Welcome to the Reviewer Tour for Where I Was Planted by Heather Norman Smith, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


I am not entirely certain why I chose to review Where I Was Planted. It is not exactly the type of book I usually read and I definitely have committed to reviewing more books than I should have without reading one I might not care for. Fortunately I found this book to be heart-warming and a delight to read.

I loved observing Nate Dooley as he accepted his abandonment and resultant difficulties with such a good attitude and managed to find a group of new friends and a contentment he has never known before. Nate was a special character with a maturity beyond his years. The effect he had on those around him was endearing and I was touched by his love for others despite his own hardships. His journey to faith was especially touching.

Where I Was Planted is a must read and I highly recommend it.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Just Read Tours. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


In the spring of 1961, ten-year-old Nate “Weenie” Dooley has a revelation-his father is not a good one.

Inspired by National Geographic, his favorite thing next to the Bible storybook his mother gave him before she died, Nate plans to leave his father and their home in the Smokies to set out on adventure.

When he discovers that his father has left him first, it will take the help of a stray dog, some kind neighbors, a one-man-band, letters from a long-lost-aunt, and a new understanding of God to figure out he isn’t really alone.

Will he find that Copper Creek is where he’s always belonged? Or will his wanderlust keep him from ever coming back?

In her second novel, Heather Norman Smith demonstrates that love makes a family, and that while fathers may leave, our Heavenly Father is faithful, and He has a plan for all of us.


Heather lives in the Piedmont of North Carolina with her husband, Alex; their three children, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Daniel; and several pets. Along with Christian fiction writing, she is a blogger of inspirational devotions and Bible study topics. Heather also enjoys singing about Jesus and writing songs.