Think of a hot, lazy summer day. That relaxed, almost sleepy feeling? Capture it because that’s exactly how you’ll feel reading Ann H. Gabhart‘s An Appalachian Summer.

For Piper Danson, the Depression had not caused her family to lose their money nor her opportunity to marry wealth, but it has taken away her dearest friend. Unsure whether she wants to agree to her father’s chosen match instead, especially when she still cares for someone else, Piper leaps at the chance to volunteer her summer as a Frontier Nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky.

Piper loves horses, but she’s never had to function without conveniences she thought were necessary for daily survival. Like directions that consisted of knowing which boulder to turn by instead of a paved road. Or having a refrigerator or having to milk a cow. But she loves it nonetheless and finds it the perfect opportunity to put men out of her mind. That is, until she receives an unexpected visitor.

What struck me most about An Appalachian Summer was how much I didn’t want the story to end. I wish it had gone on for another fifty pages because I loved being a fly on Piper’s shoulder as she traversed the mountains and wrestled with her marriage options. And Jaime? Not only did I love how his name fit him perfectly, I loved everything about him.

If you pick up a copy of An Appalachian Summer, definitely settle yourself in a hammock for a long afternoon. The hours will go by too quickly as you lose yourself in the rivers and trees of Appalachia.

I received this book free from Revell in order to provide an honest 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 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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