Kentucky Brides

Into the Deep/Where the River Flows/Moving the Mountain

Christian - Historical Fiction
352 Pages
Reviewed on 08/30/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

This book has three stories of three young couples finding love in rural Kentucky. In the first story, poverty is affecting the life of Susanna’s family. Then they meet a “doctor” who claims there are healing powers in the Mammouth Cave. Susanna’s family begins to work for the doctor. It is truly a rags to riches story.

Susanna meets Jared. Jared’s aunt recently died in the Mammouth Cave. His family wants the cave shut down, and they will not stop until they win the battle. Then, Susanna and Jared fall in love. Will their love for one another surpass the feud?
In the second story, Rose helps to deliver a baby on board a boat on the Ohio River. The mother dies. The father, Edward Moody, refuses the baby. Rose raises the baby, comes into wealth, and meets with Edward Moody years later. He sues for custody. In the midst of the custody battle, they fall in love; however, the child resents Edward Moody. Can this family be blended?

The third story takes place in Harlin County. Molly returns to Harlin County after her rich husband dies. She returns to take care of her dead sister’s children. Jonas, her brother-in-law, starts to see Molly as more than a sister-in-law. Does Molly return his love? Will the children accept her as a stepmother?

All three stories are wonderful. Being from Kentucky, I recognized many of the towns mentioned. I could also relate to the culture. For a glimpse into rural Kentucky and the beginnings of love, I recommend “Kentucky Brides”.