his was a very enjoyable read!! Funny,very entertaining, and some seriousness too!
I loved that it was set in the 60's because it shows us that neighbors still cared about neighbors and helped them out in time of need.
Bill, I loved this novel and I Especially loved Reverend Caudill! He definitely had his hands full with the flock of Eden Hill!!!
Madeline Crutcher made me want to strangle her at times!
Virgil and his family cracked me up in mote ways than one. my thoughts were maybe he shouldn't have have hung around frank so much because he was always in trouble with Frank squeezing out of which wasn't fair.
I loved the town of Eden Hill, Kentucky. Wished it was a real place!
I wish that we today, could take time out to help ppl these days like they did back then.
But, people are hard to trust and we are just way too busy with our lives. The world has changed greatly since then and not for the good either.
Our generation has even shut God out of our lives and that is really sad for without Him we are nothing!
Bill, I hope you write a sequel to this story. I'd like to see Vee a grown up young man and see how he turned out and I'd like to see how the Reverend liked his new job
Life is about to take an interesting turn in the small town of Eden Hill. Cornelius Alexander decides to gamble everything he owns on a get rich quick scheme the Zipco service station company is offering. When he stumbles into Eden Hill one afternoon, Cornelius decides that is the perfect place to build his station. It is right across the street from Osgood's oil, the only gas station in the small village. Owned for years by the Osgood family, this new station seems to be taking direct aim at the Osgoods and their only source of income. Suddenly this peaceful little settlement might become a battlefield between the two businesses and families. Will this turn into something like the Hatfield and McCoy feud?
Rev. Caudill certainly hopes not. In fact, he starts asking the entire congregation, including the Alexander and Osgood families, some hard questions. Most importantly, he talks about neighbors and how they should treat each other. Just as the man in the Biblical story wanted to know, the Osgoods question who exactly is their neighbor? Does that include the "neighbor" who decides to go into direct competition with them, and then attempts to lure long-time customers away? Will the Alexanders go bankrupt and lose everything? Or will the Osgoods have to close their station because of the shiny new one across the street? Can one small town support two of the same type of businesses?
Take a step back in time, and enter into small town life with all its joys--and surprises! At first glance Eden Hill may seem like a quiet little town without much happening. But that couldn't be further from the truth. The residents of this little town cope with situations that range from racial prejudice to illegitimate children, along with a gentle sprinkling of humor. At the same time, God is trying to touch their lives, and make all things work together for good.
I enjoyed this 5-star book. The characters were interesting, and each of their stories really drew me in. Reading this will make you wish Eden Hill really exists. I recommend this book to all fans of well-written fiction.
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The story is set in the early 1960s in a small town called Eden Hill, Kentucky. I loved the description of the town as it made me think of Mayberry. People were nice, women went to get their hair done at the local beauty shop and the men loved to go fishing. There was one gas station in town owned by Virgil T. Osgood. He is very hard working and is diligent about providing for his family. I loved how the author showed the struggle Virgil had with making sure his wife was happy. He didn't realize she was unhappy and when he found out, he really did a great job showing her how important she is to him. Do we sometimes take people for granted?
Sometimes small towns don't stay small and It looks like a new gas station is being built across the street from Virgil's. The gossip in the town has started as a new sign has been place at the land across from the only gas station in town. What gas company is coming to town? Will it put Virgil out if business? I really liked when a character said this; " give the customer what he desires and he will patronize your establishment." I especially liked Mavine who is Virgil's wife. She is a stay at home mom. I loved her sweet character and the way she cared for her family and their needs.
The story has several characters that add a great depth to the community. Who are the couple that has moved in on the land across from Virgil's gas station? Will they be welcomed? It is an emotional, funny and exciting book. I have to mention the Reverend Eugene Caudill . He is a breath of fresh air and his faith and dedication to the town is very evident. But with most churches there is always that one person who seems to have to point out all the things the Reverend should and should not be doing. Madeline Crutcher tells him, "You must convict the sinner of their sin." His reply is priceless. " Convicting sinners isn't my job. Preaching the gospel and serving the Lord is my job." I wonder how many of us are guilty of telling our pastor what he should be doing? Have we been guilty of judging others?
The story is well written and flows very smoothly. The town is small but they all seem to pull together when someone is in need. There is also an issue going on in town about race. It seems that some people have trouble accepting those with different colored skin. It's funny that in the sixties that was a big problem, yet today we are still no closer to accepting each other. I loved the story and felt like I was right there in the town visiting with neighbors, attending church and enjoying family meals. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story of small town living with caring neighbors and faith that abounds throughout the town.
"People aren't meant to be fixed; people are meant to be loved."
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As the story takes place in Kentucky, 1960's, our author takes us back into time. This is the a great story about a small town with many loveable characters. We begin with being introduced to Virgil and Mavine a couple that own a small garage in a small town. When a new couple buy the lot across the street and move into town to build a fantasy updated gas station, the adventure begins. How will Virgil and his family survive? By the grace of GOD as we learn in this book. The Reverend is new to this town and has to deal with a congregation that not all are adaptable to change. This book will get you attached to the town, the characters and the life they portray. I didn't want this book to end, and I hope Bill will write another book to continue with the town.
I would recommend this book to everyone that wants a wholesome read. It is one of those books you become attached to and will take with you, just in case you have a few moments to keep reading. I wanted to finish, but I also didn't want it to end. This story feels like an old friend that you just sit down with and chat. Loved this book! It was a great book to just relax and get away from everything.
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Welcome to Eden Hill, Kentucky and spend some time in the early 60's when times were simpler and family values were the norm. For me, this was a trip down memory lane. I graduated from high school in 1966, so many of the things written were very familiar to me. Being a baby boomer was the best of times and relationships were valuable and neighbors were neighborly. Even if you were not born in that era, this book has qualities that are enjoyable to read about. Especially: fried spam, Lux dish soap, Tang for breakfast, Kelvinator refrigerator, and the highlight of a woman's week-the beauty parlor and gossip!.
Virgil has the only service station in town and he has been happy doing just that, until, a new Zipco gas station intends to move across from Virgil's station. How will Virgil face this new obstacle not only in his business, his marriage but his self worth. The story has all that is wonderful about small towns in the 60's. No one is a stranger, everyone helps everyone, and all the quirky characters that make up a small town. There is an interesting Reverend Eugene Caudill who sees changes sweeping the town and how much to meddle in those changes. Every good story needs a old church member that complains about anything and everything!
This is a book full of interesting people and the plot is simple: how do you love your neighbor when everything you hold dear is threatened.
I will be honest about this book, I had a hard time getting into the plot and characters, but loved the time period and found myself reliving the past as I kept reading. With that said, time to go make a "tuna casserole".
Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for this free copy just for my honest opinion.