These Healing Hills
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Francine Howard’s marriage plans fall apart when the soldier wrote her to tell her he had fallen in love with someone else. She was devastated and jumps at the chance to train as midwife in the Frontier Nursing Service in the Appalachian Mountains. The mountain views and mountain people touch her heart. After many years in the army, Ben Locke is eager to return to the fresh mountain air of his home in the Appalachian Mountains. Once home, he meets Francine and the life he thought he wanted, is no longer.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800723635
ISBN-13: 9780800723637

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Francine Howard has her life all mapped out until the soldier she planned to marry at WWII's end writes to tell her he's in love with a woman in England. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he's at a loss when it comes to envisioning what's next for his life.

When Francine's and Ben's paths intersect, it's immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds . . . and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

Author Bio

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

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  1. Enchanting Rose
    Colorado
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A 5-star book!
    September 23, 2017
    Enchanting Rose
    Colorado
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    First let me just say, "WOW!" These Healing Hills is an amazing story that will first touch your heart and end with your soul. If you don't read anymore of this review at least read this: These Healing Hills is a winner and a book I highly recommend! And with that being said let's dive into this review.

    The story is set in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and the minute you begin reading you will feel as though you have been transported to this beautiful and rugged place. You can almost smell the fresh mountain air and feel the warm sunshine as you read the words of These Healing Hills. Ann H. Gabhart has a way with words and in this book she does not disappoint. She brings her characters to life and the images she paints in the reader's mind will stay with you long after you have read the last page.

    Francine, the main female character, had a heart of gold and a love for the mountain people... a love that was contagious and oh-so-sweet.

    Ben is a precious soul that can't wait to get home, but is unsure of his place on the mountain when he does finally arrive.

    Woody was an absolute delight and anytime his name popped up on the pages I couldn't help but smile. He was filled with energy and charisma.

    Granny Em was ever so lovable and someone with wisdom so deep it could go on for ages.

    The characters and setting truly make this book a work of art. Ann H. Gabhart did an excellent job and left me wanting more. A 5-star review!

    ** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.

    Thank you Revell! **
  2. Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful
    September 16, 2017
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This had to be one of my favorite books this year. I loved reading about the Appalachian Mountains and the people that live there. I had never heard about the Frontier Nursing Services and enjoyed learning about them. I loved the story of Francine and Ben and how they met. The romance was great. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
  3. Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Story
    September 15, 2017
    Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This story touched me both heart and soul. The author weaves words together that bring to life the mountains of eastern Kentucky and brings a wonderful tribute to Mary Breckinridge.

    The author does an excellent job of bringing her characters to life on the pages. I immediately liked Francine Howard. She was not one who focused on broken promises. No, she choose to start an adventure that would bring her new dreams and purpose. Her arrival in Hyden was not as she anticipated in the least. With no one there to meet her she was challenged with climbing the mountain to Wendover, the school for Frontier Nursing. This showed her determination and drive to accomplish her dream.

    Ben Locke is a young man who had his dream of becoming a doctor cut short by World War ll and service to his country. With the end of the war Ben heads back home to eastern Kentucky. While serving his much loved father passed away so his homecoming was filled with many memories of days gone by. He felt a great responsibility to care for his mother and siblings so again he puts his dreams on hold.

    For me, this was a one setting book. I was immediately pulled into the story and didn't put it down until the last page was turned. It has elements of humor, adventure, faith, second chances, trust, and love.

    I loved everything about this book and would recommend it to anyone.

    **I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
  4. RH
    Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Read
    September 15, 2017
    RH
    Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    These Healing Hills, written by Ann H. Gabhart, is the first book I've read by this author and hopefully not the last.

    What an interesting book on the Frontier Nursing Service in the hills of Kentucky. The nurses were sent to the Appalachian Mountain trails to help the sick and "catch" babies. Loved the way that the author was able to help the readers hear how the "hillbillies" spoke. I could hear them clearly, see the land in which she traveled, and feel the air in my face at times as I read. Lovely style!

    My favorite character...Francine, of course. She was such a sweet young city girl who had a heart for the less fortunate without treating them like they were below her.

    Although it was expected of the nurses that they were not to talk to the people about religion, politics, or moonshine...it was evident by Francine's life that she had a relationship with the Lord and was taught from a young age to depend on Him through her grandmother's teachings. I found a lot of golden nuggets throughout the story that will stick with me.

    I'm hoping this is the start of a series as I'd love to know what happens with Francine, Ben and his family and even Granny Em! Lovely read!

    I was given a copy of this book by the publishing house. All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.
  5. Becky
    SW MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    If You Loved Christy, You'll Love These Healing Hills...
    September 13, 2017
    Becky
    SW MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Some books are merely written and enjoyed. Others flow with a rhythm that gets into your soul,threatening to stay for a long time to come. Granny Em, in These Healing Hills, by Ann H. Gabhart, certainly feels the mountains have a rhythm if only one can stop, hear, and feel it. This same World War II mountain life of Appalachian Kentucky slowly meanders through my imagination, wrapping its tendrils around me and drawing me quickly into

    Francine's new world.

    Francine is making her escape to the hills of Kentucky to practice midwifery. She is fleeing the return of an unfaithful boyfriend from the army. Although the side of the Appalachians and the protagonist's profession differ, this novel is like a refreshing mountain stream, bringing sweet memories of Catherine Marshall's Christy to mind.

    You will enjoy meeting talkative Woody, dour-faced Betty, Ben, who is unsure of his place on the mountain, and of course Francine, whose propensity for getting lost is well-known. Such great, complex primary and secondary characters.

    If you loved Christy the book or the tv show, you will not want to miss this haunting tale of simple mountain life!

    A couple of favorite quotes:

    "I've found you can overcome a great many imagined dangers in this world. Generally, while we're imagining one thing, a real difficulty we haven't even considered pops up."

    "...And the good Lord heard everything, whether you said it out loud or just let it sneak through your head."

    "When things are the most confused in our lives, that's when the Lord can work best."

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I am freely leaving this review, for which opinions I am solely responsible.
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