Journey into the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918 where Laurel McAdams endures the challenges of a hard life while dreaming things can eventually improve. But trouble arrives in the form of an outsider. Having failed his British father again, Jonathan Taylor joins is uncle's missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Laurel feels compelled to protect the tenderhearted teacher from the harsh realities of Appalachian life, even while his stories of life outside the mountains pull at Laurel's imagination. Faced with angry parents over teaching methods, Laurel's father's drunken rages, and bad news from England, will Jonathan leave and never return, or will he stay and let love bloom?...
|Title||:||My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream Reviews
Pepper Basham has done it again! While I love her contemporary “kissing books”, I was captivated by this story set in the Blue Ridge mountains, rich with Appalachian culture and lore. From the quaint Appalachian speech to the lusciously painted setting, each page drew me into a world I’d never experienced, yet came to love.
This is one of the sweetest love stories I’ve read in a long time. Laurel is tenderhearted and kind while being amazingly strong in the face of difficult circumstances. Her wi ...more
Okay get ready to gasp, but this is the first book that I’ve read by Pepper Basham! I know that I’m late to the party but at long last, I made it.
Laurel McAdams is a character that I loved from the beginning and quickly decided that I wanted her to have the best life she possibly could. Given her circumstances I knew that it wouldn’t be an easy thing to do. Laurel has so much to overcome including a less than ideal family life since her father struggles with alcoholism.
Jonathan Tyler is the new ...more
My heart just melted like butter on a hot biscuit. Never has a book captured Appalachian culture so well. I was hooked from the first page. Basham’s way of weaving words together makes me want to capture the words and put them all in a glass jar so I can shake them every now and then like a jar of lightning bugs and watch them light up again.
Laurel is so sweet and endearing. That sweetness covers a backbone of steel and dreams of helping her community. When Jonathan arrives, Laurel is his first ...more
Laurel’s heart belongs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I understand completely. No matter where I go on this planet, my heart is always in Appalachia (in eastern Kentucky, to be precise). Portraying the culture of Appalachia with all of its complexity is not an easy feat but this novel pulls it off beautifully, capturing the tough and tender spirit of the mountains with authenticity and respect.
This novel uses quite a bit of colloquial dialogue, which I enjoyed immensely because it’s really well wr ...more
Jonathan Taylor was running, running away from the failure his father thought he was and running toward a place he thought he could contribute. Because of an old injury, he couldn't contribute toward the war effort, but maybe his brain and his skills could contribute here, in the Blue Ridge Mountains as a teacher for his uncles' mission.
Laurel McAdams wanted more than what she had. Not material things, she had enough of those, makin' do was a way of life in these mountains, but learning. She had ...more
This was my first time reading a book by Pepper Basham and I was certainly not disappointed! It's not quite a novella, but it's certainly a shorter novel (I read the e-book but according to Goodreads the print is 256 pages), and I happened to read entire book in one evening.
I've only read a few stories that involve "mountain people," but it's quite interesting that almost all of them paint the same type of picture of them. They are a people of pride and while they may not have much, they work ha ...more
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All thoughts below are my own.
This sweet novel opens the door to life in the heart of Appalachia during the early twentieth century. With endearing characters and a storyline so heartwarming, it’s a must-love story from start to finish!
With a tender love story reminiscent of Catherine Marshall’s Christy, Pepper Basham shares a delightful tale of a young, British man who comes to the he ...more
A wonderful story full of life and love! A glimpse into the Appalachian culture of a small community at the end of WW1, with a conflict all its own. When a young man from England comes to teach school at the mission led by his uncle, ill feelings are stirred up among the stern mountain men and the 'flatlander' who wants to improve their lives, and open their eyes to the outside world.
“Dream, girl, but trust God to take better care of your dreams than you ever could.”
This book started out well, a ...more