The Song of Sourwood Mountain

Revell. May 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780800741730. pap. $17.99. CF
Mira Dean isn’t expecting a marriage proposal on an ordinary Sunday, but the missionary speaker at church insists that God is calling her to be his wife—and the teacher at his remote Appalachian mission school. Content in her life as a spinster teacher ever since the death of her fiancé, Mira turns Gordon Covington down. But then she loses both her job and her place to live over the next few days, so she decides to take a chance on Sourwood, KY, and Gordon. In 1910, there are no roads into Sourwood, no electricity or running water, and not much welcome for outsiders. But Mira finds purpose in caring for an orphan girl and a widow, even as she has to take on school bullies and their parents. As Mira and Gordon try to win over Sourwood, their marriage of convenience grows into something more.
VERDICT Readers interested in the hardscrabble mountain life, as depicted in Michelle Shocklee’s Appalachian Song and Lynn Austin’s Wonderland Creek, will want to add the latest from Gabhart (In the Shadow of the River) to their TBR lists.
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