Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review - These Healing Hills


Francine Howard has her life all mapped out--until the man she loves announces his plans to bring home an English bride from war-torn Europe in 1945. 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.


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


I have really enjoyed Ann Gabhart's mystery novels and had never read her other writings. I am so glad I got to read this book! I enjoyed it so much!

Fran is a nurse that is part of the Frontier Nursing Service in the hills of Kentucky. I had never heard of this before and was excited to learn that it was actually something that had been started in 1925 to help the families that lived in these remote areas. I found all this so interesting and we follow along as Fran takes care of the people in her district.

She has chosen to do this after her fiance writes her that he has fallen in love with someone else he met while in the service and located in England. She is devastated and wants a new start. Add in her over-bearing, martyr mother and she is anxious to get away from Cincinnati and make a new life.

I love how Fran opens her heart to the people in the mountains. She sees the good in everyone and accepts them who they are. There are other nurses that tell her to keep her distance but she is too kind and loving and this definitely helps her in her nursing skills. I like that she always sees the good in others.

When she meets Ben, he is rescuing her after she gets lost on the winding mountain paths. She has a bad sense of direction and he finds her when she gets on the wrong path. There is instant attraction but they are both afraid of showing their feelings for different reasons.

I really loved this story! It is a definite page turner and I loved each and every character. I felt really invested in their lives and was sad to get to the last page. I highly recommend this book and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Publishing

Blessings - Julie

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