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In 1933, most people are focused on the Great Depression but all Piper Danson can think about is how to get out of being a debutante and marrying Braxton Crandall. In an act of defiance, Piper volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains where adventure awaits.


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In 1933, most people are focused on the Great Depression but all Piper Danson can think about is how to get out of being a debutante and marrying Braxton Crandall. In an act of defiance, Piper volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains where adventure awaits.

30 review for An Appalachian Summer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Historical fiction/Romance. This book took place in 1933 during the Great Depression. The main character Piper has to make a big decision in this book to either make her father happy or follow her heart. She decides volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains, so she will have time to think it out. I really loved this book, and I loved the characters. I felt the characters and the animals in this book pulled me right into the story. This book was so well writt This is a Historical fiction/Romance. This book took place in 1933 during the Great Depression. The main character Piper has to make a big decision in this book to either make her father happy or follow her heart. She decides volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains, so she will have time to think it out. I really loved this book, and I loved the characters. I felt the characters and the animals in this book pulled me right into the story. This book was so well written. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Fleming H. Revell Company) or author (Ann H. Gabhart) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review , and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    Thanks to NetGalley, Revell Publishing and Ann H. Gabhart for my copy of An Appalachian Summer. Louisville 1933, Piper Danson’s parents organize a debutante party for her, she’s twenty and her parents want the best for her and are keen for her to marry well. Piper has her doubts, she doesn’t want to rush into marriage, she has only just finished her studies, she isn’t ready to settle down and start a family. Piper hears Mary Breckinridge talk about her work in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky Thanks to NetGalley, Revell Publishing and Ann H. Gabhart for my copy of An Appalachian Summer. Louisville 1933, Piper Danson’s parents organize a debutante party for her, she’s twenty and her parents want the best for her and are keen for her to marry well. Piper has her doubts, she doesn’t want to rush into marriage, she has only just finished her studies, she isn’t ready to settle down and start a family. Piper hears Mary Breckinridge talk about her work in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky; she needs girls who can ride horses to volunteer over summer as couriers to support her frontier nursing service. Girls are expected to look after the horses, feed and water them and muck out the stalls. They travel through the rugged mountains, ford streams, delivering supplies and help midwives safely deliver babies, Piper wants to have one summer of freedom, find her place in the world and her Aunt Truda encourages her to do it. Piper loves the mountains, yes it’s remote and she sees the natural beauty in her surroundings, even the stars in the night sky seem bigger and brighter. The mountain people have their superstitions, different ways and are wary of strangers and people from the government. She makes friends with her fellow couriers, midwives, patients and their families. She does miss her best friend Jamie Russell whose family lost all their money in the financial crash, he also finds his way to the mountains and he’s writing stories for a newspaper and people want to read something up lifting during the depression. An Appalachian Summer is a book about hope, a young woman finding her path in life, rediscovering her faith and finding love. I enjoyed the story, four stars from me and Ann H. Gabhart never disappoints and I highly recommend her new book. I have shared my review on Goodreads, NetGalley, Amazon Australia, Twitter, Kobo and my my blog. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I have read Gabharts books for years her shaker series is the best. But being from the mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky. I devoured this book. I loved every word. Having a sister in law that is a nurse made this read even better. I will say this if you have not read a book by Gabhart this is the book to start with. You will fall in love with her writing style and southern charm she writes about. I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher I have read Gabharts books for years her shaker series is the best. But being from the mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky. I devoured this book. I loved every word. Having a sister in law that is a nurse made this read even better. I will say this if you have not read a book by Gabhart this is the book to start with. You will fall in love with her writing style and southern charm she writes about. I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    When I read the preview for AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER, I knew it was going to be an emotional story and I knew it was going to make me cry. I had no idea I would be sobbing and be an emotional wreck after finishing it. All of Ann’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. Ann H. Gabhart’s latest book, AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER is the story of Piper and the life changing decision she makes, much to the dismay of her father and potential suitor. She When I read the preview for AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER, I knew it was going to be an emotional story and I knew it was going to make me cry. I had no idea I would be sobbing and be an emotional wreck after finishing it. All of Ann’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. Ann H. Gabhart’s latest book, AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER is the story of Piper and the life changing decision she makes, much to the dismay of her father and potential suitor. She didn’t want to marry him anyway because she doesn’t love him and the man she really loves, Jamie, holds her affection and heart. Her father doesn’t approve of Jamie as he has no money. His family lost it all when the Stock Market crashed. While AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER is focused on the lives and different personalities of the women and how each in their own way responds to the not knowing what comes next, the question at the very heart of the book is – would I risk my life for complete strangers. Needless to say, the story brings a strong emotional response. So keep the tissues handy. AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER will stay with you for a long time after you finish reading it. I have no idea when I will be able to read another book, but right now I can’t stop thinking about this one. There were several times I found myself desperately wanting to keep reading, to find out what would happen next, but I was afraid to turn the page, scared of the possible fates awaiting these characters. Ann H. Gabhart has a magical way of telling dramatic stories about women, friendship and family. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    I am such an Ann H. Gabhart fan, but she might just have outdone herself with An Appalachian Summer. A few things drew me to the story from the start. 