These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart

These Healing Hills

by Ann H. Gabhart

 

About

“A fascinating and beautifully crafted story.”–Virginia Smith, bestselling author of The Amish Widower.

Francine Howard has her life all mapped out–until the man she loves announces his plans to bring home an English bride from war-torn Europe in 1945. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he’s at a loss when it comes to envisioning what’s next for his life.

When Francine’s and Ben’s paths intersect, it’s immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds . . . and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

“Ann H. Gabhart captures a fascinating slice of Appalachian history in this tale of a mountain midwife and a soldier, bringing it to life as only a native Kentuckian can.”–Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night

“Ann Gabhart combines vivid descriptions, meticulous research, and a deep understanding of the human heart to create a story that will linger in readers’ memories long after the last page is turned. This is a book to savor, not just once, but over and over. A true keeper.”–Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of A Stolen Heart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series, as well as several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

Endorsements

“Reading These Healing Hills is like wrapping up in a beloved quilt and stepping back in time. Ann H. Gabhart captures a fascinating slice of Appalachian history in this tale of a mountain midwife and a soldier, bringing it to life as only a native Kentuckian can. Poignant and romantic, witty and wise, with enduring spiritual truths, this is my favorite novel of hers to date.”

Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night

“What a wonderful story! Filled with true-to-life characters (including some four-footed ones) and fascinating historical details, These Healing Hills is a beautifully written, heartwarming story of life in the Appalachian Mountains at the end of the Second World War. Ann Gabhart combines vivid descriptions, meticulous research, and a deep understanding of the human heart to create a story that will linger in readers’ memories long after the last page is turned. This is a book to savor, not just once, but over and over. A true keeper.”

Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of A Stolen Heart

“Ann H. Gabhart delivers a rich tale set in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains at the close of World War II. Francine buries the painful loss of the man she loves beneath the difficult work of a frontier nurse midwife. The mountain people touch a place deep in her heart, and she gladly sacrifices the life she always wanted in order to serve them. But can she ever be truly happy among the hills and hollows where modern medicine often gives way to ancient folk cures? These Healing Hills is a fascinating and beautifully crafted story that I highly recommend.”

Virginia Smith, bestselling author of The Amish Widower

“You are sure to enjoy this endearing story of love lost and found in the enchanting hills of Kentucky.”

Jan Watson, author of the Troublesome Creek series

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Francine Howard’s life was on a right and happy path, or so she thought. But when them man she loves announces he’s bringing home a bride from the war, Francine makes the choice to move to the Appalachian Mountains and start her training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. These mountains not only gave Francine a fresh new start, but a completely new life. She grew to loved and be a part of these mountain people.

Ben Locke was on his way home to his Kentucky mountains, having no idea where his life would end up. But meeting the new nurse in town made coming home a little sweeter. As Ben continues to help Nurse Howard find her way through these mountains, would she find her way to his heart too?

Ann Gabhart creates a lovely story of love, forgiveness and acceptance in These Healing Hills. For me, the story was so paced in the beginning, but as I kept reading, just as Francine did, I fell in love with these sweet Mountain people. The characters and plot were well created and developed. I love that the lives and situations in each scene in the book were so realistic I felt drawn to this place. Despite the hard work needed to survive, the people lived in ways most communities don’t. I highly recommend this beautiful story by Ann Gabhart!

I received this book from the publisher, Revell. I was not required to write a review, it was my choice to write this positive review, and the opinions in this review are my honest opinion’s only.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ann H. GabhartAnn H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–as well as Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

Revell Publishers presents….The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart

The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart
She longs for peace–for her land and her heart–but can it truly be found at Harmony Hill?Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. When the war ends without further word, Carlyn finds herself penniless, in debt, and forced from her home. With nowhere else to go, she seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill.The Shakers profess peace through simple living, but to Carlyn, the Shaker life seems anything but simple. When mysterious deaths disturb the peace of the village, Carlyn falls under intense scrutiny. Can a kind sheriff help her expose the true culprit?

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites fans back to Harmony Hill for a story laced with intrigue, romance, and heart.

The Innocent is another well-crafted tale from the pen of Ann H. Gabhart. With characters that will steal your heart, Gabhart introduces a desperate young heroine who seeks safety among the Shakers during the post-Civil War era and a sheriff determined to come to her aid. A rich and rewarding read you won’t want to miss!”Judith Miller, award-winning author of Refined by Love series

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–as well as Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

After hearing that her husband was missing in action, Carlyn Kearney had no where to turn but to the Shaker community for help. Her house was being taken away because of non payment, she had no idea when here husband would be home, or if he would. But in the shaker community, Carlyn finds out that things are not just as they seem in this community of people who are bound to their belief’s.

