“My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge” by Pepper Basham, book review
Laurel has lived her whole in the Blue Ridge mountains. Her folks consider outsiders people to be feared or rebuffed. But when Jonathon Taylor arrives from England to be the new mission teacher, Laurel hopes he might be different. She agrees to each him how to live in the mountains and in return he helps her with her writing and college prep. But life in the mountains is hard! Hard for the people who live there and those who come from outside.
Jonathon is determined to be a person who helps the people he now lives near. He tries to make school fun and applicable to all his students. He suggests ways for the students to make money selling their hand made items. He teaches the black smith and his children to read.
Laurel is right by his side, until her father enters the drunken time of the year, when his craving for alcohol takes over his life, and the life of his family. Jonathon is caught in the middle of a drunken rage, but protects Laurel.
This is a sweet story of love, endurance, and forgiveness. It had some parts that were sad and difficult to read, but God’s love was shown to be more powerful that evil.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.