1) That beautiful cover (the purples in the foreground really draw the eye and entice a reader to stay awhile.) 2) The Depression Era setting -- I find it such a fascinating time in history and there's so much scope for character building and emotionally charged stories. 3) The Appalachian setting. I blame The Waltons and classic kid lit like My G I am such an Ann H. Gabhart fan, but she might just have outdone herself with An Appalachian Summer. A few things drew me to the story from the start. 1) That beautiful cover (the purples in the foreground really draw the eye and entice a reader to stay awhile.) 2) The Depression Era setting -- I find it such a fascinating time in history and there's so much scope for character building and emotionally charged stories. 3) The Appalachian setting. I blame The Waltons and classic kid lit like My Great Aunt Arizona, Shiloh, That Book Woman, When I Was Young in the Mountains and so many others! So I was already well on my way to experiencing reading nirvana before I even opened the book. But when I did...well, I was gobsmacked and twitterpated over the glory of it all. Gabhart paints pictures with her words and creates characters who become living, breathing entities -- and that includes the critters! Even the setting takes on a life of its own! I love becoming completely immersed in fiction this way! A compelling coming-of-age story within a richly layered plot full of memorable characters and exquisite historical details. Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    An Appalachian Summer is an atmospheric novel about the frontier nurses of the Appalachian Mountains, women couriers, and life and love in the in 1930s. With romance aplenty, adventure and lighthearted moments, An Appalachian Summer is a light and easy book to enjoy. Piper is grateful her family has weathered the crash of the economy so well, even if it means she must go ahead with her Debut Ball. Being pressured by her father to accept an engagement to Braxton Crandall and heartbroken over the s An Appalachian Summer is an atmospheric novel about the frontier nurses of the Appalachian Mountains, women couriers, and life and love in the in 1930s. With romance aplenty, adventure and lighthearted moments, An Appalachian Summer is a light and easy book to enjoy. Piper is grateful her family has weathered the crash of the economy so well, even if it means she must go ahead with her Debut Ball. Being pressured by her father to accept an engagement to Braxton Crandall and heartbroken over the silence she is receiving from her best friend and keeper of her heart Jamie Russel, Piper seizes upon the opportunity to join the frontier nursing courier service in the Appalachian Mountains. From the journey there, to the surprises in store for her, it is all a great adventure. She just wants to forget men and romance for a summer, which is fine until a mystery man from her aunt’s past re-emerges, Jamie follows her all the way to the mountains and she must decide where her heart and future will lay. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, this is a novel that mixes the past with more modern ideas of women’s liberation and a changing society. I sometimes forgot the time setting and had to do a double take at some of the more casual language and use of jeans and such. I absolutely adored These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart, which is also set in the Appalachian Mountains. And while I liked An Appalachian Summer, it just didn’t grab me in the same way. I loved the scenery and the adventure, the people of the mountain and the other nurses, I just didn’t warm to Piper all that much and I certainly wasn’t intrigued by the love triangle she is dragging around behind her. I really enjoyed Piper’s aunt’s reconnection with a past beau, though, and thought this a nice addition to the story. If you are looking for a historical read about strong, independent women with a touch of the dramatic in the romance, you’ll enjoy An Appalachian Summer. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    An Appalachian Summer is a charming story with endearing characters and rich detail of the beautiful Appalachians. When I read a novel by Ann Gabhart, it is like coming home. Her books give me a warm cozy feeling. This book is no exception. Piper Danson comes from Louisville society in 1933. She has just made her debut and her father has marriage expectations for her. But this is the era when women were beginning to decide things for themselves. After Piper hears Mary Breckinridge talk about her An Appalachian Summer is a charming story with endearing characters and rich detail of the beautiful Appalachians. When I read a novel by Ann Gabhart, it is like coming home. Her books give me a warm cozy feeling. This book is no exception. Piper Danson comes from Louisville society in 1933. She has just made her debut and her father has marriage expectations for her. But this is the era when women were beginning to decide things for themselves. After Piper hears Mary Breckinridge talk about her nursing service, she determines to volunteer as a courier for the Frontier Nurse/Midwives in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Her longtime friend, Jaime Russell, whose family lost almost everything in the stock market crash is no longer suitable as husband material. At least according to her father. Jaime loves to write and aspires to be a journalist but has agreed to take a teaching position in the fall. Piper is taken by the mountains when she reaches Wendover Nursing Station. “You know what our nurse midwives are fond of saying. No one comes to these mountains by accident.” The people may be backward and scary at times but they respect and revere God. Piper searches for a deeper relationship with the Lord. She finds wise counsel from a woman from the hills and witnesses miracles of birth and nature. Ms. Gabhart obviously writes from experience as she describes life on a farm outpost. The scenes with the horses, dogs and chickens come to life under her pen. The romance between Piper and Jaime is natural, if filled with a bit of anxiety. And romance could bloom again for her Aunt Truda. This was the perfect book to read on my back porch on a sunny June afternoon. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 3.5 STARS 2020; Revell Books While it took me a month to finish An Appalachian Summer, I did enjoy the story very much and read the bulk of it in one night. The novel opens up to a twenty year old, Piper reluctantly attending her debutante ball. She is "promised" to a man she doesn't love or know. When her aunt hosts a woman in charge of Frontier Nursing, Piper decides to spend her summer up in the Appalachian mountains. The first few chapters had me putting down the down the novel and rea RATING: 3.5 STARS 2020; Revell Books While it took me a month to finish An Appalachian Summer, I did enjoy the story very much and read the bulk of it in one night. The novel opens up to a twenty year old, Piper reluctantly attending her debutante ball. She is "promised" to a man she doesn't love or know. When her aunt hosts a woman in charge of Frontier Nursing, Piper decides to spend her summer up in the Appalachian mountains. The first few chapters had me putting down the down the novel and reading something else. Once I got to Piper heading off on her adventure I was hooked for the most part of the book. I loved learning out the frontier nurses and the volunteer women couriers. I didn't really know much about these strong women riding horses in the Appalachian mountains till I read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. In that novel, it is about women delivery books to those who may not have much or any access to education. In this book, it is about medicine and delivering babies. There is two love stories as well, but in this case they weren't as compelling as the Appalachian mountain story. I think the romance is a nice backdrop to have the story moving forward. I am so happy I read this book, as I have more to read up on. ***I received a complimentary copy of this trade paperback from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

