Eden Hill
By Bill Higgs
Published by Tyndale
384 Pages

Back Cover: Nothing seems to change in Eden Hill, Kentucky, and that’s just fine with Virgil T. Osgood. He’s been content to raise his family and run the only service station in town. But when a new station is set to open right across the road from Virgil’s pumps, he suddenly faces obstacles in his career, his marriage, and his self-worth that he’s never even dreamed of.

Cornelius Alexander wants his new Zipco station to succeed and help establish a strong foundation for his growing family. As long as he follows the Zipco guide, he’s sure to be a success―and prove his father wrong.

Reverend Caudill wants to be a conduit for grace in his town, but that grace is challenged by the changes sweeping through in the early 1960s. For the sake of this small town, Virgil and Cornelius must learn to get along, but how do you love your neighbor when his very presence threatens to upend everything you hold dear?

REVIEW: I was eager to read this novel for two reasons. One the author is the husband of Liz Curtis Higgs; an author I adore. I was curious as to what his style of writing would be. Second I hoped this would be fun reading a throwback novel of the 1960’s. I was pleasantly surprised on both accounts.

This author drops readers into a time period when gasoline was less than .30 cents a gallon. When you filled up your tank they pumped the gas and washed your windshield for free. Checked your fluid levels under the hood if you requested. What could go wrong in a small town like Eden Hill? This was back in a time where everyone knew their neighbors

All was well until a Zipco station goes in across the street from Virgil Osgood’s gas station. It’s new and fancy. He’d been the only gas station in town for years now the town has a choice. All was well and good with his 14 year marriage until his wife Mavine started reading a Pageant magazine about what a marriage should be like.

Virgil says to his wife, “This is foolishness” …” Giving a rating to their marriage happiness. He continued, “Your getting all worked up for no good reason, Mavine. They write this stuff just so they can sell magazines. Besides, Don’t I take good care of you and Vec?”

“Yes, you do, Virgil, but women want more than that. We need our husbands to be heroic…Dr. LaMour says that a good husband is romantic, and also pays…how shall I say it, closer attention to his wife.”

He took the magazine. He read the first question, “How long has it been since you and your husband have had an intimate romantic dinner together?” Mavine had marked “six months or more.” ..“This didn’t make sense at all, because Marvine had cooked a full meal almost every night of their entire married life. Not counting last night’s chicken meat loaf disaster, it couldn’t have been more than two days.”

“Question three, “How long has it been since you and your husband have had marital relations? This was really puzzling. She checked one month or more.” Her mother had spent most of last Sunday afternoon at their house- perhaps Mavine had forgotten. Besides, her other relations visited way too often.”

“….Who does this Dr. Betty LaMour think she is anyway? What gives her the right to give my wife these kinds of ideas? …They had a good marriage, a fine son, and a good life, didn’t they?”

This is Bill Higgs debut novel. The author does a great job of developing this small town and its quirky likeable characters.. This is a sweet story that will dug at your heart and bring a smile to your face. It’s a story of God’s grace. A tale full of love, heartache and inspiration. It would make a fun book club pick and a good summer read.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Bill Higgs is a lapsed academic, former engineer, and avid storyteller. He also admits to being a nostalgic baby boomer, with a keen interest in how things past can teach lessons for the present. He lives in Kentucky with his wife, author Liz Curtis Higgs, and her two cats. Eden Hill is his first novel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale publishes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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