Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Splendor of Ordinary Days

About The Book:  The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tennessee, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he's caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict.
     After a rocky start as Watervalley's only doctor, Luke Bradford has decided to stay in town, honoring the three-year commitment he made to pay off his medical school debts. But even as his friendships with the quirky townsfolk deepen, and he pursues a romance with lovely schoolteacher Christine Chambers, several military veterans' emotional wounds trigger anger and unrest in Watervalley.
     At the center of the clash is the curmudgeonly publisher of the local newspaper, Luther Whitmore. Luther grew up in Watervalley, but he returned from combat in Vietnam a changed man. He fenced in beautiful Moon Lake, posting "Keep Out" notices at the beloved spot, and provokes the townspeople with his incendiary newspaper.
     As Luke struggles to understand Luther's past, and restore harmony in Watervalley, an unforeseen crisis shatters a relationship he values dearly. Suddenly Luke must answer life's toughest questions about service, courage, love, and sacrifice.

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About The Author:  After growing up on a farm in rural Tennessee, Jeff High attained degrees in literature and nursing. He is the three-time winner, in fiction and poetry, of an annual writing contest held by Vanderbilt Medical Center. He lived in Nashville for many years, and throughout the country as a travel nurse, before returning to his original hometown, near where he now works as an operating room RN in open-heart surgery. He is the author of the Watervalley novels, including More Things in Heaven and Earth and Each Shining HourConnect with Jeff: website, Twitter, Facebook
My Thoughts On The Book:  I was supposed to have this post done on Friday.  I had read the book so it was not like I had to do that.  Life happened somewhere between Thursday and today.  I was so excited about reviewing this book because it was amazing.  If you love the writing style of Jan Karon you will adore this book.  The Splendor of Ordinary Days is the third book in the Watervalley series and the first one I have read.  Even though the book is a continuation of characters it can stand alone.  High's introduction of the book definitely covers anything you should have known in the previous books.  Jeff High is a spellbinding storyteller.  I did not want to put the book down because I was afraid the Watervalley spell would be broken and I would lose my new friends.  This book has it all:  mystery, romance, small town living, Mennonites, ghosts, legends, traditions, and history....LOVED IT!  I am definitely going to get the first two and read them.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this e-book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, and New American Library as part of their Book Review Blogger Programs. 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.” Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


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