The Port Library’s Christian fiction section is very popular with our patrons, and the library is always trying to add new and interesting selections. Most of the stories in the Christian fiction section seem to center around romance, marriage, Amish, or historical themes. These books always present their story centered around faith, family, and a relationship with God. But, if you’re tired of reading the same romance story told in only slightly different ways, this week’s Port Pick may be the breath of fresh air you are looking for in your reading selections.
Eden Hill by new author Bill Higgs is set in the 1960s around two competing gas station owners. If the author’s last name sounds somewhat familiar to my Christian fiction readers out there, it is because Bill Higgs is also the husband of well-known Christian fiction author Liz Curtis Higgs. Time seems to stand still in Eden Hill, Kentucky until a new gas station moves in right across the street from the only service station in town. The old service station’s owner, Virgil Osgood, is just fine with things staying the same in his town, his family, and his life. The new gas station is yet another location of the Zipco chain, run by a young and ambitious family man Cornelius Alexander. However, this new gas station is a catalyst for Virgil as he faces new obstacles in his career, self-worth, and even marriage that he’s not expecting. And Cornelius is finding that owning a gas station is a lot harder than he expected, especially when the Zipco company manual for operating a new franchise location is urging him to use aggressive guidelines. The third player in this small town drama is Reverend Eugene Caudill who just wants to show grace and forgiveness to the town, but he’s finding it very hard himself to love the new neighbor Cornelius when Cornelius’ presence is the very thing causing upset.
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”