Book Review: An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart

Posted August 5, 2020 by Asheley in review / 1 Comment

An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart
Book Review: An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. GabhartAn Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart
Published by Revell Books on June 30, 2020
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In 1933, most people are focused on the Great Depression but all Piper Danson can think about is how to get out of being a debutante and marrying Braxton Crandall. In an act of defiance, Piper volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains where adventure awaits.

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Book Review:

This story takes place in Kentucky, in 1933. Piper Danson has just had her debut in Louisville, where she was escorted by the handsome and wealthy Braxton Crandall. Piper’s parents want her to marry Braxton because of his family’s financial stability, as they were able to maintain their wealth while so many others lost everything during the stock market crash and the Depression that followed. But alas, the thought of a life of society and money bores Piper. Plus, she is in love with Jamie Russell, but her family won’t approve of a marriage with him because his family is one of those that lost their fortune.

Piper decides to do something adventurous and leave home to work with the Frontier Nurses up in the mountains of Kentucky. Acclimating to a lifestyle that requires hard work is tough for her, but rewarding, and ultimately Piper learns a lot about herself. Best of all, she finds the confidence to start making her own choices.

An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart
I was drawn to this story because of the Appalachian setting and because parts of the plot were centered around nursing. (I am a nurse!) I loved reading about Piper riding up into the Kentucky mountains on horseback and I loved that she was able to learn about hard work and public health. It was a lot of fun watching Piper’s confidence grow, and it was inspiring to watch her eagerly learn skills that she had never been exposed to before (cooking, painting, washing clothes, etc.). I also loved all of the people that Piper met through the Frontier Nursing program.

There is, of course, romance throughout the story where Piper is concerned. She has to figure out what she wants to do about marrying Braxton without hurting him and upsetting her family. She also has to figure out what to do with the very real feelings that she feels for Jamie. There is a smaller, secondary romantic plotline in the story that I LOVED.

This one was a lot of fun for me. I read it one over the course of about a week when things were exceptionally busy at my house (and a little bit stressful). I really looked forward to picking this book up for a little while before bed every night.


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About Ann H. Gabhart

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Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. An award winning author, she’s published many books for both adults and young adults. Her books cover several genres from historical to small town family stories to cozy mysteries (mysteries published with author name A.H. Gabhart). Her ideas are sparked by events in Kentucky history and by experiences in her own family. Her first Shaker novel, The Outsider, was a finalist for the ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year. Love Comes Home won the Selah Book of the Year award, and These Healing Hills was the Faith, Hope & Love Readers’ Choice Women’s Fiction Book of the Year.

Ann lives on a Kentucky farm not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann enjoys hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dogs, Frankie and Marley.


About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

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One response to “Book Review: An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart

  1. Glad you enjoyed the story, Asheley. I always think it’s neat when a nurse reads one of my Frontier Nursing stories. These Healing Hills was published a couple of years ago with a nurse midwife as the main character but with the Frontier Nursing history. I admired Mary Breckinridge so much for staring the Frontier Nursing Service that I wanted to tell more about her history and that’s one of the reasons I rode back up into the mountains with Piper.

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