Tattler's Branch

Tattler's Branch

by Jan Watson
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Tattler's Branch by Jan Watson

Lilly Corbett Still has grown to love her life as the small-town doctor of Skip Rock, a tiny coal community in the Kentucky mountains. Though her husband, Tern, is away for a few months at a mining job, Lilly has her hands full with her patients and her younger sister visiting for the summer.

Lilly turns to her good friend and neighbor, Armina, to help keep things in order—until a mysterious chain of events leaves Armina bedridden and an abandoned baby on her doorstep. Lilly works to uncover the truth, unaware of what a mess she’s found herself in until a break-in at her clinic puts her on high alert. As she struggles between what is right and what is safe, Lilly must discover the strength of her resilient country neighbors, her God, and herself.

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ISBN-13: 9781414388694
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 149,292
File size: 2 MB

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Tattler's Branch 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, Involving, and Period-Appropriate. Jan Watson writes such lovely characters, and such real-seeming scenes that I feel as if I'm right there among them. Some of the characters had surprising backstory, and the plot had a few twists. I wanted to hold my breath at times, waiting to see what was next. The story hints at events in previous books, but it isn't distracting and it is well explained so that this book is complete in itself, and it has a satisfying conclusion. I really like this clean, engaging story.
Miss_CindyH More than 1 year ago
Tattler's Branch is the second in a series.  Skip Rock Shallows was the first book.  While you could read it as a stand alone, there are parts where you would potentially be lost.  Even though I read the first one I still had a hard time figuring out why Lilly's husband Tern was traveling so much.  The story is set in 1911 in the hills of Kentucky.  We once again go on adventures with Lilly the female doctor.  In this book Lilly's sister has joined her, which sets itself up for a future story line with Mazy.  Danger, mystery, and romance are woven together as we look inside the lives of the people of Skip Rock.  The significance of the mining operations are not a forefront in this book.  I thought some things resolved themselves too quickly for real life, but I enjoyed the read.  
givemethebible More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. The character of Shade Harmon was especially interesting.
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rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Good Book! Tattler's Branch is the second book in the series and while it can be read alone there are certain parts that are confusing if you have not read the first book.  Tattler's Branch tells the story of Lily, the female doctor in town, Armina, Lily's friend and the wife of her nurse and Mazy, Lily's younger sister sent to live with her for the summer.  While out picking berries Armina witnesses a terrible crime and discovers a baby but when she herself is discovered she remembers nothing of the day.  Lily finds a home for the baby to receive special care but meanwhile the baby's father is searching for his daughter and decides to take matters into his own hands.  I enjoyed the second book and now want to go back and read the first book to learn more about Lily and her husband Tern.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tattler's Branch was the first book I've read by Jan Watson, and I liked it. The story is interesting and the characters are well developed and believable. I will definitely be reading the first book in the series.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
This was a very nice book for an afternoon of reading. At first, I was a little confused because there were a lot of characters introduced very quickly at the beginning of the book, but eventually I sorted out who everyone was. I hadn't read the first book in the series prior to reading this one, so perhaps if I had, I would have had a better idea of the characters right off the bat. This is the first book I have read by Jan Watson, and I have to say that I really enjoyed her writing style and plot structure. The plot keeps moving and Watson has a knack for not giving away too many details too quickly. As the book progresses, readers are able to piece together the clues without it being too predictable. I also enjoyed reading about various medical treatments and ailments of the time period. I always enjoy learning something while I read! Another thing I really enjoyed about the book was the characters. I was impressed with the way that Watson made a bad guy sympathetic to readers. I found myself rooting for them, even though they had done terrible things. It is a rare author that can pull that off for me. If you are looking for a nice, easy afternoon read, this is a great choice. Although it is part of a series, it is not necessary to have read the first book prior to this one. Just take your time at the beginning to get a good grasp on the characters, and you will be fine.
Tamilou13 More than 1 year ago
Good book - well written. Didn't realize this was a series and this one is #2. Not sure if I will go back and read the first one or not.
J_PearsonJP More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed this book, I did not enjoy is as much as the first of the series, Skip Rock Shallows. This book takes place a couple of years after the first and can be read independent of the first (there is enough background). There is more suspense in this book but the whole book is at a much slower pace and I found myself not being as engaged. (The first book, I did not want to put down most of the time.) The suspense centers around a baby that Lily's friend, Armina, has brought home and a murder that her friend witnesses but then represses. I still enjoyed the setting and the overall premise but it just didn't deliver as smoothly as the first.
JeanieMNJL More than 1 year ago
The story takes place in a Kentucky mining town during the early twentieth century. A woman doctor is key to the mystery, adventure, and suspense of this delightful novel.
