In Victorian 1899, Granville Davisson Hall, wrote his seventh book that would be his one and only novel. A moving "Daughter of the Elm", set in the rough and tumble days of Civil War Clarksburg, Virginia touched off quite a controversy at home while climbing the "must read" list of many scholars and socialites from New York City to San Francisco. The true story of the beautiful Lorraine Esmond, her determined fight to stay above the immorality of a criminal family, and her forbidden love for the man she barely knew, is as real today as it was over 100 years ago. Now WV Writer/Producer Ross Ballard II has uncovered this long lost murder mystery. Joining Ballard in bringing this and other WV stories to life are the talented folks at River Recording Studios in Falling Waters, WV. Studio owner and engineer Donnie Purnell has gone all out to find the best digital recording artists and musicians in the region for this production. On the artistic side, Ballard and his team weave thrilling old time radio drama, emotional violin music from one of Appalachia’s best fiddle players, Leonard Carpenter and explosive sound effects to guide the listener along a murderously twisted path. "A suspenseful crime story I would loved to have prosecuted way back then," says Scott Reynolds assistant prosecuting attorney for Harrison County. With impeccable Victorian English, "Daughter of the Elm" lives again with the vitality and suspense Hall originally intended.
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Granville Davisson Hall (1837-1934) Along with his love for writing Hall was a fierce union loyalist involved in the secession of West Virginia from Virginia June 20, 1863 only twelve days before the battle of Gettysburg.
Actor Ross Ballard is a practitioner professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies. He has performed on several dramatic audiobooks. He currently lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia.Review:
This long-forgotten novel is profound and moving. Ross Ballard's soothing intonations that make it a remarkably memorable audiobook. -- AudioFile Magazine, September 1, 2003
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