  9. 5 out of 5

    Asheley

    This story takes place in Kentucky, in 1933. Piper Danson has just had her debut in Louisville, where she was escorted by the handsome and wealthy Braxton Crandall. Piper's parents want her to marry Braxton because of his family's financial stability, as they were able to maintain their wealth while so many others lost everything during the stock market crash and the Depression that followed. But alas, the thought of a life of society and money bores Piper. Plus, she is in love with Jamie Russel This story takes place in Kentucky, in 1933. Piper Danson has just had her debut in Louisville, where she was escorted by the handsome and wealthy Braxton Crandall. Piper's parents want her to marry Braxton because of his family's financial stability, as they were able to maintain their wealth while so many others lost everything during the stock market crash and the Depression that followed. But alas, the thought of a life of society and money bores Piper. Plus, she is in love with Jamie Russell, but her family won't approve of a marriage with him because his family is one of those that lost their fortune. Piper decides to do something adventurous and leave home to work with the Frontier Nurses up in the mountains of Kentucky. Acclimating to a lifestyle that requires hard work is tough for her, but rewarding, and ultimately Piper learns a lot about herself. Best of all, she finds the confidence to start making her own choices. I was drawn to this story because of the Appalachian setting and because parts of the plot were centered around nursing. (I am a nurse!) I loved reading about Piper riding up into the Kentucky mountains on horseback and I loved that she was able to learn about hard work and public health. It was a lot of fun watching Piper's confidence grow, and it was inspiring to watch her eagerly learn skills that she had never been exposed to before (cooking, painting, washing clothes, etc.). I also loved all of the people that Piper met through the Frontier Nursing program. There is, of course, romance throughout the story where Piper is concerned. She has to figure out what she wants to do about marrying Braxton without hurting him and upsetting her family. She also has to figure out what to do with the very real feelings that she feels for Jamie. There is a smaller, secondary romantic plotline in the story that I LOVED. This one was a lot of fun for me. I read it one over the course of about a week when things were exceptionally busy at my house (and a little bit stressful). I really looked forward to picking this book up for a little while before bed every night. Thank you to Revell Publishing for sending me a finished print copy of this book for review!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I fell in love with this book! Ann Gabhart takes us to the Appalachian area of Kentucky as she tells us about Mary Breckenridge and the Frontier Nursing Service. I was so captivated that I did some research of my own. A compelling story indeed. She sets a fictionalized set of characters in the midst of this story and it is absolutely completely interesting! Endearing and totally worth the read. Recommended. *My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions in th I fell in love with this book! Ann Gabhart takes us to the Appalachian area of Kentucky as she tells us about Mary Breckenridge and the Frontier Nursing Service. I was so captivated that I did some research of my own. A compelling story indeed. She sets a fictionalized set of characters in the midst of this story and it is absolutely completely interesting! Endearing and totally worth the read. Recommended. *My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions in this review are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    Wonderful storyteller Ann H. Gabhart takes readers on a heartfelt and uplifting journey back to the Kentucky Mountains in the era of the Great Depression. Piper Danson's family is surviving the economic disaster better than most, and her parents have chosen a man for her to marry whom they think will continue to provide for Piper in the manner to which she is accustomed. The problem is that Piper wants a different kind of life for herself, and Braxton Crandall is not the man she envisions to sha Wonderful storyteller Ann H. Gabhart takes readers on a heartfelt and uplifting journey back to the Kentucky Mountains in the era of the Great Depression. Piper Danson's family is surviving the economic disaster better than most, and her parents have chosen a man for her to marry whom they think will continue to provide for Piper in the manner to which she is accustomed. The problem is that Piper wants a different kind of life for herself, and Braxton Crandall is not the man she envisions to share her future. Her lifelong friend, Jamie Russell, is the one who knows her best. However, his family suffered terribly in the economic depression, and he has become somewhat distanced. When Piper learns of a chance to work with a frontier nursing program as a horseback courier, it sounds like the answer to her prayers. It will be a summer of hard work, personal growth and revelation, and a deepening of faith. When Piper and Jamie are reunited, will it be just a reunion of old friends, or has the time come for two yearning hearts to finally become as one? Ann H. Gabhart, a Kentucky native, is a very special storyteller. Her descriptions of her home state, its people, its culture, and its heritage are like a painting colored by words. As always, there is the underlying message of deep and abiding faith. Book Copy Gratis Revell Books

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    An Appalachian Summer’s historical setting is Kentucky during the Great Depression, and more specifically the Frontier Nursing Service in the Appalachian Mountains founded by Mary Breckinridge (who plays a small, but important role in the book). I found it very easy to forget the book takes place during the Great Depression since the setting and characters didn’t seem any different than other historical fiction I’ve read, aside from occasional mentions of banks failing and hard times. “Didn’t se An Appalachian Summer’s historical setting is Kentucky during the Great Depression, and more specifically the Frontier Nursing Service in the Appalachian Mountains founded by Mary Breckinridge (who plays a small, but important role in the book). I found it very easy to forget the book takes place during the Great Depression since the setting and characters didn’t seem any different than other historical fiction I’ve read, aside from occasional mentions of banks failing and hard times. “Didn’t seem any different than…” is something I would say for everything in the book, honestly—this book is exactly the same as many other historical romances before it. There’s usually two types of historical romances in the Christian book world: the one where two strangers meet and fall in love (either really quickly because of their mutual good looks or a little bit more slowly, helped along by mutual good looks) and the one where the couple already know each other and Something Is Getting In the Way, usually some sort of misunderstanding. An Appalachian Summer is the latter, which is really unfortunate because it means from the very beginning of the book you know what’s going to happen and then wonder how long it will take for the characters to get over whatever the misunderstanding will be. I hoped for