Here's a description of the book from the author's website:
"Before Anna Prentiss can start nursing school in New York, her brother sends her to Cades Cove, deep in the Smoky Mountains, to spend a summer apprenticing to the local midwife. Anna is determined to prove herself and then head to the big city. But nothing could have prepared Anna for the beauty of the Cove, the community and friendships she finds there, or the feelings Simon Martin, the handsome young minister, arouses in her. Has God’s plan for Anna changed? Or is she just starting to hear Him clearly?"
For a sweet summer setting, Cades Cove is the place to visit! Tucked away into the Smoky Mountains (a setting reminiscent of Christy by Catherine Marshall), Cades Cove is a delightful retreat with a dear community and lovely, rustic scenery.
Anna Prentiss' experiences as an apprentice to the well-beloved midwife of the Cove, Granny, are informative, suspenseful, and uplifting. The "summer-lovin'" drama feels a bit over-exaggerated at times, but overall the romance is enjoyable to read about. And the tidbits of wisdom from the kind and generous Granny, as well as the lessons on friendship and understanding, round out the story in a meaningful way.
While perhaps not extremely original (after all, Christy fans will find the setting, the pastor-love-interest, the attitudes of the Cove residents, and the strong female mentor to be nothing new), Robbins' story has its own charm. The details regarding midwifery are interesting, and Anna's challenges as a newcomer to the Cove are unique.
*With thanks to the author and Harvest House for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
This sounds like a sweet novel. One of my favorite books of all time is "Christy" so I do tend to like other books that may have that type of setting. Good review!
And by the way, I'm on my 5th try in trying to read the letters that prove I'm not a robot...ack! I have a hard time seeing the letters :)
Julie@My Favorite Pastime
I'm glad you enjoyed the review! This is definitely a sweet book. :) You know, I haven't actually read Christy all the way through yet (I've started it - just haven't ever finished it, though I want to sometime!). I do so love the TV series, though! Wish they could have made more episodes instead of resorting to the movies to finish the story...
Anyway, I know I said this in my e-mail response, but thank you for letting me know about the issues with the word verification! I've taken it off for now, and I'll just manually delete spammers' comments, as I want people to easily communicate here! If there are any issues, I'll probably try the comment moderation, so either way we'll try to avoid those ridiculous verifications! :)
Thanks Amber! Oh I love the Christy TV show, but thought the movies were a bit ridiculous. I love love love the book. I hope sometime that you will be able to get all of the way through it. I read it when I was a young teen and then re-read it almost yearly after that. I haven't read it in several years now so maybe it needs to be my last re-read book of the year to fulfill my contentment reading challenge?
I agree - LOVE the TV show, but the one movie I saw (I HAD to watch the last one, just to see the conclusion!) was not the same with the different actors. :(
That would be a great one to re-read again, I'm sure! And definitely a great one for me to finish, LOL! :) Have you read the one that shares your name? ;) I also have Julie, but I haven't started that one yet...
Yes, I read JULIE. Way different than Christy, but still good. :)
Good to know! :) That's interesting that it's super different... I want to read both someday!
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