“Hearts on Lonely Mountain” by A.M. Heath
Third Novella in the Librarians of Willow Hollow Collection
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
Can two lonely people find more than a fleeting friendship or will a prejudiced town keep them apart?
When Ivory Bledsoe left the city to minister to the people of the rural mountain town of Willow Hollow, she never expected to be shunned rather than welcomed. Seeing the town as a lost cause, she’s eager to return home, but when the bridge leading out of town is washed away during a flood, she finds herself stranded in the last place she wants to be.
Ben Thrasher was content with his quiet life until he met the new librarian. He can’t help but be drawn to the friendly and lively Ivory Bledsoe, despite her being at the center of the town’s latest superstition. It’s only a matter of time until she captures his heart, turning his world upside down in the process.
Has Ivory gotten God’s plan for her all wrong or is there still a way she can serve these people? And can Ben ask her to stay in a place where so few are willing to embrace her?
I started this Story Collection of the Librarians of Willow Hollow backward, which meant I was first introduced to Ivory Bledsoe through Edna Sue’s story in The Secret Place of Thunder. Edna Sue was not overly keen on Ivory at first, and that made me all the more curious to read Ivory’s own story. They are very different characters, but both have such individualistic stories and backgrounds!
I loved getting to know Ivory. She is such a bubbly, happy character, and very eager to help the town of Willow Hollow. However, her efforts are thwarted as the people aren’t the most welcoming of her…Her first real friend is little Gerrit – just a child, but oh so precious! I fell in love with him completely through this story.^.^ Such a cutie. And so open-hearted towards Ivory which is exactly what she needed.
And Gerrit’s uncle, Ben Thrasher. A very worthy hero, I must say. He is complex, and well…very grumpy XD But he has such depth and I loved getting to see from his perspective. And see how vastly different Ivory viewed him, as he kept so much internal! This was a fun story to watch unfold, and I was reluctant to ever put it down.I loved the message, and the ending was super sweet. <3