Angel of the Cove

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In the first book in the Smoky Mountain Dreams series, acclaimed author Sandra Robbins weaves a tale of love, loss, and God's faithfulness in every circumstance.

Anna Prentiss has never wanted to be anything but a nurse. Before she can start school in New York, however, her brother sends her to Cades Cove, deep in the Smoky Mountains, to spend a summer apprenticing to the local midwife. Anna is determined to prove herself and then head to the ...

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Overview

In the first book in the Smoky Mountain Dreams series, acclaimed author Sandra Robbins weaves a tale of love, loss, and God's faithfulness in every circumstance.

Anna Prentiss has never wanted to be anything but a nurse. Before she can start school in New York, however, her brother sends her to Cades Cove, deep in the Smoky Mountains, to spend a summer apprenticing to the local midwife. Anna is determined to prove herself and then head to the big city.

But nothing could have prepared Anna for the beauty of the Cove, or the community and friendships she finds there. And she certainly wasn't prepared for Simon Martin, the handsome young minister, or the feelings he arouses in her. Has God's plan for Anna changed? Or is she just starting to hear Him clearly?

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Anna Prentiss dreams of being a nurse, but before she starts school in New York, her brother sends her to the Smoky Mountains to apprentice with a midwife. Anna only plans to stay for the summer, but the quaint community of Cades Cove, as well as young Simon Martin, beckon her. VERDICT While this is a quaint story with romantic elements, the writing is sophomoric. Readers of Jan Watson might enjoy it for the characters, but this reviewer hopes the next book in the series is better.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736948845
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Smoky Mountain Dreams
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 504,807
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town in Tennessee where she grew up. They count their four children and five grandchildren as the greatest blessings in their lives. Her published books include stories in historical romance and romantic suspense. When not writing or spending time with her family, Sandra enjoys reading, collecting flow blue china, and playing the piano.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

    Angel of the Cove is not for the faint of heart. In order to ful

    Angel of the Cove is not for the faint of heart. In order to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse, Anna Prentiss must apprentice with an elderly midwife in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee before her brother will agree to pay for her schooling in NY. I found the descriptions of the herbal remedies and Anna's midwifery work very intriguing. But wow, I don't think I'd want to read the book if I was expecting a baby! Robbins doesn't shy away from showing the hardships these people faced. I enjoyed spending time with these characters, but I have to admit that the love story didn't grab me until about two-thirds of the way through the book. At the beginning there was an immediate attraction on both sides that made the romance seem inevitable. Then when the hero pulled back to protect his heart, he didn't act very heroic. Once they both started working toward a common goal, for me the love story really came to life. I must add that I loved how Robbins depicted and used a secondary "love" story within the book, that of a woman and her alcoholic husband, to reveal the depths of abiding love to the heroine. 3.5 stars

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

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    Liked it well enough

    Anna has had one dream since she was a little girl and that was to be a nurse. The only thing standing in her way is her brother who took over as head of the family when her father died. He will allow her to go to nursing school only if she spends the summer in a small Smoky Mountain community called Cades Cove working with the local midwife. At first she feels like an outsider but slowly with the help of Granny(the midwife) and the cute preacher Simon she comes to love the Cove.

    From the minute Simon laid eyes on Anna he knew she was someone special and maybe the one person he could love. Anna feels it too but is determined to prove to her brother that she is ready to be a nurse and does not want to let love get in the way of her dreams. Will she be able to listen to God to find out where he really wants her?

    This was a sweet book set in the beautiful back drop of the Smoky Mountains.

    What I liked: I really enjoyed the characters. Granny and Simon along with all the Cove people made me not want to leave their home. I also really liked the storyline of following Gods will for our lives and how its important to give our lives to him so we can know his plan.

    What I did not like: This book was slow going at first and even a little boring at times. The plot just could have used a little more meat to make this book great.

    Over all this was a good book and the ending was predictable but well written. I just felt the middle of the book could have used a little more excitement. I am looking forward to coming back to the Cove with the future books of this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

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    Angel of the cove by Sandra Robbins The description of what this

