Sunday, October 25, 2015


The Splendor of Ordinary Days


The Splendor of Ordinary Days(NAL, October 2015)
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 school debts. But even as his friendships with the quirky townsfolk deepen, and he pursues a romance with lovely schoolteacher Christine Chambers, several military veterans’ emotional wounds trigger anger and unrest in Watervalley.
At the center of the clash is the curmudgeonly publisher of the local newspaper, Luther Whitmore. Luther grew up in Watervalley, but he returned from combat in Vietnam a changed man. He fenced in beautiful Moon Lake, posting “Keep Out” notices at the beloved spot, and provokes the townspeople with his incendiary newspaper.
As Luke struggles to understand Luther’s past, and restore harmony in Watervalley, an unforeseen crisis shatters a relationship he values dearly. Suddenly Luke must answer life’s toughest questions about service, courage, love, and sacrifice.
Jeff High


After growing up on a farm in rural Tennessee, Jeff High attained degrees in literature and nursing. He is the three-time winner, in fiction and poetry, 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 open-heart surgery. He is the author of the Watervalley novels, including “More Things in Heaven and Earth” and “Each Shining Hour.”
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My take on this book:
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 winner.   Let me begin by saying that I had never heard of this series until I picked up this book to read, and while I was able to follow the story line, I feel like I was have to go back and read the first two books in the series, because I don't want to miss anything about these characters or the town. . With that said, the comparisons to Jan Karon's Mitford series is spot on, there is a gentleness in reading these stories that draws me in, allowing me to become immersed in the day to day lives of the characters, the good the bad and the funny. This story provided more than an few chuckles, while also providing a bit of mystery. There is even an Amish community in the story which was an added bonus for me. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this story, and will be reading the first two in the series. 
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Join Jeff in celebrating the release of The Splendor of Ordinary Days with a Kindle Fire HD 6 giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • Signed copies of all three Watervalley books
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 27th. The winner will be announced October 28th on Jeff’s blog.

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