Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Splendor of Ordinary Days

Idgie Says:
This is a lovely series of books and I always look forward to receiving a new one.  I can see this series going on until Jeff gets tired of writing about the town and it's inhabitants.  

The book description offers a resemblance to various authors that are similar in theme to Jeff's novels, but his writing has always somewhat reminded me of the James Herriot stories - sweet, kind, a little bit of heckling and harshness, and just enough sarcasm and twinkly-eyed rambunctiousness to make you enjoy each chapter.

There's a little mystery in this story regarding the grumpy newspaper man, his fenced off lake house and how it might relate to a Mennonite occurrence years ago - this mystery is followed through the book to the end.  But most of the chapters are almost stand alone in small day-to-day events that occur in the good doctor's life.  

These are great books to settle in with and share a few smiles... and perhaps a tear or two.  Wonderful family books that all ages can read.


October 6, 2015

Book Description:
Readers of Jan Karon’s Mitford series and Patrick Taylor’s Irish Country series will fall in love with Jeff High’s funny, heartfelt Watervalley series.

The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tennesse, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he’s caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict…

After a rocky start as Watervalley’s only doctor, Luke Bradford has decided to stay in town, honoring the three-year commitment he made to pay off his medical school debts. But even as his friendships with the quirky townsfolk deepen, and he pursues a romance with lovely schoolteacher Christine Chambers, several military veterans’ emotional wounds trigger anger and unrest in Watervalley.

At the center of the clash is the curmudgeonly publisher of the local newspaper, Luther Whitmore. Luther grew up in Watervalley, but he returned from combat in Vietnam a changed man. He fenced in beautiful Moon Lake, posting “Keep Out” notices at the beloved spot, and provokes the townspeople with his incendiary newspaper.

As Luke struggles to understand Luther’s past, and restore harmony in Watervalley, an unforeseen crisis shatters a relationship he values dearly. Suddenly Luke must answer life’s toughest questions about service, courage, love, and sacrifice.