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Skip Rock Shallows

(Copper Brown #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  79 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 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
Alicia Ruggieri
There was so much I loved about this one - It's a fantastic read if you love unexpected but believable events, unique characters (more so with the minor than the major ones), and a storyline undergirded by evidently well-researched interesting historical details. This is the first book I've read by Jan Watson, and I found her writing to be fluid with creative and fitting metaphors - which I loved.

The not-so-great: I wasn't fond of the feminist twang that entered the novel at some point and resu
Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
Format: Kindle
Timeframe: 1908
Location: Skip Rock, Kentucky
Lilly Gray Corbett: Finished Medical school.
Tern Still: AKA Joe Repp Saved Lily when she was abducted as an 11 year old
Stanley James: Overseer for this mining camp
Myrtie James: Mr. James’ wife (where Lily stayed)
Ned Tippen: Lily’s constant help at the camp, and an unknown cousin
Armina Eldridge: 17 year old in charge of her grandmother’s health care

May 05, 2012 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
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
May 31, 2012 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
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a cute story this was! I read it in 2 days. Super easy read. I was a little was a little confused by the Salvation message, it almost sounded like being baptized was what saves a person, though Jan said that wasn't so it might just not have come across right. I'm still giving it 5 stars though, because let's just say it was that cute!
"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 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
Jun 30, 2014 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 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
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

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 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 S
Kathy Sebesta
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Strong characters even if the heroine is a bit too good and naive to be believed. Set in Kentucky, very rural backwoods Kentucky, at a turn of the century coal mine. Bad guys own the mine and want it mined despite the dangers; good guys want to be safe, raise their families, and do the kinds of things we all want to do.

Enter the heroine, a young doctor just out of residency, from another backwoods part of Kentucky. And her hero, a young man working for the government to make the mines safer but
Lisa N
This is the 6th book of a Christian Historical series set in Kentucky in the late 1800’s. I didn’t realize until recently that a couple of new books had been added so I’m catching up. The series starts with the 3 Troublesome Creek books which follow Copper and her family from teenager to marriage and becoming a midwife. Then it continues with the Copper Brown books that follow her daughter, Lilly, who becomes a doctor. A charming, wholesome series with endearing characters that I’ve enjoyed.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clean Christian hose novel

I loved this book, this series has been precious to me such wonderful godly characters and the story line is wonderful. I hate to end this book on coppers life. This series has been wonderful. I recommend this author and any or all of these books. Lord bless you for writing them.

Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And on it goes

The story continues but goes deeper into the backwoods of KY. Lilly has her job cut out for her just trying to be accepted as a newcomer, throw in that she is a woman doctor, and she will never find her place amongst these hill people. They don't take to strangers and they don't take to change!
Carole Cohen
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan Watson captured my interest because as a young girl I lived near Lexington. My Mom and I have been avid reader's of Jan's books. Skip Rock Shallows depicts the struggle of young girls to succeed. Loved it ❤ ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the characters and the setting. Romance seemed to appear abruptly rather than grow, though.
Sherri Ferguson
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series! I highly recommend it!
Jul 08, 2015 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
Lisa Johnson
Jul 09, 2012 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
Rambling Readers
Jun 11, 2012 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
May 08, 2012 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 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 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 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 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
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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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