Item description for A Distant Music (The Mountain Song Legacy #1) by B. J. Hoff...
Overview In a small Kentucky coal mining town in the late 1800s, hope is found in the hearts of the vibrant Maggie and her fragile friend Summer. When Jonathan's cherished flute is stolen, the girls search for a way to restore his music, and the community rediscovers the gifts of faith and friendship.
In the first book of the Mountain Song Legacy series readers step into a small Kentucky coal mining town in the late 1800's where hope is found in the hearts of two young girls--the vibrant, red-headed Maggie MacAuley and her fragile friend Summer Rankin.
When Jonathan Stuart, the latest in a succession of educators, actually wants to continue teaching in the one-room schoolhouse, then Maggie and Summer know that he is special. So when Jonathan's cherished flute is stolen, the girls try to find a way to restore music to his life.
Sorrow and joy follow in the days to come, and through it all Maggie, Jonathan, and a community rediscover the gifts of faith, friendship, and unwavering love.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.75" Weight: 0.51 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
Series Mountain Song Legacy
Series Number 1
ISBN 0736914048 ISBN13 9780736914048
Availability 0 units.
More About B. J. Hoff
BJ Hoff s bestselling historical novels continue to cross the boundaries of religion, language, and culture to capture a worldwide reading audience. Her books include "Song of Erin "and "American Anthem" and such popular series as "The Riverhaven Years," "The Mountain Song Legacy, " and "The Emerald Ballad." Hoff s stories, although set in the past, are always relevant to the present. Whether her characters move about in small country towns or metropolitan areas, reside in Amish settlements or in coal company houses, she creates "communities" where people can form relationships, raise families, pursue their faith, and experience the mountains and valleys of life. BJ and her husband make their home in Ohio."
Reviews - What do customers think about A Distant Music (The Mountain Song Legacy #1)?
Book in excellent condition Jan 3, 2007
This was an excellent story. I can hardly wait to get the next one in the series. She is a wonderful story teller.
Touching Stories Oct 10, 2006
Reviewed by Kim Peterson for Reader Views (9/06)
In Skingle Creek, Kentucky, hope feels nonexistent for residents of this typical 1892 coal mining town. Gifted teacher, Jonathan Stuart, brings unexpected beauty to their coal-dust covered lives with his storytelling and music. Then, someone steals Jonathan's flute and with it the ailing teacher's will to keep going. Most of his students come from mining families who barely eke out a living, yet, surely none of them would take his music from him. The possibility of someone he knows being involved in the theft adds to his grief.
Twelve-year-old Maggie MacAuley notices the frailness and sadness of her teacher and wonders how she can help. She collaborates with her best friend, Summer, and enlists the aid of her fellow students to raise the money to replace Mr. Stuart's flute. But in a town where survival has become the main focus, the girls experience difficulty motivating the town's people to pull together. Kindness and concern for others matter to them, but those emotions lie buried under their struggle just to survive.
Maggie hates to see her neighbors suffer and she wrestles with her own troubles. The hardships Maggie faces--Summer's illness, the teacher's weakness, two malicious bullies, and a needy family--drain her hope and her faith. Maggie puzzles on how God can know the needs of these people and seem to do nothing about healing or providing for His children. She tries to comfort Summer, but her friend often encourages Maggie instead. Then God uses Maggie, Summer, and the other children of Skingle Creek to impart a miracle. He touches the hearts of a few good men, including Maggie's father. Through the children's efforts, God reminds these men that loving and caring for others is part of His greatest commandment.
Hoff's touching story in "The Mountain Song Legacy" series will appeal to teens and adults. Although the tale in "A Distant Music" takes place more than a hundred years ago, readers will relate to the power of friendship and goodness when life beats you down. Reading about Maggie and her family reminded me that God often works in unexpected ways. Faith, hope and love really do overcome difficulties and even tragedy.
A Distant Music Pulls at Your Heart Strings May 31, 2006
In the winter of 1892, someone stole the teacher's silver flute. That was the day the music stopped in Skingle Creek. Mr. Johnathan Stuart, the teacher changed that day. Maggie MacAuley, and her friend Summer Rankin want to give Mr. Stuart back his music. They encourage others in the poverty-stricken community to give to their music fund. But how can they ever collect enough to buy a flute? Maggie and her friend Kenny Tallman face two bullies. They need to tell someone what is happening, but fear holds them back.
B.J. Hoff, the writer of A DISTANT MUSIC is the author of twenty novels. She wrote the American Anthem trilogy and the Emerald Ballad series. She writes of early America and the people who helped built the country. She and her husband James live in Ohio. You can find more information about Hoff and her books by visiting her website www.bjhoff.com.
B. J. Hoff took the characters from a novella she wrote called THE PENNY WHISTLE and expanded the story to write A DISTANT MUSIC. Every chapter begins with a quote. The quote at the top of chapter one sets the tone for this novel. It is taken from the teacher's diary, "Even the children are old in such a place." The poverty and suffering of the children and their parents is almost overwhelming.
Reviewed by Dell Klein Smith for AT HOME WITH CHRISTIAN FICTION http://www.athomewithchristianfiction.com
Beautiful Apr 29, 2006
This is one of the most touching -and tragical -books I have ever read. It will, I think, linger with me always, like a sweet dream from which one never wants to awaken.
A captivating, compelling read Mar 19, 2006
A Distant Music is another captivating book by author B.J. Hoff. Mrs. Hoff has the ability to create such believable characters that you feel like you know them as friends when you close the book's final page. It's been over a year since I finished reading the third book in Mrs. Hoff's American Anthem trilogy, and yet I can still see the blind conductor Michael in my mind's eye. That same character realism is true for the teacher Jonathan Stuart and students Maggie MacAuley and Kenny Tallman in Mrs. Hoff's newest book, A Distant Music. This story is a touching reminder of how hard life was in another era for a struggling mining town. A tale where hardship breeds a desperation that nearly steals all beauty and hope from those caught in its grip, but where miracles still happen, spurred on by the undying faith of children. A Distant Music holds such wonderful prose and such realistic descriptions that I felt I was there. A page-turning, enjoyable read. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in The Mountain Song Legacy series.