More Things In Heaven and Earth: A Novel of Watervalley
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More Things In Heaven and Earth: A Novel of Watervalley

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  40 reviews
As an ambitious young doctor with a penchant for research, Luke Bradford never wanted to set up practice in a remote rural town. But to pay back his student loans and to fulfill a promise from his past, he heads for Watervalley, Tennessee ? and immediately stumbles into one disaster after another. Will he be labeled the town idiot before he's even introduced as the new doc...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by NAL Trade
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Tim Connelly
What a lovely, loving book. Wonderfully drawn characters woven through a story told in the narrator's distinctive, self-effacing voice. It unfolds more than simply being told, so we feel as if we are witnessing it with the narrator. His discovery is our discovery. Those of us who had a Watervalley in our past will feel profoundly homesick for the cadence and care and closeness of small town life; those of you who did not, well, this is what you have missed.

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All I can say about this book and the author is “WOW!”. It is so refreshing to read a story that is wholesome and beautiful. From the first few pages I felt a sense of innocence and great story telling. The book is wholesome and I cannot wait to read the next in his series.

The opening of the book introduces the lead character, Luke Bradford, as he handles his first emergency in his career as the “only doctor in Watervall...more
Donna Meredith
I was lucky enough to snag an advanced readers copy of this novel and though I read a lot (A LOT!!!) this is one of the best books I've read in years. I loved it. It's the book to buy for your mom and best friend for Christmas. Laugh-out-loud funny in some scenes and make-you-ache scenes for balance and heartwarming in the end. Can't say enough about what a wonderful read this is. And no, I'm not related to the author and don't know him in any way.
Loved the book!! It was an easy read based on a small town full of unique characters with entertaining quirks. I can't wait to read what lies ahead for Watervalley.
Catherine Stickann
I won this book on Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
A good novel needs to have certain elements to warrant a 5 star rating.
1. I look for a story that engages me, preferably from that very first page.
2. The setting needs to be described in a way that I can envision.
3. Characters should have purpose and be developed enough for me to be invested in them.
4. The book must make me want to return to it.
I have read many books that meet my five stare criteria, but few let me know they are five star fr...more
More Things In Heaven and Earth: A Novel of Watervalley is the first in a new series by up and coming writer Jeff High. Set in a small town in Tennessee, the story is an inspiring and uplifting read that will have you laughing one moment and moved to tears the next.

This contemporary novel follows a newly minted doctor, Luke Bradford, on his first assignment far from the big city university where he graduated at the top of his class. More interested in research than actual fieldwork, Luke relucta...more
I just finished reading the 'Uncorrected Proofs for Limited Distribution' paperback of this book - final version due out in Oct. 2013. I normally read only suspense, drama, & similar genres, but this book totally took me for a loop - and a pleasant one at that.

I can't remember ever enjoying a book so thoroughly. The mixed emotions of laughter & sadness combined to form an excellent tale of small-town America. If anyone currently living in a large city was considering moving to a small ru...more
Richard Stickann
Jeff High is a nurse and has a degree in literature, a great combination for a person writing a book about someone in the medical profession. He uses his background admirably in writing More Things In Heaven and Earth. I began the book with trepidation, wary that the first person style would turn me away soon after I began. I have read other writers who have had difficulty writing in first person, which is the reason for my subsequent wariness. However, High is quite successful using first perso...more
3.5 stars.

I won this book as a giveaway from Goodreads. I loved how this novel starts out with a prelude and ends with a postlude. It made it seem to flow more.

I really liked the storyline of this book. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series. A very heartwarming story about a doctor who’s just graduated med school, moves to take a position in a very small town in Tennessee. He runs into problems, from not fitting in, to people dying.

The only thing I didn’t like about this...more
Melissa C
This was a lovely southern novel that left me wanting for more. The presence of history, humor, love, the classics and small-town mystery and charm provides ample depth and dimension that made this book difficult to put down.

I enjoyed following the ups and downs of the protagonist as he battled with decisions of right vs. wrong, heart vs. mind. We all have internal struggles of making appropriate choices in life that will deem us successful in others eyes, when, in truth, we must only succeed fo...more
Judie Dooley
A great read . A young Dr comes to a clinic in Tenn to care for the people and earn money to pay off his student loans. . He would rather be in a big city working in research. After the first few days of embarrasment and near disasters, he finally settles in but still feels like an outsider. I don't want to tell the whole story, but lets say there are many surprises. Some I guessed, but others that were not. .The author makes you wan to keep reading. The many characters are real and very believa...more
Connie Stiger
I loved this book! It is full of depth and personal insight into life, people, and relationships in small town USA, and a tender reminder that we all really want and need the same things, acceptance, love, and something meaningful to do with our lives. It is a refreshing and thoughtful journey to a place hard to find in this crazy world. Can I move to Watervalley? Can't wait for the next in the series!
I won this book through Goodreads. This story of young doctor, Luke Bradford, who sets up his first practice in Watervalley, a small Tennessee town, had me smiling from beginning to end. I loved the relationship between him and his housekeeper, Connie. Connie made me laugh :)

I found this book to be delightful, and am very glad I had the pleasure to read it. I highly recommend it!
Amy Pratt
This is a great "feel good" book. It had me hooked after the first chapter. The writing style made me feel like I was watching a movie and the humor in it is great. The character development and story line have me very excited about the future of the main character, Luke Bradford. It's a great read and I highly recommend it!
First in a new series ----- Watervalley. If you enjoyed Jan Karon's Mitford series, Philip Gulley's Harmony series or Patrick Taylor's Irish Country series, you probably will enjoy this new series.

