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An Appalachian Summer

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In 1933, most people are focused on the Great Depression but all Piper Danson can think about is how to get out of being a debutante and marrying Braxton Crandall. In an act of defiance, Piper volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains where adventure awaits.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a Historical fiction/Romance. This book took place in 1933 during the Great Depression. The main character Piper has to make a big decision in this book to either make her father happy or follow her heart. She decides volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains, so she will have time to think it out. I really loved this book, and I loved the characters. I felt the characters and the animals in this book pulled me right into the story. This book was so well writt ...more
Karren  Sandercock
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, Revell Publishing and Ann H. Gabhart for my copy of An Appalachian Summer.

Louisville 1933, Piper Danson’s parents organize a debutante party for her, she’s twenty and her parents want the best for her and are keen for her to marry well.
Piper has her doubts, she doesn’t want to rush into marriage, she has only just finished her studies, she isn’t ready to settle down and start a family. Piper hears Mary Breckinridge talk about her work in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I have read Gabharts books for years her shaker series is the best. But being from the mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky. I devoured this book. I loved every word.
Having a sister in law that is a nurse made this read even better.
I will say this if you have not read a book by Gabhart this is the book to start with. You will fall in love with her writing style and southern charm she writes about.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I read the preview for AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER, I knew it was going to be an emotional story and I knew it was going to make me cry. I had no idea I would be sobbing and be an emotional wreck after finishing it. All of Ann’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride.

Ann H. Gabhart’s latest book, AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER is the story of Piper and the life changing decision she makes, much to the dismay of her father and potential suitor. She
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am such an Ann H. Gabhart fan, but she might just have outdone herself with An Appalachian Summer.

A few things drew me to the story from the start. 1) That beautiful cover (the purples in the foreground really draw the eye and entice a reader to stay awhile.) 2) The Depression Era setting -- I find it such a fascinating time in history and there's so much scope for character building and emotionally charged stories. 3) The Appalachian setting. I blame The Waltons and classic kid lit like My G
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, historical
An Appalachian Summer is an atmospheric novel about the frontier nurses of the Appalachian Mountains, women couriers, and life and love in the in 1930s. With romance aplenty, adventure and lighthearted moments, An Appalachian Summer is a light and easy book to enjoy.

Piper is grateful her family has weathered the crash of the economy so well, even if it means she must go ahead with her Debut Ball. Being pressured by her father to accept an engagement to Braxton Crandall and heartbroken over the s
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Gabhart once again brings us a delightful read about 1930's Kentucky.
I have enjoyed reading her books and this one is no exception!
This is a subject that I feel this author has done well with and her research is spot on!
I've found myself looking up Mrs. Breckenridge and I"m thoroughly intrigued by her and how she started everything. She's a fascinating woman that's for sure!
I love her saying that can't is not a word in her book. I think it was wonderful how she stood by it. By saying can
Paula Shreckhise
An Appalachian Summer is a charming story with endearing characters and rich detail of the beautiful Appalachians.
When I read a novel by Ann Gabhart, it is like coming home. Her books give me a warm cozy feeling. This book is no exception.
Piper Danson comes from Louisville society in 1933. She has just made her debut and her father has marriage expectations for her. But this is the era when women were beginning to decide things for themselves. After Piper hears Mary Breckinridge talk about her
Maureen Timerman
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
A look back at a difficult time in our history, people are still reeling from the stock market crash that devastated the country. The author gives us both the ones who were able to hold on to their wealth and others who fell and lost everything including family members.
We are given a young woman, Piper, her family has kept their fortune and she has just had her debutant, a few years later than most, she has graduated from college.
We also meet a young man, whose family were not a fortunate and fi
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve said in the past that sometimes Christian fiction can be difficult for me to read. But, I’m finding that there are really talented authors in this genre who seem to be able to hook me with their stories.

Piper Danson finds herself needing to get away from normal life and pressures that weigh her–mainly, that of whether or not to marry for money or love. So she finds herself in the Appalachian Mountains giving help to frontier nurses.

