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Appalachian Summer von Gabhart
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Appalachian Summer (2020. Auflage)

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The story is easy to read and kept my attention. Being a nurse for 35 years and the fact my family comes from rural Kentucky, I enjoyed reading this historical fiction about both. I also admired that the leading ladies were strong and independent. I would like to have seen a more spiritual development in the main character, Piper. Overall I give this book a 4/5.

“An Appalachian Summer”, Piper, a strong- willed young lady,, finds herself questioning life’s expectations. She is one of the fortunate society girls of 1933 who is still able to afford a debutante ball after the crash of ‘29. However, Piper longs for more than societal approval and the wealthy match her father has in mind; she wants to marry for love! With the help of her father’s independent and successful sister Trudy, Piper talks her mother into first allowing Piper a summer of assisting nurse midwives with the Frontier Nursing Service in the mountains of rural Kentucky. Here Piper discovers that by serving others, she comes to learn more about God, herself, true love, and friendship. (Reviewer M.P.Godley) ( )
  VeraGodley | Sep 23, 2020 |
Diese Rezension wurde für LibraryThing Early Reviewers geschrieben.
I read 100 pages of this, after winning it through the Early Reviews. I was hoping for a little romantic fluff...but this was just boring. I kept waiting for it to get interesting and I'm finally calling it quits. ( )
  ladytaluka | Sep 11, 2020 |
Thank you in advance to the publisher, Revell, for providing a complimentary copy to review through Interviews & Reviews. A positive review was not required or requested, and all words are my own.

I first saw this book because of a JustRead Tours social media takeover which I was a part of. I was supposed to get a copy through them, but sadly – the publisher failed to send them out. So, when I saw it on Interviews & Reviews – I decided to request it. The story definitely drew me in and it was a “must read”. It also didn’t hurt that the cover was simply gorgeous with all the purple in it. That sunset! WOW!

So, yes, the cover was the first thing that grabbed me!

I loved the idea that it was set in 1933 following the stock market crash, and prior to World War II. 1933 is important to me as my grandmother got married that September when she was 16. In October 1934, she had a son but he died a month later in November. I know the conditions for having children were bad in that time. She actually was in a larger city (near St. Louis, Missouri), and access to hospitals was better than the women in this book had. That gives this story some perspective as to how vital a service like this was.

As my grandmother off and on grew up on farms, this was an interesting look into a life I had only heard about through “hand-me-down” stories. I do know of some relatives who lived in the Appalachian area.

This story is actually based on the real life Mrs. Mary Carson Breckenridge (1881-1965; granddaughter of Vice President John C. Breckinridge) who founded the Frontier Nursing Service in 1925 which also led to the Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery. The school graduated its first class in 1940.

Readers will be interested to know that the Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky was reported first (1st) by U.S News & World Report of graduate schools of midwifery and 14th among family nurse practitioner programs in 2011.

Stories like this really give an interesting and entertaining look into history.

And, speaking of the stories – at the heart of those stories are the people/characters involved. This is told in third (3rd) person from Piper’s POV along with Jamie’s POV).

I instantly admired Piper. From the beginning, her reluctance to fall into the “debutante” lifestyle was admirable and a refreshing change. Instead of being served, she wanted to serve. She wanted to do something before settling into her life and I really loved that she made that decision. It was a shame her father, nor ill-fated suitor, Braxton could see it. Thankfully, Piper had no interest in him. For some reason, he reminded me of Hockley from the movie “Titanic”.

Aunt Truda was an absolute delight. Her honesty was candid, refreshing, and definitely added some perspective on the expectations of the times.

Jamie was definitely an admirable character because he didn’t give up on Piper. He also kept things low key and was mild-mannered. Of the male characters, I felt he was the strongest one. Despite his losses, he still maintained his personality and dignity.

Another character was Dr. Jackson Booker who had a connection to Truda. With that, the reader gets two (2) romances i with this beautiful read – Piper/Jamie and Truda/Jackson though there is more focus on Piper and Jamie.

