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Never Come Down [Paperback]

Michelle Black


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Book Description

May 2002
Historical Suspense: "There are no rules above 10,000 feet" This cryptic slogan puzzles Darcy Close when she arrives in Colorado's Tenmile Canyon. She has come to the high country to investigate the strange legacy left to her by her great aunt: A remote mountain ghost town called Leap Year and a terrible family secret.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hard Shell Word Factory (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075990443X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759904439
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 12.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 286 g

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From Publishers Weekly

A young woman inherits a remote ghost town in the Colorado Rockies and uncovers a mysterious connection to a distant mining ancestor in this lightly entertaining first novel. When her Aunt Grady leaves the entire ghost town of Leap Year to Darcy Close, she moves there and soon comes to love the peculiar place and her unusual neighbors whose bumper stickers read: "There are no rules above 10,000 feet." It's not long before she develops a relationship with Evan Allender, an attractive sometime carpenter and full-time hippie with two children. Through details in Aunt Grady's letter, Darcy begins to discover something of their common ancestor, Conor McAllister, who came to the Tenmile Canyon a century ago when the area bustled with gold and silver mines. Darcy's first-person account runs parallel with Conor's third-person story of seduction and treachery. In the flashback portions, Conor is horrified when he discovers that his beloved, Elodie Kelly, murdered her husband. As Darcy unearths Conor and Elodie's story, she is involved in a mine excavation that brings her unexpected riches. Black almost spoils the tale with her canned ending; but, despite digressions into the lives and thoughts of minor characters and too many serendipitous coincidences, she manages to fashion a mildly romantic western mystery. (Oct.) FYI: This first fiction title issued by Wolf Moon Press had a limited distribution in the Rocky Mountain states in 1996. It won the Colorado Independent Publisher Award for Fiction in 1997.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Black has created some interesting and charming characters for this novel, especially the members of her distant family. This first novel is filled with romance, lost treasures, family secrets, happy endings and the wonder of life in the High Country." END -- Great Divide Magazine

"In this fast-moving first story, the writer combines an intimate knowledge of the locale she has selected with an ability to fuse some memorable characters into an innovative plot." END -- Topeka Capital-Journal

"This regional bestseller deserves national attention for both an innovative story and a fresh new voice in the craft of writing. Michelle Black has penned a winner in this rollicking mountain romance....An interesting and effective use of two time periods without the conventions of time travel. Both storylines hold the attention in a vise grip." END -- Romance Communications. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no rules above 10,000 ft Jan. 24 2000
By "ronplus3" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
excellent book! bought it on a whim, 3 years ago and i read it again every winter. the characters are delightful and very believable, the story will pull you along through the book, and the setting (colorado) is very accurate. i just loved it. michelle black is a great storyteller.
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocky Mountains Challenges May 4 2013
By Lynn Whitman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What does a woman do with a ghost town? She looks to the past and finds growth experiences in the present that will explain why she is there. Storms frame her opportunities.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! Aug. 7 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A wonderful blend of mystery, romance, entertaining characters, and accurate locale portrayal. What a treat to be privy to the real reasons behind the facts of ancestors' lives--something the present-day heroine isn't even totally privy to, as we can never know the real stories of our parents, grandparents, etc. And, like the main characters, I moved from the Philadelphia area to a small old goldmining town (pop. 270) in the Colorado Rocky Mts. five years ago. If you're drawn to this area, read this book!! It is an accurate representation of living "at altitude" and in a small town filled with "characters"!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a different world above 10,000 feet-and you'll love it Jan. 24 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mingling the past and the present makes for an intriguing tale of murder, deceit, survival and love. Pure Rocky Mountain Magic!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A look back in time March 10 2001
By Janice M. Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Michelle Black pens a sturdy novel worth acknowledgement from those that adore the years of the gold rush. I am one of those people infatuated by anything that brings those early days of gold rush fever to life. This story takes place in the high hills of Colorado, called Leap Year. In separate stories, the old days are revealed through letters written by Darcy Close's great aunt, Grady. Aunt Grady has died, but in a surprise gesture, willed ownership of the entire (ghost) town of Leap Year to Darcy. When Darcy explores the historic old home on her first visit, she becomes aware that the place has been ransacked in the aftermath of her aunt's death. An intriguing secret makes itself known in the letters Grady has written to Darcy, unfortunately, many pages are lost and tangled in the chaos left behind by the persons responsible for breaking into the home. Darcy begins to question alot of the events that occurred long, long ago, and the circumstances of her aunt's death in the very home she is in.
Therefore, two stories are weaved together. The lust for knowledge of the days long ago are satisfied. Wonderfully described are the harsh, freezing Colorado winters, and the methods of survival by these tough minded, original folk that literally make their own rules in the high elevations of Colorado. Darcy's city ways begin to take a backseat to the prospects of a new love interest and lifestyle.
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