Jonathan Taylor dreams of being a doctor, but when a childhood injury keeps him from his dream, thoughts of failure threaten to overwhelm him. So he joins his preacher uncle in the Blue Ridge Mountains as the new teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Jonathan teaches the older children, while Laurel teaches the other class.
Laurel McAdams grew up in the mountains, she dreams of going to college and becoming a teacher, in the meantime she helps the younger children learn to read while she saves money for her education. Laurel teaches Jonathan their mountain ways, so that he can better relate to his students, and in exchange he helps her with her writing.
Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918, it evokes the spirit of Catherine Marshall's beloved Christy, with the roles reversed. Laurel and Jonathan work well with each other, Laurel teaches him about life on the mountain while he encourages her to follow her dreams. I loved the relationship between Laurel and Jonathan, how they open up each other's worlds, supporting each other through good times and bad.
A well written read, that brings to life the beauty and the struggles of mountain life. Laurel and Jonathan are both passionate and driven people, they want to make a difference, and their loyalties are strong, I loved how their love of books brings them together. I loved the lilting dialog between the characters. Great characters and sense of community, and strong faith. Highly recommend and easily one of the best books that I have ever read from the My Heart Belongs Series.
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