Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Song of Sourwood Mountain by Ann H. Gabhart

Posted May 8, 2024 by meezcarrie in Ann H. Gabhart, Book Review, Christian, giveaway, historical, Kentucky, romance / 40 Comments


The Song of Sourwood Mountain book review

The Song of Sourwood Mountain by Ann H. GabhartTHE SONG OF SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN by Ann H. Gabhart
GENRE: Historical Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2024
PAGES: 354

While the century began with such promise, it is 1910 when Mira Dean’s hopes of being a wife and mother are dashed to pieces. Her fiancé dead from tuberculosis, Mira resigns herself to being a spinster schoolteacher–until Gordon Covington shows up.

No longer the boy she knew from school, Gordon is now a preacher who is full of surprises. First, he asks Mira to come to Sourwood in eastern Kentucky to teach at his mission school. Second, he asks her to marry him. Just like that. And all at once the doors that had seemed firmly shut begin to open, just a crack.

With much trepidation, Mira steps out in faith into a life she never imagined, in a place filled with its own special challenges, to serve a people who will end up becoming the family she always dreamed of.

From the pen of bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart comes a heartwarming story of the unexpected blessings that can come when we dare to follow the Lord’s leading.


I knew I would enjoy The Song of Sourwood Mountain by Ann H. Gabhart (marriage of convenience! Kentucky hollers! the author!) but I didn’t realize I would fall so in love with Mira and Gordon, Ada June and Joseph, Bo the dog, and even Miss Vandercleve (who is a hoot!). From the very first page – with Gordon’s shocking proposal – I cared about these characters and I just kept finding more of them to love as Mira meets the people of Sourwood Mountain.

We are treated to three perspectives throughout this story – Mira’s, Gordon’s and 10-year-old orphan Ada June’s. This combination of voices kept me emotionally involved in the story and contributed to that character love I mentioned above. In some ways, I felt like we got young Joseph’s perspective too because Gabhart gave him such personality (and I would love to see a sequel some day featuring him and Ada June). The author uses these layered characters – along with the proud customs of the Kentucky hills – to explore questions of faith and longings for family, and my heart was moved by the lessons that can be gleaned from this story. Of particular meaning to me in this season of my husband’s unexpected unemployment was the reminder that God doesn’t always answer prayers the way we anticipate… or the way we want … but He is ever in our corner to work for our good & beyond our imaginations.

Bottom Line: In The Song of Sourwood Mountain, Ann H. Gabhart lovingly brings the hills of Appalachian Kentucky to life, fully immersing readers in the cadence of the unique dialect and the complex community dynamics. The characters are vividly drawn with deep emotions and yearned-for dreams, and readers will find themselves hurting for and rejoicing with Mira, Gordon, and Ada June as they fall in love with each other – and as we fall in love with them. I came to really adore this fictional holler and its people, and I am tucking away in my heart several faith reminders from this story. Oh – and I thought the epilogue was perfect! If you love Christy by Catherine Marshall, Appalachian Song by Michelle Shocklee, or the Blue Ridge Romances series from Pepper Basham, you will love The Song of Sourwood Mountain too!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of many novels, including In the Shadow of the River, When the Meadow Blooms, Along a Storied Trail, An Appalachian Summer, River to Redemption, These Healing Hills, and Angel Sister. She and her husband live on a farm a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Ann enjoys discovering the everyday wonders of nature while hiking in her farm’s fields and woods with her grandchildren and her dogs, Frankie and Marley. Learn more at AnnHGabhart.com.

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40 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Song of Sourwood Mountain by Ann H. Gabhart

  1. Joan Kurth

    I look forward to reading this book. I was so happy that my local library has it!

  2. Pam K.

    I’m currently reading The Song of Sourwood Mountain and enjoying it very much. I always like Ann Gabhart’s books and her style of writing.

  3. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Cindy Merrill

    It takes a lot of courage and faith to accept a preacher’s marriage proposal- you’re not just marrying him- you also become the “Parson’s wife” and every shred of privacy gone forever-you’re on call 24/7 ; every member of the congregation treats you as if you’re their 911 button to push. Show me the wife of a minister and I’ll show you someone with serious health problems; which is no shock, given the stress they’re under.

  5. I live in Ky. Tjhis makes me really want to read this book to see how close to real the writer has the storyline right about the people of Ky.

  6. Suzanne Sellner

    Ann Gabhart is one of my favorite authors. I’m reading The Song of Sourwood Mountain now and really enjoying it!

  7. Sandy Avery

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book soon, it’s high on my TBR list.

  8. Sue Parrish

    I love Ann’s writing. Her stories always pull me in from the first page and don’t let me go until the last page. Then they linger in my mind for quite awhile.

    • Regina

      I’m a Kentucky girl so you don’t have to do too much persuading to get me to read a book that’s set in these beautiful mountains, but reading the wonderful review that Carrie wrote made me want to read this book even more! 😊📚💗

  9. MICHAEL A LAW

    This looks like a splendid read. Thanks for sharing and hosting this tour.

  10. Janice Moore

    Since I adored Catherine Marshall’s book Christy, I will probably like this book, too!

  11. Connie Lee

    I love stories of the mountains and the people that live there. I love reading Ann’s books, she is a great writer.

  12. Nancy

    I would like to read The Song of Sourwood Mountain by Ann H. Gabhart because she is an author who is new to me.

  13. Roxanne C.

    I always loved Cristy, so I loved Pepper’s Blue Ridge series. I will definitely enjoy The Song of Sourwood Mountain by Ann H. Gabhart.

  14. Stephanie

    I love reading books by this author as her writings never disappoint me when I read them. This book has captured me just by looking at the pretty cover!

  15. Donna Irvin

    I love all the Appalachain historical books! Always sonmuch fascinating history!

  16. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on THE SONG OF SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN by Ann H. Gabhart.

    Love this author’s books and am so looking forward to reading this one.

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