I received Gone South from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest blog book review. That in no way shaped my opinion of this book.
I was reading this book and also I’ve Got Your Back at the same time. I found them both to be remarkably enjoyable books. I couldn’t decide which book I really wanted to dig into more when I had free time on my hands.
The good Lord decided that I needed to relax completely on the 4th of July because our Internet went out due to a tower outage. So, I managed to get both books done in one day. See what happens when the Internet is taken away from me.
Anyways, back to the book…Gone Southis a remarkably sweet down home type of book. If you’re from the south then you know how small town living is. This book definitely reminded me of my home town and the way a new comer has to find a way to make it their home as well.
Tish made a very rash decision and bought her ancestors home. What she didn’t realize was her ancestors left a very sour taste in the town’s residents. She had to fight extra hard to gain acceptance into her new home town.
To make matters worse, she took in a young girl named Mel who had gained a terrible reputation because people accused her of things that she didn’t knowingly do. She just wasn’t given a fair shake, and when the truth came out things drastically changed for all involved.
I could relate to Tish in many ways throughout the book. I can only hope that the person that Mel reminds me of is in a good place in her life now. I have made my fair share of wrong turns in my life, but I can comfortably say that I am in the place I’m supposed to be in.
This book is well worth reading. I would suggest reading the Reader’s Guide prior to reading the actual book though. It puts the book in a whole new perspective. When you are taking in what the author is trying to present to you the reader it makes a huge difference. I found that the book held more meaning for me as a result.
Do you live in a small town? What is it like for you?