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The Splendor of Ordinary Days

(Watervalley #3)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Readers of Jan Karon’s Mitford series and Patrick Taylor’s Irish Country series will fall in love with Jeff High’s funny, heartfelt Watervalley series.

The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tennesse, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he’s caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict…

After a rocky start as Watervalley’s only doctor, Luke
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by NAL
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Cara Putman
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This week I've read a book that is a sheer delight. The Splendor of Ordinary Days is like a stroll through small town life through the eyes of the local doctor Luke Bradford. There's something special about this place where ordinary activities fill the days... and the young doctor recognizes it with an eye that gives a literary spin to it all. There's joy in the routine. There's peace in the normal. And there are enough disruptions to keep the days interesting.

I love the relationships that lace
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I try to be as honest as I can with book reviews, also while trying to be as kind as I can. This book review will have two parts: the good, and the bad.

The good:
Even though the review opportunity said you didn't have to read the first two books in the series before reading this third book, I found the first two on Amazon for a decent price and read them both before I read this one, so this is going to be somewhat of a review of all three books.

I really enjoyed this series. The author has com
Virginia Garrett
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're like me, you've probably spent a few wintery days curled up on the couch watching cute, sappy movies on the Hallmark channel. But for those of us who don't have cable, I highly recommend Jeff High's book, The Splendor of Ordinary Days. Set in the cozy town of Waterford,TN, this is a book full of fascinating characters, belly laughs, and a splash of small town romance that will keep you hooked to the very end.

But there's more to Waterford than meets the eye. Young physician Luke Bradfo
A. Hunt
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to A. by: Litfuse Group
(I received this book for an honest review from Litfuse Publicity)

So excited to be a part of another book tour; this one belonging to Jeff High and his book The Splendor of Ordinary Days. This book is amazing, with it's puzzle-like book cover (and you know how much I'm a sucker for covers!), colorful characters and strong storyline!

The story's mostly about Luke Bradford, the implanted, town doctor, but every character carries arresting quality to the town of Watervalley, TN. It's an up-to-date
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Well, Jeff High has done it again, and this book was truly even better than I expected. The entire series has been riveting, and I will be anxiously awaiting the release of book #4.

Jeff High isn't just an amazing author, but he is an awesome person. I have had the privilege to meet him, and hear him speak; plus, he read some of his first book when I attended a book club meeting, and I was blessed to meet him & his wife, Dawn. Hearing him read excerpts form his book was a wonderful experience, an
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
I have learned a lot of these past years about some genre's of novels I thoroughly enjoy, they are the ones like you will find in Jeff High's Watervalley Series. It conveys the creation of a small town where quite literally everyone knows not only your name, but it is hard to keep secrets in a town like Watervalley, Tennessee. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to review, The Splendor of Ordinary Days, the third novel in this series. Along the way with each novel, you get an deeper look ...more
Carole Jarvis
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

In Jeff High’s Watervalley novels, I have found a new author whose work I love. But before I go on, let me caution those who only read Christian fiction that this story has some mild profanity, use of alcohol, and it lacks an overt faith message. However, it doesn’t come from a traditional Christian publisher, nor is it marketed as Christian fiction. I personally enjoyed this character-driven story very much and want to read more of Jeff High’
Jalynn Patterson
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:
Readers of Jan Karon’s Mitford series and Patrick Taylor’s Irish Country series will fall in love with Jeff High’s funny, heartfelt Watervalley series.

The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tennessee, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he’s caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict…

After a rocky start as Watervalley’s only doctor, Luke Bradford has decided to stay in town, honoring the three-year commitment he made to pay off his medical schoo
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Watervalley series and I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did the first two. I am delighted at the ability of the author to craft such a compelling story of life in a small Tennessee town.

Luke Bradford is the medical doctor but he heals much more than physical bodies. He has a genuine concern for his patients and others he has come to know in the short time he has been in Watervalley. This novel deals with a few veterans and the after effects of war. Luke is so goo
Julie D.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book three in the "Watervalley" series. It definitely stands alone as it's own book and I was never lost or confused about what was happening. However, I think you're definitely going to want to read the first two books as I plan to!

