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ABOUT THE BOOK (400 pages):

Nothing seems to change in Eden Hill, Kentucky, and that’s just fine with Virgil T. Osgood. He’s been content to raise his family and run the only service station in town. But when a new station is set to open right across the road from Virgil’s pumps, he suddenly faces obstacles in his career, his marriage, and his self-worth that he’s never even dreamed of. Cornelius Alexander wants his new Zipco station to succeed and help establish a strong foundation for his growing family. As long as he follows the Zipco guide, he’s sure to be a success—and prove his father wrong. Reverend Caudill wants to be a conduit for grace in his town, but that grace is challenged by the changes sweeping through in the early 1960s. For the sake of this small town, Virgil and Cornelius must learn to get along, but how do you love your neighbor when his very presence threatens to upend everything you hold dear?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bill Higgs is a lapsed academic, former engineer, and avid storyteller. He also admits to being a nostalgic baby boomer, with a keen interest in how things past can teach lessons for the present. He lives in Kentucky with his wife, author Liz Curtis Higgs, and her two cats. Eden Hill is his first novel.

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The story is set in the early 1960s in a small town called Eden Hill, Kentucky. I loved the description of the town as it made me think of Mayberry. People were nice, women went to get their hair done at the local beauty shop and the men loved to go fishing. There was one gas station in town owned by Virgil T. Osgood. He is very hard working and is diligent about providing for his family. I loved how the author showed the struggle Virgil had with making sure his wife was happy. He didn't realize she was unhappy and when he found out, he really did a great job showing her how important she is to him. Do we sometimes take people for granted?

Sometimes small towns don't stay small and It looks like a new gas station is being built across the street from Virgil's. The gossip in the town has started as a new sign has been place at the land across from the only gas station in town. What gas company is coming to town? Will it put Virgil out if business? I really liked when a character said this; " give the customer what he desires and he will patronize your establishment." I especially liked Mavine who is Virgil's wife. She is a stay at home mom. I loved her sweet character and the way she cared for her family and their needs.

The story has several characters that add a great depth to the community. Who are the couple that has moved in on the land across from Virgil's gas station? Will they be welcomed? It is an emotional, funny and exciting book. I have to mention the Reverend Eugene Caudill . He is a breath of fresh air and his faith and dedication to the town is very evident. But with most churches there is always that one person who seems to have to point out all the things the Reverend should and should not be doing. Madeline Crutcher tells him, "You must convict the sinner of their sin." His reply is priceless. " Convicting sinners isn't my job. Preaching the gospel and serving the Lord is my job." I wonder how many of us are guilty of telling our pastor what he should be doing? Have we been guilty of judging others?

The story is well written and flows very smoothly. The town is small but they all seem to pull together when someone is in need. There is also an issue going on in town about race. It seems that some people have trouble accepting those with different colored skin. It's funny that in the sixties that was a big problem, yet today we are still no closer to accepting each other. I loved the story and felt like I was right there in the town visiting with neighbors, attending church and enjoying family meals. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story of small town living with caring neighbors and faith that abounds throughout the town.

"People aren't meant to be fixed; people are meant to be loved."

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Eden Hill

 “The good Lord may yet have something in mind for both of you,” Mavine is told in Bill Higgs’s book, Eden Hill.


Complete review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/eden-hill/

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Eden Hill by Bill Higgs.

This is a fiction book set in the early 1960s in rural Kentucky. The story centers around a small group of people that attend the same church and/or social groups.

The story mostly focuses from the view point of a few people. These characters are fairly well developed, some more so than others. The other characters in the book are developed as well as need be as they are minor players. The editing was well done. Only a few errors caught my eye. Editing, in my opinion can ruin a perfectly good story. This story was well developed also. It was fairly clear that it was written by a man, as the focus was more from the male point of view, but this was a good thing. The story revolves mostly around a couple of gas stations. The story flowed very well. I read this in only a few days as it kept my interest and I was looking forward to the next thing to happen. It is also a story about love and forgiveness. These aspects were well presented and the love of God evident in this story. It was not a "preachy" story, but well presented. It showed problems we all face one way or another. It showed that we can find the answers in God's word.

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fiction. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review, and it is honest, by bookfun.org. This review is also posted on: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Deepershopping, CBD, Goodreads, and Librarything.com

Eden Hill by author Bill Higgs is his debut novel published by Tyndale House. This 392 page jewel has an old automobile on the cover with its title written in a very unique way at the bottom on the cover. It will catch your eye. Eden Hill is a historical fiction about life in early 1960's Eden Hill, Kentucky. Typical small town Americana at its best.