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
Last year, I really enjoyed reading Skip Rock Shallows, the prequel to this book. While each of these two books easily stands on its own, I enjoyed reading about the same characters again and finding out what happened to them. The main character is Lilly, a woman doctor. The book takes place during the 19th century and it is so interesting to read about 19th century ideas concerning medicine, treatments, and opinions on diseases like Down Syndrome and epilepsy--both of which are tackled in this book. The author has definitely done her homework; not only is the story entertaining, but the history included is enough to teach me a thing or two and to whet my appetite for further research. I really enjoy Jan Watson's books and definitely recommend this one!
thecraftyhome1 More than 1 year ago
Tattler's Branch by Jan Watson is the story of Lilly Still who has grown up in Skip Rock. Skip Rock is a  tiny coal mining community in the Kentucky mountains. Lilly Still is the doctor in this tiny town and has her hands busy with her patients and her little sister visiting for the summer. Her friend and neighbor Armina has been a great help to her this summer. But when Armina turns hill and shows up with a baby but doesn't remember it Lilly is one busy women. But whose baby is it and why is their a strange man watching her clinic. This book is a good read. It can be a bit slow and goes off on a few tangents but it was still enjoyable. In a lot of ways it reminded me of Dr. Quinn medicine women. Technically this is the second book in this series but it can easily be read by itself
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Tattler’s Branch continues the story of Doctor Lilly Corbett, now Still. The book follows Skip Rock Shallows. I love Lilly because she is such a strong woman to be living in the early twentieth century. The book has good and enjoyable mystery and suspense. The ending was not near what I had predicted.  Great book! I hope to see another story that will continue with Lilly and her family in the future. 5 stars
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
We return to Skip Rock in the early 1900's, where we find Lily Corbett Still has grown up, married Tern, and is practicing medicine in her small town. Although she is brilliant, she sometimes possesses more passion and good intentions than sense! And so, she eventually finds herself entangled in a mystery that includes a bad guy, a baby, and mental illness. I especially enjoyed the strong characters and medical references of the time - thanks to the author for her research! Jan Watson is a wonderful storyteller, and I am so glad she decided to continue Lily's story. I also appreciate that although she has numerous other books that include these characters, they all can essentially be stand alone titles. However, if you have yet to read any I would recommend starting at the beginning, because it will give you a greater perspective and depth! They are all still great on their own - you decide. Enjoy!
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Taking place in a small Kentucky town in the early 1900’s, Tattler’s Branch is a story of Lilly Still, a woman doctor. The story is told through the eyes of several people which gives the reader a better understanding of what is really happening. The primary viewpoint is that of the doctor. Throughout the entire story her husband is away for his job. But the story is also told through the viewpoint of Armina, Lilly’s friend and neighbor, and Shade Harmon, the “bad guy.” Mazy, Lilly’s younger sister, is also a key character – I found it funny that she loved the newfangled telephone and put it to use right away! I enjoyed this book and if you like historical fiction you will too. Although Lilly is married, her younger sister provides a bit of romance for the romance lover.
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating story about a woman doctor in a small mountain community in the early 1910 era. An abandoned baby, the clinic broken into, and the doctor kidnapped when she tried to uncover the truth all conspired to make a fascinating mystery about an earlier time when life wasn’t as easy as we have it today. The ending has an amazing twist that is totally unexpected.
teenbooksjc More than 1 year ago
Jan Watson's Tattler's Branch Lilly Corbett Still loves her life in the mountains of Kentucky. She's the local doctor, and enjoys ministering to the people in the area. She's married and her husband is away, but she has her friend, Armina, for support. The unexpected happens, and Armina is bedridden and an abandoned baby shows up on her door. She decides to find out the truth, and begins to seek it. As danger mounts, she struggles to maintain her focus on what's right and true. The novel is a touching and poignant story about a young woman. Lilly is an endearing character and takes good care of the baby and the residents of her small town. Anyone looking for an exciting mystery should select this to read!
Becky_Dempsey98 More than 1 year ago
"Tattler's Branch" is set in 1911 in the mountains of Kentucky. I enjoyed being transported back in time while I read this book. I had to "Google" a couple of terms, but I really enjoyed reading "Tattler's Branch".    It was a different type of book for me since it isn't a romance, but a mystery. Tattler's Branch is actually the 7th in a series of books by Jan Watson.  I haven't read any of the other books, but Tattler's Branch stands alone well.   I thought the characters were well introduced and they had "flash backs" to help fill you in on the details that happened in the previous books. So if I were to  read the earlier books after I read "Tattler's Branch", I would know some of the story plot points since  they are "given away" in this one.  I thought the book flowed really well.  It wasn't one that I read in a marathon session, but I found that  it still had a nice pace to it and I did occasionally read longer than I had planned because I didn't want  to put it down!  I found it interesting to know more details about the abandoned baby than Lilly did and what was going on "behind the scenes". There are also "Discussion Questions" in the back of the book if you want to use it for a book club or reading group.
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