Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gone South by Meg Moseley

Book Details:
Title: Gone South
Author: Meg Moseley
2013, Waterbrook Multnomah Press
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

Book Summary:
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 Review:
This book had a really cute story line. The main character of Tish was well developed and interesting. After her mom and new step-dad decide to move away from the Midwest to Florida, Tish has no ties to keep her in her old town. She decides to buy the old family home in Alabama - and has no idea what she's getting herself into. Her dad's old stories about the McComb family don't seem to be adding up with the reception she's getting from her fellow townspeople.

My only complaint about this book, is that it had SO MANY sub-plots going on. Each character seems to have at least two more stories stemming from them and I found it a little overwhelming for the length of this book. Melanie, a young adult with a past and trying to make her way and George, the local antiques dealer. I felt that each of their stories could have almost been their own book rather than crammed into the space of the one about Tish McComb.

Interesting story about love, finding out about yourself, family roots, old grudges and finding forgiveness.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me free of charge from Waterbrook Multnomah Press for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

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