the briefest moment at the beginning that Gabhart was trying to pull the wool over my eyes about who the love interest was—at last, something unique and interesting! I thought—but no, the book very quickly fell into predictable lines and disappointment. Because the book really doesn’t even try to be anything new or unique, it meant that for most of the book I was bored silly. It didn’t help that none of the characters were interesting, save for maybe Truda Dawson, Dr. Jackson, and Braxton Crandall. And the plot was almost nonexistent—Piper goes to the mountains and learns about hard work, her love interest follows her, lots of people give them advice, they follow it, end of story. The one positive and slightly original note to the book was Braxton, who was not your typical jealous, blustering, failed-to-get-the-girl “rival.” In fact, I spent most of the book thinking about how Gabhart could have created a bait-and-switch love story where the Forever Friend and Inevitable Love Interest Jamie gets foiled by Surprise Newcomer with Hidden Depths Braxton. I mean, her message about not caring about material things and whatnot worked better the way the book is, but still, these types of books make me long for surprise and moxy on the part of the author. An Appalachian Summer is predictable historical fiction with mostly uninteresting, predictable characters and a plot that completely lacks tension or suspense of any sort. For most of the book, I found myself thinking “But what if she had done this instead?” I long for even a breath of originality and cleverness in Christian historical romance. Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Revell. All opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    *Sigh* After reading An Appalachian Summer, I wonder how a reader could not consider signing up to be a horse courier for Mrs. Breckenridge’s Nurse-Midwife Service. Sure, the year is 1933, and the locale of most of this unputdownable book is the hills and mountains of Kentucky. The adventure that Ann H Gabhart effortlessly spins rolls from one escapade to the next. Of course, we might not all be as courageous as Piper Danson, who trades her debutante life for the wild unknown. Who needs to decid *Sigh* After reading An Appalachian Summer, I wonder how a reader could not consider signing up to be a horse courier for Mrs. Breckenridge’s Nurse-Midwife Service. Sure, the year is 1933, and the locale of most of this unputdownable book is the hills and mountains of Kentucky. The adventure that Ann H Gabhart effortlessly spins rolls from one escapade to the next. Of course, we might not all be as courageous as Piper Danson, who trades her debutante life for the wild unknown. Who needs to decide between two suitors when there are bigger mountains to climb... literally? What with snakes, men who might shoot before asking questions if a stranger is found on their land, odd jobs the girls have never before dreamed of attempting...life is never dull in these beautiful hills. This is a journey of faith, friendship, love, and the soul. Faith that the mountain people have and readily share, as one lady on the train does to Piper: “I’m guessing things has always been easy for you. That can make it harder to recognize what the Lord does for you. You can think maybe you’ve done it all yourself and don’t need him none. But you walk down some rocky trails with troubles on every side , and you’ll be wanting the Lord right there with you.” Gabhart doesn’t belabor points, but inserts faith as a given for the mountain people. Friendships. So many different kinds in this story. Some lead to respect. Some lead to good new friends. Some lead to love. *Sigh* It is just so much fun to follow the paths Gabhart winds, almost as twisty as the mountain paths themselves, before allowing her characters to settle their hearts. There’s magic in those hills. Especially the ones inhabited by Mrs. Breckenridge, Piper, Suze, Dr. Jack, Billy, and on and on. This is a TV show waiting to be picked up. Be able to say you read the book first. Notable Quotables: “...the joy of the song can be in you whether it tickles the ears or not.” “Sometimes a person had to forget the obstacles and jump into the moment.” “I think we all have a calling. Sometimes we live up to it, and sometimes we don’t.” “...every person should be allowed one idiotic dream in her lifetime.” “You get up high on those hills and the Lord just seems nearer.” I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Revell Reads. I also bought an ecopy and a copy to bless a special friend with. All opinions are my own, and are freely given.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    Ann H. Gabhart shares another story that centers around The Frontier Nursing Service and its founder, Mary Breckinridge, but this time her heroine is a young woman who leaves her Louisville home for a summer job in Hyden, Kentucky. Piper Danson has known a life of wealth and luxury but her family has experienced the effects of the Great Depression and her parents tell her that they've found a man with money that she can marry. Piper, however, wants more! She wants to feel useful, she longs to ma Ann H. Gabhart shares another story that centers around The Frontier Nursing Service and its founder, Mary Breckinridge, but this time her heroine is a young woman who leaves her Louisville home for a summer job in Hyden, Kentucky. Piper Danson has known a life of wealth and luxury but her family has experienced the effects of the Great Depression and her parents tell her that they've found a man with money that she can marry. Piper, however, wants more! She wants to feel useful, she longs to make a difference, and she yearns for true love, so accepting a job as a courier for the Frontier Nursing Service in the summer of 1933 may be just what she's looking for. But can she ride a horse through the mountains, muck out horse stalls, and even help deliver babies? What else will Piper encounter during her summer in Appalachia Kentucky? Piper Danson is a wonderful character and I admired her determination to help others and the special bond that she shared with her Aunt Truda. When her long-time friend Jamie Russell showed up to do a series of newspaper articles on Mrs. Breckinridge and her nurses, I fully understood why he had been Piper's 'teenage dream'. It is, however, Gabhart's description of the mountains and the people who lived there that grabbed my heart. Those strong, hardworking people greatly needed the medical care provided by the Frontier Nursing Service but they were proud people who didn't readily accept help or easily give their trust to strangers. Watching Piper and the others earn that trust was truly heartwarming and inspiring and it reminded me that all of us need to do more to serve others. Set in my home state of Kentucky, and written by a favorite Kentucky author, An Appalachian Summer offers not one, but two, romances and a wonderful message of faith. I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy historical Christian romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation to write a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Piper Danson wants to do more with her life than be a debutante or a wife to the wealthy man her parents have picked out, so she joins the Frontier Nursing couriers. She spends her days riding the trails up and down the Appalachian mountains on horseback to serve the determined people that make the mountains their home. Piper gets to see a whole other kind of living, working with the mountain people, enduring long days, and finding her path. Piper is willing to work and willing to learn. I loved Piper Danson wants to do more with her life than be a debutante or a wife to the wealthy man her parents have picked out, so she joins the Frontier