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Skip Rock Shallows (Copper Brown #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  352 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Lilly Gray Corbett has just graduated from medical school and decided to accept an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky. Her beau, Paul, is doing his residency in Boston and can't understand why Lilly would choose to work in a backwater town. But having grown up in the mountains, Lilly is drawn to the stubborn, superstitious people she encounters in Skip Rock ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Tyndale (first published January 1st 2012)
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Amanda Tero
Oct 24, 2016 Amanda Tero rated it really liked it
Skip Rock Shallows was one of those nice, historical fiction reads. It is clean, full of mountain and mining life, and brimming with intrigue and adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Skip Rock Shallows -- the characters felt real and believable, the storyline never slacked.

Lilly Corbett has been sent to Skip Rock Shallows as the mining company's-hired doctor. This being the first woman doctor that Skip Rock Shallows has seen, they are all against her. However, tragedy strikes soon and often
May 05, 2012 Angelc rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-own-read

4.5 Stars

This was my first book by this author, and while it took awhile to get used to her style, I ended up really enjoying the story. At first, I thought the pace was a bit slow, and the characters and plot a bit too predictable. But soon, the characters and story were fleshed out and I really loved the slow, small town style of the story.

I think the things I enjoyed the most about the book were the setting of Skip Rock, KY, and the full, lively cast of supporting characters. Lilly's assistan
May 31, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Rachelle Cobb
I loved this story and the setting. When I started reading it I thought it was going to be another cliche story of a woman doctor in a mans world. But although there were a few cliche elements it was a sweet and page turning story. Thank you Rachelle for lending it to me
"I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever; yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God."
~ Jonah 2.6
In 1908, women physicians were not as well received as men. Add in a superstitious mining town with its first female physician, and you have a backdrop for many story lines. Jan Watson has woven a beautiful novel of commitment, respect, and love with the harsh realities of a coal miner's life. As much as we have read idealized a
Jen W.
May 18, 2012 Jen W. rated it liked it
Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson takes readers into a small coal town where at first the idea of a lady doctor is rejects. Only after saving a young miner she starts to win there trust but even then it is slow and not all want her there. Though there are many residents who become very fond of her and she of them. Throughout the story Lilly faces many battles and wrestles with what to do with the future. Should she stay in Skip Rock or go home to Boston? Then there is the character from her past, ...more
Skip Rock Shallows is the third book in Jan Watson’s series, COPPER BROWN. This one was about Copper’s grown daughter, Lilly, and her journey to finding her true dreams. –Do they lie in her fiancé, Paul, or the mysterious blue-eyed stranger she feels she knows somehow?

I have immensely enjoyed all of Jan Watson’s books, in her TROUBLESOME CREEK series, and COPPER BROWN series. She writes with such a real touch, bringing to life days of old. Her books usually center on mountain folk with their u
Jun 30, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This was quite an enjoyable read. This book follows Lilly Corbett through the mining town of Skip Rock. I enjoyed every person in this book right down to the forewarning bird. It had great description and plenty of towns people charm. I enjoy books that weave many people into the story line and this one did just that. Lilly is pure down home Kentucky true and I was pleased to see she stayed in character with the way I imagined her to be. Lovely ending; can't wait for the next one. This one is we ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
I really liked this story. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series. I felt the Gospel could have been clearer. Baptism is not necessary for salvation and I almost felt that is what the characters were indicating. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (death, burial and resurrection) and thou shalt be saved."
I really enjoyed the overall story. I like the way the author chose to bring about the romance part between the main characters...not sure how to describe it other than it had a su
Rachel Brand

PROS: Heroine is a doctor in a period when this was uncommon; easy and relaxing read; engaging secondary characters and setting

CONS: Took a while to get interested in the story due to slow pace; story often skips large periods of time; romance wasn’t convincing

Despite her fiancé’s disapproval, Doctor Lilly Corbett decides to spend the first six months after graduating from medical school in Bost
Kathleen E.
Jun 19, 2012 Kathleen E. rated it it was amazing
5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Watson's Skip Rock Shallows, c2012, June 10, 2012

This review is from: Skip Rock Shallows (Paperback)
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Jan Watson's Skip Rock Shallows, c2012
Coal Miners c1908

I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.
Jonah 2:6

Skip Rock Shallows: Lilly Gray Corbett has just graduated from medical school and decided to accept an internship in the coal camp of Sk
Jul 08, 2015 Bethany rated it liked it
I liked it...
The cover is pretty it's what caught my eye and caused me to take the book from the shelf and then I read the blurb about a female doctor in a time where females were considered unfit for anything but housework and on top of that she's set up in a mining town. I decided to read the book.
There wasn't a lot of drama, which i am thankful for. Sometimes i feel like authors over dramatize every little thing and i get annoyed and want to start hitting characters with a baseball bat, beca
Sara ♥
It was pretty good for the most part. I picked this book up because it was about a female doctor before there really were female doctors (1908 in the backwoods of KY).

