An Appalachian Summer

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Discover what happens when one intrepid young woman steps away from the past into a beautiful, wide-open future

In 1933 Louisville, Kentucky, even the ongoing economic depression cannot keep Piper Danson's parents from insisting on a debut party. After all, their fortune came through the market crash intact, and they've picked out the perfect suitor for their daughter. Braxton Crandall can give her the kind of life she's used to. The only problem? This is not the man--or the life--she really wants.

When Piper gets the opportunity to volunteer as a horseback Frontier Nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains for the summer, she jumps at the chance to be something other than a dutiful daughter or a kept wife in a loveless marriage. The work is taxing, the scenery is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and the people she meets along the way open a whole new world to her. The longer she stays, the more an advantageous marriage slips from her grasp. But something much more precious--true love--is drawing ever closer.


Praise for
These Healing Hills

"Gabhart handles the Appalachian landscape and culture with skill, bringing them to vibrant life."--Publishers Weekly

"The tenacity and stalwart bravery that Gabhart so skillfully instills in her female lead in this rugged, heartwarming read are to be admired."--Booklist

"This novel vividly re-creates the world of postwar Appalachia. The compelling story line resonates long after the last page is turned."--Library Journal


Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Refuge, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister, These Healing Hills, and River to Redemption. She and her husband live on a farm a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Ann enjoys discovering the everyday wonders of nature while hiking in her farm's fields and woods with her grandchildren and her dogs, Frankie and Marley. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.


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    Ann H. Gabhart

    Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Refuge, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister,...

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Praise for River to Redemption

"Sometimes a story is almost too wonderful to be true. Thankfully, the bit of history at the heart of Gabhart's latest novel is absolutely true, providing the perfect platform for a tale of love and generosity that will restore the reader's faith in mankind. From the deeply compelling opening pages to the satisfying ending, readers will be inspired to examine their own lives and whether or not they 'pray believing.'"--Sarah Loudin Thomas, author of the Appalachian Blessings series

"Ann H. Gabhart's River to Redemption will both capture your heart and bolster your spirits. Each of the well-drawn characters stepped off the pages and into my heart. This story will remain with you long after you've read the last page. A genuinely wonderful book."--Judith Miller, award-winning author of The Chapel Car Bride

"Ann Gabhart weaves a sympathetic tale set in pre-Civil War Kentucky. Rich in historical detail, River of Redemption reveals the heartbreaking reality of slavery in the first half of the nineteenth century, one young girl's dangerous quest to end it, and a slave's strong faith in God's timing and providence. You will fall in love with these unforgettable characters."--Jan Drexler, award-winning author of The Journey to Pleasant Prairie series


Praise for These Healing Hills

"Gabhart paints an endearing portrait of WWII Appalachia in this enjoyable tale about two people trying to find their place in the world and discern what it means to truly be home. . . . Gabhart handles the Appalachian landscape and culture with skill, bringing them to vibrant life."--Publishers Weekly

"Based on the actual Frontier Nursing Service (FNS), which still serves parts of rural Kentucky, Gabhart's latest is a sweet historical romance set near the end of WWII that brings readers into the heart of the hills where Francine's traveling midwifery practice shapes a tale rich with themes of healing and identity. The tenacity and stalwart bravery that Gabhart so skillfully instills in her female lead in this rugged, heartwarming read are to be admired."--Booklist

"This novel vividly re-creates the world of postwar Appalachia. The compelling story line resonates long after the last page is turned."--Library Journal


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