Nursing couriers. She spends her days riding the trails up and down the Appalachian mountains on horseback to serve the determined people that make the mountains their home. Piper gets to see a whole other kind of living, working with the mountain people, enduring long days, and finding her path. Piper is willing to work and willing to learn. I loved the premise of this book and the Frontier Nursing couriers. Through the experience Piper got to befriend many people that she never would have normally encountered in her old life, and I love how supportive her aunt was, as well as her mother. Jamie is a very outgoing man, willing to pitch in wherever needed, naturally befriending people in every situation. He is a honorable man, with a good work ethic and respect for others. He was probably one of my favorite characters, along with Aunt Truda. Overall, this was a highly enjoyable read, and probably my favorite from this author so far! This is a wonderful, engaging tale, I loved the setting of the breath-taking Appalachian mountains. Piper is an admirable young woman who comes into her own, growing in her sense of self and her faith, I loved that she took a chance and didn't pick the easier predictable path. There were also so many wonderful characters, and great side threads, that brought this beautiful book to life. Highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    When I read the info about An Appalachian Summer by Ann Gabhart, I thought it was a sequel to These Healing Hills. It wasn't, but it could have been. Both books centered on the Frontier Nursing Service in the Appalachian Mountains. This book focused on a young debutante, Piper Danson, who, dissatisfied with life, looks for a way to escape her obligation of getting married to the "right" guy, for all the wrong reasons (status, money, and a comfortable life). So she volunteers to become a courier i When I read the info about An Appalachian Summer by Ann Gabhart, I thought it was a sequel to These Healing Hills. It wasn't, but it could have been. Both books centered on the Frontier Nursing Service in the Appalachian Mountains. This book focused on a young debutante, Piper Danson, who, dissatisfied with life, looks for a way to escape her obligation of getting married to the "right" guy, for all the wrong reasons (status, money, and a comfortable life). So she volunteers to become a courier in the Appalachian Mountains, for the Frontier Nursing Service. Her goal was to avoid thinking about the man she loved, but was "unsuitable" for her to marry, according to her father. She also wanted to not think about the man her father wanted her to marry. A man she felt nothing for. So she runs away, hoping to delay the inevitable. But sometimes, the "inevitable" chases you down until you have no choice but to make a decision. I enjoyed learning more about the Frontier Nursing Service. Ann Gabhart once again has done her research, giving the reader not only a minds-eye view of the Appalachians but the experience of what the nurses and couriers had to go through. I am convinced I will never eat another chicken again. No, I'm not going to tell you what happens to the poor chicken. Suffice it to say, the author's writing was vivid enough that I am now thinking of becoming completely vegetarian. I love that the author includes an element of faith in her books, while not being preachy about it. The major theme in this book, for me, was taking that step out in faith when we are unsure what will happen—something Piper had to learn the hard way. "That can be how faith in the Lord is. You might feel a little trembly when you take that first step of trusting your ways to him, but once you do, you can always depend on that firm foundation of the Lord's love." A lovely book with a beautiful message. I highly recommend it. I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing/Revell, through NetGalley.

  17. 4 out of 5

    CoffeeBreakBooks

    An Appalachian Summer is a very thoughtful and moving examination of life during the height of the Great Depression - 1933 Kentucky. This story will open your eyes and your heart not only to families' struggles with the financial ramifications of the Depression but, also, to significant challenges inherent in the medical care system of the time. Ann Gabhart skillfully showcases the class boundaries and, for some, outright snobbishness and lack of concern toward those who have lost their position An Appalachian Summer is a very thoughtful and moving examination of life during the height of the Great Depression - 1933 Kentucky. This story will open your eyes and your heart not only to families' struggles with the financial ramifications of the Depression but, also, to significant challenges inherent in the medical care system of the time. Ann Gabhart skillfully showcases the class boundaries and, for some, outright snobbishness and lack of concern toward those who have lost their position in society as well as those who have always lived in poverty. Jamie Russell is a very sympathetic character, as he struggles with establishing a career path after his family loses everything in the market crash. His longtime friend Piper Danson is more interested in being outdoors and in giving back to the needy rather than attending a whirlwind of debutante parties. Thus, she becomes a volunteer with the Frontier Nursing Service, established during the prior decade by Mary Breckinridge. In addition to Mary, there are many other great secondary characters. The Frontier Nursing Service is a private charitable organization serving a predominately impoverished rural area in southeastern Kentucky. The staff is composed of nurse-midwives who were trained in England. They travel via horseback and on foot to provide childbirth care in the patients' homes, acting as both midwives and family nurses. One of Piper's responsibilities is helping to care for the horses and, when needed, to assist the nurses. One of my favorite parts of this book is the writing style of the author, as she paints a picture with words - the beautiful hills, the flora and fauna, and the homes, which typically have no electricity or running water. This novel is heartfelt, charming, 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I’ve said in the past that sometimes Christian fiction can be difficult for me to read. But, I’m finding that there are really talented authors in this genre who seem to be able to hook me with their stories. Piper Danson finds herself needing to get away from normal life and pressures that weigh her–mainly, that of whether or not to marry for money or love. So she finds herself in the Appalachian Mountains giving help to frontier nurses. An Appalachian Summer was a story of knowing yourself enoug I’ve said in the past that sometimes Christian fiction can be difficult for me to read. But, I’m finding that there are really talented authors in this genre who seem to be able to hook me with their stories. Piper Danson finds herself needing to get away from normal life and pressures that weigh her–mainly, that of whether or not to marry for money or love. So she finds herself in the Appalachian Mountains giving help to frontier nurses. An Appalachian Summer was a story of knowing yourself enough to take what you want, while still serving others and becoming the best you can be. Gabhart painted the Mountains beautifully. I got a feel of life for both the wealthy and poor in the aftermath of the Depression. But, the descriptions of the Appalachians and its flora, fauna, and people brought the story to life.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Maskus

