Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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“We’re all the same, Welby. Neighbors. Just like in Reverend Caudill’s sermon this morning. And sometimes we’re even kin. We just need to learn to act like it.”
Husband and father Virgil T. Osgood is content with life in his town and the friendly, no-frills service station he operates. But the arrival of Cornelius Alexander and his new Zipco station across the street from Osgood’s may cause trouble. Add in a handful of marriages on the rocks, a tense racial climate, and an untold number of dashed or uncertain dreams, and this town will have to learn afresh what it means to “love thy neighbor” in Eden Hill by author Bill Higgs.
From beginning to end, I found this novel to be, well, thoroughly charming. Reading about this bunch of everyday folks in Eden Hill’s 1960s setting was much like visiting the town and townsfolk of Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show. This novel is a rather easy and feel-good read with a healthy helping of humor mixed in, but it also deals with serious issues concerning relationships, ambition, compassion, and faith.
I felt the reading was slow at points where the story lingered a bit long over minor things, kind-of “marching in place” here and there. It also seemed a few later scenes basically just made the same points that were already made earlier in the book.
Still, anyone looking for an ultimately pleasant and nostalgic piece of small-town historical fiction would do well to pick up this novel.