Every time I read about the Shaker’s, I find it hard to believe that people would actually believe as they do. But in Carlyn’s case in this story, I can understand why she would turn to this group of people. She had no choice. She had no one, no money, and no way to make any money to pay for her land, and upkeep her house. Or for that matter, to feed herself. She did go in with the right attitude though, only going through the motions of their belief’s. Sounds just like something I would do in that situation.

This is a really wonderful read. Ann Gabhart is a master storyteller and her books are full of interesting characters, storylines and detailed information. Just as it is in The Innocent. As I was reading this story, I felt like the characters were so real, I would get aggravated at some, cry at times, feel the tensions as the scenes unfolded, and laughed at times as the details were so vivid and real. And no one writes about the Shakers like Ann Gabhart. She knows their ways and knows how to write them in a story that makes it happen! I don’t want to say a lot more about the storyline, because it will give too much info, and ruin it for you. Just know that this is a book that you don’t want to miss!

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Revells Presents……Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart

Love Comes Home
By Ann H. Gabhart

When the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The men are coming home to Rosey Corner after years at war during WWII. Two of the Merritt sisters were waiting on husbands to return, while one sister knew her husband would never be back again. Over three years had passed since the men left, and in that time everyone and everything had changed. And the guys struggled being in quiet Rosey Corner after living for years watching their every move, and watching his back. And on the other side, the ladies struggle with understanding what their husbands have been through. And especially Evangeline, because she was expecting thing to change to give her a better life, and she wasn’t really concerned about everyone else’s feelings. I though she was a bit overboard with her wants. I just wanted to shake her good! Ann Gabhart does a wonderful job of weaving everything going on in this story together and ending Love Comes Home in a wonderful and heartwarming way.

If you enjoy romantic stories, you will enjoy this one. And for you WWII buffs, you will enjoy this as well. I hope you will this book a try, and I hope you like it as much as I do. I received this book from Revell Publishers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

Summer of Joy by Ann Gabhart from Revell

Summer of Joy

by Ann Gabhart

summer of joy

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

As summer draws to a close Jocie’s world seems serene–but is it just the calm before a storm?

Unbeknownst to Jocie Brooke and her family, two people are making their way to the small town of Hollyhill, Kentucky. One everyone thought was gone for good and the other no one’s ever heard of. Still, one thing is sure–they promise trouble. The past is coming to call, threatening to destroy strong relationships that everyone has simply taken for granted.

The summer of 1964 may be winding down, but the controversy in this little community where nothing ever seems to change is just heating up.

Bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you to Hollyhill for a story both exciting and enduring that will stick with you long after you turn the last page.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I enjoyed this book so much, it is just a sweet story! After struggling through several problems in the small community of Hollyhill, Kentucky, things seem be simmering down and everyone is looking forward to hear of wedding plans. But can David find the nerve to ask the could be bride?

And just when David thinks things are calm and quiet, and he’s overcoming his nervousness, the past comes back to haunt him. The community is again in a whirlwind when two people show up unexpectedly. Join the fun as you follow the journey of these realistic and believable characters!

Another wonderful story from Ann H. Gabhart, full of family, friend, love and just enjoyable characters.

 

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Ann H. Gabhart © Scott Campbell Photography

Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–and…

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Christmas at Harmony Hill…by Ann Gabhart

Christmas at Harmony Hill

by Ann Gabhart

Christmas at Harmony Hill

About

She stared up at the Shaker buildings. They took in those in need. That was why she was riding into their village. But she couldn’t stay here. Not forever. They divided families. She’d heard her grandmother speak harshly of the way Shakers didn’t believe in marriage and had special houses where children were kept from their parents.
Heather put a hand over the swell of her baby inside her. Surely they wouldn’t take a newborn from his mother’s bosom. Heather’s mother couldn’t have imagined that happening or she’d have never told her to come . . .

A stirring story of healing, hope, and home at Christmas It is 1864 and the nation is torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. With her husband at the front and nowhere else to turn, she seeks refuge in the Shaker village of Harmony Hill. Amid the tumult of the times, Heather yearns for the peace she sees in this strange community. But can this longing really be fulfilled amid these people with their peculiar beliefs about family?
As Christmas approaches, the joy of new life and the love that is born of forgiveness may hold the answer.
Join bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart for a peek into the world of the Shakers–and the world of the human heart.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really enjoyed this historical shaker Christmas story. I have read several books by Ann Gabhart and the Shakers, and  I enjoyed reading Gideon and Heather’s story. These two had their struggles, but as I always enjoy about Ms. Gabhart’s writing, she clearly shows that God is about to carry us through our difficult situations and struggles.  You will grow to love the characters just as I did, they just warm you heart! If you are looking for a cozy little book to read, here is your book! Christmas at Harmony Hill is a novella so it doesn’t take a long time to read.