    I enjoyed An Appalachian Summer by Ann H Gabhart. The story, set in 1933, shows love, turmoil, beauty, and love of nature. The story centers on Piper Danson, a young woman who must reason with love and her future. Will the future be with Braxton Crandall and a life of easy comfort or with Jamie Russell and a life of struggle and of uncertainty. For Piper, the summer brings her as a volunteer as a courier in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky with the Frontier Nursing Service. What dedication I enjoyed An Appalachian Summer by Ann H Gabhart. The story, set in 1933, shows love, turmoil, beauty, and love of nature. The story centers on Piper Danson, a young woman who must reason with love and her future. Will the future be with Braxton Crandall and a life of easy comfort or with Jamie Russell and a life of struggle and of uncertainty. For Piper, the summer brings her as a volunteer as a courier in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky with the Frontier Nursing Service. What dedication of these women who assist the mountain women in childbirth and sickness. The story flows with the beauty of the mountains, but also with the hardships and the persistent belief in God. The ending proves to be too predictable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    Another lovely heartfelt book by Ann Gabhart. This one takes place in 1933 in Kentucky. Piper Danson has just debuted in Louisville. Her best friend and the love of her life was ruined by the stock market crash and her father wishes to make an advantageous match for her. After attending a fundraiser tea hosted by her aunt, Piper yearns to do something meaningful and signs up to assist the frontier nurses in the Appalachian country in Kentucky. This is disappointing to Piper's dad and the man he Another lovely heartfelt book by Ann Gabhart. This one takes place in 1933 in Kentucky. Piper Danson has just debuted in Louisville. Her best friend and the love of her life was ruined by the stock market crash and her father wishes to make an advantageous match for her. After attending a fundraiser tea hosted by her aunt, Piper yearns to do something meaningful and signs up to assist the frontier nurses in the Appalachian country in Kentucky. This is disappointing to Piper's dad and the man he attempts to match her with, but with the help of her mother and aunt, Piper convinces him to allow her to go. Ms. Gabhart's lyrical prose described the beauty of the mountains, the flora and fauna, the sounds of the birdsong, and the simple joy of the mountain folk so beautifully. It was fun to see the well-to-do girls, like Piper learn how to do things like fix dinner, paint a porch column and milk a cow. I loved how the mountain folk accepted the nurses and their couriers simply because they were "Mrs. Breckenridge's girls". I enjoyed seeing Piper's character grow as she learned what she was capable of, sought to know God better, and learned more about life beyond her comfort zone. I really liked the no-nonsense character of Mrs. Breckenridge - who loved the mountains so much to begin the midwife ministry in them, but expected those around her to do as she said when she said it. This book had a great cast of chracters, including wonderful side characters as well. While I would consider this to be mostly a character-driven book, it's also a historical novel with a sweet romance. I enjoyed all aspects of this story and heartily give it 4.5 stars. Special thanks to NetGalley and Revell Publishers for an advance e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Hope, faith, and love abound as lives converge in the Appalachian Mountains. Reminiscent of Call The Midwife, Mrs. Breckinridge’s nurses and courier service in Appalachia are inspiring. I connected with these young ladies as they stepped out of their comfort zones to do something bigger than themselves. I loved the rawness and authenticity of the mountain people. The characters were well written and stepped right out of the pages of the book. Truda and Piper have pushed against the constraints of Hope, faith, and love abound as lives converge in the Appalachian Mountains. Reminiscent of Call The Midwife, Mrs. Breckinridge’s nurses and courier service in Appalachia are inspiring. I connected with these young ladies as they stepped out of their comfort zones to do something bigger than themselves. I loved the rawness and authenticity of the mountain people. The characters were well written and stepped right out of the pages of the book. Truda and Piper have pushed against the constraints of society. In the mountains they must both face what they learn about themselves. Will they decide to follow expectations or follow their hearts? I was given a copy of this book courtesy of Baker Publishing House by Interviews and Reviews through NetGalley. I recommend this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was a lovely story of a young lady who chooses not to follow the path set for her by her parents and instead decides to serve a community of people with limited resources. I enjoyed the setting of the story and appreciated the author’s honesty in describing the Appalachian people. I also loved Piper, she displayed courage and fortitude that was admirable. It was very interesting to learn about the Frontier nurses and how they helped the community. The writing was very smooth and easy to read This was a lovely story of a young lady who chooses not to follow the path set for her by her parents and instead decides to serve a community of people with limited resources. I enjoyed the setting of the story and appreciated the author’s honesty in describing the Appalachian people. I also loved Piper, she displayed courage and fortitude that was admirable. It was very interesting to learn about the Frontier nurses and how they helped the community. The writing was very smooth and easy to read and the story flowed well. Overall, this was an interesting historical book that I enjoyed. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart is a pleasing historical, Christian novel. I thought it was well-written with interesting characters. Piper Danson is twenty years old and not ready to settle down. She would like some adventure. Piper hears Mary Breckinridge speak at a tea arranged by her Aunt Truda and immediately volunteers. Piper loves the mountains with its natural beauty and even enjoys the hard work. She learns a variety of new skills while making friends with her fellow couriers, t An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart is a pleasing historical, Christian novel. I thought it was well-written with interesting characters. Piper Danson is twenty years old and not ready to settle down. She would like some adventure. Piper hears Mary Breckinridge speak at a tea arranged by her Aunt Truda and immediately volunteers. Piper loves the mountains with its natural beauty and even enjoys the hard work. She learns a variety of new skills while making friends with her fellow couriers, the nurse midwives, patients, and the families that inhabit the area. I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains the quirky people who lived in them. They residents do not take kindly to strangers especially governments types, but they love Mary Breckinridge and her workers. Piper is a woman finding her path in life. She is also given a chance to take God into her heart and discover love. Truda Danson was a delightful character. She was a woman ahead of her time. In today’s world, Truda would be running a large corporation. There was only one man who captured her interest and Truda never heard from him again their quick encounter at her debut ball. Jamie Russell has been Piper’s lifelong friend who never told her how he truly felt about her. When the Russell family lost their fortune, they decamped to Danville. Jamie finds his way to the mountains where he gathers information for articles he is writing for a paper. Can romance bloom in the mountains? Unfortunately, the course of true love is not a smooth one. There are a variety of secondary characters who include the other couriers, nurse midwives, a hardworking doctor, and Jamie’s opposition. I enjoyed reading An Appalachian Summer. A story about strong women, faith, hope, and love. An Appalachian Summer is a charming story that took me back in time among the people who live in the Appalachian Mountains.