Thursday, January 20, 2011

Book Review: Still House Pond

Book Summary from Publishers Website(Tyndale House):
Lilly Gray Corbett loves living on Troublesome Creek, but she would much rather play with her best friend than watch her little brother and the twins. Her mama, Copper, is often gone helping to birth babies, and Lilly has to stay home. When Aunt Alice sends a note inviting her to visit in the city, Lilly is excited to go, and Copper reluctantly agrees to let her. Later, when they hear the news that the train crashed, Copper and her husband, John, rush to find out if their daughter is injured . . . or even alive.

My Thoughts and Review: 
Still House Pond is book number 5 in the Troublesome Creek series by Jan Watson. The book is historical fiction and based in 1896. This was the first book in this series that I have read and Jan Watson was a "new to me author". 

I really enjoyed this book, even though at first is was difficult to follow along with the many cast of characters. Cooper, who is Lily's mother, was a very interesting character, who gets into many interesting situations while delivering babies all over town. The family's faith is tested time and again through many difficult situations of Cooper's. Also, during the time that they are all searching for Lily who is feared dead in the train wreckage.  During the time the family is searching for Lily, she is locked up in a old building on the property of Isa Still, who is the owner of the pond where Lily had taken a walk to instead of boarding the train. During this time of being locked up, Lily begins to discover things about herself. She was able to reflect and ponder and it helped her realize a few things that she didn't really know. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book, because it is during times of trials in my own life, that I tend to "discover" things about myself and begin to make changes for the better. 

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the series from the beginning! Reading Still House Pond made me think of Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie. For me though, this book really hit the spot because I saw so much of me in Lily! 

Info about the author: 
Jan Watson is an award winning author whose first novel Troublesome Creek  won the 2004 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest. She has continued to win awards for her novels since then.  Jan was a registered nurse for 25 years at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She incorporated her nursing experience in the hospital's mother/baby unit into her novels. Jan resides in Kentucky. 

For more information on the book, the author, to read the first chapter of the book and where you can purchase a copy of this book: Still House Pond 

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers as part of the Tyndale Blog NetworkMy opinions of the products are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.

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