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?
I have a hard time believing this is a debut novel. Bill Higgs wrote an amazing novel in Eden Hill. There is something so wonderfully refreshing and yet rare about Eden Hill.
Despite taking place in the 1960’s there was still so much of it that I could relate to today. Yet there were still things that I long for. You know neighbors knowing neighbors, small town business, just a simple life.
The characters in the story and their development were astounding. Virgil, Cornelius, Mavine, JoAnn, Glady’s, and even crazy Madeline Crutcher. I loved the simplicity of the story, yet it has twist and turns. People’ s secrets, their loves, their goals, and their struggles.
This story is a real story of faith. The what would you do if this happened, if your faith was tested? How to love your neighbor. I loved how these questions and more were wrestled with. This was an amazing debut novel and I hope Bill Higgs writes more. We need more stories like this in Christian Fiction.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496410831
- ISBN-13: 978-1496410832
I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.