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"The Cove," is set at the end of World War I in the Appalachian Mountains.

"THE COVE," by Ron Rash, ECCO/HarperCollins, $26.99, 255 pages (f)

Deep in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina is a place where few dare to venture. Locals considered the area called "the cove" to be a place full of spirits and fetches. They also believe those who live there to be cursed.

In this dark and desperate place lives a lonely young woman named Laurel Shelton. Laurel's life is filled with pain and bitterness due to the death of her parents and her secluded life in The Cove. Laurel has been shunned by most of the local folk because of a birthmark that causes many to regard her as a witch.

When Laurel's brother, Hank, returns from fighting in World War I, she believes her loneliness may finally end. However, Laurel soon discovers Hank is engaged to be married, and so she must once again worry about being left to a life of loneliness and seclusion.

Suddenly, Laurel's life takes a new turn as she discovers a stranger lost in the cove. This stranger has a musical gift and brings with him all kinds of new secrets — and possibly Laurel's real chance to escape her dreadful life in the cove.

As the stranger stays to help on the farm, Laurel wonders if she can find love from a stranger who shares very little about his past or if his secrets will bring more pain and misery.

"The Cove" is a new book by New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash. It tells a story of lost love, mystery and deception.

Set at the end of World War I, Rash's characters are dealing with the atrocities of war and the fear of a German invasion. Additionally, they are struggling with their own awkward attempts to understand the world as it changes around them.

"The Cove" is a beautifully written book that uses heartfelt characters to describe the difficult life of a lonely, misunderstood young woman. It is meant for a mature audience, as it does contain some violence and sexual dialogue.

If you go ...

What: Ron Rash book signing

When: Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m.

Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com

Steve Larson is one of the founders of Information Alliance, a Utah-based data collection company. He currently serves as vice president of sales. Steve spends his free time writing and practicing photography. He also enjoys spending time outdoors.