First of all, this is, apparently, the 6th book in a series, and while you don't HAVE to read the first 5 (I haven't), I think I would have "gotten" Lilly more if I knew her background better. AND I think the romance would have made more sense if I'd read the other books.

As it was, the romance was a bit... QUICK. I mean, she's eng
Rambling Readers
Jun 11, 2012 Rambling Readers rated it it was amazing
Since reading Troublesome Creek a few years ago, I have been a fan of Jan Watson's novels. Her focus on small mountain communities often reminds me of Catherine Marshall's Christy. In Skip Rock Shallows, Watson portrays a grown-up Lilly Gray Corbett, a character familiar to readers of Watson's other novels. Lilly displays the same strength and determination that made her mother, Copper, such a beloved heroine. I feel like I have watched Lilly grow up, so I enjoyed reading her story and the trial ...more
Lisa Johnson
Jul 09, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it liked it
Title: Skip Rock Shallows
Author: Jan Watson
Pages: 370
Year: 2012
Publisher: Tyndale
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The year is 1908, and the setting is in the coal mining mountains of Kentucky. At this time in history and in this area, there weren’t a lot of modern conveniences and the people weren’t “up with the times” according to the society at that time. Will the character adapt or run for home?
Lilly Corbett has just grad
May 08, 2012 RivkaBelle rated it really liked it
Review originally published on my blog:
Book provided by publisher for review.

Lilly Gray Corbett grew up in the mountains of Kentucky, and when her first assignment after medical school sends her to a mining community not far from where she was raised, Lilly thinks things will fall into place. She wasn't counting on the people to resist so strongly to the fact she was a woman doctor however, and struggles to make sense of why she is even in Skip Rock. When an accident req
Jan 30, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Jan Watson
Publisher: Tyndale Fiction
May 2012
ISBN: 978-1414339146
Genre: historical

Lilly Gray Corbett has just graduated from medical school and decided to accept an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky. Her beau, Paul, is doing his residency in Boston and can’t understand why Lilly would choose to work in a backwater town. But having grown up in the mountains, Lilly is drawn to the stubborn, superstitious people she encounters in Skip Rock—a town wh
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Lilly Gray Corbett decided to take an internship in Skip Rock, Kentucky. Her fiancee was not so sure she should accept the internship. His main concern was it was in a coal mine camp with harsh conditions very unlike Boston. Lily was not taken as seriously in her profession as a man would have been. She had been raised in the Kentucky mountains under similar conditions, so she was not sure how she felt about his reaction to her going to Skip Rock. Although she knew she would miss him dearly and ...more
Jun 27, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it really liked it
In 1908, women doctors were still a rarity and unheard of in small mining towns like Skip Rock, Kentucky. But Lilly Corbett was raised in Breathitt County, so when, upon graduation from medical school, she was offered an internship in Skip Rock, she was eager to go there. Acceptance does not come easily from the mountain people, but with time, the little town feels like home. Unfortunately, her fiance does not understand her feelings. And then, there is the handsome stranger in town, who is harb ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Jan Watson is a favored author of mine, taking me deep into the mountain country of Kentucky, where I learn to know the people and their culture firsthand.
This story, told from the view point of Lilly, explores and protrays in detail the obstacles a young woman who was following her conviction of being a doctor would face both from the community she was trying to help to those of her own family. Lilly grows from a girl who has lofty ambitions of doctoring in the big city with all its amneties
May 30, 2012 Wanda rated it it was amazing
This is my first experience with Jan Watson but it definitely will not be my last!

Skip Rock Shallows is a small mining community in 1908 Kentucky. Lilly Gray Corbett has accepted an internship in the backwoods community that reminds her of her home in Troublesome Creek, not so very far away. She quickly learns to love the colorful people and finds herself not so sure she wants to leave. Then she meets an old acquaintance who confuses her even more as she tries to choose between him and her fianc
Shawn Lane
May 02, 2012 Shawn Lane rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
It’s 1908 and Lilly Corbett, is now Dr. Corbett, and serving her internship in Skip Rock. She must earn their trust and prove to them that a female can be a doctor. She must face tough decisions about where God intends her to be, and who God intends her to be with.

