This is a very well written, easy to read book set in the 1960s, but it can easily apply to Christian life today. Changes are taking place in Eden Hill, Kentucky. Will the challenges be too much for the people in the community or will they be able to find grace and accept the challenges? Very thought-provoking and an enjoyable read.
I was given this book to read, for my honest opinion, from The Book Club Network and the author.
This has been one of the most enjoyable works of fiction I have read this year. The story begins in 1962 and although I was only 2 that year, I can recognize so much of the environment and the social expectations and the culture that were part of my early childhood. The characters are all very human and it's easy to laugh and cry with and be exasperated and delighted in them. It's a blessing to read how God works in their lives and the life of the small town in which they live - showing neighbors how to love each other no matter what their differences are. I was left wanting to read more about them all!
Eden Hill by author Bill Higgs is his debut novel published by Tyndale House. This 392 page jewel has an old automobile on the cover with its title written in a very unique way at the bottom on the cover. It will catch your eye. Eden Hill is a historical fiction about life in early 1960's Eden Hill, Kentucky. Typical small town Americana at its best.
This is the tale of Eden Hill, Kentucky and its unique collection of residents. It opens with Virgil T. Osgood pondering why his wife, Maxine, is acting so strange. We are introduced to Reverend Eugene Caudill, pastor at one of the local churches and Madeline Crutcher, one of his congregation and a real character. Virgil owns the local filling station and employs a mechanic by the name of Welby. One of his customers is Arlie Prewitt and seems like someone we all might know. We even meet Ticky, Virgil's blue tick coonhound. There are many more characters. All of the people in the book are well defined. They are unique in one way or another. Author does a wonderful job with the characters. They are so likable they become friends, and I quickly became invested in their lives. My heart sank for Virgil in one section early in the book when I read a sign. I wanted to have a cup of coffee with Maxine ate her Formica table or cup of Tetley tea with Rev. Caudill. Later we meet Cornelius Alexander III and his pregnant wife JoAnn Alexander. They come to Eden Hill from Quincy.
I thoroughly enjoyed the little town of Eden Hill. The author did such an outstanding job describing it that I felt like I was there. I could picture it and the people. I could smell and almost taste Mavine's Hawaiian pineapple hamburger.
The storyline was well thought and flowed smoothly. The dialogue moved along nicely. The author made me laugh out loud in a few parts while other parts tugged on my heart strings. Higgs weaves God, prayer, grace, and inspiration throughout this book. At one point the minister asks Arlie if he can do anything for him and Arlie responds by asking for prayer. This is a book filled with emotion, humor, heartache, love, and teaching from Jesus. It touches on loving your neighbor, being humble, taking care of one another, showing grace and having compassion. It broaches heart wrenching topics of death, divorce, and marital issues. It touches on illegitimacy and racial prejudice. It is a good book that will make you think.
At the end of his book the author has included discussion questions. I love it when an author does that. This helps when using the book for a book club or small group study. I would recommend this for adult readers that enjoy Americana Christian fiction from a great author. I rated this book a 5 out of 5 stars and can only say...more, please, Mr. Higgs! A copy of this book was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.
If Eden Hill is any indication of what we can expect from Bill Higgs, we are in for some delightful hours of reading ahead. I must admit I picked it up because Bill is the spouse of Liz Curtis Higgs. Glad I did because the Higgs family can write!
The novel is set in Eden Hill, Kentucky and is full of small-town charm. The lesson we learn from Virgil Osgood and his neighbor Cornelius Alexander is that Jesus' command to love your neighbor has unseen consequences and rewards. We learn that we are our brother's keeper and what we do not only affects our family but our community.
If you love a novel full of nostalgia and warm fuzzies that urges you to be a better person then you will surely enjoy this one. Bill's first novel is a hit in my book and I'm eagerly anticipating his next.
This is a fiction book set in the early 1960s in rural Kentucky. The story centers around a small group of people that attend the same church and/or social groups.
The story mostly focuses from the view point of a few people. These characters are fairly well developed, some more so than others. The other characters in the book are developed as well as need be as they are minor players. The editing was well done. Only a few errors caught my eye. Editing, in my opinion can ruin a perfectly good story. This story was well developed also. It was fairly clear that it was written by a man, as the focus was more from the male point of view, but this was a good thing. The story revolves mostly around a couple of gas stations. The story flowed very well. I read this in only a few days as it kept my interest and I was looking forward to the next thing to happen. It is also a story about love and forgiveness. These aspects were well presented and the love of God evident in this story. It was not a "preachy" story, but well presented. It showed problems we all face one way or another. It showed that we can find the answers in God's word.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fiction. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review, and it is honest, by bookfun.org.