Saturday, August 8, 2020

AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER by Ann H. Gabhart, reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Marry if you must, but only do so for love."

Piper Danson is watching her future disintegrate into a business contract before her very eyes; her father choosing a young man with the means to give her everything a woman could desire, minus any certainty of love. Sure, an arrangement with the highly desirable son of a railroad magnate might grow into deep affection over time, but Piper can't help but think that her heart still belongs to another.

"You have the rest of your life to wear fine clothes and gossip with your friends. But first, do something."

When given an opportunity to leave all talk of marriage behind in the city, Piper takes off for the mountains to joins a noble cause for the summer; volunteering for a horseback Frontier Nursing Service. Who would have thought that cleaning out stables, delivering medicines, assisting mid-wives, painting porches, and even skinning chickens could be so rewarding. And it is, until double trouble finds its way up into the mountains.

"How can you know . . . where He wants you to go . . . . what He wants you to do . . . But you can figure it out if you listen and watch. The mountains are a good place for doing that. You get up high in those hills and the Lord just seems nearer."

What a pure delight to read! . . . . full of characters with enormous doses of pluck, and a romance that finds itself again over a swinging bridge! 3.5 stars
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 

BackCover Blurb:
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.

Revell Publishing June 2020
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