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

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    Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of many novels, including In the Shadow of the River, When the Meadow Blooms, Along a Storied Trail, An Appalachian Summer, River to Redemption, These Healing Hills, and...

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"Gabhart takes readers to the majestic Kentucky mountains during the Great Depression in this enjoyable inspirational romance."

Publishers Weekly

"Another compellingly crafted romance from the pen of Ann H. Gahart, An Appalachian Summer deftly reveals what can happen when a young woman musters the courage to leave behind a restrictive past for a wide-open future of true love."

Midwest Book Reviews

"An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart is one adventurous historical romance. . . . Ann H. Gabhart knows how to grab my attention and keep me inside the story."

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