My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream

by Pepper Basham

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ISBN-13: 9781683227793
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: My Heart Belongs Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 256,128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 10 months ago
'I can't hardly get one dream to come true. It'd seem greedy to hope for two.' This book just filled my heart all the way up till the goodness overflowed. Pepper Basham has just outdone herself here. Jonathan Taylor has come from England to teach in a one room school in 1918 Appalachia. Boy, is he unprepared for what he finds. He longs to be of some use to these children, but long held family belief systems and superstition nearly break his heart. He can't go back home because his stern father doesn't think he can make a go of it there or anywhere. Laurel McAdams has taken it on herself to help the new teacher. Laurel has long dreamed of going to college to become a teacher herself. Her dreams might come true, but then maybe not. Surely God wouldn't take her dream away, would He? She wants it so badly. Everything about this book touched my heart. The wonderful patterns of speech of these people was dear to my heart because I've heard my grandparents speak this way and sometimes my mother did also. Their hearts and their acceptance of the hardships of mountain living was amazing. I felt like I just fell into the book and knew everyone. Laurel and Jonathan were two characters that I will remember for a very long time. This is definitely a book that is destined to be read again! Basham's prose is woven with love throughout each page and I adored it. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book was great! It was very historically accurate and that really added to the overall feeling of the book. The descriptions of the mountains were breathtaking. I really liked how Laurel and Jonathan are both bookworms and violinists. Laurel seemed lifelike and I adored the way that Jonathan put his full effort into teaching the school for the deeply traditional mountain folk. The relationship between Jonathan and Laurel was sweet because it focused on their love of education, with romance more of a side plot. It was nice to see determined characters that never gave up - no matter what happened. There was a twist in the book that I never expected. My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream took me back to the time period, and I felt like I was in the Blue Ridge Mountains with the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to step into another culture for a moving visit. *I received a free advance review copy from the publisher on NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
3C 10 months ago
Laurel's Dream is a beautifully written historical, set in Appalachia in 1918, with the additional backdrop of World War I and the increasingly dangerous Spanish Influenza Epidemic. I loved Laurel McAdams from the beginning, as I enjoyed her strength, compassion, ambition, and courage. Jonathan Taylor was a charming and intelligent young man, troubled by family conflicts, who moved from London to Maple Springs, North Carolina, to teach. These two characters captured the turmoil and struggles of how it was for their time and location in history. Warmth, compassion, heartache, and faithfulness are among the emotions you will experience as you read this tale. “Ever seen an autumn-leaf rainbow, Teacher?” My favorite part of this book is the writing style of the author, as she paints a picture with words - the smells, tastes, and sounds, plus her use of old time metaphors and slang really bring the tale alive to all senses. Pepper Basham has a wonderful gift. I wanted to visit Maple Springs, smell the clean air, see the beautiful forests and ridges surrounding the quaint town, and meet some of the neighbors. This novel is heart felt, charming and down to earth, and definitely one for the re-read list. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
WildflowerMom 10 months ago
A wonderful story full of life and love! A glimpse into the Appalachian culture of a small community at the end of WW1, with a conflict all its own. When a young man from England comes to teach school at the mission led by his uncle, ill feelings are stirred up among the stern mountain men and the 'flatlander' who wants to improve their lives, and open their eyes to the outside world. “Dream, girl, but trust God to take better care of your dreams than you ever could.” This book started out well, and just got better and better as it went. It had me smiling and chuckling one moment, and holding my breath the next. I loved the way the author kept things light in parts with humor, quirky people and funny colloquialisms, cleverly working in the serious issues, adding biblical wisdom via conversations between characters. Laurel's mom and Jonathan's uncle especially were founts of lovely encouraging