An Appalachian Summer was a story of knowing yourself enoug
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with this book! Ann Gabhart takes us to the Appalachian area of Kentucky as she tells us about Mary Breckenridge and the Frontier Nursing Service. I was so captivated that I did some research of my own. A compelling story indeed. She sets a fictionalized set of characters in the midst of this story and it is absolutely completely interesting! Endearing and totally worth the read. Recommended.

*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions in th
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading this book, it felt familiar, like I was reconnecting with an old friend. I had to look to see what else I've read by Ann H Gabhart and saw that I'd read another book by her set in the Appalachians, but it was set in a later era. An Appalachian Summer takes place during the early years of the Great Depression and includes some high society activities that would be out of place in the Appalachians.

Piper Danson has just had her "coming out" debutante party. Her aunt Truda, h
Kris - My Novelesque Life
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While it took me a month to finish An Appalachian Summer, I did enjoy the story very much and read the bulk of it in one night. The novel opens up to a twenty year old, Piper reluctantly attending her debutante ball. She is "promised" to a man she doesn't love or know. When her aunt hosts a woman in charge of Frontier Nursing, Piper decides to spend her summer up in the Appalachian mountains. The first few chapters had me putting down the down the novel and rea
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was simply delightful. At the cusp of her life and not knowing which direction to go in life, she hears the words "do something" and hears Mrs. Breckinridge tell the experiences of the Frontier Nursing couriers in the Appalachian Mountains. Without much hesitation, Piper Danson hears the call, although not the life or direction expected of her by her parents.

She leaves behind a chance of courtship and an old flame to help the nurse midwives in the mountains.

I loved this book and I want
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
An Appalachian Summer’s historical setting is Kentucky during the Great Depression, and more specifically the Frontier Nursing Service in the Appalachian Mountains founded by Mary Breckinridge (who plays a small, but important role in the book). I found it very easy to forget the book takes place during the Great Depression since the setting and characters didn’t seem any different than other historical fiction I’ve read, aside from occasional mentions of banks failing and hard times. “Didn’t se ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story takes place in Kentucky, in 1933. Piper Danson has just had her debut in Louisville, where she was escorted by the handsome and wealthy Braxton Crandall. Piper's parents want her to marry Braxton because of his family's financial stability, as they were able to maintain their wealth while so many others lost everything during the stock market crash and the Depression that followed. But alas, the thought of a life of society and money bores Piper. Plus, she is in love with Jamie Russel ...more
Virginia Campbell
Wonderful storyteller Ann H. Gabhart takes readers on a heartfelt and uplifting journey back to the Kentucky Mountains in the era of the Great Depression. Piper Danson's family is surviving the economic disaster better than most, and her parents have chosen a man for her to marry whom they think will continue to provide for Piper in the manner to which she is accustomed. The problem is that Piper wants a different kind of life for herself, and Braxton Crandall is not the man she envisions to sha ...more
I always enjoy Ms. Gabhart's writing. She chooses fascinating subjects, adds such likable characters into a storyline that is easy to follow in a setting I seriously want to visit, with just enough conflict, resolution and hint of romance to satisfy this reader, making me say, "Aaaaaah" with a sigh at the end.

