Paperback ISBN: 978-1-61188-025-0
E-book ISBN: 978-1-61188-026-7
Publication Date: November 1, 2011 -- 450 pages
"A subtle tale deep with character and southern atmosphere to die for. Emily Sue Harvey has a sure touch and strong voice. She's a talent to watch."– Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
"Emily Sue Harvey creates a strong Southern voice, vibrant characters, and a story that moves us from commonplace life to the brink of emotional destruction and back to salvation."
– Gwen Hunter, author of Ashes to Ashes
Sunny Acklin loves her mill hill roots. She is pretty, like her whoring mother, a comparison that terrifies her and she is determined to not be like Ruby Acklin. Deeply spiritual, Sunny works hard to make something of her life and when she meets Daniel, she feels her life is complete. She is upbeat and believes the best in everyone. Then, on the threshold of fulfillment one heinous violation destroys everything Sunny’s worked so hard for. But then life tosses her an opportunity, one charged with promise and, she finds out, great risk.
Daniel loves Sunny in a way he never thought possible. He hates his mother who abandoned him to foster care. He considers Sunny perfect and pure and so not like his sleazy mother. He loves that Sunny calls him her “Lion Man” and can hardly wait until the two of them marry. And then life throws him a curve and all his preconceived notions are tossed to the galaxy. His disillusionment supersedes his trust and commitment and he caves in to the instinct to run. His knee-jerk judgment threatens to destroy Sunny and, in turn, him also.
Unto These Hills is an unforgettable novel of love, scandal, family, and roots by one of the most emotionally authentic authors of our time. Taking us into the Deep South's Tucapau mill hill, it introduces us to the unforgettable Sunny Acklin. Betrayed, abandoned, and violated, Sunny faces one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another. But she never loses her spirit or the memory of the love that once so richly illuminated her world. As years go by, Sunny does everything she can to make something of her life until at last an opportunity arises, one charged with promise...and undeniable risk.
From its vivid evocation of mill hill life to its pitch perfect rendering of the complexities of family and relationships, Unto These Hills is at once epic and intensely intimate. It is the richest novel yet from a writer who fluently speaks the language of our deepest feelings.
"Unto These Hills is strong in its characterization and Emily Sue Harvey captures the humor and heartbreak of Southern Culture. The scenes are real and the emotions deep. A wonderfully readable novel."– Kay Allenbaugh, bestselling author of Chocolate for a Woman's Soul
New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis called Song of Renewal “An uplifting, heartwarming story of forgiveness, commitment, and love, and Kay Allenbaugh, bestselling author of Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul says “Emily Sue Harvey’s work will linger in the memory long after readers put it aside.” National bestselling author Harvey, who has written numerous inspiring works of nonfiction, writes intensely romantic novels that thrill the heart as they inspire the soul. Her stories have something to say to every family.
“Unto These Hills was a joy to read, an epic tale rich in strong characterization and storyline. I would highly recommend this to everyone and will definitely be reading more of Ms. Harvey’s work!”– Book Bag Lady