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PRAISE FOR

THE NOVELS OF WATERVALLEY

EACH SHINING HOUR

“Heartwarming, refreshing, and often amusing, this touching novel about a likable yet conflicted new doctor sent to a rural Tennessee town is a rare gem. A bustling medical practice, a budding romance, and a passel of small-town dramas make this a rich read, but a decades-old murder mystery adds the icing on the cake. The pristine setting and lovable characters will make readers search for Watervalley, Tennessee, on a map and plan a visit.”

—Karen White,
New York Times
bestselling author of
A Long Time Gone

“A young doctor, marking time until he can leave a somnolent farm town for the bustle of a big city, finds more excitement in Watervalley than he bargained for—an alluring woman, or two; an unsolved murder, or two; a crafty banker who knows more than he's saying; and a cache of . . . well, I'll let you find that out.
Each
Shining Hour
kept me reading far into the night hours!”

—Ann B. Ross,
New York Times
bestselling author of the Miss Julia series and
Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day

“Come back to Watervalley for another endearing tale of Dr. Luke Bradford and the good folks of this small Tennessee town. Heartwarming and tender,
Each Shining Hour
is a bright and lovely story.”

—Lynne Branard, author of
The Art of Arranging Flowers

MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH

“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, MD,
New York Times
bestselling author of the Irish Country novels

“The best of small-town Americana and the eccentrics who live there is 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
bestselling author of
Unwritten
and
When Crickets Cry

“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.”

—Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of
Tending Roses
and
The Prayer Box

Books in the Watervalley Series

More Things in Heaven and Earth

Each Shining
Hour

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Each shining hour: a novel of watervalley/Jeff High.

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1. Physicians—Fiction. 2. Man-woman relationships—Fiction. 3. Small cities—fiction. I. Title.

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely
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Contents

Praise

Books in the Watervalley Series

Title page

Copyright page

Dedication

Epigraph

 

PRELUDE

CHAPTER 1: Estelle

CHAPTER 2: Sisters

CHAPTER 3: A Peculiar Discovery

CHAPTER 4: Ancient Rumor

CHAPTER 5: Heart of the Matter

CHAPTER 6: Dinner

CHAPTER 7: The Windup

CHAPTER 8: The Phone Call

CHAPTER 9: Sunflower Miller

CHAPTER 10: The Old Bakery

CHAPTER 11: Connie, Past and Present

CHAPTER 12: The Winds of Change

CHAPTER 13: Lida Wilkins

CHAPTER 14: The 5K

CHAPTER 15: From Morning to Eden

CHAPTER 16: Life on the Farm

CHAPTER 17: An Evening with Old Friends

CHAPTER 18: Fools Who Came to Scoff

CHAPTER 19: Sunday Lunch

CHAPTER 20: The Cemetery

CHAPTER 21: Open for Business

CHAPTER 22: A Good Idea

CHAPTER 23: An Uneasy Feeling

CHAPTER 24: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

CHAPTER 25: The Getaway Car

CHAPTER 26: Pandora's Box

CHAPTER 27: Unbridled Passion

CHAPTER 28: Ghosts

CHAPTER 29: Conspiracy

CHAPTER 30: The Calm Before

CHAPTER 31: The Ides of March

CHAPTER 32: The Third Degree

CHAPTER 33: An Interesting Discovery

CHAPTER 34: Unexpected

CHAPTER 35: Connie Knew

CHAPTER 36: An Old Secret

CHAPTER 37: Time Capsule

CHAPTER 38: Every Branch That Bears Fruit

CHAPTER 39: A Good Man's Story

CHAPTER 40: The Stars Align

CHAPTER 41: The Prom

CHAPTER 42: Sins of the Fathers

CHAPTER 43: Birthday

CHAPTER 44: Finding the Words

CHAPTER 45: The Graduation Speech

CHAPTER 46: The Words

CHAPTER 47: The Garden

CHAPTER 48: Celebration

POSTLUDE

 

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Readers Guide

This book is dedicated to my father-in-law,
Lloyd George Hartly Bardowell.

A gentle servant of God and man,
he never failed to give his best to each shining
hour.

 

How doth the little busy Bee

Improve each shining Hour

And gather Honey all the day

From every opening Flower. . . .

In Books, or Work, or healthful Play,

Let my first Years be passed,

That I may give for every Day

Some good Account at last.

—“How Doth the Little Busy Bee” by Isaac Watts

 

 

 

And the floors shall be full of wheat,

And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.

I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.

—Joel 2:24–25

PRELUDE

Watervalley, Tennessee

April 28, 1944

T
he grass was taller here, moist and cool in the dark April night, only a few sloping steps away from the road. He would rest for a while, keeping his hand pressed firmly over the small bullet hole above his right hip. But the handkerchief . . . the handkerchief was getting so
aked.

“It must have been a low-caliber pistol,” he whispered. “Perhaps a twenty-two.” It was only a small wound, barely penetrating the soft tissue.

He had been running. His suit was drenched with sweat. As he lay in the fresh, delicate grass, steam rose from him and drifted elusively into the soft air. He breathed in great heaving gasps, staring up into the vast, silent sky, an eternal canopy pulsing with a million radiant stars.

It was the telegram. He had come back for the telegram. He'd thought it was with everything else. But when he'd buried the box, he hadn't found it.

In his agony, he whispered softly: “Oh Elise; dear, precious Elise.” He would tell her everything. Explain everything. His mind drifted.
His eyes wanted to close. Then, down the far reaches of the road toward town, he heard the long, slow wail of a police siren. He stiffened. His thoughts raced. They were coming. Someone at one of the farmhouses must have heard the gunshot. He flattened himself deeper into the tall grass.

The car blew past, flying headlong toward the lake and stopping in the distance, the headlights pouring across the bandstand. No one had seen him. He would have to wait before moving again.

Once more he stared briefly into the infinite heavens. But now the stars were fading. “Elise; darling, beloved Elise. I will . . . I will tell you . . .” His breathing slowed. His eyes were surrendering. They grew tired, heavy, and in his delirium, he spoke tenderly, sliding into the distant language of his childhood. “I will tell you . . .
über die Diamanten
.”

I will tell you about the diamonds.

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