Thursday, June 14, 2012

Skip Rock Shallows



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.

As Lilly becomes torn between joining Paul in Boston and her love for the people of Skip Rock, she 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 Review:
Christy (Catherine Marshall) meets Dr. Quinn! What an incredible read! Watson has created a memorable community filled with details that made me feel like I'd lived the life of a miner! And Lilly's struggle for acceptance among the tight-knit clans of Kentucky's backwoods country create an intensity in the story that kept me turning pages.

Watson's characters leap off the page and add layers of emotion and intrigue to the plot. And we all know how I love an emotional read. This one doesn't spare the reader's feelings one whit! Skip Rock Shallows is the kind of historical romance that you just want to immerse yourself in. From the beautiful descriptive passages to the quaint sayings and the quiet dignity of the people in Skip Rock's small community -- well, let's just say it all offers up the ultimate in reading pleasure!

Giveaway Opportunity:
If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Skip Rock Shallows, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 17 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Hey Kav, I know I havent left a comment in awhile, but I still read your blog.... and you still have great reviews! I have read some books by this author ("Willow Creek" series) and would love to be in the drawing for this one...Thanks again, Hope you are having a great summer!


  2. Would love to win this one! I love Christy and Dr. Quinn. Sounds like a great read.

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  3. Hey Betsy -- nice to 'chat' with you again! I'm wondering if there's an overlap in this book from the Willow Creek series? I get the feeling there might be a few characters you've met before.

    Cathy -- it's a great read!

    Good luck ladies!


  4. ok, Christy meets Dr. Quinn - 2 of my favorite things, how can that not make me want to read it. :)

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  5. It's such a good blending of the two (in my humble opinion, anyway), you'll love it! Good luck!

  6. I love the review--- Christy meets Dr. Quinn... I own all seasons of both shows!! :) I LOVE THEM! SO, sounds like this would be a great book for me to read. Thanks!!

  7. Ooooh...I've never seen the Christy shows. I'll have to check that out! This would be a great read for you -- and make a good movie, come to think of it. Good luck, Ladette.

  8. Sounds like a great book!


  9. Really want to read this book!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. This one sounds good too, especially since it's set in Kentucky. ;) Would love to read it.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  11. Would really like to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. What a great cover on this one. Enjoyed your review. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  13. This one sounds great! Please drop my name in the hat. :)


  14. Oh gosh...enjoyed the interview with writer Jan Watson....'looking forward to reading 'Skip Rock Shallows'....sounds like a really good romance book.....its on my list too read....I shared on facebook and

  15. I've heard Jan Watson's name quite a bit, not sure if I've ever read one of her books, this one sounds great!


  16. i love to read about the different areas. i toured the back roads of Tennessee one afternoon. Yes, i know that was not enough, but it whetted my appetite for that type of people. I want to read this novel. How blessed i'd be if i won it! Thanks for another great review (i just joined this week) and opportunity to win.

    marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

  17. Hey Kav! I'm so excited about this read! I've had this book and a few others by Watson on my to-read for quite some time. I'm moving to SE Asia in a month and they don't have books like these. Reading has become one of my favorite pastimes and I especially learn so much from godly novels. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!


  18. You have so many good giveaways! Love to read this.

  19. omg, would love to win this!!!
    cllane2 at liberty dot edu

  20. Thank you for a chance at winning Jan's book. It looks wonderful. Have a blessed day!



  21. Than you for the Review, this sounds like a great Book, love this Genre, please add me to your Giveaway

  22. I haven't read any books by Jan Watson but it sounds like I should. "Christy meets Dr. Quinn" is a great description. I would be very pleased to win a copy of this book; thanks for giving it away.


  23. This is my first Watson book too -- and what a read! Good luck Pam and Ingrid!

  24. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story ;)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  25. Kav you have introduced me to yet another new author you have me keen to read. Loved your review and sounds like a really good read. Nothing quite like an emotional read that really draws you into the story.

    Can you please enter my name in the draw...

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

    Many thanks.

    1. I recommend Healing Grace by Beth Shriver, for a realistic romance with spiritual elements and a well-researched Amish setting.