Francine or Fran as friends call her, was set to marry her fiancé when he returned from the war but she got a devastating letter from him breaking off their engagement and telling of finding someone else. Heartbroken, she applies to the Frontier Nursing Service to study as a nurse midwife. She's accepted and heads for the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. Coming from a big city she has lots of adjusting to do but quickly falls in love with the place and the people.
Ben Locke is returning from war with an injury caused by a patient when he comes upon Fran, who always seems to get lost. I loved their interactions and those of his family as well. He has a fun younger brother that wanders all over the mountains and knows everyone. Ben is at a crossroads in his life. He knows he can take advantage of the GI Bill and go to school but he's not sure of what he wants to do. I enjoyed all the characters and the scenery descriptions. At times I felt like I was there. Although fiction the woman that established the Frontier Nursing Service was portrayed as a real character in this novel. This was the first time I had heard of the Frontier Nursing Service and it was interesting to learn about the establishment of the program and the early years as it began.
I had wanted to read this story from the first time I read about it and Ann Gabbart did not disappoint me. This needs a sequel. I would love a continuation of Fran and Ben's lives and what happens in their future. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an ebook copy. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise