Render Unto the Valley

Render Unto the Valley

By Rose Senehi

K.I.M. Publications, Paperback, 9780615499956, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 2013

Karen Godwell isn't as much ashamed of her mountain heritage as of what she once had to do to preserve it.

Karen reinvents herself at college and doesn't look back until her clan's historic farm is threatened. The gutsy curator at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns to the mountains only to come face to face with who she was and what she did.

Descendants of the early settlers still have a grip on the farmlands deep in the folds of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, but the ground is shifting beneath their feet. Cousin Bruce, the town historian, sees life through the family's colorful 200-year past; Tom Gibbons, a local conservationist, keeps one eye on the mountains and the other on Karen; Karen's nine-year-old daughter, Hali, is in the throes of the mission her dying father sent her on; and Karen is hiding the ugly secret that drove her away.

As she wrestles her dangerously cunning brother for the farm, Karen straddles the divide between the staunchly independent mount

About the Author
Contemporary fiction writer, Rose Senehi, lives in Chimney Rock, N.C., and is writing a series of "stand alone" novels that take place in the Hickory Nut Gorge. Render Unto the Valley, the third novel in the series, won the 2012 IPPY GOLD MEDAL, Fiction-Southeast. Dancing on Rocks, her fourth, won the 2014 Indie Reader Discovery Award for Popular Fiction.