I received this book from the publisher David C. Cook  to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart….From Revell

Small Town Girl

By Ann H. Gabhart

9780800721848

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978-0-8007-2184-8
$14.99
Paperback
400 pages
Pub Date: July 2013

Bestselling author Ann Gabhart weaves a timeless story of love, sacrifice and longing that will grip the heart and stir the spirit. In her gentle and textured style, Gabhart takes the reader back to a time when days moved slowly and life was simple. A world that was about to change forever.
In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town waits in anticipation as if holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of handsome best man Jay Tanner can’t draw her interest.
Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything. Kate’s friends are rushing to get married before the boys go off to war. The newspapers talk of women making airplanes and bombs. Everyone in town begins rolling bandages, planting victory gardens and collecting scrap metal. Kate finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways, and when he enlists she can hardly breathe worrying about him getting killed. Could she truly be in love with him? And if she is, will she ever see him again?
Fans of Angel Sister will be thrilled to see Kate Merritt all grown up. New readers will find that Gabhart tells a beautiful story that will touch their hearts and win their loyalty.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really loved everything about this book! The characters were realistic and believable, the setting was an interesting era to read about, and I enjoyed the slower pace living conditions of the small town. Jay Tanner came from a difficult past, so thought he had no place in anyone’s family, but was really wishing he could be a part of Kate’s close family. But was that really to be? Kate and Tanner didn’t have a chance because of Mike, because Mike didn’t think Jay was good enough for Kate, but yet knowing Kate was in love with him, he fell in love and married Kate’s sister. And then there is Kate’s little sister who immediately fell in love with Jay, and Jay adored Birdie, as he called her, as well. Mike was the local church minister, and preached to Jay all of the time, but never reaching him. So what else is there to do for Jay except join the military and strike out on his own again? There is a lot going on in this story, so it will definitely keep your attention!

Ann Gabhart does a wonderful job of weaving everyone’s situations together and working them out to make a wonderful read for all of her fans. And if you haven’t read any of Ms. Gabhart’s books, you are missing out! I encourage you to pick up a copy of Small Town Girl today! You will be pleased with your choice!

“Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from Revell to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

6306Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

Praise for Small Town Girl and Ann Gabhart
“A classic. Ann Gabhart pens an enduring tale from the very first line of Small Town Girl. Rosey Corner is a world you won’t want to leave, rife with spiritual truths, rich romance, and memorable characters that linger long after!” – Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel’s Lady and Love’s Reckoning
“The characters of Ann Gabhart’s Small Town Girl pulled me into their lives and did not let me go. This love story, painted upon the canvas of a small Kentucky town struggling with WWII, is one of the most riveting historical romances I’ve ever read.” – Serena B. Miller, winner of the 2012 RITA award for Inspirational Romance.

Scent of Lilacs by Ann H. Gabhart

Scent of Lilacs

9780800730802[1]

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Jocie Brook and her father live in the small community of Hollyhill, Kentucky, along with her Aunt Love. Jocie’s dad David hopes to be called as part time pastor to the little church there. Though David is loved my most everyone there, he still struggles with a marriage that didn’t work. Aunt Love lives with him to help take care of his daughter, but her memory is failing, and she is getting so very forgetful that someone has to watch behind her to make sure she doesn’t burn food, or burn the house down.

Jocie has so many questions about her life. Why did her mother leave her, and never contact her? Did she really love her? Why did no one want to answer her questions about her mom? And what about Aunt Love, why didn’t she ever marry? Why did her scripture quoting Aunt always seem so sad?

As Jocie starts checking into the unanswered questions, she wonders if she really wants to find out what the real truth is.

Join Jocie and her family as they struggle through the truth that comes out, and as an unexpected visitor shows up at their door. Or is it a visitor?

This is a wonderfully told story by Ann Gabhart. I love the way she makes you fall in love with the characters, and you begin thinking about them as real people.  This book was published a few years before, but is now back with a new beautiful cover. I highly recommend this wonderful read if you enjoy a good, nice, clean fiction. I know you will love is as much as I did!

