Thursday, August 16, 2012

Angel of the Cove

Title:  Angel of the Cove
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  304
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988

                Anna has plans, plans made since she was a little girl and now she is wondering if she will ever get to see them come to fruition.  Anna’s father is no longer living, but he has left money behind that is to go to Anna so she can go to nursing school in New York.  Her older brother, Robert, now the head of the family, wants her to become a married woman instead.  Anna is a determined woman who doesn’t want to let her father down by not going to school, becoming a nurse, and working at a major hospital in the city.  Any threat to that dream of Anna’s is bound to meet with fierce resistance.  No person or thing is going to change her mind, or is there?
                Her uncle is a doctor in a cove.  He sends an invitation to Anna to come and visit for the summer, learning the ways of being a midwife.  Granny uses all sorts of herbs and medicines as she was taught by her mother, who was a midwife and country nurse before her.  Anna is there in the cove to gain experience and knowledge before heading off to school.  Anna learns more than she bargains for, more in many other avenues besides medicine.
                Simon is the cove’s preacher.  He grew up in the area, but left to go to school.  Before being able to complete his education, he has to return to the cove.  Does he ever finish his education?  Granny shares her home, life, and history with Anna.  Every opportunity the two of them have together, Anna takes out her notebook and writes down what Granny teaches her, including how to make some herbal treatments from what grows in the area.
                Granny has lived alone a long time before Anna comes to the area.  Now she feels like Anna is her own daughter.  Soon Granny’s experiences bring about her sharing her own personal heartache.    What is it that binds these two women together?  Simon and Granny have a friendship before Anna comes to the cove.  Will Anna befriend Simon?  Can Simon be around Anna and give her time to let the cove and its people grow on her?
                Reading about the cove area and how the characters all help each other when there is a need, is a refreshing story.  Also, the characters in Angel of the Cove have trials and troubles.  There are some who wouldn’t believe in Jesus and others who did.  This is very enjoyable reading.
My rating is 4 stars.
               

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