|Coal Miners c1908|
I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.
As Lilly becomes torn between joining Paul in Boston and her love for the people of Skip Rock, she crosses paths with a handsome miner—one who seems oddly familiar. Her attraction for him grows, even as she wrestles with her feelings and wonders what he’s hiding.
I have read all of Jan Watson's novels, except one which I have and will be going back to read. I first saw her books at our local library when I was reshelving sections being moved to other shelves. The one that caught my eye? Willow Springs. Just happens to be the new community we had just moved to... in Missouri.
I like Jan Watson's style of writing very much. As I was reading, I felt like I was looking in alongside the daily activity and thoughts of each one as they lived it. I feel this is a great accomplishment in a story separate from the telling.
Lilly's love of the people beyond their acceptance of her, charts her course as a surprise connection is unintentionally mentioned in conversation. She feels right at home, although missing her Troublesome Creek home. How will she be able to move to Boston and leave her heart behind? Her medical internship is turning into an unexpected adventure. I have a missing part here! Here are the books before Skip Rock Shallows. Still House Pond is the novel I will be going back to read! I ordered and received it just before Skip Rock Shallows came. I need to find out how Lilly felt about her time with her Aunt Alice in the city and how she chose to go to Skip Rock when she was newly engaged.
Lilly Gray Corbett loves living on Troublesome Creek, but she would much rather play with her best friend than watch her little brother and the twins. Her mama, Copper, is often gone helping to birth babies, and Lilly has to stay home. When Aunt Alice sends a note inviting her to visit in the city, Lilly is excited to go, and Copper reluctantly agrees to let her. Later, when they hear the news that the train crashed, Copper and her husband, John, rush to find out if their daughter is injured . . . or even alive.
Jan’s award winning historical novels, are uniquely set in the Appalachian Mountains. In all her books, she artfully draws on the folklore and culture of times long past to create colorful characters living their faith in a world that offers comfort and peril in equal measure. Jan lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
I received this copy of Skip Rock Shallows from Tyndale in exchange for this review in my own words! Thank you. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!