Monday, August 3, 2020

Book Review: An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart

An Appalachian Summer by [Ann H. Gabhart]

An Appalachian Summer  By Ann H. Gabhart

In 1933 Louisville, Kentucky, even the ongoing economic depression cannot keep Piper Danson's parents from insisting on a debut party. After all, their fortune came through the market crash intact, and they've picked out the perfect suitor for their daughter. Braxton Crandall can give her the kind of life she's used to. The only problem? This is not the man--or the life--she really wants.

When Piper gets the opportunity to volunteer as a horseback Frontier Nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains for the summer, she jumps at the chance to be something other than a dutiful daughter or a kept wife in a loveless marriage. The work is taxing, the scenery jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and the people she meets along the way open up a whole new world to her. The longer she stays, the more an advantageous marriage slips from her grasp. But something much more precious--true love--is drawing ever closer.

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites you into the storied hills of Eastern Kentucky to discover what happens when one intrepid young woman steps away from the restrictive past into a beautiful, wide-open future.

My thoughts:

I just fell in love with this book.  Descriptions of the land and people were just perfect.  How do I know? I married a man that came from right in the heart of this book.  I even had my last child at Mary Breckenridge Hospital and saw a midwife there. 

Even though this book was even before my time I felt like I was back there among them listening in.  Ann B Gabhart did her research down to the words they spoke differently, like poke and punishing.  Both words that were very foreign to me when I was there.

This book really spoke to my heart and made me think I need to do more for people.  Caring and helping grows on you when you read about the help that was giving so willing by the nurses and Ms. Breckenridge. The hardships they faced because of the love they had for the mountain people said it all.

You'll laugh, smile a little, cry a little, and rejoice that God is there.
Just a wonderful read.  A book that will be cherished forever on my bookshelf.

This book was given to me by Revell.  All the opinions are my own.  

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jane said...

Sounds like the great book “Christy” by Catherine Marshall. One of my all time favorites.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Yes! It was a great book. If you love "Christy" you'll love this one Jane!

Kathy said...

Thanks for the review. It sounds like a good book. I liked Christy too.
I'm about 4 hours from Hyden Ky now, but my hometown was closer to areas like Grundy and Richlands. They do have their own unique way of talking. I love the mountains, but some of those areas are too mountainous for me.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Kathy you'll laugh but this Michigan girl could hardly see the sky for the mountains and that was one of the top reasons we left. Making money was right up there too. Lol

Kathy said...

Ha I know some of those towns seem like you are down in a hole with only a slice of sky above. It would make me claustrophobic.
Thanks for the book review. It sounds like something I would enjoy.