Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Harp on the Willow - by BJ Hoff

Harp on the Willow

About the book:

Love is patient and kind…1 Corinthians 13:4

West Virginia, 1869

Three years ago, Dr. Daniel Kavanagh settled down in the quaint town of Mount Laurel and established a medical practice there. The single doctor has been nursing an unrequited crush on Serena Norman, the local schoolteacher.

Just down the road lies the coal mining town of Owenduffy, considered by most in Mount Laurel to be a backwoods hamlet. When the mine company’s doctor abandons his post, Daniel agrees to visit one day a week, much to the consternation of his fellow residents, including his secret love, Serena.

Addie Rose, the daughter of an Owenduffy coal miner, has a gift for caring for others. When a receptionist position in Daniel’s office suddenly becomes available, what windows of opportunity will God open for Addie Rose—just a job, a possible career as a nurse, or maybe something more?

Harp on the Willow is a touching tale of true love, the kind that can only come from a Savior who first loved us.

My review:

I liked this story about a small-town doctor, his medical practice and the two women he's interested in who couldn't be more different.  It was interesting to see what the medical practices were like during the 1860s in America.  It was also sad to see what the justice system was like then, too, as men who beat their wives weren't usually punished.  I felt for him as it would have been hard to treat women who you couldn't really help.  I liked how much he cared about others and put them first, even to the detriment of himself.  He had a strong relationship with the Lord and prayed often.  One thing I thought was odd was that he prayed for two deceased people and he wasn't Catholic.  I also liked the moments of humor as Daniel could be pretty amusing when he wanted to be.  There were a few romantic moments but the scene I was really waiting for took place off page, so I was disappointed  at the seeming build-up.  I would recommend this story if you like historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

Meet the author

BJ Hoff

BJ Hoff

BJ Hoff’s bestselling historical novels continue to cross the boundaries of religion, language, and culture to capture a worldwide reading audience. Her books include Song of Erin and American Anthem and such popular series as The Riverhaven Years, The Mountain Song Legacy, and The Emerald Ballad. Hoff’s stories, although set in the past,...
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