We begin this book with Anna Prentiss and her Uncle Charley heading into the Smokey Mountains to the Community of Cades Cove, TN. Nothing has prepared Anna for the beauty she is experiencing...she is heading her to fulfill her reluctant commitment to her brother. Since her Dad has passed her brother Robert is in charge of the families finances.
Anna has been accepted into the new Nursing Program at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In order for her to be able to attend she must get a good report to her brother from Granny...Mrs Lawson.
The description of the area sounds so wonderful and made me think of where the Walton's lived! When she arrives Granny and the Preacher Simon are at the house to greet her. She is so afraid she is going to fail. You will fall in love with these Mountain people! They are reserved and leery of strangers, but soon warm up to Anna. I really enjoyed how she interacted with these people, and came to understand their ways.
You find God's Hand on these delightful people, and you find Anna trying to do her own will, and not God's. She has been so blessed with Healing Hands, and I adored her interaction with the children. You will wonder to the end how things are going to turn out...and I mean to the very last pages of this great book.
Don't miss this sweet book to get lost into!
I received this book from First Wildcard Blog Tours and the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.
Angel of the Cove is not for the faint of heart. In order to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse, Anna Prentiss must apprentice with an elderly midwife in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee before her brother will agree to pay for her schooling in NY. I found the descriptions of the herbal remedies and Anna's midwifery work very intriguing. But wow, I don't think I'd want to read the book if I was expecting a baby! Robbins doesn't shy away from showing the hardships these people faced. I enjoyed spending time with these characters, but I have to admit that the love story didn't grab me until about two-thirds of the way through the book. At the beginning there was an immediate attraction on both sides that made the romance seem inevitable. Then when the hero pulled back to protect his heart, he didn't act very heroic. Once they both started working toward a common goal, for me the love story really came to life. I must add that I loved how Robbins depicted and used a secondary "love" story within the book, that of a woman and her alcoholic husband, to reveal the depths of abiding love to the heroine.
Anna has had one dream since she was a little girl and that was to be a nurse. The only thing standing in her way is her brother who took over as head of the family when her father died. He will allow her to go to nursing school only if she spends the summer in a small Smoky Mountain community called Cades Cove working with the local midwife. At first she feels like an outsider but slowly with the help of Granny(the midwife) and the cute preacher Simon she comes to love the Cove.
From the minute Simon laid eyes on Anna he knew she was someone special and maybe the one person he could love. Anna feels it too but is determined to prove to her brother that she is ready to be a nurse and does not want to let love get in the way of her dreams. Will she be able to listen to God to find out where he really wants her?
This was a sweet book set in the beautiful back drop of the Smoky Mountains.
What I liked: I really enjoyed the characters. Granny and Simon along with all the Cove people made me not want to leave their home. I also really liked the storyline of following Gods will for our lives and how its important to give our lives to him so we can know his plan.
What I did not like: This book was slow going at first and even a little boring at times. The plot just could have used a little more meat to make this book great.
Over all this was a good book and the ending was predictable but well written. I just felt the middle of the book could have used a little more excitement. I am looking forward to coming back to the Cove with the future books of this series.
Anna Prentice has her life planned out, and is sure that those are God's plans too.
She has always wanted to be a nurse, and has been accepted into nursing school in Bellevue, New York. Her brother, Robert, sees this as a potential drain on the family's resources and is reluctant to let her go even though their father had approved. But he has died, and Robert is now head of the family and gets to make those decisions. Fortunately for Anna, Uncle Charles comes to her rescue with an opportunity to spend the summer working with Granny Lawson, the midwife in the remote Smoky Mountains settlement of Cades Cove. Robert has agreed that Anna can attend school if Mrs Lawson gives her a good report.
At Cades Cove, she meets Brother Simon Martin, a young man who grew up in the Cove and who is now the community minister, despite his own early dreams of being a pastor in a large city church and leading hundreds of people to Jesus. Simon is challenged by the instant attraction he feels towards Anna, and the attraction is mutual. But Anna and Simon will have to reconcile her desire to move to New York for nursing school with his place preaching in the Cove.
The beginning of Angel of the Cove is reminiscent of the plot of Christy, Catherine Marshall's famous novel that lends its name to the Christy awards for Christian fiction. It has the young woman going alone to work with the people of the Great Smoky Mountains, the older mentor and the handsome young minister, although it is missing the enigmatic doctor (in this case, the doctor is Anna's uncle, and there is no Ã¢â¬Ëother man' to choose between).
Anna is a bit too good to be true. There is a suggestion at the beginning of the book that she is too concerned with her own plans, but apart from that, she is perfect. The children love her, and even the ones with a reputation for mischief like and obey her. Anna comes across as rather immature, and Simon isn't much better. Although it is obvious that he has fallen for Anna, I never really understood why, beyond the immediate attraction of her pretty face and nice clothes. I would have hoped that the hero in a Christian novel was not so shallow, especially when he is a preacher.
Overall, this wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't that good. The opening didn't capture my interest, I didn't find the primary characters engaging, it took a long time to get going, the courtship was too fast and the ending was predictable, rushed and not quite believable.
Thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.