The year is 1883 and following a whirlwind courtship, seventeen-year-old Copper Brown finds herself living in the bustling city of Lexington, KY, far away from her beloved mountain home, newly married to a man she barely knows. Having been raised to put her trust in God, Copper sets out to find a purpose for this new life that she had never imagined.
Willow Springs is the sequel to Jan Watsons first novel, Troublesome Creek. Even though it is a sequel, Willow Springs stands on its own because of its distinctive characters. This is a romance story that takes place in a small town during the Victorian era, following the struggles of Copper Brown Corbett, a backwoods mountain girl, as she tries to adjust to married life, family, and new surroundings. Although she seems childish at first, as challenges arise Copper proves herself to be a spirited heroine, and her faith in God is easily seen as she meets those challenges.
However, the book is weighed down by lengthy descriptions of clothing, and a plot that wanders. Issues of importance are brought up (such as a possible family secret of which Copper is unaware, but others know) and are then never resolved. Or problems are brought up and resolved too easily, such as the strained relationship between Copper and her sister-in-law. The book does handle delicate issues like pregnancy and childbirth very skillfully, conveying the emotion and stress without being graphic. For those who like historical romance, Willow Springs is entertaining, but certainly not the potential classic it could be. Jessica Becker, Christian Book Previews.com