I liked everything about this book, even the cover! I was impressed that this was Jan Watson’s first novel, since she doesn’t write like a novice. Perhaps it’s her nurse’s training that helped.
This story is set around the 1800s in a coal town in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky. I got a real feel for life there through Mrs. Watson’s well turned phrases and descriptive words. This is a clean, Christian historical fiction novel, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a really good book to read.
I enjoyed learning about the simple life of a young girl named Copper, her fairly carefree life in the mountains of Kentucky, living with her dad and her stepmother. The author really knows how to pull you into the story, and identify easily with the characters. I felt the warm summers, the bitter cold winters, I got anxious when one of the family got ill, was happy when good things happened, enjoyed hunting in the woods, and the story about Copper’s background was engrossing, I could not get enough of the rich details and even the heartbreak. The good relationship she had with her dad was comforting, and the closeness of the family in general was very upbeat and encouraging. Their Christian faith was solid and enduring.
This is the first of Jan Watson’s books, and I’m already reading the second of the series, called Willow Springs, which is a continuation of Copper’s journey through life, and the many changes and adjustments of new surroundings.