quotes, as well as Laurel herself. The spiritual themes included learning to trust God, looking to him for guidance and approval instead of others, and loving people to Christ, forgiving and letting go of anger. The difficult problems of alcoholism, unwed mothers, ignorance and prejudice added a serious side to the plot. It seemed to be implied that alcoholics were something to be tolerated, which may have been the case in that culture at that time; sadly though, the families suffer. I loved the resolution of this book and how the romance developed from a healthy friendship. The romance is a wowzer when it happens, so be patient and be prepared to sigh. It will steal your breath away! I seriously didn't want this book to end. It was interesting to read the author's introduction that said her own family's history inspired some of the story, and there may be another book at some point. Yay! A few of the characters could definitely have their own book. Highly recommend this book to Christian historical romance fans! If you enjoyed Christy by Catherine Marshall, Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin, or These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart, you will love this one too. (An e-book was provided by Barbour Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
vics49548 30 days ago
I loved journeying into the Blue Ridge Mountains with Laurel and Jonathan. Author Pepper Basham filled her story with colloquialism that was both colorful and meaningful. I so enjoyed those wonderful phrases! While this is a sweet, clean romance and clearly Christian fiction, that didn’t stop Basham from tackling some tough issues such as a drunken father, and a father who doesn’t care about his son beyond what he can do for the family. Both situations were heartbreaking but we’re reminded that God understands what we’re dealing with and is there to help us. She also writes about racism and prejudices. It was difficult to understand how people in the mountains could be prejudiced against others when that’s something they deal with themselves. There were plenty of light moments and humor, so please don’t think it was a heavy read because it wasn’t. The characters were so true to life that I was chuckling one minute and getting aggravated the next. And Basham’s descriptions of the Blue Ridge Mountains made me want to travel there someday. It must be beautiful! If you enjoy Christian fiction with true to life characters then you must read My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge.
PrincessGlor 3 months ago
This was my first introduction to Pepper Basham and it will NOT be my last. This book has it all: humor, great characters, an interesting setting and an enjoyable storyline. Early in the book it had several super funny lines and I was instantly hooked. I will be looking in to other works by Pepper very soon! Utterly charming read! I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Mgt_Nelson_12 5 months ago
I have read other books about life in the Appalachians that I really enjoyed, and this new book by Pepper Basham joins the best ones, along with Catherine Marshall's “Christy” and Ann Gabhart's “These Healing Hills.” The characters jump off the pages as “real” people, the plot twists keep the reader on the edge of the seat, and I didn't want the book to end. I do hope she writes more SOON about the McAdams family. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
JLink 6 months ago
I truly enjoyed My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream, by Pepper Basham. The story seemed to flow with a ribbon of truth. Based on the author's acknowledgements, this was more than just research. There is family history involved and that lends authenticity to the people and the situations. The setting is the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina during World War I. The land was rugged and the community was close knit and unaccepting of strangers. It was a pleasure to see how love and kindness broke through to reach the hearts of the locals. The female lead character, Laurel, was someone you would love to be friends with. She was smart, funny, and sincere. It was easy to see why Jonathan fell in love with her. I definitely recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
bmrawlins 7 months ago
First book I’ve read by this author. I was drawn to the cover and title because I’m a Blue Ridge transplant living in the Rockies and was feeling some of the same sentiment. I loved the authenticity and representation of the mountain families. My heart was satiated at the description of the sunrises and sunsets, as that is exactly what I miss! A deeply satisfying tale of love quietly transforming people. Jonathan learned what it meant to truly serve people with no strings attached and Laurel found the courage to honor her roots while stepping into the future of the outside world. I would also be amiss if I didn’t admit to melting to a puddle at the fruition of their love story.
