Book Review: The Heart of the Mountains

Book Review: The Heart of the Mountains

About the Book:

To escape a forced marriage, Cora Taylor travels from England to the Blue Ridge Mountains in search of her brother, who is working as a teacher in a mission school. She hopes to find a place where her nursing skills and independent ideas will be accepted and appreciated, but nothing prepares her for the wild mixture of isolation, community, brokenness, and hope within these mountains…or in the person of Jeb McAdams.
Returning from the devastation of World War 1 emotionally damaged, Jeb McAdams struggles against the rampant mountain alcoholism to soothe his nightmares. It’s easy to hide within the mountains, or it was, before Cora Taylor arrived. Now, she seems to show up at every turn, bringing her modern ideas, curiosity, and beautiful eyes with her.
Bound by their shared war history, the pair develop an unlikely friendship, which unexpectedly hints to something more. But when Cora’s desire to help the women of the mountains crosses an unspoken line, will Jeb be able to protect this feisty flatlander from the wrath of the mountain men or will he end up losing much more than his heart? 

My Thoughts:

This is book two in the My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge series. Book One is called Laurel’s Dream and you do need to read it first. Laurel’s Dream introduces you to the setting and all the characters, which The Heart of the Mountains builds upon.

I enjoyed both books, but I especially enjoyed this book. The shared desire to overcome, to live a life worth living and the aspect of creating something beautiful in a broken world were themes that I could relate to. I loved Cora’s sense of adventure and determination. I appreciated her willingness to jump right in and her humility to learn. I also appreciated Jeb’s heart of sacrifice and gentleness of character. The setting was described so that you could feel the realities of the culture of the Blueridge mountains.

Though there were some very serious themes and heartbreaking situations the book never felt too heavy. I hope there will be more to the series.

I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.