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Review: These Healing Hills

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Review: These Healing Hills

These Healing Hills by Anne Gabhart
Reviewed by: Mary-Ann Bell
Genre: Christian Romance
Publisher: Revell Baker Publishing Group
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Francine Howard has her life all planned. She plans to marry her high school sweetheart when he returns from the war, until he sends her a letter announcing his plans to bring home an English bride n 1945. Overwhelmed, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse-midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. Fran heard about the nurse-midwife training in Kentucky and is taken with the beauty of the hills right away. She heard about the “hillbillies” where she grew up in Cincinnati but quickly learned the truth about these people. They are loyal to their mountains and families, and have great common sense and knowledge. Her mother, dead set against this, tries to dissuade her from going, but Francine has her mind set.

Upon her arrival, she meets Woody, a local mountain boy who loves to talk. Through Woody, Francine learns all about his brother, Ben, who is away fighting in the war.

Affected by the shocks he witnessed at war as a medic, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future is masked and uncertain. As much as he loves his beloved mountains, he’s at a loss when it comes to visualizing what’s next for his life.

When Francine’s and Ben’s paths cross, it’s immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of turning things around and revealing enticing new possibilities.

This is a very captivating read, and teaches the reader much about the mountain life and ways of living off the land. Most of all it teaches about their dependency on the Lord.
I really enjoyed the heroine Francine and her ability to adapt and come to love the area where God placed her. With this she earned the love and respect of the mountain people as she exerted herself to learn their ways, and to respect their beliefs.

I received this book free from the Author and Revell/Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Rated G: Good clean reading

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!

 

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