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Troublesome Creek (Troublesome Creek Series #1) [Kindle Edition]

Jan Watson
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Book Description

A charming historical novel set in the late 1800s. Born and raised in the hills of Kentucky, Laura "Copper" Grace loves the wilderness of her home in Troublesome Creek. But when her stepmother threatens to send her away to boarding school to become a lady, Copper faces the possibility of losing everything that is precious to her. Copper must come to terms with her family and discover the true meaning of home. Nothing can drag her off the mountain, until the day she realizes that God has other plans for her life.

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About the Author

Jan Watson won the 2004 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest for her first novel, Troublesome Creek. Her other awards include a nomination for the Kentucky Literary Award in 2006 and second place in the 2006 Inspirational Readers Choice Contest sponsored by the Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Willow Springs and Torrent Falls are the sequels to Troublesome Creek. Jan was a registered nurse for twenty-five years at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She incorporated her nursing experience in the hospital's mother/baby unit into her novels. Jan resides in Kentucky.

Product Details

  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414304471
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Pub (September 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SFBXQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can't wait for the sequel December 16, 2005
By greg
I'll just go ahead and use the most over used line in reviews. It was a real page turner. It transplanted me in time and place, to the late 1880's in Appalachia. The scene came alive on the pages. The characters were real and the novel's twists and turns were, for the most part, unpredictable. The reader has no choice but to identify with Copper, the twins and the various other characters. Troublesome Creek did not read like the writer's first novel. I could feel her own real life experiences seep through, in the small, detailed descriptions that made this novel seem so "true to life."

I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel. Does married life fit Copper, especially in the "big" city and not the woods of eastern Kentucky? Keep writing Jan, you've found your niche.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! October 26, 2005
This wonderful book has it all: tragedy, romance, adventure, history, and a compelling story of a young woman coming of age in the hills of Kentucky.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leisurely book for a break from life's rush March 3, 2006
This first-time novelist captures the reader's heart as pages quickly turn to reveal plot twists and a story of real-life family love. This is how Jan Watson, author of Troublesome Creek, debuts her work as a novelist. Main character Copper, a sixteen-year-old girl from the hills of Kentucky, struggles through her teenage years with her loving, but somewhat sewn askew parents. After an introduction to the existing Brown family, Watson takes the reader into the family's turbulent past, bringing more complexity to the story. Troublesome Creek, the nearby waterfront that Will Brown has loved for so many years proves to be loving and unforgiving all at once. A mountain cat herself, young Copper's outdoor-loving instincts come to battle against her mother's desire for her to become a "proper lady." Threats of boarding school and city life lead Copper to make hasty, unwise decisions that guide her into paths she would never have chosen otherwise. A story of true, tested love and the blossoming of youth into adulthood makes this a gentle but poignant story.

Watson gracefully leads the reader into the plot by the powerful use of flashback. Troublesome Creek is revealed to the reader one piece at a time, but leaves no questions about what is to come. Relationships between characters are unforgettable and feel hauntingly realistic. Although Watson's plot twists are unusual in everyday life, a reader cannot help but empathize when the characters find themselves in painful or awkward situations.

Copper is a young and fiery redhead who loves the mountains, her family, and her hound dog Paw-Paw. As the story progresses, Copper finds herself in love with John, a friend from her childhood.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but with a disapointing end. December 30, 2006
Copper is a strong and free-spirited young woman growing up along the banks of Troublesome Creek. As a newborn her mother died in a tragic accident and now Pepper lives with her scarred father who is still dealing with loss and her bitter and harsh stepmother/aunt.

The book follows Copper's life through ages 15-17 from the time she comes of age and begins to resent everyone making decisions for her, to the day she marries city doctor Simon Corbett. Peppered throughout the novel are also lengthy flashbacks to her parent's courtship and early marriage.

Although I enjoyed the book, I was disapointed by the ending, and felt the auther tried to rationalize away Copper's poor marriage choice by describing her subject's fascination with city doctor Corbett's "lavender starched shirts" concealing rippling muscles as "true love". The bulk of this novel focuses on Copper's love for the mountains, about her fascination with the earth and knowledge of it, and quite a bit of her time is spent with a boy who truly seems to love her and, while not necessarily exciting or sexually arousing, has a good heart, cares for others, and is hardworking. I felt like the author took the easy path by introducing a fancy character in the last few chapters who made Copper's heart beat, but who clearly had much lower standards than her other marriage option. (impatient, led by his impulses and not true to his word) thus following the path of so many cheap romantic writers by stamping passion as love.

As Christians (for this IS a Christian novel with strong religious tones) we are taught that love is something much deeper than emotions or first impressions. I was disapointed that Jan Watson didn't take the high road and write a novel about something so much more valuable.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read December 27, 2005
By C. King
I thought this book was a delightful read. I, too, liked the unpredictability and the reality of life experiences found in Troublesome Creek. I was strengthened by the characters' reliance on their faith to carry them through whatever life brought their way. I can't wait for the sequel! I can't wait to see what happens to these folks next and I've got a feeling Jan Watson has more to say.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Pleasurable Read December 3, 2005
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Ms. Watson's style of writing was so refreshing; I loved her descriptions and her dialogues...especially the very amusing comments by Copper's twin brothers! I love how she put everything in this book: sorrow, laughter, mystery, tension, & romance.

This book tells a couple of stories, starting with that of Copper's father and mother. Theirs was a true romance that soon ended in tragedy. However, her father's decision soon after made Copper into the woman she came to be, the woman I so very much enjoyed reading about! The setting happens to be in the hills of Kentucky around 1881. It's not often you find a story depicted in that setting, and that is one of the reasons I loved it so much.

This book was more entertaining than any others I've read in a while. If you have ever read "Christy" by Catherine Marshall, and enjoyed it as much as I did, you'll love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by CTreff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good series.
Published 20 days ago by Richard KOELSCH
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good page turner ..enjoy the book as I did ,, gave it a high...
Enjoyed Troublesome Creek book One ,, it was a very clean book and a very good page turner for me . I would recommend this book to anyone-)))
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a good book but now one of my favorites
This was a good book but now one of my favorites. It had a lot of sad times in it which some people may like. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maggie Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it.
Beautiful written story. Kept my interest with all the ups and downs of life. Love can heal anything and is shown in the story line
Published 6 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story line - good characters
Very interesting story - does a good job of building the characters. I'm already on Book #3 of the series - would love to have the time to just sit down & read them all - one... Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Frederick
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story!
I just loved this story, reminds me of my mother's home in Virginia and the many stories she told me, and her travels to Idaho with her Mother, and the Service berry flowers, we... Read more
Published 16 months ago by froggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Series
I had purchased two and three and found 1 on amazon. It is a very good series to read. Must read 1 first.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A very sweet story
I enjoyed this story. The author has a way of painting pictures with her words in a charming way. I highly recommend this book.
Published 19 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great product. I love it and I recommend anyone who wants to buy from this company. Have a great day. keep reading!!!!!!
Published 22 months ago by Julie Alexander
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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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