Barbour County author Carol Ervin has published her second historical novel, "Cold Comfort," a sequel to "The Girl on the Mountain." Both stories are set in a fictional West Virginia sawmill town in the early 1900s.
"The Girl on the Mountain" tells the story of a young wife abandoned in a town built by a logging company that's harvesting the last of the region's virgin forest.
Though "Cold Comfort" continues the story of the town and its hardy settlers, the region is dramatically changed by fire, the loss of its lumber industry and subsequent floods. In this story, Wanda, who was an undisciplined, homeless girl in the first book, is caught between the values of her moonshining granny and the law-abiding man who's trying to rebuild the town. A third novel, now in progress, will complete this "Mountain Women" series.
Ervin says the West Virginia setting is an important player in all three stories. "I love this period, which testifies to the ingenuity, brutal work, and personal sacrifice of West Virginians." The stories do not relate historic events, but show what it was like to live in those times.
"The Girl on the Mountain" and "Cold Comfort" are available in Elkins at Main Line Books, in Belington at Mace Pharmacy, in Philippi at Mountain Treasures, in Beckley at Tamarack and from Amazon.com. For more information or to contact the author, go to www.carolervin.com.