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Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Mountain Man by Jan Minter

The Mountain Man by Jan Minter
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (302 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Rosemary thinks the mountain man’s a quack, because he says he can heal with his hands. After her plane crashed, she is stuck on his mountain with no rescue until the road is repaired. Rosemary comes to love the people of the mountain. If she’s not careful, the mountain man will steal her heart.

So special! Selfless love—a treasure beyond price—makes Nathan’s and Rosemary’s story a joy to read.

Dr. Rosemary Frazier, top-notch orthopedic surgeon and wealthy, suffers culture shock when she is stranded in the Ozark Mountains where people live without frills, so different from the affluent, high-society, highly competitive culture in which she functions. Known as “Dr. Ice” she melts under the magic hands of Nathan aka Son. This irresistible, charismatic bear of a man touches her spirit with his gentle ministrations and peaceful demeanor. She feels a special connection at their first encounter when she is in shock from a plane crash. She had prayed (something she hadn’t done in a long time) so when he shows up she thinks he may be God. She invites him to “come fly with me”. Her metamorphosis makes for “feel good” reading.

Nathan, a gifted healer, has a rule to heal only if asked. But he foregoes his rule when he finds Rosemary bleeding to death in a wrecked plane. His attraction to her is strong but he is sure she is out of his reach even though he had prayed for God to send him a true mate. He considers her “his butterfly” to admire and protect until she flies away. His mother told him long ago that his “man instincts” can get in the way of his “gift”; so he prays for divine guidance in his healing. Nathan’s relationship with his neighbors and friends is giving, respectful, and unassuming. They depend on him with an absolute faith that he can help when they come to him in pain.

The secondary characters add rich texture and contrasts to the story. They highlight the vast differences in the two cultures that exist so close together yet so are so far apart. Clark Wintrop (Rosemary’s want-to-be fiancĂ©) and her parents are completely opposite to the people in Tucker Settlement and surrounding area. Tensions run high as Rosemary makes decisions for her future concerning these two cultures.

Each culture has much to recommend it but each could profit from mingling of their ways, something Rosemary wants to do. When Rosemary says, “Ah-h-h, the wonders of modern day plumbing” she highlights just one of the comforts of her world that could be transplanted to Nathan’s world that would serve them well. However, she feels the caring, respectful, non-competitive ways of the mountain people far surpass the snobbish attitudes of the people she’s always known.

Jan Minter’s writing style invites the reader into the story to become a part of the actions and emotions that enthrall. The Mountain Man is a novel to be enjoyed more than once. It is a KEEPER!