Taylor McAden is a volunteer fireman who is always the first to plunge into danger. But there is one risk he can’t seem to take: falling in love. Then he meets Denise Holden, a single mother who has moved to the small town of Edenton, North Carolina, to build a new life. A near fatal car crash will bring these two together; but before that can happen, Taylor must first look into his past and see if it’s not too late to take a chance on the future.
“All of Sparks’s trademark elements – love, loss, and small town life – are present in this terrific read.” (Amazon.com)
This book is an engaging pictoral history that celebrates early 20th century lifestyles enjoyed by community members of the first unofficial colonial capital. Readers will visit ancestral plantations and the ancient labor of seine net fishing, while the Norfolk and Southern railcar-steamship “John W. Garrett” plies once again across the Albemarle Sound.
About the Author
Louis Van Camp, photographer and author of three Eastern North Carolina histories, has once again compiled an intriguing pathway that chronicles the storied past of a Tarheel community.
The story of two North Carolinians returning to seek their roots in the state’s eastern provinces, Into the Sound Country offers an affectionate, impressionistic, and personal portrait of the coastal plain and its richly varied natural world, as seen by two natives of the region. 61 illustrations. 3 maps.
Evidence that the North Carolina shore is changing is never hard to find, but recently the devastation wrought by Hurricane Fran and the perilous situation of the historic lighthouse at Cape Hatteras have reminded all concerned of the fragility of this coast. Arguing for a policy of intelligent development, one in which residential and commercial structures meet rather than confront the changing nature of the shore, the authors have included practical information on hazards of many kinds–storms, tides, floods, erosion, island migration, and earthquakes.
Diagrams and photographs clearly illustrate coastal processes and aid in understanding the impact of hurricanes and northeasters, wave and current dynamics, as well as pollution and other environmental destruction due to overdevelopment. A chapter on estuaries provides related information on the shores of back barrier areas that are growing in popularity for recreational residences. Risk maps focus on the natural hazards of each island and, together with construction guidelines, provide a basis for informed island management. Finally, the dynamics of coastal politics and management are reviewed through an analysis of the controversies over the decision to move the Cape Hatteras lighthouse and a proposed effort to stabilize Oregon inlet.