Luke Bradford is just out of medical school, totally up to his "eyeballs" in debt with student loans, and to help pay off the loans, he accepts the position in Watervalley, Tennessee. Luke's medical heart really yearns to do medical research, however, he also made a promise years earlier to practice in...more
Amy Walker
Wonderfully delightfully written book of everyday occurences in a small town. I laughed aloud and my heart was touched. Thank you Jeff High for this novel! Can't wait for the next book!!
What a great book! Strong characters, humorous dialogue, poignant moments, and a storyline nearly all of us can relate to! I'm already looking forward to Book 2~

You have to love a book that begins with a medical crisis out on hold to move the Christmas decorations off of the clinic’s gurney and follows with some really funny stuff! In More Things in Heaven and Earth we meet newly-minted Dr Luke Bradford, just out of residency and owing more than $200K in school loans. He decides to repay the monies by becoming a small town doctor, just like his father – although that is the last thing he wants to do.

Luke hits Watervalley, Tennessee with a spilled beer...more
Viviane Crystal
Deep in debt from medical school tuition, Luke Bradford agrees to pay it off in service as a primary physician for three years in a rural Tennessee town. Luke would prefer to be a research specialist, but that is not to be. The beginning of that service is far from noteworthy; indeed it is hilarious as he manages to bumble his way into town and practically burn his own lovely new home down. He worries that the town residents will think him a bumbling fool, especially as he manages to inadvertent...more
What a great book. I was intrigued by the Town of Watervalley and its residents. Imagine being the new doctor in town, on the way you get really hot and thirsty because your air conditioner is broken, you stopped and bought a six pack of beer, you decide to drink one and as you lift the can up to your mouth there is red flashing red lights and sirens behind you, you slam on your brakes and spill beer all over yourself. The sheriff comes up to your car and notices that you have been drinking. The...more
Amanda Snow
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Luke Brandford never imagined he would land in Watervalley, a tiny rural town nestled in the mountains of Tennessee. When he became a doctor, he always imagined he'd remain in a large city, conducting research to help find cures for the diseases he'd been taught to treat, yet the offer of a practice in this town made the ability to pay down the student loan debt he'd built up and Watervalley was where he landed.

Adjusting to small town life proved di...more
More Things in Heaven and Earth was a quick read, and enjoyable. A young, newly-qualified doctor takes on a job in small-town Tennessee to pay of his student loans. He confronts a few medical problems, including a strange flu epidemic, but the story is mostly about the town—the people—and how the new doctor fits in (or doesn't).

I enjoyed the read, and I will probably look for the next book when it comes out. It's not 100% squeaky-clean, as I had hoped (there is some language, and drinking), but...more
Luke, freshly graduated from medical school, accepts a position in a remote Tennessee community although he would prefer to immerse himself in research. This likable young man gets off on the wrong foot, committing a series of laughable blunders. Matters become increasingly serious as he become immersed in his work and new relationships.

On one hand the story reminded me of "It's a Wonderful Life", showing the impact we have on the lives of those around us. On the other hand it reminded me of th...more
Rebecca Reardon
This book had me laughing out loud at my local Starbucks within the first few pages. The plot is somewhat implausible, the book not very deep, but I know these characters and I cared about them. I can't wait for the next one and am sorry it is not already listed on Amazon for preorders and adding to my wish list. I want more Connie!
Laura Powell
What an enjoyable book! Just a light, happy story with a town full of characters. Dr. Bradford struggles with his life there, which is the lesson of the story. Read it when you need a pick me up.
This book "got me" from the very first chapter. I definitely look for that in a book. I couldn't get anything else done, but what else is there to do when it is -20 and snowing. GREAT BOOK!!
More Things in Heaven and Earth by Jeff High

I won this book in a giveaway without reading what the book was about. I at first I thought the book was about some Christian thing, but I was surprisingly proven wrong. This is about a man who has just finished his med schooling and has decided to move to a small town to become their new doctor. He doesn't feel like he fits in at first, and has some mixed feelings coming from the natives. As the book goes on things take different turns that are somewh...more
Terri Jones
Aug 11, 2013 Terri Jones rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Terri by: Jeff High
Having grown up in a small Alabama town, I immediately connected with the characters in Watervalley. Jeff High has woven a wonderful tale of small town life...the good (everybody knows everybody) and the not so good (everybody knows everybody AND their business!). There were moments where I laughed out loud and moments that tugged at my heart, because I had been in a similar situation. An easy read, More Things in Heaven and Earth brought me back to my small town roots and left me wanting to liv...more
Wow it is so nice to see fantastic books are still being written, and in this case it is the author's first book!
The book sounded promising from the back cover but I kept thinking isn't this Doc Hollywood? The short answer is NO. Not by a long shot. This was a book that was pure enjoyment to read. None of the characters are as simple and straight forward as they seem, and there are some very clever twists to the story that I would not ever expected in a story like this especially for authors fir...more
Adam Tyler
An enjoyable read that fans of "An Irish Country Doctor" books will enjoy!
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After growing up in rural Tennessee, Jeff High attained degrees in literature and nursing. He is a three time published winner, in poetry and fiction, of an annual writing contest held by Vanderbilt Medical Center. He lived in Nashville for many years, and throughout the country as a travel nurse, before returning to his original hometown, near where he now works as an operating room RN in cardiac...more
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