Angel of the Cove, Smoky Mountain Dreams Series #1
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In the first book in the Smoky Mountain Dreams series, acclaimed author Sandra Robbins weaves a tale of love, loss, and God’s faithfulness in every circumstance.
Anna Prentiss has never wanted to be anything but a nurse. Before she can start school in New York, however, her brother sends her to Cades Cove, deep in the Smoky Mountains, to spend a summer apprenticing to the local midwife. Anna is determined to prove herself and then head to the big city.
But nothing could have prepared Anna for the beauty of the Cove, or the community and friendships she finds there. And she certainly wasn’t prepared for Simon Martin, the handsome young minister, or the feelings he arouses in her. Has God’s plan for Anna changed? Or is she just starting to hear Him clearly?
Sandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town in Tennessee where she grew up. They count their four children and five grandchildren as the greatest blessings in their lives. Her published books include stories in historical romance and romantic suspense. When not writing or spending time with her family, Sandra enjoys reading, collecting flow blue china, and playing the piano.
When I picked up Angel of the Cove, I meant to read only the first chapter, and return to it when I had more time. That didn’t happen. The characters drew me in and wouldn’t let me go. Sandra Robbins has done a marvelous job of depicting life and the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee in the late 1800s. With themes of love, redemption, and seeking God’s will wound through out, Angel of the Cove is almost impossible to put down.”
Pat Trainum, ptbradley.com
Anna’s struggles to both learn the role of the midwife from Granny and keep her eyes on her self-proclaimed path makes for a compelling read. A quickly moving plot and interesting characters worked together to make Angel of the Cove a book to remember.”
Dana Mentink, award winning Christian Fiction author
Robbins is one of my favorite storytellers and did a great job dropping tidbits of info about the various herbs and plants and their medicinal purposes. There are many life lessons peppered through this tale of love, loss and God’s faithfulnesslife lessons that will bless the reader. Angel of the Cove is a winner.”
Jessica Roach Ferguson, jessyferguson.blogspot.com
The historical detail and the medical research in this story was impressive and I felt as if I was learning right along with Anna. I was particularly touched by the spiritual message in the bookit was apparent throughout the entire book with a strong lesson at the end. This was a trip to the mountains with all the sights, sounds, smells and emotion. Best of all, the book did a splendid job of illustrating God’s loving hand in our lives.”
Lorraine Beatty, lorrainebeatty.blogspot.com
With my busy schedule, I often find it difficult to finish a book in a reasonable amount of time, but I found it even more difficult to put down Angel of the Cove once I began reading it. From the beginning, I was caught up in the lives of the people inhabiting Cades Cove, especially Anna’s and Simon’s, and it wasn’t long until the characters seemed real instead of fictitious to me. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and would recommend it for anyone who loves historical fiction about pioneer living.”
Pam Harris, middle school principal
I found the descriptions of the herbal remedies and Anna's midwifery work very intriguing. Robbins doesn't shy away from showing the hardships these people faced. I must add that I also loved how Robbins depicted and used a secondary love’ story within the book to reveal the depths of abiding love to the heroine.
Sandra van den Bogerd
This book is a good read with many carefully-researched historical details that add much to the story.”
"Angel of the Cove did not disappoint me! Sandra does a wonderful job of blending Anna’s story with the history and the beauty of Cades Cove. I highly recommend this book.”
Sylvia A. Nash, author
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Angel of the CoveJune 13, 2013Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Angel of the Cove is a great reminder of how people lived in those days in the mountains. I felt a connection with the characters. I even found myself tear up a few times. I really enjoyed Angel of the Cove. Actually, I enjoyed it so much, I ordered the second book in the series. Highly recommended.
WandaNCAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Angel Of The Cove by Sandra RobbinsJune 13, 2013WandaNCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleMeets Expectations: 4My Favorite Scene:
He motioned for Anna. "Follow me."
They walked a short distance up the creek bank until they came to a spot where the limestone formations branched out into the water. The trail climbed at this point across the rocks, and Anna viewed the path with uncertainty.
Simon reached his hand out toward Anna. "Come on. There's a great view of the creek from up here."
Anna hesitated. "It's too steep. I don't think I can make it."
He continued to hold his hand out to her. "I'll pull you up, but be careful. The moss on the rocks makes it slippery.
She grabbed his hand, and he gripped her fingers. With careful steps he guided her to the top of the outcropping until they stood looking down to the water eight feet below. He released her as she looked around, her eyes wide.
"It feels like we're alone in the world, doesn't it?"
He stared at her, unable to make himself look away. "I wanted to bring you here to see this, Anna." She tilted her head and looked into his eyes. He swallowed. "I told you about my parents the day you were at John and Martha's, how my grandfather didn't want my mother to stay in the Cove. She wanted to stay, but she hated to defy her father. My father brought her here to see Abram's Creek. He thought if she fell in love with the beauty of the cove, she'd never leave him.
