Lilly Gray Corbett loves living on Troublesome Creek, but she would much rather play with her best friend than watch her little brother and the twins. Her mama, Copper, is often gone helping to birth babies, and Lilly has to stay home. When Aunt Alice sends a note inviting her to visit in the city, Lilly is excited to go, and Copper reluctantly agrees to let her. Later, when they hear the news that the train crashed, Copper and her husband, John, rush to find out if their daughter is injured . . . or even alive.

My Review:

This book switches back and forth between three main characters….Copper, Copper’s daughter Lilly and Manda….their hired girl. Copper serves as the area’s midwife and as she deals with poor health of pregnant women and  helping educate them, she herself was still in the dark about many things. Jan included a common old wives tale of that time that reaching above your head  could cause the cord to wrap around  the baby’s neck, but used some other methods like the knee-chest position that I am not sure was well known then.

Manda wants to fall in love, she is getting older and  is attracted to a man who travels through singing and will not listen to any warnings from other people. She learns her lesson a very hard way and  learns that it   is wise to listen to people who have had experience.

Lilly is so excited to go visit her aunt, her mom is apprehensive. She has always felt like Aunt Alice may try to steal her daughter away, but Lilly is so excited. When the train crash happens and they are working frantically to help others and try to find their daughter, Lilly  is in a whole other predicament….will her lack of obedience cause her to not see her parents again, or did it save her life?

This whole book is a little drawn out….and none of the story lines really finish, at the end she wraps them up quickly, but a couple times I had to go back and re-read and search for something that was so briefly mentioned, I missed it. I was disappointed. The other books in this series, about these people were so well done, I was looking forward to it and I felt like it was not up to par with the others.

This book was provided by Tyndale for review purposes only and the opinions are my own.

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