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These Healing Hills

Narrated by: Emily Pike Stewart
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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This Story Is Sweet

Publisher's Summary

When a young woman's plans for her future fall apart at the close of World War II, she discovers new purpose as a midwife in the hills of Kentucky - and a possible chance at new love. 

Francine Howard has her life all mapped out until the soldier she planned to marry at WWII's end writes to tell her he's in love with a woman in England. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. 

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he's at a loss when it comes to envisioning what's next for his life. 

When Francine's and Ben's paths intersect, it's immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds...and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

©2017 Ann H. Gabhart (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Loved It!

I loved this story from start to finish. It made me want to traipse through the mountains and meet the characters...

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Loved this book!

I listened to this on Audible and couldn’t stop listening. I am recommending it to everyone and buying the book for a gift. Such a sweet story.

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Great book, Great Performance!

This is a sweet story about the Frontier Nursing School, which itself is a fascinating part of American history. It is a work of historical fiction, but the pictures the author paints of Appalachia from this time period are spectacular. And, the narrator gives the characters such perfect voices. The most amazing thing is how true to life her East Kentucky accent is! A lot of audiobooks with southern characters just end up sounding like cartoonish parodies, but Ms. Pike-Stewart gives these characters dignity by portraying their accents without exaggeration and how they actually sound.

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Story ended abruptly. Needed an epilogue. Otherwise I truly enjoyed the book and the performer was actually very good.

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Sweet Mountain Story

I was drawn into the mountain life and the world of the frontier midwives. The "brought in" women worked hard to earn the respect of the mountain folk.
Francine was different, she seemed to fit in with the families more than the other nurses. I think having former soldier Ben Locke around helped.
I enjoyed this sweet mountain story.