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Ghosts of the Oquirrhs
by Marilyn Brown

Category: Fiction / Historical
211 pages; ISBN: 1555176585

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Carolyn Howard-Johnson


Ghosts of the Oquirrhs

Marilyn Brown Brings
Utah’s Mining History to Life

Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, columnist and reviewer for MyShelf.Com and author of “This is the Place” and “Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered”

There are some ghosts in the first chapter of Ghosts of the Oquirrhs by Marilyn Brown. Thankfully, they mostly disappear in favor of a lovely story based on a young woman’s diary the author inherited from her grandfather.

I say “thankfully” because the ghosts are never fully realized. Ghosts, after all, have a tendency to be ethereal.

I say “thankfully” because the meat and bones history of a small mining town in Utah are much more interesting that ghosts.

I say “thankfully” because the sweetness in this Utah town is not the ghosts but its tendency toward acceptance of all, regardless of color or religion. And the story of how this town called Sweet Pie very nearly lost its innocence is of much greater value than any ghost story I’ve ever read.

I say “thankfully” because the protagonist, one Miss Cecily McKinsey, is of far more interest as a real life girl of her time than the eerie winds that whistle through the underground mines in her town ever could be.

Marilyn Brown is an author steeped in love for the history of her state. She brings it alive in this unaffected novel about love and how it can be endangered by pettiness and how it can triumph when good people stand firm in the face of evil.

(Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of the awards-winning novel, “This is the Place,”
also set in Utah. Learn more at: is also the author of “Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered,”
released this month. Both are available on



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