This is the tale of Eden Hill, Kentucky and its unique collection of residents. It opens with Virgil T. Osgood pondering why his wife, Maxine, is acting so strange. We are introduced to Reverend Eugene Caudill, pastor at one of the local churches and Madeline Crutcher, one of his congregation and a real character. Virgil owns the local filling station and employs a mechanic by the name of Welby. One of his customers is Arlie Prewitt and seems like someone we all might know. We even meet Ticky, Virgil's blue tick coonhound. There are many more characters. All of the people in the book are well defined. They are unique in one way or another. Author does a wonderful job with the characters. They are so likable they become friends, and I quickly became invested in their lives. My heart sank for Virgil in one section early in the book when I read a sign. I wanted to have a cup of coffee with Maxine ate her Formica table or cup of Tetley tea with Rev. Caudill. Later we meet Cornelius Alexander III and his pregnant wife JoAnn Alexander. They come to Eden Hill from Quincy.

I thoroughly enjoyed the little town of Eden Hill. The author did such an outstanding job describing it that I felt like I was there. I could picture it and the people. I could smell and almost taste Mavine's Hawaiian pineapple hamburger.

The storyline was well thought and flowed smoothly. The dialogue moved along nicely. The author made me laugh out loud in a few parts while other parts tugged on my heart strings. Higgs weaves God, prayer, grace, and inspiration throughout this book. At one point the minister asks Arlie if he can do anything for him and Arlie responds by asking for prayer. This is a book filled with emotion, humor, heartache, love, and teaching from Jesus. It touches on loving your neighbor, being humble, taking care of one another, showing grace and having compassion. It broaches heart wrenching topics of death, divorce, and marital issues. It touches on illegitimacy and racial prejudice. It is a good book that will make you think.

At the end of his book the author has included discussion questions. I love it when an author does that. This helps when using the book for a book club or small group study. I would recommend this for adult readers that enjoy Americana Christian fiction from a great author. I rated this book a 5 out of 5 stars and can only say...more, please, Mr. Higgs! A copy of this book was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review. Reviews have been posted on Amazon, B&N, CBD.com, Deepershopping, Goodreads, The Book Club Network.

This is a very well written, easy to read book set in the 1960s, but it can easily apply to Christian life today.  Changes are taking place in Eden Hill, Kentucky.  Will the challenges be too much for the people in the community or will they be able to find grace and accept the challenges?  Very thought-provoking and an enjoyable read.

 

I was given this book to read, for my honest opinion, from The Book Club Network and the author. 

 

I gave the book 5 stars and posted my review on amazon, oodbooks, cbd, and barnesandnoble. 

This is a story filled with the nostalgia of life in small town America in the 1960’s.   Everything moved at a slower pace and everyone knew everything about his/her neighbors.   

 

The author used a clever and moving way to develop the characters so that the readers can picture someone from their past that matches these townsfolk.  The sometimes whimsical and other times caustic dialogue made me smile as I reminded myself how true to life these situations really can be!  I also appreciated how Mr. Higgs wrapped biblical lessons throughout and made them so real in the lives of the characters.  I look forward to more delightful stories from this author.

 

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Eden Hill, Kentucky could be any Rural Town, USA. Life was slower, and neighbors were at most times, friends. A few of the neighbors were a bit too well informed as far as other people's business, but for the most part people cared and shared. As in most small communities, change isn't easy. People are accustomed to the regularity of their routines, and become suspicious of change. So it was for Eden Hill.
 
Very well acquainted with Small Town, America during the 1960s, I could easily relate to the characters portrayed throughout this book. It was a time when people cared for one another, offered help, and spread news to neighbors. Major changes were looked upon with suspicion and uncertainty, particularly when a new business threatened the livelihood of a second generation gas station and garage.
 
Eden Hill moved at a leisurely pace with a warm familiarity, difficult times portrayed, and of course, a bit of humor. I'm quite impressed with this debut novel of everyday life. Life was presented creatively in a realistic style. I think that Mr. Higgs has done a fine job of bringing the past to the present in a poignant and authentic manner. I thoroughly enjoyed the slower pace and realistic activities that make this a wonderful, relaxing read. I highly recommend it!
 
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Eden Hill by Bill Higgs is a wonderful book set in the 1960’s. Eden Hill Kentucky is the normal small town of that era. The businesses are owned by the local people. The women have Friday afternoon appointments at the beauty shop where they catch up on what is happening in the community and women’s issues. The men get together on Thursday nights for hair cuts and visiting.

Virgil Osgood is happily running the service station his father stated after returning home from WWII. His family life has also been a happy one, until one day when Mavine gets quiet and asks Virgil to read a magazine article.

