More Things In Heaven And Earth
As an ambitious young doctor with a penchant for research, Luke Bradford never wanted to set up practice in a remote rural town. But to pay back his student loans and to fulfill a promise from his past, he heads for Watervalley, Tennessee–and immediately stumbles into one disaster after another. He expects the people of Watervalley to be simple, but finds his relationships with them complicated, whether he’s interacting with his bossy but devout housekeeper, the attractive schoolteacher he consistently alienates, or the mysterious kid next door who climbs trees while wearing a bike helmet.When a baffling flu epidemic hits Watervalley, Luke faces his ultimate test. Whether the community embraces him or not, it’s his responsibility to save them, And he’ll soon discover that while living in a small town may not be what he wants, it may be just what he needs.
“Told through the eyes of Dr. Luke Bradford, a newly minted MD, the story of the little town of Watervalley, Tennessee, and its inhabitants comes vividly to life. Jeff High’s medical background gives him that cutting edge in the technical details of his tale and his love of his native Tennessee and the human race shines from every page. Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly is delighted to welcome Luke, a TransAtlantic colleague to be fiercely proud of.”
Patrick Taylor, New York Times Best-Selling Author of the Irish Country Doctor novels
More Things In Heaven And Earth is “a well-spun story of the mystery and microcosm that is small-town America. Jeff High skillfully captures the healing places, the hurting places, and the places where we so often find out who we are truly meant to be.”
“The best of small-town Americana and the eccentrics who live there are brought to life in More Things in Heaven and Earth. This story warmed me, made me laugh and then kept a smile on my face. It’s delightful, compassionate, humorous, tightly woven. If you’re looking for a feel-good read, spend an afternoon with Jeff High’s novel.”
Charles Martin, New York Times Best Selling Author of “Unwritten” and “When Crickets Cry”
“More Things In Heaven and Earth” is the first novel in the new book series, Watervalley Books, from first-time author Jeff High. It is true southern fiction, and is a great book for the whole family. The title for the book comes from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, and there are many underlying literary elements that run throughout the novel . As The Southern Literary Review points out below…
“Beyond the humor, the novel captures the joy and richness of living where your family has sunk roots deep into the soil….
It’s not all pretty. Alcoholics, unwed mothers, grudges, illness, computer fraud, blame and shame are just as much a part of life in Watervalley as honest auto mechanics, church bells, and food delivered to your door in time of need.
[It] leaves us pondering the nature of a higher order governing our lives, bringing us in contact with the people who can help us grow and heal our wounds.”