Review: Tattler's Branch by Jan Watson (Blog Tour)

September 5, 2013

Title: Tattler's Branch
Author: Jan Watson
Publisher: Tyndale House
Pages: 351
ISBN: 978-1-4143-3915-3
Publication Date: September 1st, 2013

Lilly Corbett Still has grown to love her life as the small-town doctor of Skip Rock, a tiny coal community in the Kentucky mountains. Though her husband, Tern, is away for a few months at a mining job, Lilly keeps busy with her patients and her younger sister visiting for the summer.

Her hands full, Lilly turns to her good friend and neighbor, Armina, to help keep things in order. But when a mysterious chain of events leaves Armina bedridden and an orphaned baby on her doorstep, Lilly works to uncover the truth, unaware of what a mess she's found herself until a break-in at her clinic puts her on high alert. As she struggles between what is right and what is safe, Lilly must discover the strength of her resilient country neighbors, her God, and herself.

Tattler's Branch is a novel  that continues the story of Lilly Corbett from the Copper Brown Series and also the charters from Troublesome Creek Series. Tattler's Branch is a novel that even though is a continuation from these previous series, is a good stand alone novel. I have not read any other book by Jan Watson yet, but I was not lost in Tattler's Branch.

The story follows Lilly Corbett Still through her life as a wife and doctor to the small mining town in Kentucky. Lilly has settled in and enjoys her life in the house her husband had built for them and their Jack Russel Terrier named Kip, however, her time with her husband is few and far between. Tern Still, Lilly's husband, is away quite a bit inspecting the mines around the country for safety.

Tattler's Branch was a very researched and detailed book. From the medical techniques of the early nineteen hundreds to the mining life in mountains of Kentucky, Jan Watson was able to pull you into the story with her detail.That was actually my favorite part of the story, the historical accuracy that Jan Watson put into the book. I was able to picture the surroundings with wonderful clarity. The character's also have a wonderful detail and strong back ground behind each of them, which is portrayed on the pages well.

The only downside I found for me was the pace of the story. The flow of the story was smooth, but the desire to solve the problems in the story took a little longer to get to than what I'm use to in a book. The historical detail was great, but it did take away a little bit from the plot.

3 1/2 out of 5

About the Author:

Jan Watson won the 2004 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest for her first novel, Troublesome Creek. Her other awards include being named the best Kentucky author in 2012 by Kentucky Living magazine, a nomination for the Kentucky Literary Award in 2006 and second place in the 2006 Inspirational Readers Choice Contest sponsored by the Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Jan has published seven novels. As a registered nurse for 25 years at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, she incorporates her nursing experience in the hospital's mother/baby unit into her novels. Jan resides in Kentucky.

Thank you to Tyndale House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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