    Angel of the cove by Sandra Robbins
    The description of what this book is about first struck me as one I had to read. Reminds me of
    Mary Ellen of the Waltons and how she wanted to get on her horse and visit all the mountain people
    as they had no means to get to town to see a doctor.
    Anna is on her way to her a midwifes home, Uncle Charles the country doctor in his buggy are taking her
    to the Cove where Granny Lawsom lives.
    The descriptions of the flowers along the way sound beautiful.
    She's only going to be on the mountain til the fall when nursing school starts. Or if God has another
    path for her to follow.
    Such a simple life, self sustaining and you trade food with others for the food they have.
    Granny knows enough about the plants and how to use them to make medicine.
    Ah love the explanation of a honeymoon cabin, barn raisings, like to learn new things with each book I read.
    Lot of praying to God, inspirational moments and bible scriptures.
    Simon the preacher has also taking a liking to Anna and hopes she will stay at the cove and not go to NY.
    Anna doubted she could do nursing after a wounded man comes to Granny's to get stitched up. She left the
    area and sneaked back into her bedroom, she just couldn't face them.
    The man's son the next day brought a loaf of bread in lieu of payment.
    The lessons in herbs and what they could do to make a person feel better was a tremendous help to Anna.
    God provided the plants to grown.
    Bible stories are told to the children who are in Anna's care after their mother gave birth and the father
    travel to get the mothers sister to help out.
    After birth the baby is wrapped in the fathers shirt, what a legend/tradition, 4th of July pitching silver dollars.
    Carefree lifestyle but when work needed to be done there was no whining, everybody pitched in.
    When Simon kissed her she sent him away and they rarely now met at others houses.
    She's got the healing hands as she breathes life back into a lifeless body, an angel they call her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Sandra Robbins' new book, Angel of the Cove, is a must read! She

    Sandra Robbins' new book, Angel of the Cove, is a must read! She has done a wonderful job of depicting the times and people of East Tennessee in 1894. I loved reading about Anna Prentiss and her struggle to find God's will for her life. Likewise with Simon Martin, the handsome young preacher. And Sandra literally made me see the beauty of the mountains and the heart of the people. Sandra's writing reminds me of Katherine Marshall and Christy.
    Angel of the Cove is a great book. I understand there will be two more books in the series. Can't wait to read them!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    The day I picked up Sandra Robbins' latest release, Angel Of The

    The day I picked up Sandra Robbins' latest release, Angel Of The Cove, I had a to-do list a mile long. Thought I'd just read the first few pages and come back to it. No way! My to-do list didn't get done that day. Instead I stepped back into the late 1800s in a small community in Eastern Tennessee called Cades Cove. Sandra has captured the hard life and the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee in 1894. The story of Anna Prentiss' journey to prove to her brother she was capable of going off to New York to become a nurse drew me in from the first chapter. To prove her mettle, she spends the summer helping Granny Larson deliver babies in Cades Cove. The Cove, with its fiercely independent and proud people, does not readily accept strangers, but her kindness and willingness to serve touches not only their hearts, but the heart of the handsome young preacher, Simon Martin. Angel of Cades Cove is a heartwarming story of love and redemption and going after the dream God has for each of his children. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out!

    I hope this works...the first review I left as PTBradley was supposed to have a 5 star rating but there was a software glitch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

    Angel of the Cove is a great reminder of how people lived in tho

    Angel of the Cove is a great reminder of how people lived in those days in the mountains. I felt a connection with the characters. I even found myself tear up a few times. I really enjoyed Angel of the Cove. Actually, I enjoyed it so much, I ordered the second book in the series. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

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    My Favorite Scene: He motioned for Anna. "Follow me."

    My Favorite Scene:
    He motioned for Anna. "Follow me."

    They walked a short distance up the creek bank until they came to a spot where the limestone formations branched out into the water. The trail climbed at this point across the rocks, and Anna viewed the path with uncertainty.

    Simon reached his hand out toward Anna. "Come on. There's a great view of the creek from up here."

    Anna hesitated. "It's too steep. I don't think I can make it."

    He continued to hold his hand out to her. "I'll pull you up, but be careful. The moss on the rocks makes it slippery.

    She grabbed his hand, and he gripped her fingers. With careful steps he guided her to the top of the outcropping until they stood looking down to the water eight feet below. He released her as she looked around, her eyes wide.

    "It feels like we're alone in the world, doesn't it?"

    He stared at her, unable to make himself look away. "I wanted to bring you here to see this, Anna." She tilted her head and looked into his eyes. He swallowed. "I told you about my parents the day you were at John and Martha's, how my grandfather didn't want my mother to stay in the Cove. She wanted to stay, but she hated to defy her father. My father brought her here to see Abram's Creek. He thought if she fell in love with the beauty of the cove, she'd never leave him.

    Anna let her gaze drift over the rocks and the tumbling water below them. "It worked because you and John are still here."

    "Yes, we're still here."

    She turned to him. "Thank you for bringing me to a place so special to your parents. I think this is my favorite place in the Cove too. I'll never forget it."

