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?
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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As of 8/16/2016 I have not received this book
Thanks for the read, Fred, Cheri, Bill, & Tyndale!
“The good Lord may yet have something in mind for both of you,” Mavine is told in Bill Higgs’s book, 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.
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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.
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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 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
My rating is 5 stars.
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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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Eden Hill is an extraordinary debut novel of Bill Higgs. Take a stroll down memory lane to a time and place that was slower paced and much more community focused and yet you will find the same heart issues that are seen in this day and age of instant everything. Eden Hill, small town Kentucky in the early 1960s, finds the characters in the story facing mid-life what-if questions, racial disputes and the struggles of making ends meet especially when a new business opens up in town. The author deals realistically with these life situations. Humor runs throughout the story with incidents of 10-year-olds putting a whoopee cushion on the church organist's bench during Sunday morning service and the ornery old parishioner who calls the pastor every day to let him know how he should be running things. A little romance is sweetly portrayed as Virgil does his best to give his wife, Mavine, an intimate, romantic dinner in an effort to show her he does really love her. The story flows quickly and keeps interest high, wondering what will happen next to upset this quiet little town. Characters are normal everyday people that readers will enjoy getting to know as they are in the process of learning who their neighbor is. As one character puts it, "You've been our neighbor for years. Only right we should be neighborly." Higgs portrays a solid faith in a God of forgiveness and second chances because these characters are coming to know that God's grace covers it all.
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