Saturday, August 27, 2016

Book Review: "Skip Rock Shallows," by Jan Watson

About the book:
Lilly Gray Corbett has just graduated from medical school and decided to accept an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky. Her beau, Paul, is doing his residency in Boston and can’t understand why Lilly would choose to work in a backwater town. But having grown up in the mountains, Lilly is drawn to the stubborn, superstitious people she encounters in Skip Rock -- a town where people live hard and die harder and where women know their place. Lilly soon learns she has a lot to overcome, but after saving the life of a young miner, she begins to earn the residents’ trust.

Torn between joining Paul in Boston and her love for the people of Skip Rock, Lilly crosses paths with a handsome miner -- one who seems oddly familiar. Her attraction for him grows even as she wrestles with her feelings and wonders what he’s hiding.

My thoughts:
Lilly is definitely a pioneer as a female doctor in 1908. But she bravely takes on the criticism and disdain, determined to prove herself worthy of respect. But though she may be confident in her medical skills, she's less than confident in her choices when it comes to romance. Her fiance is a worthy and safe choice, but for some reason she feels drawn to a miner, even though rumors are swirling that he's a company spy. This is a story about a young woman who's trying to figure out life and what's important to her. Women of any era will relate to the eternal question: Is it better to follow your head or your heart?

About the author:
Jan Watson's first novel, Troublesome Creek, was the 2004 winner of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest. Skip Rock Shallows is Jan's sixth novel. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and has three grown sons and a daughter-in-law.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Tyndale Rewards program. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission if a purchase is made through this link.

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