My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream by Pepper D. Basham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was amazing! I loved every single page of it more than I can put into words. But I'm going to try!
I read Catherine Marshall's "Christy" when I was quite young. In fact, I read it more than once! And my family used to watch the TV show together and I was completely in love with Kellie Martin who played Christy in the show. So when I found out that Basham's next book was going to take place in the same mountains I used a recent road trip to listen to the audio version of the book narrated by none other than Kellie Martin. This all being said, it was Kellie Martin's voice I heard in my head as I read this book and it was perfect.
This book was beautiful. From the descriptions of the mountain scenery to the various people throughout the story, I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with Laurel immediately before I was even two pages into the book. She is a voracious reader and reminded me of myself. But truly I fell in love with her whole family. I loved her mama's heart so much.
I fell in love with Jonathan pretty fast too. I loved that he left his fancy life to teach school in the mountains and only grew to love him more as he grew more comfortable with his new life. I was quite impressed with his bravery and his willingness to learn all about a whole new culture.
Another thing I really loved was learning more of the customs of the people in the Blue Ridge mountains. I loved the celebrations they held, the fun traditions they had, and the way they all band together through good and bad.
I had so many favorite parts, but being a teacher I really loved reading how Jonathan got the students excited about learning and how he adapted his lessons to their needs both educationally and in life. But really my favorite part was the love story. I won't give anything away, but it was exceptional.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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