Monday, June 4, 2012
Skip Rock Shallows - Book Review
As part of the Tyndale Blogging Book Review, I picked Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson to read and review. As part of receiving a free copy of the book, I agreed to read it in its entirely and to do a review of what I thought about the book on my blog; even if it was an unfavorable review of the book.
I had not read any of Ms. Watson's books before but I do believe this particular novel was her six one published. It is a fictional account of Lilly Gray Corbett who recently graduated from medical school and is just beginning her career as a physician. That in itself is an accomplishment, but the story is not set in modern times, but in 1908 when it was not a popular thing for a woman to be a doctor. Add to it is the fact that she accepts a temporary assignment in a coaling mining town to hopefully add in her experience. The doctor she hoped she would train with dies before she gets to her assignment so she is now the doctor for the town.
As would be expected, she is not eagerly accepted in the town; the miners want nothing to do with her and especially don't want her to go into the mines which I think is a superstition on their part to have a women be in there. Over time she warms up to them and becomes more accepted within the community, especially as she uses the skills she trained for in her medical career. Also, it is discovered she is a cousin to one of the other families there, thus making her more accepted.
Lilly has a fiancee, another fellow doctor who decided to pursue his career in Boston. His intent is for her after she does her three month stint in Skip Rock Shallows to come and practice with him. That is her intent until she realizes she truly does love the people of the town, the challenges doctoring presents in such a town and a mysterious stranger she has a few encounters with in town that proves to be a significant part of her past history involved with a traumatic event she lived through as a child.
Without giving too much away about the plot or any spoilers, I did enjoy the writing of the book, but it was very predictable in how it ended. Although there were some twists and turns in the plot, one could see that it would end the way it ended with Lilly making the choices she did on where she chose to further her career and live out her life.
Skip Rock Shallows is a book you could take with you to the beach on vacation, or on a plane, reading it in the airport or at a doctor's office where you would enjoy the story but you could still be aware of what is going on around you. It is light reading fiction. Something you could read while keeping an eye on the kids at the park or at the public pool.
It is Christian fiction and it does talk about faith and several scripture references, but it is not inundated with it so that if a nonbeliever or one not familiar with God would be uncomfortable reading it. It could also be a good starting point for someone interested in learning more about God to consider going to church or perhaps picking up the Bible to read.
I would recommend the book for light easy reading like I mentioned above. It is a good story, predictable like I said, but will hold one's interest as you read through the pages.