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A year ago, Jo Preston was released and sent home from a mental institution. She has only vague memories of why she had been committed. Circumstances beyond her control will cause those memories to surface, one by one. A tragedy, brought on by deceit, leaves her heartbroken and rejected. She is sent away to live with some rather peculiar relatives. Her fear of being institu A year ago, Jo Preston was released and sent home from a mental institution. She has only vague memories of why she had been committed. Circumstances beyond her control will cause those memories to surface, one by one. A tragedy, brought on by deceit, leaves her heartbroken and rejected. She is sent away to live with some rather peculiar relatives. Her fear of being institutionalized again has her desperate to keep her past hidden, but how long can she keep it a secret when her imagination begins playing tricks on her... or is it? A voice from her past resurfaces as well as the man who wants her secret to die with her. This is a story about a young girl's heartbreak, rejection, fear, faith, and determination. Happy Valley is the first in the series of A Southern Country Novel.


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A year ago, Jo Preston was released and sent home from a mental institution. She has only vague memories of why she had been committed. Circumstances beyond her control will cause those memories to surface, one by one. A tragedy, brought on by deceit, leaves her heartbroken and rejected. She is sent away to live with some rather peculiar relatives. Her fear of being institu A year ago, Jo Preston was released and sent home from a mental institution. She has only vague memories of why she had been committed. Circumstances beyond her control will cause those memories to surface, one by one. A tragedy, brought on by deceit, leaves her heartbroken and rejected. She is sent away to live with some rather peculiar relatives. Her fear of being institutionalized again has her desperate to keep her past hidden, but how long can she keep it a secret when her imagination begins playing tricks on her... or is it? A voice from her past resurfaces as well as the man who wants her secret to die with her. This is a story about a young girl's heartbreak, rejection, fear, faith, and determination. Happy Valley is the first in the series of A Southern Country Novel.

30 review for Happy Valley

  1. 5 out of 5

    Toni Wyatt

    I really enjoyed the first half of this book. The plot pulled me in, and the main character, Jo, is one of those characters that I will remember for a long time to come. The second half of the novel needs some editing. There are some phrasing issues, misspellings, and grammatical problems. For me, as a reader, the religious turn that the main character took felt contrived and too much. I would have preferred to stick with Joseph as her guardian angel without all of the extra piety thrown in. For I really enjoyed the first half of this book. The plot pulled me in, and the main character, Jo, is one of those characters that I will remember for a long time to come. The second half of the novel needs some editing. There are some phrasing issues, misspellings, and grammatical problems. For me, as a reader, the religious turn that the main character took felt contrived and too much. I would have preferred to stick with Joseph as her guardian angel without all of the extra piety thrown in. For me, it was a turn off and seemed out of place with the characters. Overall, I did enjoy this book, and I think it was well worth my time and yours, too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wilma

    This book was hilarious. I laughed out loud and had tears running down my cheeks. This book was very well written. The characters believable. I didn't want to put it down. This book was hilarious. I laughed out loud and had tears running down my cheeks. This book was very well written. The characters believable. I didn't want to put it down.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Solis Ortencia

    Addicting I am now addicted to Diana Anderson's writing. Happy Valley has everything. I can actually hear each character in my head (no I'm not crazy). Highly recommend and can't wait to read the rest of the series. Addicting I am now addicted to Diana Anderson's writing. Happy Valley has everything. I can actually hear each character in my head (no I'm not crazy). Highly recommend and can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber Dawn

    Thrilling I laughed a lot. There are a lot of dark moments but lots of humor. Its a great reflection of life and faith. I couldn't put this down. Thrilling I laughed a lot. There are a lot of dark moments but lots of humor. Its a great reflection of life and faith. I couldn't put this down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is a very weak 3 star rating. Probably closer to 2.5 stars. I liked parts of it. But it has far too many wrong word issues and other language and punctuation problems. Add to that the fact that the POV is all over the place and a big characterization issue (the following spoiler). (view spoiler)[The main character show no signs of being seriously religious for about 3/4 of the book. Not even at her mother's funeral. But suddenly she is extremely religious and running scripture through her he This is a very weak 3 star rating. Probably closer to 2.5 stars. I liked parts of it. But it has far too many wrong word issues and other language and punctuation problems. Add to that the fact that the POV is all over the place and a big characterization issue (the following spoiler). (view spoiler)[The main character show no signs of being seriously religious for about 3/4 of the book. Not even at her mother's funeral. But suddenly she is extremely religious and running scripture through her head. It just doesn't make sense to me. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lori Weis coffman

    Jo is a precocious young woman who had a rough childhood. Jo is taken in by her Aunt Wyla and so begins a new adventure. Along the way she comes to realize that the git she has that she once viewed as a negative is truly divine. A nicely told tale.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kay Mack

    Happy Valley Great, well-written novel. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Jo is a delightful heroine. I highly recommend this book for all who can suspend belief in our rational world.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Judy

  9. 4 out of 5

    judy frymyer

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fred Hertog

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Jordan

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Cook

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donna L. Rhodes

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Tiede

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

  16. 5 out of 5

    Avery

  17. 5 out of 5

    Esther Bergling

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Heaverly Machuga French

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Burwell

  20. 4 out of 5

    dawn d

  21. 5 out of 5

    Loretta

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joy Willis

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sue

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharrid Lejeine

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Gillian Kidd

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Pfeiffer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pati

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shanta

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