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Troublesome Creek (Troublesome Creek #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  869 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
A charming historical novel set in the late 1800s. Born and raised in the hills of Kentucky, Laura “Copper” Grace loves the wilderness of her home in Troublesome Creek. But when her stepmother threatens to send her away to boarding school to become a lady, Copper faces the possibility of losing everything that is precious to her. Copper must come to terms with her family a ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Amanda Tero
Mar 29, 2017 Amanda Tero rated it liked it
I personally liked "Skip Rock Shallows" much better than this book. I enjoy Jan Watson's writing style -- and the way she tastefully weaves in details and historical tidbits throughout the story. But I think I just didn't like the overall storyline. There were also some things that made me a little uncomfortable, such as an old woman's superstition, a few mentions of "going further than kissing," and a scene with a camp meeting in which the preacher handled snakes (this was never directly resolv ...more
Amazing historical, draws you right in!
Darby Stouffer
Jan 16, 2012 Darby Stouffer rated it it was ok
I've tried to like Christian fiction. I really have. I feel that I'm too cynical for it, and the fault must surely lie with me. But then I read books like this, and I realize that while it partially may be my fault, that this is truly a woeful genre. Especially when romance is added. The "sparks" that must fly in order for a woman to love a man in these stories makes me angry. That's not what love is about. Nice? Sure, but not the be all and end all.
The random Scripture quotations are seemingly
Jan 24, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
Freebie from kindle store. I really liked this book. Lots of nice descriptions of life in the 1800s. I will probably read the next in the series.
Margaret Chind
It was not until about page 320 that I began to enjoy this book. Usually, I read Christian Fiction because of its uplifting reminders that you are not alone and that in the midst of struggle God prevails. Christian Fiction for me is usually my antidepressant... but it just was not working with this book. The book starts with Copper, a girl in her late teens and then flashes back to when her parents met and her mother died. It goes on to show her grow up practically over night to realize choices ...more
Sharon Huether
Jul 29, 2016 Sharon Huether rated it liked it
Troublesome Creek was a wild place. Mountains, deep ravines, harsh weather, all witness by Will and Julia.
Three of their babies died, then with their fourth child, they were caught in a bad storm. Will and the baby survived, Julia did not.
Will asked Julia's sister to care for the baby in Troublesome Creek. Will and Grace had a family now two twin boys are added to the family.
Years passed, then Copper the daughter met a new Doctor in town. She fell in love and they married. Grace wanted the best
Victoria Bylin
Sep 13, 2011 Victoria Bylin rated it it was amazing
This was a different kind of read for me. It's set in the hills of eastern Kentucky and has a little bit of everything -- a young adult heroine, a touch of romance, drama, humor and a writing style that's both sparse and lyrical. I liked it alot! Looking forward to the other two books in the series.
Feb 03, 2013 Loraine rated it liked it
I liked the storyline and characters in this book, but found it rather slow moving overall. Also thought the romance between Copper and Dr. Corbett was rather rushed.
Wow, this was one of the most wonderful historical books I have read! It was a little like Janet Oke, but also different... it was real. One part was so sad I cried, others were funny, still others interesting and sweet. There was such a mixture of things in this book.

Troublesome Creek tells a story about a growing up young woman, Copper Brown. It tells of her life, of her growing up, and falling in love. Her struggles, and the struggles of others living in the country hills of Kentucky. Jan W
Vickie Morgan
Feb 25, 2017 Vickie Morgan rated it it was amazing
Troublesome Creek was a wonderful read. In parts of this book I felt my heart break with the tragedies that were described, other parts I bubbled up with laughter, and then I became involved in the sweet romances.

I was so impressed with Cooper's knowledge. She knew how to take care of herself and wanted to help others. She loved God and her family. She especially loved the mountains and didn't want to leave.

There was a lot of great research in this book about Kentucky in the 1800's. Some of the
Jul 10, 2017 Cathy rated it really liked it
Copper Brown is a young woman torn. She would like nothing more than to stay the free spirit roaming the woods surrounding her family farm, but she is no longer a child and expectations are changing. Her stepmother wants to send her away to become a proper lady to increase her marriage prospects, her best friend John wants to change their relationship, and her Daddy wants to allow her to make up her own mind with no pressure. This historic novel set in the late 1800s is well written and an enjoy ...more
Phyllis K. Lee
May 31, 2017 Phyllis K. Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read!

I got lost in these pages...couldn't put it down. I'll be looking for more from Jan Watson. Great, great read.
Mar 21, 2017 Dorothea rated it it was amazing
Wonderful characters, wonderful storytelling all the way through! It has been years since I read and enjoyed this book and the family and storyline have stayed with me .
Sep 04, 2007 Deb rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, historical
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]Copper loves her life by Troublesome Creek, and is scared at the thought of being sent to a boarding school. But her stepmother is worried that Copper--or Laura Grace--won't have much of a future in the rural hills of Kentucky during the 1880s. Copper also wonders about the sometimes strained relationship between her Pa and her stepmother--and about how her mother died. The story flashes back to when her Pa- ...more
Aug 03, 2013 Anya rated it really liked it
This is a debut novel by a gifted writer. The author found her way into publishing by winning the Christian Writers Guild First Novel Contest and was further blessed by landing Jerry B. Jenkins as editor, making her good writing even better.