    He'd failed again. He thought maybe the magic that Abram's Creek had worked on his mother would also work on Anna, but it hadn't. His chest tightened at the thought the he would probably never be here with her again. He had nothing left to convince her to stay.

    "We'd better go," He said.

    She nodded and turned to leave. Without warning her foot slipped on the wet rock and she lurched forward. He grabbed her and jerked her back before she toppled over the edge to the creek below.

    He pulled her close and wrapped his arms around her shaking body. His heart pounded in his chest and he tighted the embrace. Her cheek lay next to his mouth, and he whispered in her ear. "You scared me."

    Her shaking arms went up to encircle his neck. "Thank you, Simon. I would have gone over if you hadn't caught me."

    He pulled back from her and gazed down into her face. She returned his stare with unblinking eyes. Suddenly he didn't care if she was leaving or not. This was the woman he loved, and he wanted her to return his love.

    "Anna, I've tried to just be your friend, but I don't think I can."

    Her lips trembled. "Simon..."

    He tightened his arms around her. "Anna, you belong here in Cades Cove with me. I can't believe God brought you hear without there being a purpose in it."

    Tears stood in her eyes. "Simon..."

    He clenched his teeth. "You don't want to go to New York, and you know it. You're commited to something you decided when you were a child. Well, you're a woman now. You can make your own decisions, Anna."

    She closed her eyes and a tear trickled out of the side. Then she took a deep breath and stared up at him. Her arms tightened around his neck.

    His eyes went to her mouth, and his lips descended toward hers. She lifted her head, welcoming his kiss.

    Meet The Characters:

    Anna Prentiss: A dreamer since childhood, Anna has always wanted to become a nurse. Her determination to make it happen is obvious to everyone around her. She is a strong woman and takes on every challenge that comes her way. As tough as life is in the Cove, Anna proves she is tougher. A woman of faith, Anna only needs to learn to hear God and let him guide her in His plan for her instead of trying to make her own way.


    Simon Martin: Even though Simon is a man of strong faith he struggles with self doubts. He questions God about His plan for the life he seems to be called to live, even though his dreams are leading him in another direction. Simon is loyal, trustworthy and always there for the community of Cades Cove.


    Granny: The local midwife of Cades Cove, Granny is held in very high esteem by the members of the community. Her skills as a midwife is well known and her talent for teaching is respected by Anna. Granny is struggling with secrets of her own and relies on God to provide whatever she may need to survive daily life in the Cove.

    My Thoughts:


    This is a story I really looked forward to reading because it is set in the Great Smokey Mountains, practically my favorite place in the world. I fell in love with them when I was a child and that love has only grown since that time. I remember the ramshackle cabins dotting the beautiful hillsides that never seemed to end. Sandra Robbins captured that perfectly in Angel Of The Cove. The detail she used to describe the birthing process in the 1800's was very informative. I learned alot about midwifery that I never knew and it gave me a new respect for both the midwife and the mother.


    The love story between Anna and Simon was beautiful but, often times, repetitive. They would draw close and then Anna would push them apart. I wanted to shout at her to "Give in already!" but, of course, I couldn't. The one thing that slowed down my reading time was the "slang of the cove". There was such a pronounced accent in the writing style that I found myself picking my way through sentences slowly. This may not bother some but it was a tiny snag in things for me. Other than that, I found the story to be enjoyable. I will be reading the other books in this series later on so that says something for the quality of the book. I did like this book and, if you want a good story for some summer reading, I recommend it.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

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    Finding Oneself

    Read in July, 2012

    We begin this book with Anna Prentiss and her Uncle Charley heading into the Smokey Mountains to the Community of Cades Cove, TN. Nothing has prepared Anna for the beauty she is experiencing...she is heading her to fulfill her reluctant commitment to her brother. Since her Dad has passed her brother Robert is in charge of the families finances.
    Anna has been accepted into the new Nursing Program at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In order for her to be able to attend she must get a good report to her brother from Granny...Mrs Lawson.
    The description of the area sounds so wonderful and made me think of where the Walton's lived! When she arrives Granny and the Preacher Simon are at the house to greet her. She is so afraid she is going to fail. You will fall in love with these Mountain people! They are reserved and leery of strangers, but soon warm up to Anna. I really enjoyed how she interacted with these people, and came to understand their ways.
    You find God's Hand on these delightful people, and you find Anna trying to do her own will, and not God's. She has been so blessed with Healing Hands, and I adored her interaction with the children. You will wonder to the end how things are going to turn out...and I mean to the very last pages of this great book.
    Don't miss this sweet book to get lost into!

    I received this book from First Wildcard Blog Tours and the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.

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