Lilly Corbett is now married, and called Dr. Still by the patients in the town of Skip Rock. Her husband, Tern, is away on business while Lilly takes care of the townspeople and tries to solve a mystery involving her neighbor.
I thought the book was a good read and the practice of medicine at the turn of the century interesting. Many of the characters are featured in the author's previous books, but this book can be read as a stand-alone novel.
"I received this book from Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."
"Lilly Corbett Still has grown to love her life as the small-town doctor of Skip Rock, a tiny coal community in the Kentucky mountains. Though her husband, Tern, is away for a few months at a mining job, Lilly has her hands full with her patients and her younger sister visiting for the summer.
Lilly turns to her good friend and neighbor, Armina, to help keep things in order--until a mysterious chain of events leaves Armina bedridden and an abandoned baby on her doorstep. Lilly works to uncover the truth, unaware of what a mess she's found herself in until a break-in at her clinic puts her on high-alert. As she struggles between what is right and what is safe, Lilly must discover the strength of her resilient country neighbors, her God, and herself."
Such a good book to add to the shelf! I thoroughly enjoyed the action and mystery in this book, as well as Lilly's personality. She was such a good doctor and an even better big sister to her wild little sister, Mazy. Lilly's faith in God was also very inspiring. When the supposed father of an abandoned baby abducts her and little Timmy, she is fighting hard to love and forgive this man, just as Jesus would do.
Armina was a good character, but I honestly did not like her. I don't mean that she should have been left out of the book, quite the contrary the book would not be Tattler's Branch without Armina, but I would not like to meet her if she were to be human. She was very grouchy, and picky about everything, and she never wanted help with anything. But, she did have a good heart, and was very caring towards her husband, the baby, and Lilly. So she was not all thaaaat bad!
I loved how the story ended! How the father sent things as an apology to Lilly and Timmy for the abduction, the money and permission slip to take care of his little Betsy Lane, and how he became a Christian (it doesn't actually say that he became a Christian, but I am assuming because of his actions and the conversation he had with Lilly).
This was a very good read, and I encourage you to read it as well!
Tattler's Branch, by Jan Watson, is a captivating book! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend reading Skip Rock Shallows, the book that precedes this one, first, but this book could easily stand alone if necessary.
This story continues the story of Lilly Corbett Still, a doctor in the tiny town of Skip Rock, a coal mining community in eastern Kentucky. With her husband away on government business, Lilly finds herself overwhelmed when her best friend comes down with an unusual illness that affects the memory, leaving a very ill infant on her kitchen table. She attempts to care for both the friend and the baby, but events lead her into grave danger when the baby's father kidnaps her. She must rely on God alone to help her through.
This was a delightful novel. The characters were delightful, and I found myself smiling at their antics again and again. I especially liked the way the town residents would assist each other and join together in times of need. I would definitely recommend it to all who enjoy historical fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
This is a new author for me. I don't think I've read any other books by Jan Watson. It will not be the last. The characters in the book are primarily female and they are all strong-willed and independent women! Lilly Corbett Still is a doctor, which is unusual for that time period. She is kind, empathetic, and independent. The other characters are equally loveable and intriguing.
I have never read a book that does not have a strong male lead character. I've also never read one that was not a romance. This was a fresh surprise for me. It did not make the book any less enjoyable. The book was well written and intriguing. I wanted to read more about these characters lives and the faith that Lilly has is what I wish I could be like.
Overall, this book was enjoyable. This is the seventh novel written by Jan Watson and it continues on the storyline of her first six books. This did not take away from the enjoyment of the book, nor do I recommend reading the other books first (although I really want to read the other books now!). They do not have to be read in the order they were written for them to be understood. I can't wait to read more by this author.
**I received this book from Tyndale Fiction in exchange for my honest review**