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Lilly Corbett Still has grown to love her life as the small-town doctor of Skip Rock, a tiny coal community in the Kentucky mountains. Though her husband, Tern, is away for a few months at a mining job, Lilly keeps busy with her patients and her younger sister visiting for the summer.

Her hands full, Lilly turns to her good friend and neighbor, Armina, to help keep things in order. But when a mysterious chain of events leaves Armina bedridden and an orphaned baby on her doorstep, Lilly must trust in God and her resilient country neighbors to help her uncover the truth.

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Review 1 for Tattler's Branch
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As always, a great book from Jan Watson

Date:October 30, 2013
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Mary
Location:Michigan
Age:55-65
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I absolutely love books from Jan Watson! She brings me to olden times in old places. I can't put her books down! The characters draw you in and the action is just right!
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Review 2 for Tattler's Branch
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Very Good Book!

Date:September 22, 2013
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"I received this book from Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."
"Lilly Corbett Still has grown to love her life as the small-town doctor of Skip Rock, a tiny coal community in the Kentucky mountains. Though her husband, Tern, is away for a few months at a mining job, Lilly has her hands full with her patients and her younger sister visiting for the summer.
Lilly turns to her good friend and neighbor, Armina, to help keep things in order--until a mysterious chain of events leaves Armina bedridden and an abandoned baby on her doorstep. Lilly works to uncover the truth, unaware of what a mess she's found herself in until a break-in at her clinic puts her on high-alert. As she struggles between what is right and what is safe, Lilly must discover the strength of her resilient country neighbors, her God, and herself."
Such a good book to add to the shelf! I thoroughly enjoyed the action and mystery in this book, as well as Lilly's personality. She was such a good doctor and an even better big sister to her wild little sister, Mazy. Lilly's faith in God was also very inspiring. When the supposed father of an abandoned baby abducts her and little Timmy, she is fighting hard to love and forgive this man, just as Jesus would do.
Armina was a good character, but I honestly did not like her. I don't mean that she should have been left out of the book, quite the contrary the book would not be Tattler's Branch without Armina, but I would not like to meet her if she were to be human. She was very grouchy, and picky about everything, and she never wanted help with anything. But, she did have a good heart, and was very caring towards her husband, the baby, and Lilly. So she was not all thaaaat bad!
I loved how the story ended! How the father sent things as an apology to Lilly and Timmy for the abduction, the money and permission slip to take care of his little Betsy Lane, and how he became a Christian (it doesn't actually say that he became a Christian, but I am assuming because of his actions and the conversation he had with Lilly).
This was a very good read, and I encourage you to read it as well!
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Review 3 for Tattler's Branch
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Date:September 19, 2013
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Kara
Age:45-54
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Tattler’s Branch, by Jan Watson, is a captivating book! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend reading Skip Rock Shallows, the book that precedes this one, first, but this book could easily stand alone if necessary.
This story continues the story of Lilly Corbett Still, a doctor in the tiny town of Skip Rock, a coal mining community in eastern Kentucky. With her husband away on government business, Lilly finds herself overwhelmed when her best friend comes down with an unusual illness that affects the memory, leaving a very ill infant on her kitchen table. She attempts to care for both the friend and the baby, but events lead her into grave danger when the baby’s father kidnaps her. She must rely on God alone to help her through.
This was a delightful novel. The characters were delightful, and I found myself smiling at their antics again and again. I especially liked the way the town residents would assist each other and join together in times of need. I would definitely recommend it to all who enjoy historical fiction.
Kara
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
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Review 4 for Tattler's Branch
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Sweet Story!

