About the Book
In 1933 Louisville, Kentucky, even the ongoing economic depression cannot keep Piper Danson’s parents from insisting on a debut party. After all, their fortune came through the market crash intact, and they’ve picked out the perfect suitor for their daughter. Braxton Crandall can give her the kind of life she’s used to. The only problem? This is not the man–or the life–she really wants.
When Piper gets the opportunity to volunteer as a horseback Frontier Nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains for the summer, she jumps at the chance to be something other than a dutiful daughter or a kept wife in a loveless marriage. The work is taxing, the scenery jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and the people she meets along the way open up a whole new world to her. The longer she stays, the more an advantageous marriage slips from her grasp. But something much more precious–true love–is drawing ever closer.
Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites you into the storied hills of Eastern Kentucky to discover what happens when one intrepid young woman steps away from the restrictive past into a beautiful, wide-open future.
In My Opinion
An Appalachian Summer is the first on Ann H. Gabhart’s books I’ve read. The premise and setting both intrigued me, and I love reading those friends to more stories.
While reading this story, I learned a lot about the frontier nurses and their founder. Piper learns a lot about herself when she leaves a comfortable home and life to spend the summer in the Appalachian hills as she discovers truths about herself and her faith.
The romance is predictable as we know from the start who Piper’s heart belongs to (but in Gabhart’s defense, isn’t that the case with every romance where we get both the hero and heroine’s point of view?). Truda and Dr. Jack were a nice addition to the story.
This is a nice, light escape from the world if that’s what you’re looking to read.
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