Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gone South by Meg Moseley

About the Book:

The charm of the South drew her back to her family’s roots. But when the town’s old resentments turn the sweet tea bitter, can Tish find a welcome anywhere?
Leaving frosty Michigan for the Deep South was never a blip in the simple plans Tish McComb imagined for her life, dreams of marriage and family that were dashed five years earlier in a tragic accident. Now an opportunity to buy her great-great-great-grandparents’ Civil War era home beckons Tish to Noble, Alabama, a Southern town in every sense of the word. She wonders if God has given her a new dream— the old house filled with friends, her vintage percolator bubbling on the sideboard.

When Tish discovers that McCombs aren’t welcome in town, she feels like a Yankee behind enemy lines. Only local antiques dealer George Zorbas seems willing to give her a chance. What’s a lonely outcast to do but take in Noble’s resident prodigal, Melanie Hamilton, and hope that the two can find some much needed acceptance in each other.

Problem is, old habits die hard, and Mel is quite set in her destructive ways. With Melanie blocked from going home, Tish must try to manage her incorrigible houseguest as she attempts to prove her own worth in a town that seems to have forgotten that every sinner needs God-given mercy, love and forgiveness.

My Thoughts:

I always enjoy a good Southern story, and Meg Moseley did not disappoint with her latest release.  "Gone South" is a very character driven tale, and her characters are memorable.

Tish McComb has NO IDEA what's she is getting herself into by purchasing the old family home.  I read a review about the book (yes, reviewers read reviews before they buy!), and the writer took her to task over the prejudices she wrote about.

Um...yes, people from the South have long memories, and a grudge can be carried for generations.  But it's not just Southerners...we all do it.  Let someone wound us and that's one thing...but wound our family?  That's a whole 'nuther ball of wax to deal with!

I felt for Tish, and for Mel.  Neither of those women could get a break!  It was a bit hard to remember how old Mel was supposed to be: she had a tendency to act much younger.  Could be due to her immaturity, or something that is discovered later in the novel.

George was fun, but I really love Calvary (Calv), George's uncle.  He was a treat, and very unique...from his name to his mannerisms.  And we must not forget Daisy, the dog who didn't want to move away from her home.  Adorable!

My biggest issue was the abrupt ending.  I was cruising along and then the story wrapped up.  Way too fast for me, and was not quite what I'd hoped for.  I would have enjoyed one or two more chapters and bit more resolution.

Still, this was a good read, and one that was hard to put down once I'd started.  "Gone South", even with the prejudice and attitudes, made me long for Southern roots in my family tree.

I purchased a copy of "Gone South", published by Multnomah Publishing.  Recommended for a great summer read.

Happy Reading!



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