Book List in Order: 22 titles

  • Act of Contrition focuses on the intimate relationship between Regina, a widow, and Michael, a young doctor whose wife left him for another man. Having found happiness in one another, they desire nothing more than to be together. Yet in the eyes of t...


  • After writing Hill Man, Janice Holt Giles said, "I was struck by its strength. It is the most realistic ridge book we have written, completely honest and presenting the truest picture of most of the ridge men." Giles originally published the book in ...


  • Rebecca Fowler is only seventeen when she marries Richard Cooper. She cannot remember a time when she has not loved and trusted him and followed where he led. At first the marriage is happy; it is only after their child is stillborn that Richard show...


  • At nineteen, Starr Fowler had no greater love than driving for the Great Overland Stage. The drum of the six horses' hooves on hard road was his lifeblood and his religion all rolled into one, rolling westward, converting the hostile frontier into a ...


  • " Janice Holt Giles had a life before her marriage and writing career in Kentucky. Born in Altus, Arkansas, Giles spent many childhood summers visiting her grandparents there. After the success of her historical novel The Kentuckians in 1953, she pla...


  • This voyage to Santa Fe is not only a journey in time and distance but Judith Fowler's voyage into her own heart and mind. Judith and Johnny have been married less than a year when, in the spring of 1823, they start the long journey across the plains...


  • Samuel Moore and his daughter Hannah set out for the border country with a party led by George Rogers Clark but left to follow the Kentucky River to Boone's Fort. As the story opens, Hannah is nursing her father, injured when an axe slips and cuts hi...


  • Johnny Osage" is the son of Hannah Fowler and the brother of Rebecca of The Believers. He comes by his name because of his close friendship with the Osage Indians. His story is told against the background of the old Osage homeland, the present state ...


  • The last book Giles published before her death in 1979, Wellspring has been out of print for years. The nineteen selections bring together Giles's fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, and fictionalized autobiography to reveal a behind-the-scenes look ...






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    This is the story of Tara Cochrane, who had been Hod's captain during World War II. Tara had returned from Europe to study medicine and start a practice, only to collapse with a severe nervous breakdown. Hod finds him in the hospital, scarcely recogn...


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    "Some day I'm goin' to leave Piney Ridge. I'm goin' to work and make enough money somehow, some way or another, to get away. And I'm goin' to have a better life and see the world and get more learnin'." This story of young Hod Pierce, who spends h...


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    The Kentuckians of Janice Holt Giles's title were that hardy band of frontiersmen who straggled through Cumberland Gap in the 1770s and carved their farms from the wilderness of Virginia's westernmost county. In her historical novel, first published ...


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    In her fourth novel of the Kentucky frontier, Janice Holt Giles tells the story of the Spanish Conspiracy, General James Wilkinson's 1783 plan to detach Kentucky from the United States and make it the nucleus of a Spanish empire in the West. Had it n...


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    Miss Willie, first published in 1951, is the second novel in Janice Holt Giles's Piney Ridge trilogy, which includes also The Enduring Hills and Tara's Healing. Although the plot is fictional, the central character is based on Giles's mother and some...






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    The rich history of river life in Kentucky permeates Janice Holt Giles's novel Run Me a River . Set in 1861, at the beginning of Kentucky's reluctant entry into the Civil War, the novel tells the story of a five-day adventure on the Green River. Ab...


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    Broke Neck, Kentucky, lies deep in Appalachia. Its people are descendents of the men and women who settled the country in Revolutionary War times, and their ways have not changed much in the past two hundred years. Shady Grove chronicles the riotous ...