Reviewed by Circulation Assistant Brenda Brewster
Tessa McCrae, still grieving from the loss of her young daughter, is asked to help her mother, Nancy, and grandmother, Helen, clean out Helen’s house. Helen has become a recluse and a hoarder. Tessa does not often see eye-to-eye with her mother and grandmother, and is, therefore, not pleased about spending the summer with these ladies. After a rocky start, the ladies are successful in getting Helen’s house organized. Will they be as successful in sorting out their complicated relationship?
Wedding Ring is part of a series by Emilie Richards entitled, Shenandoah Album. These books are all set in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley and involve some aspect of quilting. These novels are not about how to quilt, but about the culture and love of quilting and the beauty of quilts. If you like reading about complicated relationships, quilting, and or the Shenandoah Valley, you will enjoy these books. The Shenandoah Album series is comprised of five books; Wedding Ring, Endless Chain, Lover’s Knot, Touching Stars, and Sister’s Choice.
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Reviewed by Circulation Supervisor Kathy Buchanan
More Things In Heaven and Earth is the first book in the Watervalley series by Jeff High set in the small rural community of Watervalley, Tennessee. Luke Bradford has graduated first in his class from Vanderbilt University’s medical school. More interested in research that actually practicing medicine, Luke reluctantly signs a three year contract with the town of Watervalley in exchange for payment of his student loans.
Luke feels like an outsider as he begins his new life as a small town doctor, but as he comes into contact with the residents of Watervalley, from the oldest citizen to the youngest, as well as an attractive schoolteacher, a recluse and a bossy housekeeper, he starts to settle in. When a mysterious strain of flu hits the town, Luke feels like he has let the town down when he is unable to help those that have gotten sick. He begins to doubt himself and his ability and begins to think about breaking his contract and leaving.
If you enjoy Jan Karon’s Mitford series, you should read the Watervalley series. There are currently two books in the series, with the third coming out in October. The residents of Watervalley will seem familiar to you. You will recognize yourself, your family and your neighbors as you read. Be prepared to laugh out loud and maybe shed a tear or two. When you reach the last page, you will be wanting to read more about Watervalley and its inhabitants.
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