High on a Mountain

Book 1 - Love is a Cabin Series

Fiction - Southern
283 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2021
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Author Biography

Mountain storytelling is in my DNA. My mother's family settled in Knox County, Tennessee, in the 1720s. My daddy, yes he was always Daddy, was a descendent of the Oliver family who settled in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of East TN.
I am a southerner by birth, family roots, and upbringing. My adult life is deeply grounded in family, education, and service. I've lived and worked on five continents and am grateful for the opportunities to experience other cultures first hand—immersed in the lives of the people I have met. Each individual on my life's journey has helped me to be a better person. I am grateful.
I wish you peace.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

High on a Mountain is a work of fiction in the southern genre and serves as the first installment of the Love is a Cabin series. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by Jacque Jacobs. The book follows Bella Anderson as she arrives at her ancestral home in the Smoky Mountains to begin her early retirement. Bella quickly discovers that the mountains come with their own dangers, but these dangers lead to her involvement in the local community, which begins to open her up to the possibilities of a new and unexpectedly exciting life.

There are few things more endearing to me as a reader than a well-told fish out of water story, and this tale of a professor taking early retirement to relocate to the Smoky Mountains stands tall amongst other books of that sub-genre. Jacque Jacobs does a wonderful job of using the rustic and grounded reality of mountain life and the people who live it to slowly and satisfyingly open up Bella’s world view away from a desk-bound academic and into a woman who is living life on her own terms. The community she finds in her new home serves as a perfect backdrop to a tale of mystery, danger, and romance as Bella’s new life challenges her in exactly the way she needs. High on a Mountain is one of those stories that readers can take something real away from, something that they see on the pages that parallels their own lives and struggles and can inspire them to improve their own situations. Full of charm and characters I can’t wait to see more of; I’d recommend this book to all.

Trudi LoPreto

High On A Mountain by Jacque Jacobs is the story of Bella Anderson, newly retired and a fairly young widow of four years. Bella is trying to decide what her future plans should be and heads to the mountain home she has visited since she was a little girl. When Bella arrives in the cabin she plans to write a book, sit on her porch and watch the sunset and enjoy her life. However, the serenity is quickly gone and her plans change drastically when some odd things start to happen on her piece of the mountain. A strange light appears and quickly disappears in the middle of the night, ATVs are riding through her property, and Bella becomes both frightened and concerned as to what is going on. Going down the mountain to the country store run by her long-time friends Joe and his son Joshua, Bella no longer feels alone and unprotected. Chad, the local sheriff, gets involved in the mystery when two young men are found and Bella soon has another friend.

High On A Mountain has a lot of intriguing components and all of them kept me reading with great anticipation. There are a lot of different things happening at once but I do not want to reveal all of the good parts; all I can say is, this is a great story. It was impossible not to like Bella and feel her happiness and fear. Joshua and Chad added an important element as heroes, friends, and possible love interests. The description of mountain life had me wanting to get in my car and drive there. Jacque Jacobs has written a wonderful story and I cannot wait for book two of the Love is a Cabin Series to find out what happens next in Bella’s life. High On A Mountain is a winner.

Edith Wairimu

High on a Mountain: Book 1 - Love is a Cabin Series by Jacque Jacobs is an endearing novel that combines the mystery and romance genres. Bella, a recently retired university professor, is excited by the opportunity to spend more time in her cozy log cabin set in East Tennessee’s idyllic mountain landscape. She is, however, concerned about increased theft and property damage accounts that have been reported within the region. When she arrives in the Smoky Mountains, Bella is happy to reconnect with other mountain folks. Joshua, who runs a shop in the area alongside his father, has recently lost his wife and is trying to cope with the loss. Bella’s peaceful stay at the log cabin is interrupted by loud ATV noises. As suspicious activities in the mountains increase, the community is forced to confront their causes.

High on a Mountain includes precise details that capture the setting’s beauty and radiance. Bella recalls her childhood experiences at the cabin with her grandmother Hazel. As she nears the cabin, she lowers her car’s window to listen to the delightful birdsong frequent in the area. The characters have complex backgrounds. Each has suffered a painful loss which they are still learning to live with. Bella misses her late husband, Matt. In the past, she has struggled to stay in the cabin without him. The cheerful conversations between the characters and the passed-down lessons they contain enhance the story. The romance, which is developed alongside the story’s mystery, also enriches the novel. High on a Mountain is an engaging novel with convincing characters and entrancing settings.

Jennifer Ibiam

Professor Bella Anderson lost her husband and retired from teaching at the University of North Carolina. She was a mountain girl at heart whose dream was to spend her retirement at her ancestral cabin in Cades Cove. The smoky mountains were known as laid-back and serene. It accommodated a host of dwellers that knew and cared about each other. Bella was expecting her community to remain the same, but she was in for a rude awakening. The ATVs seemed to never stop moving, especially late at night. Were they a result of the newbies' influx? Strange things started happening, which put her in the path of Joshua, who owned the local store, and Chad, the sheriff. Is Bella safe? Read High on a Mountain by Jacque Jacobs for more.

High on a Mountain by Jacque Jacobs is the first installment in the Love is a Cabin series. It is short, captivating, and laid-back, making it an enjoyable read for anyone who loves southern fiction. High on a Mountain boasts a brilliant plot hinged on community oneness and caring for the next person. I imagined the smoky mountains in my head as somewhere I could disappear for a quiet retreat, and I was pained that Zimmerman was pushing for more development. The character building was also excellent, showing Bella as a stubborn yet reasonable woman. Bella, Joshua, and Chad seemed to have something going. What gives? The things I love to see! Jacque told this story with calm and veiled suspense that drew me in. I can't wait for the second book. She should write more.

Deborah Lloyd

A recently retired professor at a western North Carolina university, Bella Anderson was excited about spending more time at her cabin in the Smoky Mountains. Built by her great-grandfather in the late 1800s, Bella inherited it when her grandmother died. Bella had named it Drellag Caban, meaning dragonfly (Scottish) and cabin (Welsh), honoring longtime family roots in the area. Bella greatly missed her husband Matt, who’d died several years earlier. Her plan was to spend the entire autumn season at the cabin, enjoy the beauty and quiet from her porch, and begin writing a mystery novel. These plans were disrupted by increased all-terrain vehicle activity in the area – and on her property - and the mystery surrounding it. An intriguing plot unfolds in High on a Mountain: Love is a Cabin Series Book 1 penned by Jacque Jacobs.

There are many aspects to this story that are compelling. How the local mountain folks view the newly-arrived residents who live in gated communities is one example. While there are new problems such as loss of beautiful scenery and increased traffic, more customers and additional income for local businesses are also acknowledged. The hardworking ethic passed from generation to generation is also illustrated. Bella’s renewed relationships, as well as a possible new one with the sheriff, will most likely be explored further in later books in this series. Author Jacque Jacobs has skillfully crafted the first book of the Love is a Cabin Series, High on a Mountain. Readers will be engaged with this fascinating plot and enjoy what is next for Bella and the other characters in this series.