KathleenDenly 7 months ago
A tale of determination, compassion, loyalty, and new beginnings wrapped in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Everything about this novel grabbed my heart, enthralled my senses, and wrapped me up in the beauty and trials of life in the Blue Ridge. From the first page, I fell in love with the plucky heroine, Laurel, who had dreams bigger than the life she led, yet didn’t allow her desires to overcome her integrity. In fact, even her dreams weren’t about her. Laurel’s whole being vibrated with a love and compassion for others without crossing the line into too-perfect-to-be-real. Laurel certainly had her weaknesses, but the love in her heart outshined them all. It was no wonder the hero, Jonathan Taylor didn’t take long to recognize what a special woman she was. Still, their budding friendship faced many obstacles on its way to love. Jonathan arrived in Maple Springs hoping for a chance at redemption — a way to prove his worth to his father and himself despite the physical limitations which prevented him from following his brothers into war and drove him from his home in England. Despite his uncle’s letters, he didn’t fully understand the cultural differences he’d face in Maple Springs and how significant they would be to his role as their new teacher. Jonathan faced an uphill battle if he wanted to become an accepted member of the Maple Springs community. As the reader, I loved taking on that battle with Jonathan through Pepper Basham’s well-written story. Packed full of surprises that will keep you turning the page, this novel is more than a romance between a man and a woman. It’s a story of our Creator’s love, the ties that bind families and communities together, and the sins that threaten to tear them apart. I highly recommend this story to anyone hoping for an emotional journey that leaves them cheering in the end. Overall Rating: 5 of 5 stars! P.S. It’s no secret that I am a fan of Pepper’s writing, but this may be my favorite of all her stories. She really outdid herself. If you haven’t read anything by Pepper Basham yet (gasp!) this is a fantastic place to start! P.P.S. For anyone wondering: I purchased my own copy of this book. Go get yours!
Ladybug1969 7 months ago
"...there's nothin' quite like fallin' into the world of a book." I have several pages folded down in this great novel! Usually I don't do that with novels...but this one had such wisdom! Love it when the story is so good that there are things you want to underline in a novel! Laurel lives in a remote mountain community and wants to help her people by becoming a teacher, so she can help them learn the ways of the world that is encroaching upon their mountain village. WhenLaurel asks her Mama if she talks too much, her mother asks her which tree has the prettiest leaves, or which view from their cabin is prettiest. When Laurel can't pick because they are all beautiful, her mother explains that it is the same with people. We all have different talents & gifts, and "the only one who can take the trail for your life is you, and make no mistake, He's already been workin' in you the strength and wisdom you'll need." Another time, Laurel asks her Mama if she regrets marrying her Daddy, and Mama says, "Regret don't do nothin' but steal your joy and cloud your eyes from seein' the blessings." This is a sweet story with lots of great lessons, and so many other things I could quote! Highly recommended!
E_Espinoza 7 months ago
My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream, by Pepper Basham, is truly one of the loveliest books I have ever read. Achingly beautiful, thoughtful, and uplifting, this remarkable novel holds a story that is everything I need and desire and pursue in literature. With evident warmth and heart, Ms. Basham breathes words onto the page giving life to a story that is as unique as it is unforgettable. My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream is a novel that offers a unique and touching story of loss, dreams, love, and family. Rustic cabins, steep trails, and wooded hillsides allow the story to grow richly from the landscape of its Appalachian home. Abounding with a soul of its own, this mountainous setting hums with vibrant significance in a story that lingers long after the final word has been read. Within the pages of this novel, Ms. Basham has cultivated characters who are charming, captivating, authentic, and brave. Their convictions, their needs, and their goals are wholly believable and inspiring. The opportunities, the choices, and the trials that the characters endure are intricately developed, and from them there unfolds a story that is thoroughly enriching and endearing. My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream is a novel that artfully balances hope and despair, perseverance and struggle, and faithfulness and uncertainty. The development of these themes is significantly strengthened and uplifted by meaningful moments of grace and gentle reminders that hope, restoration, healing, and reconciliation are made possible through God’s mercy, forgiveness, and unconditional love. I truly cannot write enough kind words about this book. As a reader, I long to learn, to be challenged, to be comforted, to be entertained, and to be inspired. My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream is a book that easily satisfies each of those desires leaving me with a deep appreciation for how truly talented Ms. Basham is as a writer and storyteller. This is a book that I will gladly share with others and reread often. It is with a full and thankful heart that I sincerely recommend this novel to all readers everywhere. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher/author. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
