What the Mountains Remember - Joy Callaway



At this wondrous resort, secrets can easily be hidden in plain sight when the eye is trained on beauty.


April 1913—Belle Newbold hasn’t seen mountains for seven years—since her father died in a mining accident and her mother married Indiana gas magnate, Shipley Newbold. But when her stepfather’s business associate, Henry Ford, invites the family on one of his famous Vagabonds camping tours, she is forced to face the hills once again—primarily in order to reunite with her future fiancé, owner of the land the Vagabonds are using for their campsite, a man she’s only met once before. It is a veritable arranged marriage, but she prefers it that way. Belle isn’t interested in love. She only wants a simple life—a family of her own and the stability of a wealthy man’s pockets. That’s what Worth Delafield has promised to give her and it’s worth facing the mountains again, the reminder of the past, and her poverty, to secure her future.

But when the Vagabonds group is invited to tour the unfinished Grove Park Inn and Belle is unexpectedly thrust into a role researching and writing about the building of the inn—a construction the locals are calling The Eighth Wonder of the World—she quickly realizes that these mountains are no different from the ones she once called home. As Belle peels back the facade of Grove Park Inn, of Worth, of the society she’s come to claim as her own, and the truth of her heart, she begins to see that perhaps her part in Grove Park’s story isn’t a coincidence after all. Perhaps it is only by watching a wonder rise from ordinary hands and mountain stone that she can finally find the strength to piece together the long-destroyed path toward who she was meant to be.

International bestselling author Joy Callaway returns with a story of the ordinary people behind extraordinary beauty—and the question of who gets to tell their stories.



What The Mountains Remember brings the reader to the lush landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains with an elegant group of famous society glampers to observe the construction of the fabled Grove Park Inn.  A young woman confronts class distinction and the restraints of a woman’s place set against the hardscrabble lives of the laborers. Joy Calloway weaves a dramatic, heartfelt story of self- discovery and a hard-won love against the stunning backdrop the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.’”

—Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author

“With vivid imagery and deep research, Joy Callaway sweeps readers away to the Blue Ridge Mountains for a story of how secrets and desperation can threaten hopes for the future. Callaway explores the places we come from and the people we become with care and nuance. Atmospheric and hope-filled, this is a must read for fans of historical fiction and strong female protagonists.”

—Meagan Church, author of The Girls We Sent Away and The Last Carolina Girl

“An emotionally moving novel, Calloway’s, What The Mountains Remember takes us down an entertaining path that explores memories from the past with forging a new future, and how the hardships we’ve endured make us stronger. With cameos from some of Americas motorcar icons, and the builders of the Grove Park Inn, this meticulously researched novel is an adventurous transport through the hills and forests of North Carolina the mountains of West Virginia, with characters you’ll root for, and a few you’ll love to loathe. This drama-packed page turner will warm your heart, and keep you turning the pages late into the night!”

—Eliza Knight, USA Today and international bestselling author of Starring Adele Astaire

A stunning portrayal of the building of the Grove Park Inn that reveals not only its grandeur, but also the struggles of the laborers tasked with its construction, Joy Callaway brings the famed Vagabonds to life with immaculate research and rich details in this intriguing, elegantly written historical fiction that readers are going to love!

—Madeline Martin, New York Times Bestseller author of The Keeper of Hidden Books

"Joy Callaway never fails to bring the past to life in brilliant color. This book has it all: the lush mystery of the mountains, the dauntless resolve of a woman at work, and the breathtaking art of building something that will last for generations. I absolutely loved it."

—Amy Jo Burns, author of Mercury



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Joy Callaway is the author of The Grand DesignThe Fifth Avenue Artists Society, and Secret Sisters. She holds a BA in journalism and public relations from Marshall University and an MMC from the University of South Carolina. She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, John, and her children, Alecia and John.

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