Skip Rock is such a precious little town. It’s a town full of cynics, but also full of people who give unselfishly. Lilly is such a strong character, full of life, and with such a wonderful heart. What I love most about her is that sh
Jul 07, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
Lilly Corbett isn't what the folks of Skip Rock, Kentucky expected when they heard a new doctor was coming to town -- she was a woman. In an age (the early 1900s) when women doctors were rare, Dr. Lilly Corbett has her work cut out for her in the small mountain town.
In Skip Rock Shallows, author Jan Watson takes us into the close-knit, often close-minded, community of a mining town. Lilly not only has to practice medicine, she has to work at being accepted by the people. Lilly is sent to Skip Ro
Apr 07, 2012 Carissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reviews
first reviewed here: http://belovedgraceful-carissasbooksh...

Title: Skip Rock Shallows

Author: Jan Watson

Series: Copper Brown series which is a c Continuation of the Troublesome Creek series

Chapters: 33 plus epilogue

Pages: 375

Genre: Christian Historical fiction

Rating: 5 stars

Lilly Gray Corbett is serving as a doctor in a coal mine camp in the hills of Eastern Kentucky. Even though she grew up in the same hills the people of the mining town still see her as an outsider. She wants to help the peop
May 02, 2012 Faye rated it liked it
A pleasantly rustic tale, set in the coal mining community of Skip Rock, Kentucky.

Lilly Corbett is a young woman who has set her foot on the rough path of being a lady doctor to a old fashioned, coal mining community. Lilly works hard to gain the community's trust and respect, who knows, she might even find love!

Skip Rock Shallows was a pleasant read, with a charmingly rustic setting. I really liked how Ms. Watson wrote humor into a few of Lilly's medical calls!
I thought that it was really help
Audrey Grant
May 16, 2012 Audrey Grant rated it really liked it
This was a good book if a bit predictable. I enjoyed the faith and trust in God, with which the main Character walked each day, waiting for God to show her what she should do.
And yet she wasn't perfect and sometimes would realize she was having a bad day because she hadn't had her quiet time with God that day.
I did find it a bit odd that she didn't recognize the boy who grew up next door to her and saved her life. That would have made a huge impression and even years later I think she would have
Trinity Rose
Jun 03, 2012 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing
Jan Watson’s book Skip Rock Shallows is a magnificent story. The characters are so interesting and feel like family. I love how Lilly feels drawn to a place to practice medicine that not many people would care for. How Lilly never gave up when people rejected her because she was a woman doctor.
The cave-ins were very captivating because of the way Jan tells of them. You feel like you are right there and it makes you part of the story and you feel like you are in on the action.
Lilly had her lif
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 25, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it liked it
I read this as a free Kindle book. It was actually quite good, considering that it is Christian romance. Lilly has just finished medical school and is sent to a Kentucky mining town for an internship for the summer. It is early in the 20th century - before cars and acceptance of women doctors.

She overcomes the hostility, because she is the only doctor and understands the people, as she grew up in a similar type of place. She is engaged to Paul, another doctor, who is waiting for them to get marr
Jun 04, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Within the deep recesses of the coal mine camp in Skip Rock, Ky, close the the area of Troublesome Creek, Dr. Lilly Corbett faces the challenges that are reserved for the previous camp doctor. The resident's backwoods and simple way of life prove to be quite untrusting of a female physician. The mines remain in unrest as the workers fight illnesses and injuries. The services of Dr Lilly as needed more now than ever. When Lilly's fiance Paul arrives in Skip Rock it is as if she had never left her ...more
May 28, 2012 AbbyJoy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Women

This wasn't quite the book for me. It took me a long, long time for me to get even mildly interested in what was going on. I never really connected with any of the characters and by the end I still wasn't super interested in how it would end.

Besides feeling disconnected from the characters, I felt like there was too much telling and not enough showing. Yeah, I know, I'm getting a little nitty-picky here. But instead of feeling like I was following right along with the characters, I felt like I
Rachelle Cobb
May 14, 2012 Rachelle Cobb rated it really liked it
What I Loved

This book reminded me of Christy by Catherine Marshall. A lot. In a very, very good way. The rustic small mining town in which Lilly finds herself for the summer. The characters who walked off the page and straight into my heart. The kids who made me smile without fail. Even the mysterious miner going by an alias (which never, ever got confusing ~ a witness to great writing) who is smitten with Lilly from the get-go.

Skip Rock Shallows is a light summer read perfect for front-porch re
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Jan Watson won the 2004 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest for her first novel, Troublesome Creek. Her other awards include a nomination for the Kentucky Literary Award in 2006 and second place in the 2006 Inspirational Readers Choice Contest sponsored by the Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter of
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