BOOK REVIEW: These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart

Posted September 21, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Ann H. Gabhart / 0 Comments

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley, Revell. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

BOOK REVIEW: These Healing Hills by Ann H. GabhartThese Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart
Published by Baker Publishing Group on September 5th 2017
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Historical, Romance
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley, Revell
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Francine Howard has her life all mapped out until the soldier she planned to marry at WWII's end writes to tell her he's in love with a woman in England. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he's at a loss when it comes to envisioning what's next for his life.

When Francine's and Ben's paths intersect, it's immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds . . . and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

Do you remember that song ‘Froggie went a’courtin’ from childhood.  You know the annoyingly repetitive song with a catchy tune that sears itself into your brain.  It’s coming to you know isn’t it, un-huh.  I’d forgotten about that song.  Until this book.  Sometimes it’s the little things that take a story from good to great or even from great to amazing.  Uh-huh.  OK, sorry I’ll stop that, u-huh.  When this book came available from Revell, despite other books that stood at attention as well, I knew I needed to read it.  Somehow I’ve scheduled a lot of 1940-something books this week.  There’s something about WW2 era strong women that you lend itself to a good story.  Fran is a strong woman, the man she thought she’d marry and grow old together while raising a family finds a new love in Brittan during the war so she takes off on an adventure with the Frontier Nursing Services in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky.  She realizes that what she lost she didn’t need while finding herself and a life she never envisioned but one she can’t live without.

Before picking up this book I’d never even heard of the Frontier Nursing Services.  It was interesting to read about the woman who founded this organization to bring medical care to areas that are mostly not open to outsiders but also not in positions to be knowledgeable about issues such as hygiene or have access to things like prenatal care.  The FNS is still active in the United Sates as well.  Another new tidbit to file away to sound smart if given the opportunity to use it!  Besides learning new things there was so much to love about this book.  The characters drew you into their lives and their moments and felt like someone you really know, like in real life.  While hanging out with people  wished were neighbors I also wanted to live near their neighborhood.  Not necessarily in it, I mean thermostatically controlled heat and running water are luxuries that I’m too lazy to live without.  But.  The beauty of the mountains and bubbling creeks and friends and neighbors who will stop you walking by and offer you pie or tea or coffee.  How’s that for a run on sentence?  I try 😀

Gabhart builds a story that literally wraps you into it’s embrace that, despite even the difficult things of life, you feel comforted.  I’ve never read this author before but now I’ve got the library list pulled up because I need to read them all.  I need to read stories full of faith so seamlessly woven into a story of struggle and triumph and comfort through it all.  I need to know that faith conquers all, even when love doesn’t win.  Even when it does win.  I read because I get to live all the lives of all the people in all the places.  But when all that is wrapped into something so real and so true I win.  Every single time.  With this book.  I win.  Uh-huh.

These Healing Hills

About Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She’s published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800’s, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960’s. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl.

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Posted September 21, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments

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