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    This was my first book by Ann H. Gabbart and it was so lovely and well written. I had never heard of the Frontier Nursing Service or the person who began it Mary Breckinridge. I was actually so intrigued I went on a search myself and found her story very interesting and selfless that because of the heartache over the loss of her own two young children caused her to devote her life to the well being of of mothers and children in the remote areas of southeastern Kentucky. I think this made me love This was my first book by Ann H. Gabbart and it was so lovely and well written. I had never heard of the Frontier Nursing Service or the person who began it Mary Breckinridge. I was actually so intrigued I went on a search myself and found her story very interesting and selfless that because of the heartache over the loss of her own two young children caused her to devote her life to the well being of of mothers and children in the remote areas of southeastern Kentucky. I think this made me love the book even more. The story takes place in the beginnings of the Depression Era and the after the suffragette movement where women have now begun to vocalize their wants to be more than just a trophy wife. This is where we meet Piper at her debut party and right away you can tell she is none too happy about it but wants to please her mom and not disappoint her. She feels like there is more to life and her heart definitely belongs to another. A the debut party we meet Piper's escort and man that her father has "arranged" for her, Braxton Crandall, I mean he is okay and I am sure a catch for the time period we are immersed in but right away I knew he was not the man for Piper! Truda is her aunt which definitely encourages Piper to follow her heart rather than what society and her parents deem from her. I loved Truda!! She definitely tells it like it is and is not afraid to speak her mind. She definitely stands by what she believes. You also get to learn why she is single and cheer her on the entire story. I won't tell you much but she definitely has her own story within Piper's!! When we meet Mary Breckinridge at a fundraising tea she is looking for more volunteers for her Frontier Nursing Service. She sees something in Piper and urges her to try something new. By leaving home, she leaves everything behind, including her best friend Jamie who she has loved since childhood. She learns so much about herself in the mountains and learns that she can do anything put before her. The love story between her and Jamie is sweet and definitely one you cheer on throughout the story. There are some times when you want to bonk him upside the head but I think that's how the author meant for you to feel which I love because it means you are totally invested in the story. If you like historical fiction I definitely recommend this book. I thought it was very well written and I can't wait to read more from this author. She has already been added to my growing list of authors to read books from! Favorite quotes: "Every person should be allowed one idiotic dream in her lifetime." ~ Truda I received a copy of this book from Revell . I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    I was so excited to read this book because I loved the cover. I could picture the rhododendrons so well after Piper mentioned them. The purple flowers and the purple that Piper is wearing is so beautiful. Piper Danson wanted to do something meaningful besides going to debutante parties all summer long. Piper's father wanted his daughter to marry a rich young man. He was very concerned because of the depression and wanted his daughter to have the best of everything. Her father thought "love would I was so excited to read this book because I loved the cover. I could picture the rhododendrons so well after Piper mentioned them. The purple flowers and the purple that Piper is wearing is so beautiful. Piper Danson wanted to do something meaningful besides going to debutante parties all summer long. Piper's father wanted his daughter to marry a rich young man. He was very concerned because of the depression and wanted his daughter to have the best of everything. Her father thought "love would grow" over time. Piper did not want to marry without love. Many people thought Piper's name was very strange. It was not a family name, but one given to her by her Aunt Truda. Aunt Truda never married and Piper and Truda were very similar in their thinking. Truda invited Mrs. Breckenridge, the founder of the Frontier Nursing Service in one of the counties of Kentucky in the Appalachian Mountains, to speak at Piper's parents' home. Truda and Piper's mother wanted to support this cause. At this meeting Mrs. Breckenridge asked Piper to come and be a courier to aid the midwives. Piper convinced her mother to let her go. Piper's father was so concerned that she would lose the chance to find a proper husband at the balls that she would miss if she left. Piper and Jamie have been friends for many years. Piper's father did not want his daughter to see Jamie anymore because Jamie's family lost all their money in the stock market crash. I loved the description of the beauty of the mountains and how the girls learned so much about a simple way of life. It was not an easy life though. These girls learned so many practical ways of living. Some of the interesting things I learned was new lingo. I have heard about the midwives "catching babies" before, but I did not know that "sass patch" was their vegetable garden. The people in Kentucky that Piper met had a lot of faith in God - I loved that. I do wish that the author would have had Piper and Jamie come to more of a spiritual awakening besides just going to church. This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell, through Interviews & Reviews.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nyla

    An Appalachian Summer by talented wordsmith Ann Gabhart was another spellbinding tale. I opened the novel and stepped into 1933 Louisville, Kentucky. I was so excited because I live just across the river from Louisville. This Christian historical romance is a true delight which I devoured at once. From page one I was ensconced in a new time and place where I immediately found friends. This is the story of Piper Danson. She has just made her debut and now her father has a marriage opportunity for An Appalachian Summer by talented wordsmith Ann Gabhart was another spellbinding tale. I opened the novel and stepped into 1933 Louisville, Kentucky. I was so excited because I live just across the river from Louisville. This Christian historical romance is a true delight which I devoured at once. From page one I was ensconced in a new time and place where I immediately found friends. This is the story of Piper Danson. She has just made her debut and now her father has a marriage opportunity for her. Piper is feisty, a bit headstrong, and has other plans. Her childhood friend Jamie Russell has carried a torch for Piper for years. Unlike her high society family, his family lost everything in the stock market crash. Now Piper’s father no longer considers Jamie a worthy suitor for his daughter. Piper decides to spend the summer as a Courier for the Frontier Nurses in Appalachia and off she goes on a train, The real story begins then. It is rich with history, folklore, mountain culture, and inspiration. The life and spiritual messages the author includes in this book are timeless as well as priceless. I love Gabhart’s smooth style of writing. She not only tells me a story but draws me into it. I became so invested that I wanted to talk to the characters. Even with the snakes, steep trails, and scary mountain men, I wanted to be a Frontier Nurse or Courier. There are so many secondary characters that are simply extraordinary and deserve their own stories. I highly recommend this to everyone. It was a blessing to me. If this series does not get made into a television series or movie, it will be quite the shame. There is so much education, inspiration, and entertainment in this book. It gets a 5 out of 5 stars from me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stacy M. Patton

