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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414339143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414339146
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The people of Skip Rock, KY, are hard, and they believe they know a woman’s place. Lilly Gray Corbett has just graduated from medical school and has accepted an internship in Skip Rock. With her own stubbornness, she’s determined to win over the people—and she does after saving a young miner. Lilly’s fiancé is in Boston, and she quickly becomes torn between returning to him and exploring her attraction to the man she saved. VERDICT: Great plot development and skilled character building make Watson’s latest historical a sure bet for fans of Karen Kingsbury. (Library Journal)

Watson’s descriptions of early 20th-century life and the Kentucky landscape will instantly transport readers. The character’s struggles with faith and trust in God are very realistic and heartfelt. While Lilly is a character mentioned in Watson’s other books, readers do not need to have read those in order to follow this one. SUMMARY: A recent medical school graduate, Lilly Corbett moves to the small mountain town of Skip Rock, KY., to start her internship. Lilly must overcome the prejudice and skepticism of the townspeople and, as she gains their trust, she is torn between staying in Skip Rock and joining her boyfriend in Boston. The attraction she feels for a handsome coal miner confuses her even more. (Romantic Times)

More About the Author

Former registered nurse and peri-natal loss counselor, Jan Watson won the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild First Novel Contest in 2004 with Troublesome Creek. Written with a dollop of romance and a smidgen of suspense, Jan's award winning historical novels, are uniquely set in the Appalachian Mountains.
Jan lives in Lexington, Kentucky and spends her days writing and entertaining her Jack Russell terrier, Maggie. Her favorite hobby is reading antique medical books.

"Watson's success lies in her ability to create characters that are endearing and timeless. . . ." Romantic Times Magazine.

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I really enjoyed reading Skip Rock Shallows, it is very interesting and makes you feel like you are in the story.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amber on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Lilly Gray Corbett, fresh out of medical school and serving an internship in Skip Rock, Kentucky, has a fight on her hands. This town is not ready for a woman doctor, nor are they respectful of one. I know this theme seems like it's been done quite a bit, but Jan Watson puts her own spin on it with what she does best - bringing to life 'backwoods' characters and immersing her readers in their lives.

Doctoring in the coal mining camp isn't easy but Lilly begins to find her place, much to the displeasure of her suave fiance, a doctor in Boston who is ready to make her his wife and settle her into the finer things in life.

The book switches back and forth from the view of Lilly, to the view of Tern Still, a young man on a secret assignment with a past that involves Lilly. Much older since Lilly last saw him, and with a name change, Lilly is only left with an unsettled feeling when she sees him and is plagued with thoughts of a past event. With Tern having loved Lilly for most of his life, will he come clean with her? What are the secrets he's carrying?

I liked this book very much and was sad to see the last page. There were only a few things I questioned, like why Lilly, a 'backwater' girl herself, would want to marry a suave, sophisticated man. Also I thought her change of heart mid-way through the book was snap-your-fingers fast. Love usually takes a little time to grow.

I highly recommend this book. You can read it alone, but it's even better if you have read all of Jan Watson's books, my favorite of hers being Sweetwater Run.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mikeylynn on February 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson has a great setting and good characters, for the most part. Set in the hills of Kentucky, Lilly is working as a doctor in the mining community. This being her first real doctoring job she wonders if she would much prefer to live in Boston with her fiance. Many characters fill her days with delightful mishaps. The odd and mysterious Tern or known as Jo seems to pop up whenever she is around. In the end there is a love story that is not what Lilly planned.
I love most everything about this book except for Lilly's relationships with her fiance and Tern. Her sudden love interest in Tern is so quickly thrown together and then the story ends. It was really difficult for me to get into this story, though I really wanted to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Warth on June 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Within the deep recesses of the coal mine camp in Skip Rock, Ky, close the the area of Troublesome Creek, Dr. Lilly Corbett faces the challenges that are reserved for the previous camp doctor. The resident's backwoods and simple way of life prove to be quite untrusting of a female physician. The mines remain in unrest as the workers fight illnesses and injuries. The services of Dr Lilly as needed more now than ever. When Lilly's fiance Paul arrives in Skip Rock it is as if she had never left her hometown in Boston. While Paul has plans for he and Lilly, her previous life keeps breaking into her thoughts as one who is recognized from the past but not acknowledged in the present. Will she be able to separate the two and make a wise decision?

This well written book hosts a cast of very likable and easy to get to know characters. Laugh aloud moments as well as tense ones coupled with romance keeps the story enjoyable. Dialogue, description and scenery work together well leaving no dull parts in the storyline. I found the overall message to be inspiring and I was challenged in my faith. I was entertained and will recommend this book to others.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By StoryGirl on June 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have never read anything by Jan Watson before, but she's has received some very good reviews, so I was quite curious about her writing. However, I was disappointed. Not in the author's writing, because I think she is talented, but simply how feministic I found this book. I'm really tired of period heroines who pursue a career and are shocked when people don't accept their jobs as God's "calling" on their life. There was one point in the book that super annoyed me- Lilly was offended at the way the wife in the home she was staying in was serving her husband. Come on people : the woman was fixing him breakfast before she herself ate. Yet Lilly was "shocked" that this man was treating his wife like a "slave". (Also, this man was not some overbearing man who treated women like dirt; he was a very kind, godly man that Lilly otherwise admired. She was just disappointed in the way he viewed women.)
Anyway, the main story just bugged me. It did have it's good points- the hero was likable and I did enjoy some of Lilly's misadventures meeting people in the town (and the characters of Ned and Armina totally cracked me up) but that didn't change the fact that sometimes this book downright offended me. Although, I must admit after reading the book description, I should have known that a story about a woman doctor would have been at least a little feministic no matter what!

I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie on June 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have all of Jan Watson's Troublesome Creek series and I have read them a couple of times. I expected to love this book as well, but it just didn't seem to have it for me. It seemed too rushed especially the romance between Tern and Lilly. There was just not enough interaction between them before they fell for each other. I realize this is just my opinion and others do not share it, but it is my honest opinion.
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