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“In A Short Time to Stay Here Terry Roberts shines a narrative light into a little known corner of modern history, German POWs in World War One in the Hot Springs resort in the mountains of North Carolina. This is a thrilling story of the clash of cultures, of mystery, espionage, revenge, and love. It is a riveting story you will not be able to put down or forget, bringing to life a particular Appalachian time and place, by one of the exciting new voices of Southern fiction.”

-Robert Morgan Author of Gap Creek and Brave Enemies

“Fiction in the mountain regions of North Carolina and in the mountain culture of the state have formed a significant part of southern literature from Thomas Wolfe through more recent novelists such as John Ehle, Robert Morgan, Fred Chappell, Charles Frazier, Wayne Caldwell and Ron Rash, to name only a few. With A Short Time to Stay Here, Terry Roberts joins this distinguished company. His story of love on the fringes of a distant yet oddly intrusive war, is brilliantly plotted and rendered in a style both lyrical and concretely realistic, flawless in characterization and with an authoritative command of the history that enfolds it. One suspects, and hopes, that there is much more to follow from this gifted writer.”
        --Jerry Leath Mills, Editor Emeritus, Studies in Philology

“We have forgotten that in 1917 thousands of German sailors were our prisoners in the North Carolina mountains, but in this novel Roberts brings to life both the historical circumstance and much more. With psychological skill, he reveals how hatred—national or local—can lead to murder, but also how a man and woman can fall in love anywhere, anytime.”
        --Doris Betts, author of Souls Raised from the Dead and The Sharp Teeth of Love

“There’s so much to like about this novel: the village itself, stretched out alongside the French Broad River, its famous hotel now used to house German civilians during wartime; the man in charge with his many decisions to be made; the woman he meets and how—page by page, month by month, they fall in love.”
        --John Ehle, author of The Winter People and The Journey of August King

“A little known World War I incident—the detention of German internees in Western North Carolina—has given Terry Roberts the background for a vital, absorbing novel. His characters, largely local, bring their own conflicts and concerns to the narrative, which throughout an evolving love story sheds light on darker events.”
        --Elizabeth Spencer, author of Voice at the Back Door and Light in the Piazza

“Terry Roberts brings an obscure bit of WWI history to vivid life. A tiny mountain town in North Carolina , a batch of German detainees quartered at a once-grand hotel, and the inevitable conflicts that ensue provide an intricately layered backdrop to a beautifully imagined and timeless love story. Read it for the history; read it for the setting; but, most of all, read it to make the acquaintance of these fascinating characters.”
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Vicki Lane, author of Under the Skin and The Day of Small Things

"Novelist and Asheville native Terry Roberts delivers a stirring, well-crafted piece of ... fiction with A SHORT TIME TO STAY HERE, a novel that blends romance and wartime espionage to compulsively readable effect.... Roberts digs deeper and presents a clash of cultures painted with an assured hand and authoritative knowledge."
        --WNC Magazine

"North Carolina author Terry Roberts offers a glimpse of a world off-kilter because of war." -Charlotte Observer "Centers on the romance and the small-town dramas fanned by the unwanted [German] visitors.... The characters are compelling and the historical context will ... engage North Carolinians and history buffs alike."
        --Raleigh News and Observer

"The joyfulness in reading Roberts' novel comes first of all from identification with his appealing hero. Who doesn't love a recovering drunk with a heroic core? In a novel that features a bountiful number of delights ... life becomes more mysterious the more you know.... Roberts plays this instrument splendidly."
        --Asheville Citizen Times

A SHORT TIME TO STAY HERE is the real thing, a brilliant novel about a fascinating yet unknown chapter in history, German POWS incarcerated at a mountain resort in remote Madison County, North Carolina. Highly original yet authentic characters populate this page-turner with its themes of love, violence, espionage, and the clash between cultures. There is something particularly evocative about its setting----the grand hotel isolated amid the wild, misty mountains; the local people who work there; the military presence; the alcoholic innkeeper; the glamorous photographer "from away" who shows up to document the whole enterprise....I couldn't put it down while I was reading, and it has haunted me ever since.
        --Lee Smith, author of Fair and Tender Ladies