The Splendor of Ordinary Days - Watervalley series, book 3

Author: Jeff High

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT





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Luke Bradford is a city man who has agreed to a three year contract as the only doctor in the small town of Watervalley. The quirky town folk bring him a different perspective on life as a whole. He is pursuing a romance with teacher Christine Chambers and finds the old-fashioned values of country courtship rather interesting.

The publisher of the local newspaper, Luther Whitmore, is a curmudgeonly character who came back from Vietnam a changed man. He owns Moon Lake, a beautiful place that all people used to enjoy until Luther fenced it in and locked it up with a "No Trespassing" sign. Luke knows there is a story there and wants to find it. The restlessness between the townspeople and the local order of Mennonites proves they do not see eye-to-eye and Luther likes to stir things up with his editorials.

When the town statue dedicated to those lost in wars is destroyed by a lightning strike, Christine's uncle, who is a wealthy man, enlists Luke's help in raising money for a new statue, dedicated to all veterans of foreign wars. Searching through records to find out the names and stories of the heroism of these veterans is a very intricate part of this book and its story. Having known people who have served and lost their lives for our great country makes this story more poignant to me.

The townspeople's belief in ghosts and the singing through the breeze by a voice that has no form brings out the mystical wonder of the hills and valleys that surround the small town of Watervalley.

I give this novel 4 Blue Ribbons on Romance Junkies' website because the belief of ghosts whose spirits keep the story moving is compelling. An old man sitting on a porch rocker who gives advice to the young doctor seems real until in Luke's search of veterans he finds the man died over 100 years ago in a war. The singing through the trees at Moon Lake which first startles a couple on a romantic summer night is both eerie and enchanting. This story conveys belief in a place full of wonder and laughter.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Diana S

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