Adventure Between the Pages: Tattlers Branch

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Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for reading level, murder, mild romance, and mildly scary scenes
Best for Ages: 18 and up

Description: Lilly Corbett Still has grown to love her life as the small-town doctor of Skip Rock, a tiny coal community in the Kentucky mountains. Though her husband, Tern, is away for a few months at a mining job, Lilly keeps busy with her patients and her younger sister visiting for the summer.Her hands full, Lilly turns to her good friend and neighbor, Armina, to help keep things in order. But when a mysterious chain of events leaves Armina bedridden and an orphaned baby on her doorstep, Lilly must trust in God and her resilient country neighbors to help her uncover the truth. While working late one night, Lilly cares for a patient whose odd behavior sets her on edge, but she’s unaware of what a mess she’s found herself in until a break-in at her office puts her on high alert. Struggling between what is right and what is safe, Lilly discovers the strength of her neighbors, her God, and herself.

Last year, a friend was kind enough to lend me Skip Rock Shallows and I really enjoyed that story. When I saw that Tattler's Branch was more of Lilly’s story, I jumped at the chance to review it.

This book was a real page turner. Although it was over 300 pages, I finished it in two days because I was so eager to see what happened. It combined personal struggles and medical as well as murder mystery. Yes, this book kept me turning pages.

I have to admit, though, I really found myself liking Lilly less in this book. She has secrets, and her husband was far from home. I could say more about it, but I don’t want to give away any of the book. However, the secrets and the absence of Tern detracted from the book in my opinion.

The setting of the book still has the same, strong historical backdrop. It captures both the harshness and the beauty of life in the Kentucky mountains. For those who enjoyed both Christy, and/or Skip Rock Shallows, you will enjoy this book.

Jan Watson has an amazing style. She really knows how to tell a story. Which is why, even though I didn’t like some of what she did to the characters, I am giving this book four stars.

I recommend this book to those who enjoyed Christy, what to finds out what happened after Skip Rock Shallows, or just want a book that keeps you turning pages.

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I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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  1. I really, really like the cover. And the summery sounds good too, not the typical romantic Western stories. I have almost given up on romantic Westerns as they are all alike. This one sounds new and different.