Date:September 3, 2013
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Shannah
Age:25-34
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This is a new author for me. I don't think I've read any other books by Jan Watson. It will not be the last. The characters in the book are primarily female and they are all strong-willed and independent women! Lilly Corbett Still is a doctor, which is unusual for that time period. She is kind, empathetic, and independent. The other characters are equally loveable and intriguing.
I have never read a book that does not have a strong male lead character. I've also never read one that was not a romance. This was a fresh surprise for me. It did not make the book any less enjoyable. The book was well written and intriguing. I wanted to read more about these characters lives and the faith that Lilly has is what I wish I could be like.
Overall, this book was enjoyable. This is the seventh novel written by Jan Watson and it continues on the storyline of her first six books. This did not take away from the enjoyment of the book, nor do I recommend reading the other books first (although I really want to read the other books now!). They do not have to be read in the order they were written for them to be understood. I can't wait to read more by this author.
**I received this book from Tyndale Fiction in exchange for my honest review**
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Review 5 for Tattler's Branch
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Just Did Not Sit Right

Date:September 3, 2013
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Location:WI
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It is 1911 in Skip Rock, Kentucky. Armina Tippen decides to pick blueberries along Tattler's Branch Road. She has an episode where black spot appear before her eyes and she blacks out. When she wakes, Armina sees a man and a woman physically fighting. The two fall into the river. Then, in horror, Armina watches as the man raises a large rock and hits the woman in the head, blood flying everywhere. She watches as the man gets a shovel and supplies for what Armina assumes is to dig a grave when she hears a baby cry. While the killer is digging, Armina sneaks to an open window in the bedroom where she finds the baby in a basket. Armina takes the basket, grabs some cloth diapers off the clothes line and runs as fast as the dickens can carry her.
When Dr. Lilly Corbett Still arrives home from work, she finds her kitchen table is empty. Lilly's little sister has not seen Armina since breakfast. Worried, Lilly sends Mazy to Armina's house to check on her. Mazy finds Armina lying on the floor making an awful gurgling sound. With the help of a neighbor, they carry Armina to Doc Lilly's house. A quick exam proves Armina is suffering from "Saint Vitus' dance brought on by untreated rheumatic fever." Armina is in for a rough few days.
When Lilly is ready for bed, her dog begs to be taken out. Usually Kip is good about staying in the yard without a leash, but tonight he makes a mad dash to Armina's house. When Lilly enters, she hears a baby cry. Confused as to why Armina would have a baby, Doc Lilly sets out to exam and feed her. She finds that the baby girl has a weak heart, a cleft palate and is a mongoloid. Three strikes against this baby's life. She brings the baby to her clinic where one of her night nurses offered to take the baby home and act as her wet nurse. Armina's memory is foggy at best. She does not remember the day she took the baby. No one in town is looking for a baby, so who does she belong to?
I GIVE THIS BOOK: 3 Stars
While this story only lasts for a week, it is slow going. I had an ARC eBook and it was not unto 40% into the book that we find out if someone is looking for the baby.
I found the description of things to be confusing. I could not visualize anything. The personality of the baby's father does not match his actions and I did not find it believable. Yet everything gets tied up with a bow at the end. This book, simple as it was, just did not sit right with me.
Until next time, live life one page at a time!
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Review 6 for Tattler's Branch
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A good stand alone novel full of historical detail

Date:August 26, 2013
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Kate
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Tattler's Branch is a novel that continues the story of Lilly Corbett from the Copper Brown Series and also the charters from Troublesome Creek Series. Tattler's Branch is a novel that even though is a continuation from these previous series, is a good stand alone novel. I have not read any other book by Jan Watson yet, but I was not lost in Tattler's Branch.
The story follows Lilly Corbett Still through her life as a wife and doctor to the small mining town in Kentucky. Lilly has settled in and enjoys her life in the house her husband had built for them and their Jack Russel Terrier named Kip, however, her time with her husband is few and far between. Tern Still, Lilly's husband, is away quite a bit inspecting the mines around the country for safety.
Tattler's Branch was a very researched and detailed book. From the medical techniques of the early nineteen hundreds to the mining life in mountains of Kentucky, Jan Watson was able to pull you into the story with her detail.That was actually my favorite part of the story, the historical accuracy that Jan Watson put into the book. I was able to picture the surroundings with wonderful clarity. The character's also have a wonderful detail and strong back ground behind each of them, which is portrayed on the pages well.
The only downside I found for me was the pace of the story. The flow of the story was smooth, but the desire to solve the problems in the book took a little longer to get to than what I'm use to. The historical detail was great, but it did take away a little bit from the plot.
Thank you to Tyndale House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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