Monday, June 11, 2012

Skip Rock Shallows - Jan Watson

About the book...

Lilly Gray Corbett has just graduated from medical school and decided to accept an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky.  Her beau, Paul, is doing his residency in Boston and can't understand why Lilly would choose to work in a backwater town.  But having grown up in the mountains, Lilly is drawn to the stubborn, superstitious people she encounters in Skip Rock -- a town where people live hard and die harder and where women know their place.  Lilly soon learns she has a lot to overcome, but after saving the life of a young miner, she begins to earn the residents' trust.

Torn between joining Paul in Boston and her love for the people of Skip Rock, Lilly crosses paths with a handsome miner -- one who seems oddly familiar.  Her attraction for him grows even as she wrestles with her feelings and wonders what he's hiding.

My thoughts...

While the back of the book grabbed my attention, I have to admit, the interest stopped there.  Though Jan Watson is a talented writer, this book ended up not being for me.

The story starts out fully engaged, with some references to Troublesome Creek.  While this book seems to be a stand-alone novel, maybe having read the previous mentioned would have been helpful.  At times I seemed to be missing out on some of the back story, not quite understanding what they were referring to.  I decided to keep reading, to see where the story would take me.

Where did it go?  Not far.  Even half-way through the book, I was still waiting for the tempo to pick up, it had to start gaining speed soon, or so I thought!  I was anxiously awaiting for the romance interest to start between Lilly and the handsome miner, Tern/Joe. 

While there were some parts that intrigued my interest, I was mostly left skimming the pages, waiting for something, anything, to grab my attention.

If you're looking for something to read, while you're waiting for the next, great release to come out, then this may be for you.  If you're hoping this is the next great release...I wouldn't hold my breath.

I give this book 3 stars, and suggest looking elsewhere!

**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.**

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