Wright's second novel, set in Branson, Missouri, established him as a best-selling author and attracted a growing stream of tourists to the little-known town of Branson, resulting in its becoming a major tourist destination.
"There are many bits of excellent description in the course of the story, and an atmosphere as fresh and sweet and free from modern grime as one would breathe on the Ozark trails themselves."--New York Times
THE VOICE FROM OUT THE MISTS.
While Young Matt was gone to the corral in the valley to see that the sheep were safely folded for the night, and the two women were busy in the house with their after-supper work, Mr. Matthews and his guest sat on the front porch.
"My name is Howitt, Daniel Howitt," the man said in answer to the host's question. But, as he spoke, there was in his manner a touch of embarrassment, and he continued quickly as if to prevent further question, "You have two remarkable children, sir; that boy is the finest specimen of manhood I have ever seen, and the girl is remarkable--remarkable, sir. You will pardon me, I am sure, but I am an enthusiastic lover of my kind, and I certainly have never seen such a pair."
The grim face of the elder Matthews showed both pleasure and amusement. "You're mistaken, Mister; the boy's mine alright, an' he's all that you say, an' more, I reckon. I doubt if there's a man in the hills can match him to-day; no
This is one of my favorite books. It doesn't matter what you like, whether it be action, romance, mystery, drama, all combined with a good moral lesson. The basic story revolves around a city theologian that goes into the Ozark mountains in a time before the railroad came in and becomes a shepherd not only of sheep but of the people in the mountain comunity. In the process he discovers his own tragic connection with the people there and through it learns of the strength provided by his faith.
A fine sentimental tale about an Ozark community -- a city gentleman comes to stay and learns of his own, secret connection to the folks in Mutton Hollow. There's romance, philosophy, fighting, and it all adds up to a pretty good melodrama.