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Eden Hill, by Bill Higgs
Nothing changes in Eden Hill, Kentucky, and that's just fine for Virgil T. Osgood, who runs the only service station in town. But things take a U-turn when Cornelius Alexander opens his new Zipco station, creating roadblocks that threaten Virgil's livelihood. Can Virgil learn to "love your neighbor" when Cornelius's presence jeopardizes everything he holds dear?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Cornelius Alexander wants his new Zipco station to succeed and help establish a strong foundation for his growing family. As long as he follows the Zipco guide, hes sure to be a successand prove his father wrong.
Reverend Caudill wants to be a conduit for grace in his town, but that grace is challenged by the changes sweeping through in the early 1960s. For the sake of this small town, Virgil and Cornelius must learn to get along, but how do you love your neighbor when his very presence threatens to upend everything you hold dear?
thecrazymuttink5 Stars Out Of 5Five Stars for Eden HillJanuary 8, 2017thecrazymuttinkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From start to finish, Mr. Higgs leads his readers through a simple tale of life in small country town in the early 1960s where church, family and hard, honest work are important. Peppering in a little humor here and there, Higgs throws in a little bit of marriage counseling, friendship building and acceptance of things different from you and wraps it all up in a nice package. I highly recommend it. (I received this book from Tyndale House Publishing for a review.)
muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Entertaining Read!October 30, 2016muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5Eden Hill by Bill Higgs was a delightful read! This book had me chuckling all the way through. I really didn't know what to expect with this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I wanted to keep reading to find out how it ended.
This book is set in the early 1960s. The town of Eden Hill is pretty much the same and everyone is pretty much content leaving it that way. Virgil Osgood owns the only filling station in town. Everything is okay in his little world until someone new comes in town and opens a filling station across the street from him! This creates friction in the whole town and it is humorous to see how everyone handles the conflicts that come their way!
If you enjoy good, clean, humorous inspirational books, then you will love this book!
I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Engaging tale of down-home people!October 11, 2016AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Eden Hill is an extraordinary debut novel of Bill Higgs. Take a stroll down memory lane to a time and place that was slower paced and much more community focused and yet you will find the same heart issues that are seen in this day and age of instant everything. Eden Hill, small town Kentucky in the early 1960s, finds the characters in the story facing mid-life what-if questions, racial disputes and the struggles of making ends meet especially when a new business opens up in town. The author deals realistically with these life situations. Humor runs throughout the story with incidents of 10-year-olds putting a whoopee cushion on the church organist's bench during Sunday morning service and the ornery old parishioner who calls the pastor every day to let him know how he should be running things. A little romance is sweetly portrayed as Virgil does his best to give his wife, Mavine, an intimate, romantic dinner in an effort to show her he does really love her. The story flows quickly and keeps interest high, wondering what will happen next to upset this quiet little town. Characters are normal everyday people that readers will enjoy getting to know as they are in the process of learning who their neighbor is. As one character puts it, "You've been our neighbor for years. Only right we should be neighborly." Higgs protrays a solid faith in a God of forgiveness and second chances because these characters are coming to know that God's grace covers it all.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great LessonsOctober 8, 2016GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was almost like a stroll down memory lane. What fun reading the story! How well I remember as a child and through my teen years spending time around the service station run by my family. I well remember conversations about gas prices at other service stations, any new stations opening in the area, etc. As I teenager I remember pumping gas, washing windshields, checking oil, changing tires, and the myriad of other tasks associated with working in a service station. I never did any work as a mechanic or dressed up as Zippy the clown, but I think I did most of the other jobs in the book. Bill Higgs is an excellent storyteller and kept my attention. His development of the main characters was done so masterfully that I could relate to each one. Many folks from my generation who grew up in a small community will recall fond memories as they read. The younger generations can learn much about the way life was back in the early 1960s for the small-town businessmen, their families, and their neighbors. Besides the memories, some great lessons can be learned about how to treat others. I recommend the book to all my friends.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great story!October 8, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As I read the novel, I felt transported in my imagination to a time that seemed simpler in one sense and yet the same in another. Simpler in that there were no electronic gadgets as there are today, which when we dont control them by turning them off, can intrude into our lives. It was a time when families sat down to dinner, read more, watched TV less, and the work ethic was exceptional. The 60s era had its own challenges that differ in some ways than those we face today.
In the fictional novel, we get swept into a small town called Eden Hill where people helped their neighbors and businesses closed on Sundays. In the town, there are some people who turned out to have a surprising history to reveal. There is an older lady who drives one pastor of a church crazy as she is the most contrary and always finding something to complain about to the pastor.
Towards the end of the novel it became clear to me that people learned more about themselves, especially when life was hardest. Some found that the faith they thought they had needed to be shored up and put into practice with more love. I so enjoyed getting to know the residents of Eden Hill right as the civil rights issues were coming to the forefront. I remember so many themes that, while in the book were fictional, were part of my upbringing and made me more than thankful for the parents I was blessed to have.
Faith, family, neighbors, helping each other and more are some of those themes that will grab your heart and lift it up. I think that anyone who reads the book will be reminded that there are ways families can draw closer to each other, which in turns makes neighbors closer and it just expands from there. Family is really the foundation of our nation right after faith in a God who works all things together for our good, and He is still doing that today!