EmilyBoyMom 7 months ago
I enjoyed this sweet romance set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Laurel is a small town daughter of a farmer who dreams of more than mountain life. She finds an unlikely friend in the new teacher, Jonathan, who has moved to North Carolina from his native England. Pepper Basham has done her research and effectively captures the spirit of the mountain foothills and its people. There are difficult topics such as prejudice, racism and alcoholism woven into the characters' lives, which lends to the tapestry Pepper weaves. Jonathan and Laurel have a naturally developing friendship that turns into a romance over time. The characters were believable, although to be honest, I did see a few holes in the ending. A complicated relationship with Laurel's family just seemed to disappear after a certain point in the story, and it left me wondering why her family issues were not neatly wrapped up in conclusion, as Jonathan's family challenges had been. Because Laurel's family was so intertwined with the characters in the start of the story, I felt a little let down that there was no explanation as to how/why these important things weren't addressed. It is worth the read, though, and it did remind me a bit of one of my favorite stories, "Little Women." Both Jonathan and Laurel have challenges they overcome, both together and apart. There was great growth in the characters throughout the story, which I appreciated. Thankful for the opportunity to read early with #NetGalley.
A1Reads 7 months ago
Mere words cannot express how much I LOVE this book! The storytelling is fantastic!!! The descriptions of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the people that live there are so vivid and clear, I feel like I know the people of Maple Springs. Quote: "The world is a fascinating place." Her gaze flipped to his, direct, almost unnervingly so, and then looked back at the globe. "Well, I ain't seen a whole lot of it, but I sure like visiting through books." The friendship that develops between Laurel and Jonathan is very memorable. I loved how protective Laurel was of “Teacher” as Jonathan is called. She knows he will be good for the children. I also loved how he came to care for and learn from the mountain people. I encourage everyone to visit these Blue Ridge Mountains and see them through Laurel and Jonathan's eyes. I've read this book 3 times so far, I have so many highlighted moments, touching ones, and funny ones. I've also highlighted the totally clean but totally toe-curling kissing scenes. The message of trusting God's love is gently woven throughout the book, leaving a warm spot on this readers heart.
CT-Reader 8 months ago
Laurel's Dream is a sweet inspirational story that takes place in the mountains of North Carolina during WWI and the ways of the mountain people. It was interesting learning of the culture of the people in that time and of their fears. Jonathan and his uncle, the preacher, are both godly men who have grown to love these people and desire to help them in spite of obstacles. Laurel is a strong character who finds joy even in he midst of hardship. The romance of Jonathan and Laurel is sweet--except for one kissing scene that goes into more detail than what Barbour books usually do and may not be suitable for young girls. There are some twists in the book along the way. I hope the author will write the stories of the two characters from the book that she'd mentioned she has stories yet to tell. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
BethErin 8 months ago
Much like the dreamy rolling peaks of the southern Appalachians, this story invites the heart and mind to meander and soak up the extraordinary beauty of every day. Laurel's Dream honors the legacy of a vibrant culture with the innocence of a coming of age tale, the universal appeal of family drama, and the irresistible draw of sweet romance. Laurel's open, honest, and innocent personality is so refreshing in a world which seems to be increasingly jaded and cynical. Her joy and compassion shine all the brighter against a backdrop of poverty and occasional sorrow. Jonathan's privileged background lends a stark contrast to the material want and the strong community of Appalachia. His purposeful and respectful approach to a culture quite different from his own reveals his admirable integrity and intelligence.  While I've highlighted some of my favorite positive attributes, this story has a hearty helping of hardships and each character possesses genuine flaws and raw authenticity. Faith, hope, love, and humor make this a story you'll want to share and enjoy again and again. This book is going straight to my all-time favorites shelf, I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Carol-Kelley 8 months ago
My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge by Pepper Basham is a wonderful book that will transport you to the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's a hard life for Laurel and her family. She has dreams of becoming a teacher, but can she accomplish them. When the Jonathon, the new teacher arrives in town to live with his missionary uncle Laurel wants to help him. There are dangers and insecurities to overcome. I have enjoyed all of Ms. Basham's books and her writing style. She writes about real people with real issues. I received this book from NetGalley and all opinions are my own.
