Books by Nita Welch Owenby


The House of Rose Echoes of the Appalachian Mountains Rainbow of Hope Lola Sue Back Button

The House of Rose

The House of Rose

It has been a great joy for me to write "The House of Rose."

The story takes place in the mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee, and includes much of the life and history of Franklin, NC; Asheville, NC; Dillsboro, NC; and Gatlinburg, TN. I was born and reared near Franklin, NC, on a farm bordering the Little Tennessee River. I know the area and many of the people of the past in these mountains.

Though my book is totally fiction, it does, in many ways, portray life in the mountains in the early 1900s.

"The House of Rose" is about the life of a young girl, Valee Rose, who is abused at age 14 and finds herself without a family. As readers follow her life and the many struggles she faces, they will identify with her as she dreams for a better time and place for those in her care. With a great deal of determination, Valee faces her problems, reaching out to others, learning nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself.

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Echoes of the Appalachian Mountains

Echoes of the Appalachian Mountains

Walking the Dirt Roads of Yesteryear

Written from the heart, "Echoes of the Appalachian Mountains," is an autobiographical blueprint of the author's young life. Born and raised on a farm by the Little Tennessee River, Ms. Owenby provides the reader with an in-depth view of living in the 1940s and 1950s. The book is divided into 80 short stories, where each one details a snapshot of farm living.

Two of the biggest influences on her life, her mother and paternal grandfather, take front stage. Her mother taught by example, giving her a rock solid foundation in which to live her life. As Jesus had done, her grandfather told her stories in parables, challenging the young girl's inquiring mind.

The writer pulls no punches as she describes the moral and religious guidance she received from her Godly parents. Despite often backbreaking farm work her family managed to find time for living and loving.

She also portrays the mischief she and her incorrigible sister heaped upon friends, cousins and her other siblings. She emphasizes the importance of church life in her upbringing with real-life examples to demonstrate her continuing faith.

Finally, she looks back to bring the reader into focus with her values and experiences.

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Rainbow of Hope

Rainbow of Hope

The Story of an Appalachian Boy Panning for Gold in the Old West

"Rainbow of Hope" is the story of a boy who left North Carolina in search of a new life and became a man in the Northern California gold fields. In order to survive, he had to learn how to differentiate between those who were his friends and those who were his enemies. Quick to act when danger threatened, kind to those who were less fortunate and a friend to those who would be his friend, he developed leadership skills that served him well as he grew in stature as a man.

There is intrigue and adventure aplenty to pique the reader's interest; and yet the integrity of the man is never compromised as he shares his wealth and power with his friends and those less fortunate. This book was written for people who enjoy a fascinating and refreshing tale and who care deeply about their family and friends.

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Lola Sue

Lost Child of Appalachia
A Lost and Found Mystery of the Mountains

If the reader has read Owenby's first book "The House of Rose," set in the early 1900s, he or she will already know Aggie Denny and her daughter, Lola Sue. Aggie has placed Lola Sue, her young baby, with a cousin living in Raleigh, North Carolina, to protect her from a killing fever raging throughout the Appalachian Mountains. When the danger is over, Aggie goes to Raleigh to bring Lola Sue home, but Julianne is nowhere to be found.

Unknown to Aggie, from the time she took the child, Julianne had no intention of returning her; and instead has kidnapped Lola Sue and moved from Raleigh to Johnson City, Tennessee, to insure that Aggie can't find locate her child.

Within the pages of this new book, Lola Sue grows up as a child of Julianne and her abusive husband, Trap. As the plot winds and turns through two states, the author will once again capture our hearts with her larger-than-life characters and involve us completely with her mix of mystery, murder, romance and Appalachian culture.

The nimble author proves again that she is an entertaining writer.

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