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Trade Paperback
400 pages
May 2007
Tyndale House Publishers

Willow Springs

by Jan Watson

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Willow Springs is the sequel to Jan Watson’s first novel, Troublesome Creek. Even though it is a sequel, Willow Springs stands on its own because of its distinctive characters. This is a romance story that takes place in a small town during the Victorian era, following the struggles of Copper Brown Corbett, a backwoods mountain girl, as she tries to adjust to married life, family, and new surroundings. Although she seems childish at first, as challenges arise Copper proves herself to be a spirited heroine, and her faith in God is easily seen as she meets those challenges.

However, the book is weighed down by lengthy descriptions of clothing, and a plot that wanders. Issues of importance are brought up (such as a possible family secret of which Copper is unaware, but others know) and are then never resolved. Or problems are brought up and resolved too easily, such as the strained relationship between Copper and her sister-in-law. The book does handle delicate issues like pregnancy and childbirth very skillfully, conveying the emotion and stress without being graphic. For those who like historical romance, Willow Springs is entertaining, but certainly not the potential classic it could be. – Jessica Becker, Christian Book

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The mountains she loved—her mountains—were behind her now.

Following a whirlwind courtship, seventeen-year-old Copper Brown finds herself living in the bustling city of Lexington, Kentucky, far away from her beloved mountain home, newly married to a man she barely knows. After running free on Troublesome Creek, Copper finds it difficult to adjust to city life and the demands of being a lady.

Her new husband, Simon Corbett, is a busy medical doctor with a thriving practice and little time for the young woman he swept away from her home and family. Only when she begins to help Simon with his practice does Copper start to feel at peace with her husband and her new home. But neither of them could predict the tragedy that will change their lives forever. . .