 

Ann H. GabhartPhoto Credit: © Scott Campbell Photography

Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

Words Spoken True: By: Ann H. Gabhart

Words Spoken True:  

By: Ann H. Gabhart

Book Blurb

One woman stands ready to defend her newspaper . . . even if it means losing out on love

Adriane Darcy was practically raised in her father’s newspaper offices. With ink in her veins, she can’t imagine life without the clatter of the press and the push to be first to write the news that matters. Their Tribune is the leading paper in Louisville in 1855.

When Blake Garrett, a brash young editor from the North with a controversial new style of reporting, takes over a competing newspaper, the battle for readers gets fierce. After Adriane and Blake meet at a benefit, their surprising mutual attraction is hard to ignore. Still, Blake is the enemy, and Adriane is engaged to the son of a powerful businessman who holds the keys to the Tribune‘s future. Blake will stop at almost nothing to get the story–and the girl.

Set against the volatile backdrop of political and civil unrest in 1850s Louisville, this exciting story of love and loyalty will hold you in its grip until the very last page.

My Thoughts on this Book!

Adriane Darcy is not just the run on the hill young lady that everyone would expect, especially in the historical Louisville 1850’s setting where this story takes place. Adriane would much rather be out looking for another top story for her father’s newspaper. And marriage is not in the picture at all, that is until her dad and Mr. Jimson decides that their children should marry. Adraine didn’t like Stanley Jimson, never would, never wanted to, and that was that.

Blake Garrett takes over another newpaper in town and his main goal is to put out more copies than Darcy’s daily paper and he would do anything he could to reach that goal. Things get interesting when he meets the Darcy daughter, Adriane because Blake is attracted to her, and he sure doesn’t want Stanley Jimson to have her.

Ann Gabhart writes another awesome story in “Word’s Spoken True.” With the unique, witty and loveable characters, along with a lot of mystery and susupense, add to that a little romance and you have a wonderful and enjoyable book to read. Adraine was just so feisty and full of herself it was sure no one would pull anything over on her, which makes the story much more interesting! There are many twists and turns to this story as well, capturing your interest until the very end.

I highly recommend this book for you to read and enjoy. You will not be disappointed!

“Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

This book was provided by Revell Publishing for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ann H. Gabhart

is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, and The Blessed. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Kentucky

 

Book Review….Summer of Joy……Ann H. Gabhart

This is the 3rd and final book about the Brook family. After struggling through several problems in the small community of Hollyhill, Kentucky, things seem be simmering down and everyone is looking forward to hear of wedding plans. But can David find the nerve to ask the could be bride?

And just when David thinks things are calm and quiet, and he’s overcoming his nervousness, the past comes back to haunt him. The community is again in a whirlwind when two people show up unexpectedly.

Another wonderful story from Ann H. Gabhart, full of family, friend, love and just enjoyable characters.

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Book Review…….Orchard of Hope…….Ann H. Gabhart

This is the second book with the Brook family. The community of Hollyhill, Kentucky comes together praying for rain because it is so dry. Join Jocie and her family as she anticipates starting high school this year, as her sister Tabitha awaits her new  baby, and as they face changes in their small community. Will the people welcome a new family into their little community and church? What will the community think of Tabatha’s baby when they see the little one face to face?  Continue the drama as Jocie and her family struggles through yet more problems.

Another great story from Ann Gabhart. I couldn’t put this book down!

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Book Review…..The Scent of Lilacs by Ann H. Gabhart

Jocie Brook and her father live in the small community of Hollyhill, Kentucky, along with her Aunt Love. Jocie’s dad David hopes to be called as part time pastor to the little church there. Though David is loved my most everyone there, he still struggles with a marriage that didn’t work. Aunt Love lives with him to help take care of his daughter, but her memory is failing, and she is getting so very forgetful that someone has to watch behind her to make sure she doesn’t burn food, or burn the house down.

Jocie has so many questions about her life. Why did her mother leave her, and never contact her? Did she really love her? Why did no one want to answer her questions about her mom? And what about Aunt Love, why didn’t she ever marry? Why did her scripture quoting Aunt always seem so sad?

As Jocie starts checking into the unanswered questions, she wonders if she really wants to find out what the real truth is.

Join Jocie and her family as they struggle through the truth that comes out, and as an unexpected visitor shows up at their door. Or is it a visitor?

This is a wonderfully told story by Ann Gabhart. I love the way she makes you fall in love with the characters, and you begin thinking about them as real people.  This is my first book by Ann, and will be reading the rest of her books. I highly recommend this book to read.

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