fuzzmom 8 months ago
Jonathan Taylor was running, running away from the failure his father thought he was and running toward a place he thought he could contribute. Because of an old injury, he couldn't contribute toward the war effort, but maybe his brain and his skills could contribute here, in the Blue Ridge Mountains as a teacher for his uncles' mission. Laurel McAdams wanted more than what she had. Not material things, she had enough of those, makin' do was a way of life in these mountains, but learning. She had a secret hoard, carefully saved from her job, to pay room and board at college . Just a bit more and she could begin. So starts the saga. A wonderful story of strength and faith. Rich in descriptions that bring life in the mountains into clear focus. Not to be missed!
Momof9Kids 8 months ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time!! Pepper Basham has given us great insight into life in the Appalachian Mountains in the early 1900s. Laurel McAdam’s life is filled with wonder. It is a simple life without the encumbrance of a lot of material things. It is a hard and impoverished life as her family struggles to eke out a living. It is a life filled with laughter and music. It is a life filled with dreams. It is a life surrounded by the beauty of nature at its finest. It is a life filled with humor and sorrow. It is a life filled with trouble as the close knit mountain people seek to keep outsiders out to preserve their way of life. Laurel has big hopes and dreams to help the people in the community she loves so well. Her hopes include being able to leave the mountain for a time…just long enough to get a college education so that she can come back and teach the young people…so that she can fan the flames to keep their hopes and dreams alive. Teachers don’t usually last long at the little two-room schoolhouse in Maple Springs and now a new one is on the way. Jonathan Taylor has traveled all the way from England to join his uncle, Edward Anderson, in his missionary endeavors among the people of Appalachia. While Uncle Edward ministers to their spiritual needs, Jonathan will see to their education. Once he sees the tremendous needs in Maple Springs, he really wishes he had been able to complete his education to be a doctor. When Laurel and Jonathan meet, there is an instant attraction but is it just intellectual or is love blooming? Laurel’s Dream is both humorous and heart-wrenching but also powerfully uplifting as we see faith at work in the lives of the characters in this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
SKetchersid 8 months ago
Pepper Basham has done it again! While I love her contemporary “kissing books”, I was captivated by this story set in the Blue Ridge mountains, rich with Appalachian culture and lore. From the quaint Appalachian speech to the lusciously painted setting, each page drew me into a world I’d never experienced, yet came to love. This is one of the sweetest love stories I’ve read in a long time. Laurel is tenderhearted and kind while being amazingly strong in the face of difficult circumstances. Her wisdom and spiritual insight combined with her innocent faith make her a compelling character that you grow to love and want to protect. Jonathan is not unlike Laurel in his good-natured personality and innate sense of right and wrong. He, like Laurel, is a kind soul who learns to love the foreign culture of the mountains even though he is like a fish out of water. The growth of Laurel and Jonathan’s friendship is sweet and delicately blooms into a beautiful love that satisfying and very swoon-worthy. Yes, Pepper writes kissing scenes that rivals that of Julie Lessman. I highly recommend this book to any reader of historical romance. It’s rich in history and culture while giving a fantastic romance that will put a smile on your face.
