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Product Details

  • Series: A Novel of Watervalley (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045141926X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451419262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Watervalley, Tennessee, is the quintessential small town, where it seems like there are more churches than people and everyone knows everyone else. Watervalley is a simple place, and it’s the last place Dr. Luke Bradford wants to be. Burdened with medical school loans, Luke takes on the responsibility of being the local doctor in a rural community that hasn’t had a doctor in years. He struggles to find his place in this tight-knit town and can’t help but feel like an outsider. But when a mysterious strain of influenza hits the town, Luke feels responsible for those who have tried to accept him into their community, and he is determined to find the origin of the possibly deadly virus. With a cast of likable, genuine characters, High’s Watervalley series is off to a strong start with this heartwarming novel that leaves readers wanting to learn more about this young doctor and the people of Watervalley. --Patricia Smith

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“Told through the eyes of Dr. Luke Bradford, a newly minted MD, the story of the little town of Watervalley, Tennessee, and its inhabitants comes vividly to life. Jeff High's medical background gives him that cutting edge in the technical details of his tale and his love of his native Tennessee and the human race shines from every page. Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is delighted to welcome Luke, a TransAtlantic colleague to be fiercely proud of.” —Patrick Taylor, MD, New York Times bestselling author of the Irish Country Doctor novels.

“The best of small-town Americana and the eccentrics who live there are brought to life in More Things in Heaven and Earth. This story warmed me, made me laugh and then kept a smile on my face. It’s delightful, compassionate, humorous, tightly woven. If you’re looking for a feel-good read, spend an afternoon with Jeff High’s novel.” —Charles Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Unwritten and When Crickets Cry

“A well-spun story of the mystery and microcosm that is small-town America. Jeff High skillfully captures the healing places, the hurting places, and the places where we so often find out who we are truly meant to be.” —Lisa Wingate, National Bestselling Author of Tending Roses and The Prayer Box

“One of the best books I’ve read in years. Really. And I read a bunch of books. This is the book you should give to your mother and your best friend at Christmas. After you read it yourself, of course…High has a gift for capturing the humor of small town life…The novel sparkles with one-liners…. I fell in love with Watervalley and its citizens.” —Southern Literary Review

More About the Author

After growing up in rural Tennessee, Jeff High attained degrees in literature and nursing. He is a three time winner, in poetry and fiction, of an annual writing contest held by Vanderbilt Medical Center. He lived in Nashville for many years, and throughout the country as a travel nurse, before returning to his original hometown, near where he now works as an operating room RN in cardiac surgery.

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It is a marvelous story by an author I hope writes many more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roberta on October 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading the 'Uncorrected Proofs for Limited Distribution' paperback of this book - final version due out in Oct. 2013. I normally read only suspense, drama, & similar genres, but this book totally took me for a loop - and a pleasant one at that.

I can't remember ever enjoying a book so thoroughly. The mixed emotions of laughter & sadness combined to form an excellent tale of small-town America. If anyone currently living in a large city was considering moving to a small rural town, this book is a must-read. They may just start packing a bit faster.

Luke Bradford just finished his medical residency in Nashville & accepted the challenge of being the sole physician in the nearby town of Watervalley - the town having been without a doctor for 3 years. Luke's father was also a physician in a small town before his demise and recommended to his son that he do likewise. There were also financial benefits related to his school loan if he accepted the job.

Although he's able to stay on top of the challenges involved with running the town's only medical clinic, he sorely misses city life. He also feels the town hasn't really accepted him, because of an embarrassing incident which occurred upon his arrival, which will keep the reader in stitches. He then feels he has to prove himself worthy.

The city gives him a home to live in & a black housekeeper, Connie. Though she lives elsewhere, she also prepares his meals. With her unique personality, she becomes his confidant. He adopts a stray dog for companionship. His single status marks him as a target for eligible females, though the one he's interested in couldn't care less.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
In the vein of The Mitford Series, with of course a slightly different style, location and characters. Here the main character is not a pastor but a fresh out of med school, doctor. The character development is rich and deep, and so makes it possible to envision and look forward to the rest of a series.

From Nashville to Watervalley, this new doctor seeks to adjust to a totally different setting, a small Tennesse town with the pros and cons these smaller locales have makes for a great read. It has its mysteries and for a single, busy professional person like this doc, life poses its voids and challenges.

There are several nice mysteries that develop, some solved and others left for hopefully future volumes.

What grabbed this reviewer is that the church and Christian faith doesn't have nearly the focus as Father Tim in Mitford, yet bursts on the scene towards end of this book, and certainly has this reader yearning for what next. Believe this book will interest and consume many of you out there, be you familiar with Jan Karon's work or not. Make a great gift for Christmas as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terri Jones on October 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Having grown up in a small Alabama town, I immediately connected with the characters in Watervalley. Jeff High has woven a wonderful tale of small town life...the good (everybody knows everybody) and the not so good (everybody knows everybody AND their business!). There were moments where I laughed out loud and moments that tugged at my heart, because I had been in a similar situation. An easy read, More Things in Heaven and Earth brought me back to my small town roots and left me wanting to live in Watervalley and mingle with the community. Can't wait to read more about life in Watervalley, Tennessee!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cowpens on October 5, 2013
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I thought I was reading a book on my southern town in live in. It was a quick, fun read. I laughed out loud and smiled as I finished the last few words. Can't wait for the next book. Jeff, thank you for a wonderful story and few hours away from this crazy time we are living in. If you want to loss yourself for a few hours and lower your blood pressure chose this book and come to Watervalley. You enjoy meeting the people and getting to know them. I know you turn the last page with a smile on your face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna S. Meredith on March 3, 2014
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Jeff High’s More Things in Heaven and Earth is one of the best books I’ve read in years. Really. And I read a bunch of books. This is the book you should give to your mother and your best friend at Christmas. After you read it yourself, of course.

The novel starts with this sentence: “In medical jargon it’s called a Code Blue.” The new doctor in Watervalley, Tennessee, faces a life or death situation in a clinic with inadequate supplies. Jeff High gives you action that has consequences and hooks you right from the get-go. The outcome is somewhat unexpected, and only after turning the last page do you realize how beautifully that first chapter sets up the rest of the book.

The next chapter backs up to show us the doctor’s arrival in this small town, a scene which is laugh-out-loud funny. In fact, I howled so loud, my husband wanted to know what on earth I was reading. Though an oral recap was never going to do it justice, I described the scene—and he laughed out loud, too. And kept chuckling the more he visualized the scene.

Luke Bradford, summa cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt, never wanted to be a small town doctor. Instead, he feels he was cut out to be a researcher. The man destined to discover a cure for mankind’s most serious ailments. But with a pile of student loans to pay off, Luke accepts Watervalley’s offer to be the town’s only doctor. This inner conflict between what he thinks he wants and what he gets weaves its way through the entire novel.

Beyond the humor, the novel captures the joy and richness of living where your family has sunk roots deep into the soil. As I read this novel, I fell in love with Watervalley and its citizens.

There’s Connie Thompson, housekeeper with attitude and heart the size of a barn.
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