    “My courier girls come here having been served all their lives. Here they learn to serve others.” -Mrs. Breckinrich (founder of the Appalachian Mountain hospital). One word for this book ..... ADORABLE! I am a huge fan of Ann H. Gabhart’s books. There is just something special about her stories. Every year I eagerly wait for the newest release. I pre-ordered this one as an audiobook and counted down the days. Well, it was worth the wait! I absolutely loved this story and the characters. I mean h “My courier girls come here having been served all their lives. Here they learn to serve others.” -Mrs. Breckinrich (founder of the Appalachian Mountain hospital). One word for this book ..... ADORABLE! I am a huge fan of Ann H. Gabhart’s books. There is just something special about her stories. Every year I eagerly wait for the newest release. I pre-ordered this one as an audiobook and counted down the days. Well, it was worth the wait! I absolutely loved this story and the characters. I mean how can you not love a character named Piper? This story transports you back to the Great Depression era of America to a daughter born into a banking family - a family of money and prestige. But Piper is not the typical rich girl as you will soon see. Instead the mountains come calling to Piper who wants to experience a different life before her father pressures her to get married. Piper will soon begin a new adventure with the mountain people. “And I don’t want to read any nonsense about our people here. These are good people. The men love their families and the women are strong and resourceful. And the children- who wouldn’t love these children?” -Mrs. Breckinrich. Note about the audiobook: this book is narrated by Susan Bennett and I give her five stars for narration. Susan does an amazing job with all the voices and she adds so much to this story!! I highly recommend this as an audiobook!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    It’s the height of the Great Depression, but Piper’s family isn’t suffering. Her father hadn’t lost his fortune, unlike many in those days. Piper was suffering in a different manner. She acquiesced to her mother’s wishes and made her debut into society. However, a stirring speech by one Mrs. Breckinridge spurred her to become a courier for the frontier nurses on the Appalachian Mountains for the summer. Piper went from being a society debutant to mucking out horse stalls, along with many other t It’s the height of the Great Depression, but Piper’s family isn’t suffering. Her father hadn’t lost his fortune, unlike many in those days. Piper was suffering in a different manner. She acquiesced to her mother’s wishes and made her debut into society. However, a stirring speech by one Mrs. Breckinridge spurred her to become a courier for the frontier nurses on the Appalachian Mountains for the summer. Piper went from being a society debutant to mucking out horse stalls, along with many other tasks. The nurses were vital to the well-being of the mountain folk, especially the pregnant women. But Piper had an ulterior motive: she desperately wanted to escape the marriage plans her father had initiated, because she was in love with another man. However, her true love’s family had lost their fortune in the crash, and Piper’s father deemed him unworthy to marry his daughter. Author Ann Gabhart has penned a delightful novel of historical worth that weaves together fact with fiction, telling a story of struggle and of romance in her own talented way. The setting is so well described and the characters so real, readers will themselves falling back in time to another time and place. It’s a wonderfully told tale with strong and inspirational female characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jalynn Patterson

    **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: In 1933, most people are focused on the Great Depression but all Piper Danson can think about is how to get out of being a debutante and marrying Braxton Crandall. In an act of defiance, Piper volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains where adventure awaits. My Review: I have often been asked by my children what period do you wish you **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: In 1933, most people are focused on the Great Depression but all Piper Danson can think about is how to get out of being a debutante and marrying Braxton Crandall. In an act of defiance, Piper volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains where adventure awaits. My Review: I have often been asked by my children what period do you wish you could of grew up in and one of the times I always say is during the '20's or '30's. Even though it was a time of great hunger and poverty, I believe it was a time of simplicity that our world hasnt seen in quite a long time and that we could use right about now. It was a time that made people humble. Piper is such a strong willed girl, nothing and no one can stand in her way. She sees this time as a time of great promise and direct for her life and an impromptu wedding--she doesn't have time for. She feels like life is passing her by and that she wants to do something big with her life. She is restless and needs this for herself. So she does something big and it impacts the lives of many. A great story!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    The story is easy to read and kept my attention. Being a nurse for 35 years and the fact my family comes from rural Kentucky, I enjoyed reading this historical fiction about both. I also admired that the leading ladies were strong and independent. I would like to have seen a more spiritual development in the main character, Piper. Overall I give this book a 4/5. “An Appalachian Summer”, Piper, a strong- willed young lady,, finds herself questioning life’s expectations. She is one of the fortunate The story is easy to read and kept my attention. Being a nurse for 35 years and the fact my family comes from rural Kentucky, I enjoyed reading this historical fiction about both. I also admired that the leading ladies were strong and independent. I would like to have seen a more spiritual development in the main character, Piper. Overall I give this book a 4/5. “An Appalachian Summer”, Piper, a strong- willed young lady,, finds herself questioning life’s expectations. She is one of the fortunate society girls of 1933 who is still able to afford a debutante ball after the crash of ‘29. However, Piper longs for more than societal approval and the wealthy match her father has in mind; she wants to marry for love! With the help of her father’s independent and successful sister Trudy, Piper talks her mother into first allowing Piper a summer of assisting nurse midwives with the Frontier Nursing Service in the mountains of rural Kentucky. Here Piper discovers that by serving others, she comes to learn more about God, herself, true love, and friendship. (Reviewer M.P.Godley)

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