The story is set in the mountains of Kentucky, just past the Civil War. The main character, a young woman who must make the difficult decision to choose between her beloved home and following the man she loves to a city life, is likeable and fresh. The story
Mar 31, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Jan Watson has quickly become a must read for me. All the books I have read by her so far have been witty and warm reads. I'll have to admit Grace was not a favorite for me I was hoping beyond hope that she would find contentment in her life and that she would bloom where she was planted; but forevermore she will pine for something else. I thought how much of life is like that for a lot of us. Copper is the winner in this book and her two little brothers Willy and Daniel. Their banter back and f ...more
May 31, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
Very good for a Kindle Free book. I love historical fiction and reading about different experiences set in times other than our own. I am just now writing this review although I read it a few months ago because I realized I have so many books on my Kindle I needed to keep track in my own mind whether I liked a book or not and why. So I don't remember very many details but it is a Christian fiction yet not overly "preachy". Overall, it kept me wanting to read more and I was interested in reading ...more
Cristine Eastin
Nov 17, 2012 Cristine Eastin rated it it was amazing
"Troublesome Creek", winner of the first Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest in 2004, is the first in a six-book series. I roared through these books, and I'm eagerly awaiting the seventh book which is in the publishing hopper.
Jan Watson does a lovely job of creating characters the reader really gets to know. The series starts in the 1800s in the hills of Kentucky when we meet sweet, feisty Copper Brown. The story continues through the series reading like a family genealogy.
Sep 30, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Surprisingly good for a Kindle freebie. Historical fiction w/ a touch of Christian literature. I don't know if its just me, but it seems like an awful lot of the kindle freebies have something to w/ christian literature & they are not always described as such. I usually figure it out by reading reviews ahead of time. I don't always mind it (sometimes it plays really well into the story -- like in this book!) but a lot of the time the Christian story lines can fall flat.

I liked this book. It
Jun 12, 2015 Lynette rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
It was pretty good, and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't heavier on the God stuff since it was written by a Bible-thumper and won a Christian Writer's Guild award. The amount of Bible verses were tiresome, but easy to skip over. The only trouble I had with it was the sudden "healing was Copper's gift" showing up 20 pages from the end. It should have been established much sooner. Also, I was extremely disappointed in Copper's choice. Other than that, it was well-written and contained bea ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Amancay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 17, 2012 Anita rated it it was amazing
I have now read all this series up to Torrent Falls and have loved this author and her stories. There is much to glean from how things were done in KY mts in 1880's from cooking to travel, farming, and she specially adds midwife and doctoring in this series. This series is not the typical sweet things happen this series has troubles, dedication, sorrow and hardships as well. The books are fascinating & you will not want to put them down to find out what is happening next in the lives of Copp ...more
Jan 14, 2011 Pam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Oh, I loved this book. Not usually what I pick up to read, but the very first paragraphs with Copper at the creek and the bit of dialog between her and her father drew me in immediately. I knew I would read it, and I knew I would love it. I just loved the way the story flowed, how it built. I especially loved the very detailed way of telling about day-to-day tasks, how they did things back then and in that way of life.
Mar 09, 2010 Alyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Copper is a girl who loves where she lives but faces crossroads in life when it comes time to marry/go to boarding school/other stuff like that. Kind of an odd book simply because of all of the random stuff packed in, the tedious flashbacks to everone's past, way too much description of everyday chores, and a half-hearted plot. It was interesting to read, but I did skim a lot and didn't find it enthralling.
Mar 28, 2016 Lydia rated it did not like it
I can't believe this book was an award-winner. Even though I did manage to finish it, I had to force myself to keep reading. The author's overuse of contrived similes was annoying, and she spent way too much time telling the reader how to pluck a chicken, find a bee tree, iron linens, make apple butter, and other such mundane tasks that were not at all important to what little plot the book had.
Dec 14, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading fiction about this time period (early settlers), and I've been enjoying Christian fiction, so I gave this one a try. I found this an enjoyable entertaining, wholesome read, even though it does bounce back and forth a bit to get the whole story in.

There are more books in the series that I'm going to check out. I think this would make a cute Hallmark movie, like Love Comes Softly.
Donna in Southern Maryland
Oct 26, 2010 Donna in Southern Maryland rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I love to read about the 1880's in this country. This story is set in Kentucky during this time. I love the story of the main character, Copper, but I especially love the way the author describes daily life, the chores they did, and really how they lived. I have heard many of the same stories told by my own Mother and Daddy, so they really ring true. I would recommend it for anyone who may enjoy these kinds of books.
Oct 11, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
This book was okay, but I hated the fact that she left the guy that had loved her and was going to marry her, for some random guy that showed up on her families farm one day. Usually I get goosebumps when reading about God's hand on even the toughest situations but on this book I didn't get any.

Jul 19, 2016 Kestrel17 rated it really liked it
I didn't know where the book was taking me for the first few chapters. The switch from a young girl's coming of age story to her parents' love story threw me at first, especially since I tend to like limited points of view, but as the story progressed, I fell in love with the characters and came to have a better understanding for them. I hope to find the next one in the series soon.
Monica Johnson
Jan 21, 2012 Monica Johnson rated it it was ok
This book was a disappointment for me. It began with a fantastic premise and strong story line, but then it kept hitting dead ends. It seemed to me that there were phantom characters. Characters that were introduced to the story who simply vanished when their convenience wore off. There were more loose ends than a grass skirt.
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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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