Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tattler's Branch


Tattler’s Branch is the sequel to Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson.  Dr. Lilly Still is the doctor in a small coal mining town.  Being a small town doctor is anything but dull, especially when several strange occurrences bring danger right to her door.  Lilly’s husband has been called away to several mining accidents around the country.  With the best of intentions, Lilly’s mother sends Mazy her younger sister to help Lilly for the summer.  Lilly has her hands full keeping her impulsive sister out of mischief.  Armina, a dear friend usually keeps everything in order comes down with a rare sickness.  She brings Lilly an abandoned baby but cannot remember where the baby came from. If all this wasn’t enough, Lilly doesn’t realize that a stranger in town is hunting for answers and thinks that she has the answers.  This stranger will use any means necessary to find what he is looking for. 

I haven’t read Skip Rock Shallows yet, but now I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  This book was excellent!  This is my first book by Watson and I absolutely love her writing style.  You can read this book as a standalone like I did without being confused, but I am guessing that the first one is worth reading too.  The depth of the character development for all the characters was impressive and I hope she continues their stories in future books. This book had mystery, humor, romance and was very suspenseful.  I thought this was a sweet story about faith and how God is there on our brightest moments but also there during our greatest tribulations.  Most historical fiction has romance as a main focus, but this one was more about Lilly fighting these obstacles with faith and friends.  It was a nice change!!  Love, Love, Love this story! 

 
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Tattler's Branch


Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall


A Governess of Highland Hall is a historical novel by Carrie Turansky.  Julia Foster has resigned herself to be a spinster and finds fulfillment in missionary work in India.  She has to return to England due to her father’s failing health and becomes a governess to support her family.  Sir William Ramsey is widowed, has two unruly children to raise and has inherited an estate that is on the brink of financial ruin.  He finds himself drawn to the new governess for her strong faith, wisdom and love for the children.  Julia only plans to stay at Highland Hall until her father’s health is restored and her missionary work can continue in India.  Sir Ramsey would never remarry beneath his social class and Julia has a calling in India, but their hearts seem to tell them differently. 

I didn’t want this book to end and I read through it much too quickly!  If you like Julie Klassen novels you will love this book!  The character development is superb and I loved reading about English aristocrats in the early 1900s.  This a time period in England’s history that was really interesting to learn about.  I love the lessons about God’s goodness that this book demonstrates.  The tension and romance between the characters made for a great read.  This is my first book I have read by Carrie Turnasky and I was absolutely impressed!  I will be looking for other novels by this author.  Don’t miss out on this one!

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