Monday, August 29, 2022

Review: The Heart of the Mountains by:Pepper Basham

 The Heart of the Mountains

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

 About the Book:

 To escape a forced marriage, Cora Taylor travels from England to the Blue Ridge Mountains in search of her brother, who is working as a teacher in a mission school. She hopes to find a place where her nursing skills and independent ideas will be accepted and appreciated, but nothing prepares her for the wild mixture of isolation, community, brokenness, and hope within these mountains…or in the person of Jeb McAdams.
Returning from the devastation of World War 1 emotionally damaged, Jeb McAdams struggles against the rampant mountain alcoholism to soothe his nightmares. It’s easy to hide within the mountains, or it was, before Cora Taylor arrives. Now, she seems to show up at every turn, bringing her ideas, curiosity, and beautiful eyes with her. Their mutual understanding of the costs of war leads to an unspoken bond that develops into a hesitant friendship. As Cora turns her nursing experience and determination on establishing hygiene and education for women in the Appalachian community while also attempting to rescue Jeb from his own ghosts, Cora and Jeb’s partnership turns into a project of celebrating the gifts within Appalachia. But when the past sweeps back into their lives and an outbreak of scarlet fever threatens the future, will Cora and Jeb find a way to work together – even if it means unplanned matrimony – or will their different lives and brokenness tear them apart.

My Review:

 This story is a story that seems like a movie. I like the setting and the two main characters. They both have baggage or issues but come together against all odds to make a life for themselves. Cora is a nurse and is trying to escape a proposed forced marriage arranged by her father in England. 

 Jeb isnt a difficult man just a misunderstood one. He has his own demons that he battles daily. When he encounters Cora things dont seem so hard or so tough.

 These two find a quiet servitude amongst the people of Appalachia but at the heart of that is a deepening friendship with promises of love.

 A great read! The history provides a brilliant backdrop for this story. I really enjoyed it!

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