Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tattler's Branch by Jan Watson (Review)

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414339151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414339153

Lilly Corbett Still has grown to love her life as the small-town doctor of Skip Rock, a tiny coal community in the Kentucky mountains. Though her husband, Tern, is away for a few months at a mining job, Lilly has her hands full with her patients and her younger sister visiting for the summer.

Lilly turns to her good friend and neighbor, Armina, to help keep things in order—until a mysterious chain of events leaves Armina bedridden and an abandoned baby on her doorstep. Lilly works to uncover the truth, unaware of what a mess she’s found herself in until a break-in at her clinic puts her on high alert. As she struggles between what is right and what is safe, Lilly must discover the strength of her resilient country neighbors, her God, and herself.

 My Review:

This was an okay Christian historical fiction book. It is the second book in the series. I was definitely missing some background throughout the book. I have not read the first book in the series but I think readers who have will enjoy this book more. The plot and characters were interesting although some of the characters fell a little flat. Lily's husband Tern is absent on a business trip the whole book. Armenia's husband is away at school. The found baby's father, the sheriff, and a local kid are all portrayed negative. Lily, Mazy, and Armenia are the best developed characters. Mazy is Lily's little sister who comes to stay with her for awhile. She is spoiled rotten and hard to like most of the book. The next book in the series will focus on her. I look forward to seeing her story developed more. I may go back and read the first book in the series, Skip Rock Shallows, first. This book I recommend to those who have read book one.

Former registered nurse and peri-natal loss counselor, Jan Watson won the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild First Novel Contest in 2004 with Troublesome Creek. Written with a dollop of romance and a smidgen of suspense, Jan's award winning historical novels, are uniquely set in the Appalachian Mountains.
Jan lives in Lexington, Kentucky and spends her days writing and entertaining her Jack Russell terrier, Maggie. Her favorite hobby is reading antique medical books.

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