In this inspiring tale Sandra Robbins takes us to the breathtakingly beautiful Cades Cove, Tennessee. I was very excited to read this as I have traveled several times to this magnificent place. Sandra does a wonderful job describing the beauty of this area.
Since childhood Anna Prentiss has felt God leading her to be a nurse, if only she could convince her brother to let her go to New York to study, Since her Father passed away her brother Robert has been in charge of looking after Anna. Robert thinks that Anna is not responsible enough to be a nurse. After talking to their Uncle Charles, who is a doctor in the mountains of Tennessee, Robert agrees to let Anna spend the summer with Matilda Lawson, better known to everyone in Cades Cove as Granny Lawson. Granny is the one all the coves people come to in emergencies, whether it is a broken bone, a sick child or the birth of a baby. Uncle Charles thinks this will a good experience for Anna and Robert tells her if she can do a good job helping Granny he will agree to let her go to New York.
The day that Anna arrives she meets the local pastor, Simon Martin. They quickly become close friends. Simon is a man that Anna could one day find herself falling in love with, but her dream of going to New York stands in the way.
Anna is concerned that she won't be excepted by the close knit community but the more she helps Granny the more everyone loves her and the more Anna sees of this beautiful place the more she wonders perhaps she should stay. When the time comes to leave will Anna be able to sever the ties Cades Cove has on her heart? Will she be able to leave the man she loves behind?
This was a heart-warming story that Sandra has woven, so it was easy to lose yourself in it. The way in which Sandra describes this marvelous area you will feel you are right there with Granny and Anna. I thoroughly enjoyed being taken back to an unforgettable place, thank you Sandra for a job well done.
Anna Prentiss has never wanted to be anything but a nurse. Before she can start school in New York, however, 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.
I really enjoyed this book. Possibly because my family and I just visited Cades Cove last year. My husband and I love history and Cades Cove is full of unique beauty and impressive historical sites. I was able to fully picture the setting in my head while reading this book.
The characters are well-developed and the story is well-written. Sandra Robbins brings these families to life through descriptive words and pages full of feeling, excitement, tragedy and faith.
The families in the Cove were very close, they helped each other, they lived simply and they appreciated the beauty around them. It was fun to read a book that portrayed these characteristics.