Choosing to go against her fathers wishes to marry the well-starched Braxton Crandall, but instead taking a volunteer courier position for the summer with Mary Breckinridge's Frontier Nurse
Sweet story that was very reminiscent of The Walton’s and Christy. I thought I was starting a romance but there was only pining for each other and no actual interaction until I read about 3/4 of the novel. I enjoyed the time period and the setting. I love the cover!
Becky Lewis
*Sigh* After reading An Appalachian Summer, I wonder how a reader could not consider signing up to be a horse courier for Mrs. Breckenridge’s Nurse-Midwife Service. Sure, the year is 1933, and the locale of most of this unputdownable book is the hills and mountains of Kentucky. The adventure that Ann H Gabhart effortlessly spins rolls from one escapade to the next.
Of course, we might not all be as courageous as Piper Danson, who trades her debutante life for the wild unknown. Who needs to decid
Connie Saunders
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ann H. Gabhart shares another story that centers around The Frontier Nursing Service and its founder, Mary Breckinridge, but this time her heroine is a young woman who leaves her Louisville home for a summer job in Hyden, Kentucky. Piper Danson has known a life of wealth and luxury but her family has experienced the effects of the Great Depression and her parents tell her that they've found a man with money that she can marry. Piper, however, wants more! She wants to feel useful, she longs to ma ...more
Erin Laramore
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another lovely heartfelt book by Ann Gabhart. This one takes place in 1933 in Kentucky. Piper Danson has just debuted in Louisville. Her best friend and the love of her life was ruined by the stock market crash and her father wishes to make an advantageous match for her. After attending a fundraiser tea hosted by her aunt, Piper yearns to do something meaningful and signs up to assist the frontier nurses in the Appalachian country in Kentucky. This is disappointing to Piper's dad and the man he ...more
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Piper Danson wants to do more with her life than be a debutante or a wife to the wealthy man her parents have picked out, so she joins the Frontier Nursing couriers. She spends her days riding the trails up and down the Appalachian mountains on horseback to serve the determined people that make the mountains their home.

Piper gets to see a whole other kind of living, working with the mountain people, enduring long days, and finding her path. Piper is willing to work and willing to learn.

I loved
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another triumph for Ann Gabhart. She really has her historical details straight, and you definitely feel that you have been put down in the middle of another era.
Piper has been uncomfortable for some time with the course she is expected to take as a wealthy debutante. She longs for adventure, not for an arranged marriage and the usual course of life for the rich little daddy's girls around her. Especially since the Great Depression has changed the lives and fortunes of so many, among them her f
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this setting and the characters. A few cliches throughout, but the story, history and capturing of the scenery were superb. If you enjoy some unusual storylines with the courier for the nurse midwives, this will be one for you to check out. My favorite part had to do with the butchering of a chicken!
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An Appalachian Summer is a very thoughtful and moving examination of life during the height of the Great Depression - 1933 Kentucky. This story will open your eyes and your heart not only to families' struggles with the financial ramifications of the Depression but, also, to significant challenges inherent in the medical care system of the time. Ann Gabhart skillfully showcases the class boundaries and, for some, outright snobbishness and lack of concern toward those who have lost their position ...more
Debbie Maskus
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed An Appalachian Summer by Ann H Gabhart. The story, set in 1933, shows love, turmoil, beauty, and love of nature. The story centers on Piper Danson, a young woman who must reason with love and her future. Will the future be with Braxton Crandall and a life of easy comfort or with Jamie Russell and a life of struggle and of uncertainty. For Piper, the summer brings her as a volunteer as a courier in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky with the Frontier Nursing Service. What dedication ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hope, faith, and love abound as lives converge in the Appalachian Mountains. Reminiscent of Call The Midwife, Mrs. Breckinridge’s nurses and courier service in Appalachia are inspiring.

I connected with these young ladies as they stepped out of their comfort zones to do something bigger than themselves. I loved the rawness and authenticity of the mountain people. The characters were well written and stepped right out of the pages of the book.

Truda and Piper have pushed against the constraints of
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was a lovely story of a young lady who chooses not to follow the path set for her by her parents and instead decides to serve a community of people with limited resources.

I enjoyed the setting of the story and appreciated the author’s honesty in describing the Appalachian people. I also loved Piper, she displayed courage and fortitude that was admirable.

It was very interesting to learn about the Frontier nurses and how they helped the community. The writing was very smooth and easy to read
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I read the info about An Appalachian Summer by Ann Gabhart, I thought it was a sequel to These Healing Hills. It wasn't, but it could have been.

Both books centered on the Frontier Nursing Service in the Appalachian Mountains. This book focused on a young debutante, Piper Danson, who, dissatisfied with life, looks for a way to escape her obligation of getting married to the "right" guy, for all the wrong reasons (status, money, and a comfortable life). So she volunteers to become a courier i
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Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. At the age of ten, she started dreaming of writing stories others would want to read. That dream has come true as she's published over thirty-five novels. She and her husband have three children married to three beautiful in-law children who have gifted her nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing ...more

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