I loved this story! Pepper Basham’s penned in time series is great but these more modern stories from the Blue Ridge area are my favorites. She has written tales from her own relatives past and put a fictionalized version into My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge. The year is 1918 and Jonathan is coming from an affluent family in London to a remote area in the mountains of North Carolina. His uncle has been there for a while as a missionary type preacher to the people. He encouraged Jonathan to give teaching these upper age children a try and to bring new ideas and dreams to their future. Only problem being some of the parents don’t take a shine to some of his teaching methods.
Laurel catches his eye right away. She’s beautiful but also has dreams for her future. She wants to go to college and teach the children in her area. Jonathan wants to finish his medical schooling, where his true heart lies. Laurel has a large family with responsibilities to them as one of the oldest. How do these two find a way to work together to accomplish their individual dreams?
These two characters and the others brought out in the story were quickly ensconced in my heart. I found myself living the story with them. I pictured the area, the people, their homes and their clothing. And the true speech patterns of the characters from the time period and place added so much more to the telling. It will be a long time, if ever, before I can quit thinking about them. Hopefully I’ve heard a rumor that more of these stories will be coming our way from the author. Can’t wait!
I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author through the publisher but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.