Review: These Healing Hills

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

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.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart is a wonderful historical romance. This, book was a lot of fun to read. I enjoyed watching the main characters grow. Life hands them lemons, and they still move forward with hope. A woman loved a man but her affection wasn’t returned. From there her journey led her into the wilderness where she meets a troubled soldier. Their meeting wasn’t just coincidental. It was fate.  Fate brought them together. It still lies within the characters to decide their ultimate fate. Their future. Love plain and simple. Ann H. Gabhart hooked me into her new story. I had to know the outcome after meeting both Francine and Ben. Healing with sweet rewards. Overall, I enjoyed reading this this beautiful yet realistic tale. I recommend it to all.

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Review: The Bear and the Nightingale 




Synopsis:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden is by far the most compelling adult folk lore story I have read. The book is set in the heart of Russia. There I meet one family with interesting secrets…

A mother so frail is set to give birth to a daughter. Her husband fears losing his wife. But his wife is determined to see her daughter born. When the time comes, Vasilisa enters into the world and her mother soon dies. A sadness creeps upon the family home. The new child is unique. The fastest runner, smart, and loves exploring the world. Vasilisa has power. It will be her who protects her family…when danger comes, it will take everything, even a beloved father. A father who sacrificed himself for his daughter. A frost king in the woods is kind to Vasilisa. I enjoyed their connection. The siblings may tease each other but their love for one another is great.The story captured my heart and soul with every page. 

The Bear and the Nightingale is a definite must read for all. For its dark enchanting tale will drag readers in deep. Never letting go…

Overall, I found Katherine Arden’s writing to be of superb quality. Visually enchanting scenes that contain action, suspense, danger, and sacrifice. The love found within is greater than any I have seen in books. I highly recommend this read to all.