen children, readers have been eager to know more about the Carpenter family. Together, Lucy and Holman built a new house on the mountain where they raised four more sons. Now, despite having moved away with families of their own, the children still feel bound to Carpenter Mountain.
In this sequel to Edge of Heaven, they return home for Holman’s final birthday celebration, then help Lucy cope with widowhood. Jake the peddler reappears with his own offer of solace but with dubious intentions. Family conflicts and uncertainty over the future of her home compel Lucy to return to the edge of heaven, seeking wisdom from the spirits of her mother’s people. Ultimately, Lucy must look within to clarify her heart’s desires.
Eva McCall told about Lucy Davenport's life in her novels Edge of Heaven and Children of the Mountain. With thirteen children to feed, Lucy used all the foods her family could grow or catch or kill. Like most mountain cooks in the early twentieth century, Lucy’'s cooking directions do not have exact measurements, nor are they kitchen tested. Instead, her granddaughters Eva McCall and Emma Edsall recall how Lucy would bake a bear, preserve beans as leather britches, or bake a scrumptious blackberry pie. Together, they have put in writing their recollections of Lucy’s daily activities in the kitchen, and Lucy’s Recipes for Mountain Living is a warm and light-hearted look at how Lucy kept her large family fed.
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