To fulfill in internship, Lily accepts a position in a coal camp. She really isn't sure what to expect or which of her doctoring skills will be needed. She only goes with the knowledge that it's temporary. Lily looks forward to life after her internship; life in Boston with her fianc, Paul, who is also a doctor.
While Lily didn't know what to expect in Skip Rock, she is still surprised. Surprised that they don't trust a woman doctor. Surprised at the health of some of the residents. Surprised that a man from her past appears.
Jan Watson was a new author to me and I'm glad I picked up one of her books. This book is a good read for those who enjoy historical fiction. I will definitely be looking up more of Jan's books
This story is set in the early 1900s and is about Lily, a new doctor who goes to a small mining town on a temporary basis to help out. At first, the people don't accept a "woman doctor" but she earns their respect as she takes care of the injured and ill in the town. The plan is for her to return to Boston, get married and practice there. But she finds herself falling in love with the town and its people, and is torn about leaving. She finds herself attracted to a miner and asks God for direction on where he wants her to be. I enjoyed this book very much.
I enjoy period fiction but find that most modern writers do not properly capture the life of previous times. However, this book does a great job of realistically portraying period issues such as women's place in work and the home, relationships, and everyday life. There were many characters, but they were each well rounded, distinct and easy to keep up with. It was a great read that kept me captivated until the end.
Lilly Gray Corbett decided to take an internship in Skip Rock, Kentucky. Her fiancee was not so sure she should accept the internship. His main concern was it was in a coal mine camp with harsh conditions very unlike Boston. Lily was not taken as seriously in her profession as a man would have been. She had been raised in the Kentucky mountains under similar conditions, so she was not sure how she felt about his reaction to her going to Skip Rock. Although she knew she would miss him dearly and would write him often.
When she arrives in Skip Rock it is a shock to the residents because they were expecting a male physician. She knew ahead of time this would be a problem just like it would have been anywhere she went to practice her profession. She just hoped she could earn their trust.
Joe, one of the miners, tried to avoid the new doctor even though he was so drawn to her that he watch her every move. She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Would he be able to hide his true identity from her? How was it possible that she was really here?
I really enjoyed this book, it was like reading about a family friend. I read several of the author's other books that have connection with this book. There was plenty to keep my attention it has suspense, action packed, and a possible love connection. The author writes of the conditions that existed in the camp which all came back to the importance for a doctor like Lily that actually cared about the miners and their families well being.
I am looking forward to reading the author's next book, TATTLER'S BRANCH to be released in September 2013.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I chose this book from Tyndale Rewards. I was in no way compensated for this review. This is my honest opinion.
Jan Watson is a favored author of mine, taking me deep into the mountain country of Kentucky, where I learn to know the people and their culture firsthand.
This story, told from the view point of Lilly, explores and protrays in detail the obstacles a young woman who was following her conviction of being a doctor would face both from the community she was trying to help to those of her own family. Lilly grows from a girl who has lofty ambitions of doctoring in the big city with all its amneties to a woman of strong belief in what and where she is called to serve. She has a secret, and this secret is what adds to her conflict.
As alluded to on the back cover of the book is another member of the mining community who has a secret. This character also grows through the novel from someone who is insecure because of his father's actions to one who is willing to stand up in the face of danger.
Jan writes a delightful novel, and though it deals with the harsh occupation of the mountain people which is coal mining, she also protrays the profound sense of family and community that exists in the midst of such coarseness.
While I enjoy the skilfull writing of the author, the word paintings, and the sense of being there at the time of the story, I also appreciate how she weaves the love and attributes of God into the novel without coming across as preachy! Thank you again, Jan for sharing this story with your readers. I will be recommending this to my friends and fellow readers.
I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers for the purpose of writing an honest review, which I have done. The opinions stated are my own