This book focuses on Dr. Luke Bradford, the young, single doctor who has taken over the medical clinic. He is in love with the beautiful, Christine Chambers, who is the school teacher. I absolutely loved how the author showed such a loving relationship betwee
Viviane Crystal
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Luke Bradford, in this third Watervalley novel, has become more attached to the rustic beauty and pleasant, interesting people of Watervalley, Tennessee. Part of it is the satisfaction he experiences with his medical practice and the stronger part is definitely his budding romance with Christine Chambers. However, there’s always something brewing in the town that starts out small and grows with distressing power and the latest quandary is what keeps Luke from giving his whole heart to the town a ...more
Barbara Desmond
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love this cover. The title and the cover just go perfectly together. I would totally put this on my wall if it was a painting. It looks like a painting and I love the colors. I could see myself jumping into this place so I could lie down on a chaise lounge and curl up with a good book. I'm assuming that's Luke and Rhett in the picture.

I really enjoyed this book. I don't think it will appeal to everyone because it is a slow paced book. That isn't a bad thing because I think Jeff's writing is gr
Vera Godley
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeff High’s gentle, witty exposure of life in a Southern small town was a pleasure to read. His wordsmithing skills were particularly entertaining and a delight to read. I love his ability to “turn a well-turned phrase.” He makes you fall in love with each of the story’s characters – even the old curmongerly newspaper man.

The gentle life in Watervalley is disrupted by a bit of tension and some violence. Violence that is toned down by Dr. Luke Bradford’s splendid interference. Dr. Luke is the tow
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For lovers of small-town fiction, "The Splendor of Ordinary Days" is not to be missed. Even the title has that perfect, poetic, lazy summer day feel to it. With distinctive characters who run the gamut from the young doctor/hero to the DJ who speaks in song titles, to the old lady who"loves Jesus but drinks a bit because it keeps her regular", and too many others to name, this story held my attention from the opening page until its very end.

It is a charming tale that has a sweet romance, a bit o
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by this series when offered the chance to review this book, so I bought the digital versions of the first two novels, More Things in Heaven and Earth and Each Shining Hour and read them first. While The Splendor of Ordinary Days can be read as a standalone, I loved having the background of the characters and events that preceded this third novel of the series. Watervalley is a quaint and often quirky small town in the Tennessee hills, and Jeff High captures all of the nuances--go ...more
Karen Korb
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts On The Book: I was supposed to have this post done on Friday. I had read the book so it was not like I had to do that. Life happened somewhere between Thursday and today. I was so excited about reviewing this book because it was amazing. If you love the writing style of Jan Karon you will adore this book. The Splendor of Ordinary Days is the third book in the Watervalley series and the first one I have read. Even though the book is a continuation of characters it can stand alone. Hig ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it

"The Splendor of Ordinary Days" written by Jeff High is filled with charming characters, in a southern small town life that is both heartwarming, yet heartbreaking. The characters are very real in the story, which makes the reader dig in. However, if you're looking for a book that is clean without language, this book doesn't have that. It is humorous, captures small town life well and will keep you reading once you get past the first few chapters as the plot slowly begins to develop. This is als
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love books that pull me into a small town setting where the characters are easy to know and care for, making me feel as if I become a part of the town for a short time, and that's just what I found within the pages of The Splendor Of Ordinary Days by Jeff High. Even though the town of Waterford doesn't always embrace newcomers the residents don't hesitate to know what everyone is doing. Typical small town where everyone knows everyone's business, and that among other things makes this story a ...more
Margaret Tidwell
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The Splendor Of Ordinary Days by Jeff High

