By Jeff High
New American LibraryOctober 2013

Trade Paperback464 pages, $15.00, ISBN: 9780451419262
Subject: Relationships / Personal Challenges / Identity

  1. What do you think you will best remember about this book six months from now?
  2. Luke Bradford feels like a misfit in Watervalley. Are there concrete reasons for that, or does his attitude color his perceptions? How do his thoughts and feelings about the town change over the course of the novel?
  3. Discuss how Luke’s past has shaped him. In honoring the wishes of his family, is he hopelessly old-fashioned and out of touch with the times? Or do you think he is a model and more people should follow his example?
  4. Who is your favorite character, and why?
  5. Connie Thompson is starchy and dignified on the outside but has a heart of gold on the inside. Have you ever known someone like her?
  6. John Harris has allowed his anger at the townspeople to drive him into seclusion. Do you find his turnaround at the end convincing? Why or why not?
  7. Discuss Will Fox—the challenges he faces at home, his computer hacking, and how Luke and others in town resolve these issues. Do you know kids who are troubled, or in trouble? How have their problems been resolved, and what does that suggest about the communities they live in?
  8. Discuss the miracle that saves Hoot Wilson’s life. Have you ever experienced a real-life medical miracle?
  9. Have you ever lived in a small town? How does that experience compare to life in Watervalley?
  10. What makes Watervalley Southern? How might a small town in New England, the Midwest, or the West differ?
  11. How does Jeff High’s Watervalley series compare to other series you might have read, such as Patrick Taylor’s Irish Country series or James Herriot’s veterinarian series?
  12. The flu of 1918 plays an important role in the story. Unlike the original epidemic, which killed millions around the world, everyone who becomes sick in Watervalley recovers. Discuss why that is. Can we depend on medical advances to prevent such loss of life in the future?




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