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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Hills of Home by Debbie Richard takes readers on an interesting journey along with the author, beginning in the 1950s in West Virginia in Wirt County. She speaks about how times were simpler during her childhood and how they learned lessons not only from books but also from life about respecting parents and the importance of getting along. The memoir is filled with nostalgia, humor, and adventures that will make readers reminiscence about their own childhoods and pasts, and embrace them. The memoir is a collection of stories that are shared like diary entries and will bring back times of harsh winters, family bonding, reunion, difficult times, and folklore along with many memories that will give readers a peek into that part of Appalachia in a very unconventional way.
Hills of Home by Debbie Richard is a lovely combination of a memoir and a travel book which captures the beauty and simplicity of living during times when life was not too complicated. The narration is detailed, the descriptions are vivid and the Mountain State becomes tangible to readers through this wonderful book. It is a unique way of remembering the past and the author's way of putting it across to readers is also unique and that makes this book entertaining. The book is filled with love and warmth, and there are so many good memories which will make readers smile. It actually made me go back to my own childhood days and made me cherish the wonderful times I had while growing up.