These Healing Hills - Book Review

Francine Howard has her life all mapped out 
until the soldier she planned to marry at WWII's end writes to tell her 
he's in love with a woman in England. 
Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, 
training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, 
Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. 
His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, 
he's at a loss when it comes to envisioning what's next for his life.

When Francine's and Ben's paths intersect, 
it's immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. 
But love has a way of healing old wounds . . . 
and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

My Thoughts
First let me just say, "WOW!"
These Healing Hills is an amazing story
that will first touch your heart and end with your soul.
If you don't read anymore of this review at least read this:
These Healing Hills is a winner
and a book I highly recommend!
And with that being said let's dive into this review.

The story is set in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and the minute you begin reading 
you will feel as though you have been transported  to this beautiful and rugged place.
You can almost smell the fresh mountain air
and feel the warm sunshine as you read the words of These Healing Hills.
Ann H. Gabhart has a way with words
and in this book she does not disappoint.
She brings her characters to life 
and the images she paints in the reader's mind 
will stay with you long after you have read the last page.

Francine, the main female character,
had a heart of gold and a love for the mountain people...
a love that was contagious and oh-so-sweet.

Ben is a precious soul that can't wait to get home,
but is unsure of his place on the mountain when he does finally arrive.

Woody was an absolute delight
and anytime his name popped up on the pages I couldn't help but smile.
He was filled with energy and charisma.

Granny Em was ever so lovable
and someone with wisdom so deep it could go on for ages.

The characters and setting truly make this book
a work of art.
Ann H. Gabhart did an excellent job
and left me wanting more.
A 5-star review!

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. 
Thank you Revell! **

About the Author
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--
The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--
as well as Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, 
Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series.
 She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. 
Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com


Regine Karpel said...

Thank you.

mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like my kind of book.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Sounds like another winner with lots of great characters (but not TOO many for my old brain to follow haha!)

sarah said...

It's always lovely to read such a good book review! I shall have to seek this book out.

Tamago said...

Wow it sounds like an excellent book! The storyline is lovely, with two people who need healing. Great review!

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Thank you for your review. I will add this to my list to read.

Vee said...

Is it reminiscent of Catherine Marshall's "Christy"? Your review makes me want to read it!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, this books sounds perfect! I ♥ stories like this.

Chris Lally said...

A glowing review - the best recommendation!
Thank you, Stephanie!!

living from glory to glory said...

Hi There, this book does sound really good! Wish we were closer I would borrow it. I have always thought of being in a book club would be so much fun. But once again, most of them meet in the evenings, and I prefer to be home in the evenings.
Have a blessed Fall to you and yours!
Hugs, Roxy

annie said...

Thank you for sharing!
I was able to put the book on hold st the library!
I am sure I will enjoy it!

Debbie said...

your reviews are always amazing!!! i'm glad you enjoyed the book!!

Margie said...

I'm impressed that you have time to read and review a book in the midst of the teacup exchange!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Sounds like a great book, Stephanie. Thanks for the review - It's going on my book list. Sending hugs xo Karen

Debbie Nolan said...

This sounds like such a great story. I will add it to my list to read in the near future. Thanks for the review. It is always nice to know something is a good read. Hugs!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Now I have to see if our library has a copy! This one sounds like it has to be good so fingers crossed they have it.

Lowcarb team member said...

Wow, you clearly enjoyed this book.
Thanks for the review.

All the best Jan

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