More Things in Heaven and Earth

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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

Tucked away in the rolling Tennessee countryside is the charming community of Watervalley, whose inhabitants are quirky and captivating and more surprising than you might expect…

As an ambitious young doctor with a penchant for research, Luke Bradford never wanted to set up practice in a remote rural town. But to pay back his student loans and to fulfill a promise from his past, he heads for Watervalley, Tennessee—and ...

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Overview

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

Tucked away in the rolling Tennessee countryside is the charming community of Watervalley, whose inhabitants are quirky and captivating and more surprising than you might expect…

As an ambitious young doctor with a penchant for research, Luke Bradford never wanted to set up practice in a remote rural town. But to pay back his student loans and to fulfill a promise from his past, he heads for Watervalley, Tennessee—and immediately stumbles into one disaster after another.  Will he be labeled the town idiot before he’s even introduced as the new doctor? 

Very quickly he faces some big challenges—from resuscitating a three-hundred-pound farmer who goes into cardiac arrest to not getting shot by a local misanthrope for trespassing. He expects the people of Watervalley to be simple, but finds his relationships with them are complicated, whether he’s interacting with his bossy but devout housekeeper, the attractive schoolteacher he consistently alienates, or the mysterious kid next door who climbs trees while wearing a bike helmet. 

When a baffling flu epidemic hits Watervalley, Luke faces his ultimate test. Whether the community embraces him or not, it’s his responsibility to save them. And he’ll soon discover that while living in a small town may not be what he wants, it may be just what he needs…

READERS GUIDE INCLUDED

For stories, recipes, and anecdotes from your favorite Watervalley characters, visit watervalleybooks.com.

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“Told through the eyes of Dr. Luke Bradford, a newly minted MD, the story of the little town of Watervalley, Tennessee, and its inhabitants comes vividly to life. Jeff High's medical background gives him that cutting edge in the technical details of his tale and his love of his native Tennessee and the human race shines from every page. Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is delighted to welcome Luke, a TransAtlantic colleague to be fiercely proud of.” —Patrick Taylor, MD, New York Times bestselling author of the Irish Country Doctor novels.

“The best of small-town Americana and the eccentrics who live there are brought to life in More Things in Heaven and Earth. This story warmed me, made me laugh and then kept a smile on my face. It’s delightful, compassionate, humorous, tightly woven. If you’re looking for a feel-good read, spend an afternoon with Jeff High’s novel.” —Charles Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Unwritten and When Crickets Cry

“A well-spun story of the mystery and microcosm that is small-town America. Jeff High skillfully captures the healing places, the hurting places, and the places where we so often find out who we are truly meant to be.” —Lisa Wingate, National Bestselling Author of Tending Roses and The Prayer Box

“One of the best books I’ve read in years. Really. And I read a bunch of books. This is the book you should give to your mother and your best friend at Christmas. After you read it yourself, of course…High has a gift for capturing the humor of small town life…The novel sparkles with one-liners…. I fell in love with Watervalley and its citizens.” —Southern Literary Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451419262
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: A Novel of Watervalley Series , #1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 453,228
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

After growing up on a farm in rural Tennessee, Jeff High attained degrees in literature and nursing.  He is the three-time winner, in fiction and poetry, of an annual writing contest held by Vanderbilt Medical Center. He lived in Nashville for many years, and throughout the country as a travel nurse, before returning to his original hometown, near where he now works as an operating room RN in open-heart surgery.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This book was so refreshing, and it was a wonderful time in Watervalley. The characters come alive in this book, and each one is an integral part of the story. You can take something from each character and apply it to life in general, and I believe you will see yourself, family and/or friends in each character. The story is one of which I truly enjoyed, and I love to read of small town life in general - the nuances of relationships & life exude courage, faith, love & strength throughout the book. I am looking forward to book 2 coming out in October, and then in turn books 3 & 4. I had the awesome privilege to meet the author on Saturday, May 31, 2014 (as well as his lovely wife Dawn). I can say, with all honesty, he is the genuine article. He gave an wonderful talk to the group, and read passages from the book - I could have listened to him a lot longer.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    Leading a way too busy life-style and finding it difficult to stick with any book recently, I liked the sound of this book and was not disappointed!!! I found it a nice, pleasant, peaceful escape from my hectic life. It was fun, funny, compassionate with a few twists and turns that I found interesting. I would compare it to the Mitford series, the upside it's the first in a series - the downside the next book isn't out yet and I'm ready.
    CB2OR

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

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    Deep in debt from medical school tuition, Luke Bradford agrees t

    Deep in debt from medical school tuition, Luke Bradford agrees to pay it off in service as a primary physician for three years in a rural Tennessee town.  Luke would prefer to be a research specialist, but that is not to be.  The beginning of that service is far from noteworthy; indeed it is hilarious as he manages to bumble his way into town and practically burn his own lovely new home down.  He worries that the town residents will think him a bumbling fool, especially as he manages to inadvertently joke about a teacher to a woman he finds attractive, little realizing he has started off his wooing with an extremely funny but definitely insulting faux pas!
    Little by little he manages to impress the town with his medical expertise.  He even manages to befriend a recluse who was once very active politically and socially but who knows secrets that Luke doesn’t have a clue explain his wealthy but antisocial present status.  In between running the clinic, he has some amusing encounters with his housekeeper, a woman “of color” who seems highly educated and a definite match for witty remarks.
    Then comes a devastating health crisis in the town with its flu-like symptoms that fall fast and hard on men, women, and children.  After far too long trying to figure out its source, Luke discovers the secret hidden out of fear and greed; passing that test provides Luke with a new perspective.  It reveals much of his own childhood background that has left him feeling like an outsider.  For it’s not the town’s residents who have shut out Luke but he who has always kept a thick line of reserve as he yearns for the day he can leave to get on with “what really matters to him.” Meanwhile, he is having the opposite effect on everyone who have the highest respect for him and are also beginning to care deeply about him, especially when they see him agonizing over his inability to find the source of this sudden and drastic illness. 
    The surprise discovery and moments after that self-revelation are lovely to read.  Luke is now on the road to truly becoming a community authority and beloved member!
    More Things in Heaven and Earth… is an engaging and quaint story that has just enough crisis and tension to keep a very simple but endearing story moving and moving!  Highly recommended!

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  • Posted September 24, 2013

    More Things In Heaven and Earth: A Novel of Watervalley is the f

    More Things In Heaven and Earth: A Novel of Watervalley is the first in a new series by up and coming writer Jeff High. Set in a small town in Tennessee, the story is an inspiring and uplifting read that will have you laughing one moment and moved to tears the next.

    This contemporary novel follows a newly minted doctor, Luke Bradford, on his first assignment far from the big city university where he graduated at the top of his class. More interested in research than actual fieldwork, Luke reluctantly takes a three year job as doctor of the small town of Watervalley in exchange for debt forgiveness of his student loans. Luke’s recounting of his arrival in town is a hilarious anecdote that leaves him embarrassed and wondering how soon the town will send him packing.

    Slowly, Luke settles into the routine life of small town America and begins discovering the myriad characters, with their multiple foibles and unshakable fortitude, that inhabit his small universe. From the oldest inhabitant to the youngest, Luke comes into contact with people that change his perspective of the world and his place in it.

    Beset by a mysterious flu that strikes the town, Luke struggles to find answers while dealing with loneliness, acceptance, and learning to follow his heart. By the end of the last chapter, you too will be rooting for Luke and all of the people in Watervalley.

    Although the copy I received was an uncorrected proof meant for limited distribution, the original trade paperback is due out in October. Already I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and following Luke Bradford’s foray into small town medical practice.

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