The plot was absolutely moving. Gabhart’s vivid, colorful writing with authentic vernacular for the time and location, along with short chapters certainly made this a quick read. I was really surprised how interested I was in this – especially given my “history” with historical romance. And, I was surprised I didn’t want to put it down.

I got the feel for the society of that time – some of the ideas were, compared to now, quite silly. One was about pregnant women didn’t parade their expectant bodies around and thus pregnant women, when they started showing, were to remain confined at home. Instead of celebrating pregnancy, it was treated as something shameful. And, given how miraculous it is – that is quite the shame. But, that is why reading books such as this are also important.

It was also interesting to see how the different “classes” handled the stock market crash.

I enjoyed reading about the technological advances (vehicles) which were still combined with horse and buggy travel, along with travel by train. In addition, the book highlights the medical advances. Despite having hospitals, the Frontier Nursing Service was there to provide healthcare to those who had limited access, such as the mountain people of rural Kentucky, as well as remote and impoverished areas which. This drastically reduced the mother and infant mortality rates. Girls like Piper were often couriers and assisted the nurses along with the hospital staff.

There is some humorous talk about moonshiners and revenuers (IRS, FBI). As one character stated – one does not discuss religion, politics, moonshine, or revenuers; which lightened the tone of the story.

Piper learns more than she bargained for when it comes to life in the hills, but doesn’t shy away from the challenge. She also gets some valuable life skills. And, some aspects were almost funny. The chicken prep directions were, to me, hilarious; as was her trying to get the chicken.

To add to everything, Truda and Jamie both show up in Wendover. Both are there to “seek” out the people they still have feelings for. One lesson Truda learns, and it is one that is personal to me – some things are meant to be, even if decades had to pass. For Piper, it is coming to terms with balancing what is expected of her and what she wants.

Of course, Braxton also shows up calling for Piper as well to add even more drama.

There are some dramatic moments in this book that caused me to pause for a moment, and one was a teary-eyed moment. This is definitely a stunning and almost heartbreaking read, and it is a story that will stay with the reader for quite a while.

The publisher is a known Christian/faith themed group so there will be some bible and faith references, along with a strong belief in God. The references are not central to the plot so the reader won’t feel as though they’re being preached to. While a “clean” read, there might be a slight questionable “roundabout” reference to reproduction on page 75 (chapter 9).

Fans of the author and genre will no doubt enjoy Gabhart’s latest release. This was my first time reading Gabhart’s work, and I truly enjoyed the book. ( )
  medwards429 | Aug 23, 2020 |
Diese Rezension wurde für LibraryThing Early Reviewers geschrieben.
Another wonderful read by this author. The reader is transported to the world of the frontier nursing services in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s. The story is a romance set in the real world where life takes on a very different perspective for the main character, Piper Danson.

The character of Piper's Aunt Truda by far stole the show on occasion. The relationship between them is lovely. Jamie Danson's character wasn't as strong, but very human and my favorite.

Refreshing to read ordinary everyday life events and people's basic needs being met as the novelty, rather than fame and wealth and power. The character of Mrs. Breckenridge is fleshed out more in this book. Turns out she's quite human as well, and has a soft spot. Love the bit about her tent, and of course the preparations for fried chicken! Much to be learned from these characters about life.

Clean romance with high standards per Mrs. Breckenridge. Excellent read for young people. I would like to have learned more about the specific role of the courier, unless it was more general as in this story.

I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. My views are my own. ( )
  thesilverofhisfining | Aug 12, 2020 |
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An Appalachian Summer is a sweet story of new beginnings and romance. The setting is unique and well described, although I would have enjoyed even more description of the landmarks and homesteads. I enjoyed Ann's book, but it didn't wow me like some of her others. I felt it to be a bit repetitious in some ways, and I was rather disappointed in the lack of depth in this particular story.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the early reviewers program with LibraryThing. All expressed comments are honest and my own. ( )
  NanceeM | Aug 10, 2020 |
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