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The Chimney Still Stands [Kindle Edition]

Tammy Snyder
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A dying man, returning to his childhood home, must relive a past that has cost him everything in order to find the peace and forgiveness he desperately needs.


1970
Tandon Bowman, newly promoted as manager of a survey team for the National Park Service, is told his new job is to go to the one place he had tried hard to stay away from - Jasper, Arkansas. It is to be his job to help the distraught landowners along the Buffalo River understand why they will lose their land to the nationalizing of the river.

JulieAnn Peterson, editor of the local newspaper, while always wishing her old high school sweetheart would return, is stunned that evening at the town meeting when she sees Tandon standing there before the podium.

Knowing that Tandon works for the very government that is taking homes and land from the ones he loves would put a strain on any relationship. But, will it stand in the way of healing an old rift between he and his father? Will it ruin his chance to be with the only woman he has ever loved? Or will giving up his dream job be his only chance at real happiness?

About the Author

Tammy Snyder (1971-...) was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1991 she moved south to Arkansas, where she still resides, in the heart of the Ozarks, just a stones throw away from the Buffalo River she writes about in her debut novel, The Chimney Still Stands. Always reading and writing (and regrettably tossing previous works away!) she finally found time in 1999 to begin writing her first serious novel. She loves to read a variety of genres but, when it comes to her own writing, she prefers to weave an inspiring tale of love. Tammy is blessed with a wonderful husband and three amazing sons.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Tammy Snyder (2 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW7CAS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,508,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tammy Snyder (1971-...) was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1991 she moved south to Arkansas, where she still resides, in the heart of the Ozarks, just a stones throw away from the Buffalo River she writes about in her debut novel, The Chimney Still Stands.

Always reading and writing (and regrettably tossing previous works away!) she finally found time in 1999 to begin writing her first serious novel. She loves to read a variety of genres but, when it comes to her own writing, she prefers fiction with a bit of real history woven within.

Tammy is happily married with a seventeenth anniversary coming up and together they have three amazing sons - all teenagers! (Prayers are welcome!)

Tammy loves to hear from her readers! You can contact her at:
novelimagination(at)yahoo.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Threaded with inner conflict, love and loyalties 29 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A wonderful story which I was drawn into from the start. The author weaves an addictive thread in which a man and woman are caught up in inner conflicts, longings and loyalties. Tandon Bowman has always been, and still is, dedicated to his work. But he can't escape the love he has always felt for JulieAnn - his high-school sweetheart. JulieAnn is fiercely loyal to her family, but equally cannot escape her love for Tandon. When Tandon returns to his old home town after many years with a job to do their love re-surfaces. But their ideals clash. Which paths will they choose in the end? You'll have to read right to the end to find out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Not-So-Simple Love Story 7 Jan. 2011
By Mandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is one of those that starts off in the present, but quickly proceeds to the past and stays there for the majority of the novel.

I thought this to be a tale of two long lost loves reunited with nothing but happiness in their future. Boy, was I wrong! I don't want to put any spoilers in here, but this novel was not what I expected. It seemed so at first, but by the time I finally finished the novel, I was floored! It's not very often that an author can twist the plot and surprise me, but Tammy did a fine job of that in The Chimney Still Stands, her debut novel.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a love story with a twist. It will definitely draw you in and keep you hooked until the last page.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my review of The Chimney Still Stands by Tammy Snyder 27 Aug. 2011
By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Chimney Still Stands by Tammy Snyder,
This book first fascinated me because of the picture of the old
chimney. There are several like it on the Army Camp Road on the island
I spent many a summer and weekends year round. Hikes in the fall with many colored leaves
on the ground, the rustling sounds they made and back to a time
when the chimney actually stood next to a house. This book brought all those
happy memories to the forefront.

Starts out with an old man thinking back to his youth. Figured I'd
be hearing of his tales along the way straight from the 'horses mouth'.
What a wealth of information. Interesting to learn about the politics of
the national park service and how they come to decisions to place a park
under their control. Love story just adds to this tale. Wasn't hard to follow
with just a few main characters and with the extended family it reminded me of my
own family-we range close to 300 spread across the world.

I rate this book a 5 for not only the numerous hours
to accumulate the accurate data from many sources but the political sides to it all.
I'd rate the scenery and feelings/detailed thoughts of the characters a 10 if this site would allow it.
I'd recommend this book highly. I will be planning a trip now to this national
park and other sites nearby. thanks for bringing it to my attention.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine read. 21 Jun. 2011
By Delerak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed the book. Tammy has a way with words that allows the reader to really 'grind' out the book. I finished it in under a week which is rare for me, I usually take my time but I felt myself enthralled and simply had to keep reading until I finished the very last page.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut for a talented new artist 18 Feb. 2011
By Deborah Haupt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Tandon Bowman has had many regrets in his life, but perhaps the most important was JulieAnne Peterson. He's not a man to look back, but now as he heads to the only place he's really ever called home he reflects on his life, past and present because there will be no future for him. He looks back at the could have beens and the wish there weres and he contemplates the choices he's made and the costs that came with them and as he nears his final destination he's amazed that "The Chimney Still Stands" a testament to time. He also knows first hand that sometimes happy endings only happen in fairy tales, the truth is sometimes love isn't enough and sometimes that's the ultimate cost of being true to yourself.
Welcome to a brave new world and debut author Tammy Snyder. It's not enough she writes the novel, she also published it, marketed it and I hope with all my heart that it pays off for her because it deserves to. In her debut novel Ms. Snyder takes us close to her heart and home to the still wilds of Arkansas and the Buffalo River. She gives us a story line that could easily be told from one friend to another, sitting in a hair salon or gossiping in the grocery store isle or even over the back fence and she does it with pleasant to read, easy to understand language, dialogue that will take her readers directly into the pages of the novel as she expertly describes places and scenes and people we can clearly imagine. She also accomplishes this feat with far fewer pages than other novelists and the tale is told to the fullest so don't worry that there's more you should know. Her hero of this story is someone we all would be proud to know, a man who was brave enough to live his life by his terms, with honesty and integrity and unselfishness. Her other characters are stars in their own rights and are very well developed and portrayed in this drama. This is a love story, but not your typical Harlequin Happy Ever After tale. It's the love of a woman, the love of your family, but most important the love of oneself.
If you like the novels of Nicholas Sparks you'll love this one. It's a poignantly told drama that will make you laugh, make you cry and at times make you angry. And isn't that just what a great author can do, pull all the emotions out of her readers.
Don't hesitate to get this read, all you need is an e-reader, a box of tissues and a love of a great story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great romance novel! 10 Feb. 2011
By Jessa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great love story without the predictability of many romance novels. I really enjoyed the author's description of the setting--the beautiful Buffalo River in Arkansas. Ms. Snyder truly captures the spirit of the people of the area. She does a fantastic job of telling a love story with the historical background of the Buffalo becoming a national park. Thanks for the great story and for your thoughtful and entertaining writing style! Highly recommend this book and would LOVE to see a series!
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