Mohler House, St. Albans, WV, 1911
Life above the common.
I really like that phrase. I stole it from Larry Ellis. It’s the theme of his novel-in-progress about Rachel, a young woman, who, upon the death of her husband, faces a choice. She can either take her life insurance proceeds and live the good life sipping margaritas on the beach, or do something far more risky in the hope of building a life with meaning and purpose, one whose legacy will endure long after she is gone. For Rachel, there is no choice.
She’ll buy the house – the house that once was a symbol of everything that was right and good about her town – and sink her savings into its restoration. Not for her own vain pleasure, and not for the sake of an unrealistic nostalgic vision, but for the people of Walhonde, who may see in its restoration…
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