I know they old saying goes “don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, I do and when I saw the cover of this book, I couldn’t help myself. I loved the vintage look of the cover and picked it up to see what this book was about. It sounded intriguing, but when I flipped open to the reviews page, I saw a review from one of my favorite authors. After reading her review, I knew this was a book I’d probably enjoy and I was right.
Eden Hill is the first novel for Bill Higgs. I’m a bit surprised it’s his first novel because of how well-written the book. I can usually tell when an author has just written their first book, but this book slipped past me. However, the fact that he is apparently an avid storyteller, I’m guessing he had lots of practice writing this story in many forms!
When I think about Eden Hill, many things strike me as reasons why I loved this book. First, Eden Hill is just a tiny community of flawed people. These flawed people come together to help each other, though, and to encourage one another. I laughed at Mrs. Crutcher and her interactions with Reverend Caudill. I could just see those scenes being played out in real life!
The second thing I enjoyed was the whole feel of the gas station as the main setting. I’m surprised that I enjoyed that so much! It was the perfect setting for this small town story. It definitely took the reader back to a different time period.
The third thing I enjoyed were all the lessons the characters learned throughout the story. Each character had a trial and I enjoyed reading the lessons each person learned. Reverend Caudill taught a lot of lessons himself! My favorite lesson, though, was the one Cornelius learned at the end.
I hope this is not the last book that Bill Higgs decides to write. He has such a talent and I am hoping he continues to share his stories with his readers.
I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.