The Splendor Of Ordinary Days by Jeff High was a fun book to read. This is the third book in the Watervalley series and this is the first book that I have read and I was able to figure out what was going on so you don’t have to read them in order if you don’t want to. I would recommend reading them in order if you plan on reading the series though. I really enjoyed reading about these characters and getting to know the people in the town. Even though I h
Maureen Timerman
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed reading this novel; it kept me entertained from the beginning to the end. The author’s humor kept me giggling throughout the pages, and example, he attends a three hour Mennonite wedding and states, “ They aged right before my eyes.”
While we see hurts on the surface, there seems to be deeper meaning to all of them. While the book is full of surprises that you won’t see coming, and happenings that were impossible, or were they, there is deeper meaning, and they all seem to be con
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I had not read any of the Novels of Watervalley, I ordered the first, More Things in Heaven and Earth, and second one, Each Shining Hour from the library and read them before I opened The Splendor of Ordinary Days. Jeff High's writing is a dream to read. The emotion and explicit description are so well done I felt like I was living in the small town. I found all three books relaxing and enjoyable. Book three, laced with mystery and romance, can stand alone, but I'd recommend reading all th ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
are huge issues for you, then don't read this book. If not issues, then by all means read it, it is truly enjoyable. The imagery of this book is beautiful, the quirky characters make it funny, and the true life situations made it sad. So all rolled up in one is a book that will make you laugh and cry, and wish to visit Watervalley, Tennessee. My favorite part is the singing, that is all I will say about that, because I don't do spoilers. I enjoyed this book, was a bit put off by the fact that I ...more
Marsha Crownover
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Splendor of Ordinary Days is the third book in a series by author Jeff High. The lives of Luke Bradford and Christine Chambers as well as other new and old characters continue to unfold.

The central theme throughout this book is compassion, loss, forgiveness, healing, love, and grace. PTSD is explored bringing shame and blame to the forefront. It is so real, so misunderstood, and the author methodically shows how it can play out in real life, as well as how understanding is imperative to hea
Victoria Brinius
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dr. Luke Bradford finds himself staying in a small town because he happens to be the only doctor. He has promised to stay for 3 years and pay off his bills for school. Christine Chambers is the schoolteacher who has caught his eye. The towns citizens have been fighting for many years. Luther Whitmore is someone that Dr. Luke Bradford thinks can help him fix the towns problems. Maybe the doctor cannot solve all of these problems. But, what should he do. This book is a "Novel of Watervalley". Any ...more
Terri Jones
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jeff High's writing just keeps getting better and better. The third in his Watervalley series, The Splendor of Ordinary Days takes us into the history of and the complex relationships in a small town. Whether it's been 1 year or 50 years, people in small towns don't forget...and they have tendencies to hold grudges that carry from one generation to the next with no real reasons why. This tale of war veterans, forbidden love and sometimes angry, broken hearts further develops the character of Wat ...more
Kathy Kelley
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this 3rd installment of the Watervalley series. It is similar to Jan Karon's Mitford books, but with a Tennessee twist. It is well written, entertaining, and transports you to this tiny town tucked in East Tennessee. This particular book includes a plot line with Mennonites and war veterans. This adds depth and richness to the story. I really enjoyed the love story between Luke and Christine. I admire the author for having them discuss sex but decide to remain physically chast ...more
JoJo Sutis
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With all the charm that makes me love authors like Karon and Gulley, Jeff High is quickly making his way to the top of my favorites list!

The setting, the characters and the story make this novel come to life in my hands. It truly feels like an escape to another place and time. A place, not without problems, but a place where hope, love and neighborly kindness are still in style.

If you are a fan of small town fiction, with unforgettable characters and heartwarming story, don’t miss this!!!

Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one. It moved along at a regular-life pace, and never had anything very exciting or shocking happen. But it still kept my attention and had me wanting to keep reading. It felt more like reading someone's personal writings rather than a book, but it didn't fall flat like it easily could have.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is a wonderful series.
Mary Jo
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I read the first two books in this series and found them to be refreshing, respectful of Christianity without being overly sweet or "preachy". Alas, I found this one to be rather disappointing. I just am not thrilled when a book starts down the path to romance...with such idealized descriptions of beauty and what bordered on (excuse my bluntness) sappy interludes from a diary, I almost had to give up. I guess three stars is a bit generous, it just reflects my willingness to give Jeff High one mo ...more
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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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