Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson

Title: Skip Rock Shallows 
Author: Jan Watson  
Category: Christian Fiction 
Pub. Date: 05/18/2012  
Publisher: Tyndale House Pub. 
Format: Kindle
Pages: 400  
ISBN#: B007V69EBC  
Series: Copper Brown #3
Lilly Gray Corbett has just graduated from medical school and decided to accept an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky. Her beau, Paul, is doing his residency in Boston and can't understand why Lilly would choose to work in a backwater town. But having grown up in the mountains, Lilly is drawn to the stubborn, superstitious people she encounters in Skip Rock--a town where people live hard and die harder and where women know their place. Lilly soon learns she has a lot to overcome, but after saving the life of a young miner, she begins to earn the residents' trust. As Lilly becomes torn between joining Paul in Boston and her love for the people of Skip Rock, she crosses paths with a handsome miner--one who seems oddly familiar. Her attraction for him grows, even as she wrestles with her feelings and wonders what he's hiding.  

My Review:  
Talk about a book I was not able to put down, and this one would be in the top five

The cover portrays a young lady who seems to have or need all the comforts of home. Which in this era may not have been much more than most. But the harshness she is in for may soon be more than Lilly Gray Corbett is willing to handle. 

I loved the fact that this book is set in a coal camp in Kentucky. Why you may say. I was raised in and around coal towns in West Virginia. My family has been from coal minors as far back as I could tell you. So some of the backwater, stubborn, superstitious, Man driven town either grows on you or not. I mean not only men but the children and women are just the same way. Outsiders sometimes are not welcomed. 

With all that being said, after Lilly proves herself in several different ways, will she finally be excepted or just tolerated for a lack of a better word. You will have to read for yourself. 

So for the reasons above I will be giving (and if I could it would be higher), a big Breath of Life Rating of:

 Five Clock Rating!! 

Disclosure: I did receive the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and or review. But the Opinions are my own and yours may differ.

About the Authors:  

Jan Watson won the 2004 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest for her first novel, Troublesome Creek. Her other awards include a nomination for the Kentucky Literary Award in 2006 and second place in the 2006 Inspirational Readers Choice Contest sponsored by the Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Willow Springs and Torrent Falls are the sequels to Troublesome Creek. Jan was a registered nurse for 25 years at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She incorporated her nursing experience in the hospital's mother/baby unit into her novels. Jan resides in Kentucky.


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