Friday, July 19, 2013

Gone South by Meg Moseley

From the publisher:
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.


This book was a pleasant read.  The story wasn't a page-turning book but it was interesting.  Moseley's strongest points in this book were developed in the character of Tish and Melanie as they experience and get denied acceptance.  Acceptance, prejudice, and forgiveness is still here in the 21st century and is something people need to be aware of.

The book was kind of slow and I felt that the ending was not as well ended as I would have hoped.  Melanie I think still needed to mature, but she is left still immature.  Tish's ancestors and their background story is not resolved for good or bad.  It just left me feeling like the author should have started ending the book sooner than she did.

It is a good light-hearted read and Moseley weaves some good thoughts about how we treat one another.

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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