The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tennessee, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he’s caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict.
After a rocky start as Watervalley’s only doctor, Luke Bradford has decided to stay in town, honoring the three-year commitment he made to pay off his medical school debts. But even as his friendships with the quirky townsfolk deepen, and he pursues a romance with lovely schoolteacher Christine Chambers, several military veterans’ emotional wounds trigger anger and unrest in Watervalley.
At the center of the clash is the curmudgeonly publisher of the local newspaper, Luther Whitmore. Luther grew up in Watervalley, but he returned from combat in Vietnam a changed man. He fenced in beautiful Moon Lake, posting “Keep Out” notices at the beloved spot, and provokes the townspeople with his incendiary newspaper.
As Luke struggles to understand Luther’s past, and restore harmony in Watervalley, an unforeseen crisis shatters a relationship he values dearly. Suddenly Luke must answer life’s toughest questions about service, courage, love, and sacrifice.
"The Splendor of Ordinary Days" written by Jeff High is filled with charming characters, in a southern small town life that is both heartwarming, yet heartbreaking. The characters are very real in the story, which makes the reader dig in. However, if you're looking for a book that is clean without language, this book doesn't have that. It is humorous, captures small town life well and will keep you reading once you get past the first few chapters as the plot slowly begins to develop. This is also the third book in this series. While having never read the other two, I did not find it hard to read this book. This book can be read as a stand alone. If you're looking for a small-town read with great character depth, an interesting plot and a story that has a plot of charm, yet some struggles, this is an interesting book. If you're not interested in reading a book with language, then don't pick up this book. I received this book for my honest review, which I have given. I was not compensated for a positive review. I am giving this book 3 stars because I was not impressed with the language given in this book. I believe the author could have modified it to still give the reader his thoughts. Also, I was not impressed with some of the contents in this book. I would read another book by Jeff High.