Anna let her gaze drift over the rocks and the tumbling water below them. "It worked because you and John are still here."
"Yes, we're still here."
She turned to him. "Thank you for bringing me to a place so special to your parents. I think this is my favorite place in the Cove too. I'll never forget it."
He'd failed again. He thought maybe the magic that Abram's Creek had worked on his mother would also work on Anna, but it hadn't. His chest tightened at the thought the he would probably never be here with her again. He had nothing left to convince her to stay.
"We'd better go," He said.
She nodded and turned to leave. Without warning her foot slipped on the wet rock and she lurched forward. He grabbed her and jerked her back before she toppled over the edge to the creek below.
He pulled her close and wrapped his arms around her shaking body. His heart pounded in his chest and he tighted the embrace. Her cheek lay next to his mouth, and he whispered in her ear. "You scared me."
Her shaking arms went up to encircle his neck. "Thank you, Simon. I would have gone over if you hadn't caught me."
He pulled back from her and gazed down into her face. She returned his stare with unblinking eyes. Suddenly he didn't care if she was leaving or not. This was the woman he loved, and he wanted her to return his love.
"Anna, I've tried to just be your friend, but I don't think I can."
Her lips trembled. "Simon..."
He tightened his arms around her. "Anna, you belong here in Cades Cove with me. I can't believe God brought you hear without there being a purpose in it."
Tears stood in her eyes. "Simon..."
He clenched his teeth. "You don't want to go to New York, and you know it. You're commited to something you decided when you were a child. Well, you're a woman now. You can make your own decisions, Anna."
She closed her eyes and a tear trickled out of the side. Then she took a deep breath and stared up at him. Her arms tightened around his neck.
His eyes went to her mouth, and his lips descended toward hers. She lifted her head, welcoming his kiss.
Meet The Characters:
Anna Prentiss: A dreamer since childhood, Anna has always wanted to become a nurse. Her determination to make it happen is obvious to everyone around her. She is a strong woman and takes on every challenge that comes her way. As tough as life is in the Cove, Anna proves she is tougher. A woman of faith, Anna only needs to learn to hear God and let him guide her in His plan for her instead of trying to make her own way.
Simon Martin: Even though Simon is a man of strong faith he struggles with self doubts. He questions God about His plan for the life he seems to be called to live, even though his dreams are leading him in another direction. Simon is loyal, trustworthy and always there for the community of Cades Cove.
Granny: The local midwife of Cades Cove, Granny is held in very high esteem by the members of the community. Her skills as a midwife is well known and her talent for teaching is respected by Anna. Granny is struggling with secrets of her own and relies on God to provide whatever she may need to survive daily life in the Cove.
This is a story I really looked forward to reading because it is set in the Great Smokey Mountains, practically my favorite place in the world. I fell in love with them when I was a child and that love has only grown since that time. I remember the ramshackle cabins dotting the beautiful hillsides that never seemed to end. Sandra Robbins captured that perfectly in Angel Of The Cove. The detail she used to describe the birthing process in the 1800's was very informative. I learned alot about midwifery that I never knew and it gave me a new respect for both the midwife and the mother.
The love story between Anna and Simon was beautiful but, often times, repetitive. They would draw close and then Anna would push them apart. I wanted to shout at her to "Give in already!" but, of course, I couldn't. The one thing that slowed down my reading time was the "slang of the cove". There was such a pronounced accent in the writing style that I found myself picking my way through sentences slowly. This may not bother some but it was a tiny snag in things for me. Other than that, I found the story to be enjoyable. I will be reading the other books in this series later on so that says something for the quality of the book. I did like this book and, if you want a good story for some summer reading, I recommend it.
Ruth Snow5 Stars Out Of 5October 15, 2012Ruth SnowQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book, we were at Cade's Cove and I enjoyed seeing the barn they discribed in the book. A great book to understand how things were done in earlier times. I give it a five star rating.
FayeAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet RomanceSeptember 20, 2012FayeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A sweet mountain romance.
This was a sweet relaxing read. I enjoyed the author's gentle style of writing, which was perfect for such a sweet tale.
My favorite character was Simon, because I thought that he was very well written, from the very first time he popped onto the scene I felt that I understood him.
I admired Anna's determination to prove herself to her brother, especially since she chose a remote mountain community to do it!
I thought that this story had a great message about trusting your future to God--something that we all know is hard to do!
Overall, this was a book with many characters and a nice community feel to it. There were times when I felt that the book moved a bit slow for my taste, but I thought that it was very well written. I liked the way that Simon and Anna's relationship moved along, and a loved how looks weren't the only thing that made the first impression :) I book that is great for lovers of sweet romance, who like a few things to think about :)
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
anniedearborn, miAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5August 29, 2012anniedearborn, miAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4As a lover of the Smokies & Cades Cove I loved the story. I lived it as I read & stayed up way to late because I simply couldn't put it down!!