Book Review of
More Things In Heaven and Earth
As an ambitious young doctor with a penchant for research, Luke Bradford never wanted to set up practice in a remote rural town. But to pay back his student loans and to fulfill a promise from his past, he heads for Watervalley, Tennessee—and immediately stumbles into one disaster after another. Will he be labeled the town idiot before he’s even introduced as the new doctor?
Very quickly he faces some big challenges—from resuscitating a three-hundred-pound farmer who goes into cardiac arrest to not getting shot by a local misanthrope for trespassing. He expects the people of Watervalley to be simple, but finds his relationships with them are complicated, whether he’s interacting with his bossy but devout housekeeper, the attractive schoolteacher he consistently alienates, or the mysterious kid next door who climbs trees while wearing a bike helmet.
When a baffling flu epidemic hits Watervalley, Luke faces his ultimate test. Whether the community embraces him or not, it’s his responsibility to save them. And he’ll soon discover that while living in a small town may not be what he wants, it may be just what he needs…
More Things In Heaven and Earth was published in 2013. It is an example of why I love my backlist book challenge. I am finding so many good books that I knew nothing about because they were published years ago so are not being promoted.
More Things In Heaven and Earth is a fiction read set in Tennessee. The main character in the book is a doctor. He could have gone on to do great things in medical research, but instead, he decides to take a job in Watervalley, Tennessee in order to pay off his student loans.
Watervalley is a small rural town. He faces the challenges of small-town life and practice, but the people he meets make it all worth it. Not only does he change the town, but the town changes him.
Jeff Night, the author of More Things In Heaven and Earth, has worked as a nurse for many years. His medical background shows in his writing. He makes medicine interesting as he weaves it through the story of this small-town doctor.
This book reminded me so much of the Mitford series. The main character is a doctor instead of a pastor, but it had that cozy small-town feel as you read it. I fell in love with the town and the people. As soon as I finished the book, I ordered the next one in the series because I wanted to know more about people in Watervalley.