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Misery on the Mountain [Paperback]

C. J. Henderson
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Dec 1 1999 0870126334 978-0870126338

Tuesday and Annabelle live in the same state but in two different worlds. Tuesday, educated and independent, lives in the city; Annabelle knows only the harsh life of the mountain cabin, where she lives with her husband and two other women he has taken as wives.

Tuesday never knew that life could change so drastically in such a short time. When her car breaks down in sub-zero weather, she is faced with the choice between freezing or accepting help from a stranger. She chooses to trust the stranger named Jacob. Attracted to his good looks and quiet ways, Tuesday agrees when he asks to see her again. She tries to get to know Jacob and is both intrigued and put off by his secretiveness. Her friend, Cora, is uneasy about Jacob and asks Tuesday to be careful. Meanwhile, Cora continues an ongoing search for her daughter, who was kidnapped two years earlier. As this facinating story unfolds, the lives of Tuesday and Annabelle become shockingly entwined, and the horrific activities of a baby-selling ring are exposed.

Set in the beautiful but treacherous mountains of West Virginia, THE CABIN reveals the best and the worst of human nature.

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C.J. Henderson was born on Christmas Day. Her father, a coal miner, was a storyteller who kept his listeners spellbound. Raised on stories about C.C. Camp, Ponds Murder Farm, and other fearsome tales that came straight from her father's mind C.J. began telling her friends stories of her own, oftentimes getting into trouble for frightening the other children.

After high school C.J. married and became the mother of two sons. During the marriage she attended college, and at her father's urging, studied real estate and became an agent. The knowledge gained from her real estate career led to a position with a utility company in which she leased property. That work took her into the remote mountainous areas of West Virginia, where she met many colorful characters. Often C.J. had to wait in her car for property owners to show up for appointments. As she waited, appointment by appointment, the novel came alive on her legal pad.

C.J. is now a real estate broker operating her own company and working on more novels.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Sensationalism and Stereotypes Sept. 18 2003
By A Customer
When I first heard about the book, I was anxious to read it.
Not only am I am a West Virginian, but I am also an Appalachian
historian and avid reader of historical fiction. I met the author and bought her book. I couldn't wait to get home and begin reading.
The book made me ill and angry. The author used nearly all of the stereotypical images of Appalachians in writing this novel.
Evidently she used this tactic to create a sensationalistic piece of literature, and I use the term loosely, to sell books. Not only is this a disservice to the people of the region, but it is also a disservice to her readers. The story is barely believable.
In spite of this, she has probably succeeded, because the American public loves sensationalism, not to mention making fun of hillbillies.
There are so many wonderful writers who place their stories in Appalachia. Their characters reflect the true spirit of its people, who are, and always have been, like most Americans, especially those in rural areas and of the working class.
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By Fyliss
The basic premise of this novel was good. Henderson especially does a great job with the "mountain" dialect. However, my opinion (and it's only my opinion) is that her "city" characters did not seem real. Their dialogue was quite stilted. Also, although basically a good story, the connection between Jacob and Jeb came as no surprise. I will probably purchase at least one more Cabin novel to see if the "city" characters become anymore realistic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who edited this? Jan. 11 2003
By Suzanne
The subject matter of this book is appalling, but it was so poorly written I kept reading it to see if it would get better. It didn't. It sometimes seemed as if the author sat at her keyboard each day and just started out without checking whether she had written this part already or not. In a way, it is inspiring--if she can make a living writing this stuff, I can too, though I don't want to turn my own stomach.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The most horrific piece of trash I've ever read March 28 2004
I used this book as kindling .... enough said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared for adventure and be prepared to be surprised. Jan. 9 2000
By Carol Bock - Published on
After reading `The Cabin - Misery on the Mountain', I considered the many feats this author pulled off in writing this book and always keeping the reader in mind. `The Cabin' has many characters, yet you do not become lost on who is who and why they have entered. The characters are all unique and have such specific roles that without them the author would be doing the reader a disservice. The memory of the characters will remain with you long after you finish the book. Characters will become household names -- e.g., Aunt Aggie -- the old mountain woman who completes just about every sentence with a rendition of `so ya say'. The book is geared to a unisex audience and is excellent for book discussion groups made up of both men and women. The author keeps the reader in mind and writes in an uncomplicated fashion to make certain that reading this book is not a chore but a pleasure. The story line is quite original and not predictable at all. Don't even try to predict the next scene - you can't. The story itself is a great topic for discussion groups -- is it based around underground baby brokers?, the lives of mountain men and women?, or civilized people discovering the lives of mountain people and vice versa? The setting itself is key - West Virginia - many references are made to local points of interest and backwoods to give the reader a feeling of nonfiction. The book is short, under 300 pages, and can easily be read in a day or weekend. The book ends with a reference to the sequel -- if it is anything like the first book, you know you will not be disappointed. `The Cabin' -- be prepared for adventure and be prepared to be surprised. Now that I found an author that gives true satisfaction to me as a reader, I look forward to more products from C.J. Henderson and hope not to wait too long. Read it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cabin Misery on the Mountain Dec 26 1999
By LS Leggett - Published on
I could not put it down. I read the whole thing in one night. I can not wait for Cabin 2 to come out, or any other stories from this creative and talented author!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary story! Dec 30 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I was fascinated by the strange and interesting lives Tuesday and Annabelle lead in this book: The Cabin. It is shocking to think such things as baby-selling rings could actually exist! After reading this book I feel so sheltered. I can't wait for the sequel!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Jan. 12 2000
By Carol S. Birdsell - Published on
I have just finished reading this book. I live in WV, so that was what prompted me first to read it, but I enjoyed every page. An author who can make you see the characters and feel their pain, their fear, and their joy, in my opinion, is an author I want to read more of. I could actually feel Tuesday's fear when she was in the cellar with the rats and her fear of Jacob...just an overall great book..
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind Dec 30 1999
By Debbie Merrill - Published on
With so many books, movies, short stories, jokes etc., how can a writer be original? BUT, CJ Henderson pulled it off! It was a fresh new storyline that kept me quessing and wanting more! Hopefully that will become a reality sometime in the near future, please don't keep us waiting to long!
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