One day Cornelius and Jo Ann Alexander are driving around and notice the vacant lot across from Virgil’s station that is for sale. Cornelius buys the lot and sets up a Zipco station in hope of becoming a successful business man and being able to provide a good lifestyle for Jo Ann and their future children.

Virgil and Mavine feel threatened by the new Zipco station. There soon begins a gas price war and opening specials. The service station is remodeled and Mavine has Virgil wear a uniform.

In an effort to bring Virgil and Cornelius together, Reverend Eugene Caudill, puts them together working on the same projects and invites them to go fishing with him. Reverend Caudill also makes special visits to the Carnelius’s to help them in their Christian walk.

This is one of the best books I have read this year! I enjoyed reading the story and remember some of the products that were mentioned in the book. I felt so bad for Virgil when he was trying to read the magazine article and didn’t know what it meant.

The story also showed the feelings of the time with Madeline Crutcher refusing to acknowledge her background and her son, who is black. But it also showed the generosity of community with how Anna Bell and Grove put baby food in the Cornelius’s baby bag to help the young couple out. This is a great story of Christian love and fellowship and how we can sometimes lets every day life put road blocks in our walk with God.

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EDEN HILL BY BILL HIGGS
What I liked about this book was before I even got it the summary led me to believe the older established gas station owner would be helping out the new one. I do a lot of charity work and often am asked about a knitting pattern I developed and I post it to share with others.
Whether they use it for personal gain or to make charity items is up to them. Nobody pays me for the patterns and I don't mind sharing.
Book starts out with Virgil, the owner of the gas station/auto repair center and his family: wife and teen son.  She's at odds with her upcoming 40th birthday and believes the things in ladies magazines about her love life.
He's worked his whole life to provide for them to learn the lot next door was sold for a new gas station/convenience store to a young couple who put a pink mobile home on the lot while construction is underway. He's up to his head with debt after getting loans for their dreams. She delivers a baby...
Other people in the community are followed as well-really rounding out the whole community. The pastor and all the work he does every everybody, makes sure events run smoothly while writing interesting sermons to keep everybody active and awake.
What I liked about the book was the different ages of everyone and how they each dealt with stressful circumstances and leaned on God to help them through it all. Interesting to find they all related in one way or another.
Not only different ages, different walks of life and different problems than others in the community. Amazing how a fishing trip can change all their minds...Discussion questions at the end.
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“Eden Hill,” by Bill Higgs, is like a stroll through a park. The setting for this work of fiction is small town Kentucky in the 1960s. Here everyone knows their neighbors, the women hang their laundry out on the clothesline, they cook Spam, they chat at the beauty parlor and help each other. Life was slower, more relaxed then.

Main character, Virgil, runs a gas station. It has provided for his family for many years. He is slow to accept change and is mostly happy with the way things are. And then, a new family comes to town. And they have the audacity to build a business across the street, a gas station business! How will Virgil respond to this intrusion in his ordinary life? Can the pastor help? You will have to read the book to find out!

Higgs has done a great job describing life in the 60s. The book is filled with fully developed characters, some you will love, others, not so much. This story is clean, sweet, occasionally funny, and easy to read book. It does deal with a few issues such as dissatisfaction in marriage, adoption, compassion and race.

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Title:  Eden Hill

Author:  Bill Higgs

Pages:  400

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Tyndale

My rating is 5 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

As I read the novel, I felt transported in my imagination to a time that seemed simpler in one sense and yet the same in another.  Simpler in that there were no electronic gadgets as there are today, which when we don’t control them by turning them off, can intrude into our lives.  It was a time when families sat down to dinner, read more, watched TV less, and the work ethic was exceptional.  The 60’s era had its own challenges that differ in some ways than those we face today.

In the fictional novel, we get swept into a small town called Eden Hill where people helped their neighbors and businesses closed on Sundays.  In the town, there are some people who turned out to have a surprising history to reveal.  There is an older lady who drives one pastor of a church crazy as she is the most contrary and always finding something to complain about to the pastor.

Towards the end of the novel it became clear to me that people learned more about themselves, especially when life was hardest.  Some found that the faith they thought they had needed to be shored up and put into practice with more love.  I so enjoyed getting to know the residents of Eden Hill right as the civil rights issues were coming to the forefront.  I remember so many themes that, while in the book were fictional, were part of my upbringing and made me more than thankful for the parents I was blessed to have.

Faith, family, neighbors, helping each other and more are some of those themes that will grab your heart and lift it up.  I think that anyone who reads the book will be reminded that there are ways families can draw closer to each other, which in turns makes neighbors closer and it just expands from there.  Family is really the foundation of our nation right after faith in a God who works all things together for our good, and He is still doing that today!

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