I just finished an advanced copy of Charles Frazier's Nightwoods, and he hit another home run! Same great writing as in Cold Mountain, but a very different plot and time (late 1950's).
A reclusive young woman, caretaker of an isolated, now closed old lodge in the NC mountains, becomes another kind of caretaker--her traumatized nephew and niece are sent to her after witnessing the murder of their mother by their stepfather. The characters are rich--"mostly walking wounded, semi literate people, scarred with the memory of wasted opportunities.
Read this as a crime fiction or a love story. Read it as a journey of self discovery or a travel narrative, but always keep in mind redemption and resurrection."