Wednesday, September 27, 2017

These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart

Welcome!  Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport will be out on October 1 along with A Place to Call Home by Tania Crosse.   Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander will be released on October 3.  

These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart takes readers back to 1945 in Hyden, Kentucky.  Francine Howard needs to get away from Cincinatti, Ohio before her former fiancé, Seth Miller returns home from the war with his English bride.  Fran has a nursing degree, can ride a horse, and looking for an adventure so she signed up for the Frontier Nursing Service Midwifery School in the Appalachian Mountains.  It will be a life style change for Fran, but she feels she will be something worthwhile.  Ben Locke is returning home from the war.  He cannot wait to return home to the mountains, but he has not thought of what he will do with his future.  Ben is on his way home when he encounters a very lost Fran.  They are immediately comfortable around each other, but they come from very different backgrounds.  But Fran feels at home in the mountains and has fallen in love with the people.  Is there a chance for a future between Ben and Fran?

These Healing Hills is well crafted novel that has a unique plot.  It was interesting reading about the Frontier Nursing Service Midwifery School in Hyden, Kentucky (it still exists) and the services their nurse midwives offer.  I liked the characters and the beautiful setting.  Woody Locke was my favorite character.  He was refreshing and entertaining.  Ann H. Gabhart is a descriptive writer which brings scenes to life (especially the mountains and the people who live there), but it also makes for a slower pace novel.  I sometimes felt the author was a too verbose.  The Christian element is prominent throughout the story and I liked the Christian attitude of the mountain people.  I appreciated the spiritual wisdom that Fran’s grandmother (Grandma Howard) imparted on Fran.  I am giving These Healing Hills 4 out of 5 stars.  My favorite phrase was “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart”.  The romance was sweet, but it was predictable.  Some of the themes in the story are prayer, friendship, trust, listening to God, believing in God, and a person finding their path or place in life.  I did feel that the ending was abrupt and felt incomplete. It would have been nice if the author had included an epilogue.  Readers who enjoy rich, historical novels will appreciate These Healing Hills.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope that you have a enchanting day.  I will return tomorrow to review Turkey Trot Murder by Leslie Meier.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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