Monday, July 27, 2020

Book Review: An Appalachian Summer

About the Book

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 Review

This book was such a pleasure to read.  

First of all, the cover is stunning!

The book was paced slowly, deliberately, so the reader is able to savor and enjoy the book.  I felt like I was experiencing the wonder and joy of new experiences and new friends, just as Piper was.  I also was pulled into the setting through wonderful descriptions-the sun shining through the trees in the morning, the crickets chirping in the evening.  It was wonderful!

This slower pace mimicked the slower pace of life in the Kentucky hills, so it was very appropriate and comfortable.  

I also felt that I had plenty of time to get to know the characters-and what a delight Piper was!  Although she had grown up in a privileged family in the city, she was anxious to help and learn what she needed in order to serve others.  That, of course, provided some humor as she adjusted to life in the country.

I highly recommend this book to all readers of Christian fiction and women's fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Refuge, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister, These Healing Hills, and River to Redemption. She and her husband live on a farm a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Ann enjoys discovering the everyday wonders of nature while hiking in her farm's fields and woods with her grandchildren and her dog, Frankie. Learn more at

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