Mandy Elliott 8 months ago
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All thoughts below are my own. This sweet novel opens the door to life in the heart of Appalachia during the early twentieth century. With endearing characters and a storyline so heartwarming, it’s a must-love story from start to finish! With a tender love story reminiscent of Catherine Marshall’s Christy, Pepper Basham shares a delightful tale of a young, British man who comes to the heart of the Appalachian mountains in 1918 at the behest of his uncle to teach at a mission school. There he meets Laurel, a young woman who’s colorful and upbeat outlook on her life in the mountains when it’s at its best, or its hardest, has him falling for the mountains, and her. Having lived in the Appalachian mountains myself, I can attest to the tugging the beautiful mountain scenery and countryside can place on one’s heart. I found this sweet novel to be both familiar and endearing. Author Pepper Basham weaves in colorful mountain phrases, wit, humor and country charm while depicting what I believe to be an accurate look at life in the mountains around the early twentieth century. The characters are likable, while the story line moves along with both the highs and lows of life in a remote area. There are strong elements of faith woven throughout the story and a beautiful underlying message of God’s never-ending love for His children and the acceptance He gives regardless of our shortcomings. In my opinion, this historical fiction novel is the perfect cozy, light read for perhaps a winter afternoon under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa. My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream is a wholesome read for teenagers and will charm adult readers as well.
PatriotMama 8 months ago
This was my first book by Pepper Basham. I have read all of the books in the My Heart Belongs series & this was one of my favorite. I loved the setting in the Appalachian mountains as I am very familiar with the area & people. The author did a wonderful job describing it. I enjoyed the author bringing a man from England & setting him smack down into this region. It made for some funny moments but also some very serious events. I loved every moment of this book & didn’t want it to end. I really hope the author plans a sequel. Actually she could write an entire series following Laurel & Jonathan. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
swissgranny 8 months ago
Pepper Basham takes the reader on an eye-opening cultural trip to the backwoods of Appalachia in 1918 in her novel My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream. Capturing the speech of the locals and the adventures awaiting the outsiders who dare to venture there, the author painted such a vivid picture that I was transported and felt like I was plopped right down with Teacher into the setting. The colorful characters came alive on the page and traipsed right into my heart. Laurel McAdams, who wants to become a teacher, and Jonathan Taylor, who has taken a teaching job in the Blue Ridge Mountains but wants to become a doctor, are the main characters in this captivating tale. Jonathan has no idea about the adventures that are awaiting him—mountain lions, polecats, and wary parents, along with a beautiful, courageous heroine. Brimming with wit and charm and full of Basham’s sense of humor and beautiful prose, this book is one for the keeper shelf. Themes of trust, faith, the importance of family, and the power of love are woven seamlessly throughout the book and add to the journey into this intriguing world. I’m hoping there will be additional stories about some of the other characters in the future. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Lattebooks 9 months ago
Oh wow did I love this! It perfectly embodies the people and spirit of life in the Blue Ridge mountains. It is a completely different world and this author nailed it! Such a beautiful story of caring and reaching for your dreams. All the characters snagged a spot in my heart but Laurel and Jonathan were so special and endearing. Laurel’s desire for knowledge and more than the life she’s only ever known are hard to come by in the hollars. Jonathan thought he had a lot to prove and his attitude towards the people was the perfect mix. I can’t wait to read more from this author! She is amazingly talented at painting the scenery and landscapes to make the story come alive. I got this from Barbour Publishing but was not required to do a review. These are my own opinions.
Madalyn 9 months ago
A Delightful Book My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream is a delightful read in this series of books by different authors. This was my first time to read Pepper Basham and liked how she crafted such a beautiful story. Laurel, a native of the Blue Ridge, having grown up in all the hard time and troubles of Appalachia, is an absolute ray of sunshine and laughter. In 1918 Jonathan comes from England, having lived with a lack of love and approval from a father. He comes to teach with his missionary uncle who is a preacher. Their lives intersect and the story of two people with different dreams becoming friends begins. I enjoyed seeing all the characters develop and being introduced to many of the ways and traditions of the people of the ridge. It’s a good book that I highly recommend. It held by interest to the very last page. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.