I love Ann Gabhart’s stories! This one didn’t disappoint.
Ann takes us into the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains in 1945 with the Frontier Nursing Service. We ride along with Nurse Francine Howard as she learns to “catch babies” and bring medical assistance to people who still live a very hand-to-mouth lifestyle. Danger comes in many forms, from getting lost to swollen rivers to trigger-happy moonshiners. But the most dangerous to Francine’s heart is a very handsome mountain man come back from the war.
As with her Shaker books, Ann brings her characters to life without making them stereotypical “hillbillies.” The characters are varied, engaging, and easy to relate to. You’ll feel like you’ve known them for years by the end of the book.