Gone South was a fun read that captivated me from the first page -- or maybe it was the front cover with the mix of modern-day girl in jeans combined with the southern gown. The strength of the story, though, is all about its characters.
Tish McComb is such an interesting character, a modern woman who loves and somewhat romanticizes the past, not afraid to strike out on her own and take risks. And much of the time, she is pretty confident in who and what she is . . . or at least she tries to convince herself of that confidence with a well-used private declaration: "I am Tish McComb. You can't change who I am."
Circumstances throw Tish into some complicated relationships with a cast of other interesting characters; George, Mel, and Calv all bring their own unique perspective into this delightful story. There is an engaging mix of trials and triumphs as Tish and company develop and learn more about themselves and each other and watch God's mercy and love shine through in their lives.
Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing me a free copy of this ebook through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.
I think I would almost title this book as an allegory_it is one of those few books that comes pretty close to falling into that category.
After finishing "Gone South" last night, I closed that last page and thought how much like Christ Tish represented in the life of Mel. Selflessly giving where the opposite was definitely the more socially acceptable response, she showed Christ in the most perfect of ways. She's truly a character to set an example by. But she certainly didn't come without her own share of struggles.
Mel was definitely the most interesting character to me. A young woman with so many hurts deep down inside and a stereotype that has been branded on her like a scarlet letter. She's one of those troubled characters that you can't help but ache for.
The novel is emotionally complex which drives the main plot and has one of my favorite kinds of romance: the non-traditional love story. The romance doesn't drive the plot. The characters really almost don't drive the plot. The theme of grace definitely does. "Gone South" isn't a romance or even an overtly Christian novel, but a love story about Christ's love for us, forgiveness and above all else, grace.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
Gone South is a chance to do just that this summer...Go south for a little adventure with Tish as she discovers what it's like to be a new comer in small town. Be ready to hold your breath while you wait for some "mysteries" to be revealed, some pretty serious obstacles to be over come, and some doubts to be taken care of.
I'll admit, I didn't even know who Moseley was before I read this book, but I can't wait to get my hands on another one.
As far as contemporary Christian fiction goes, I'd say this book is worth reading! Nothing too sappy, too sad, or too slow. Just a great book perfect for these beautiful summer days!
Tish McComb wants to be accepted. When she purchases the home of her great-great-great-grandparents, she thinks "moving to Noble would let her reconnect with her roots, and she could forge new bonds too."* She couldn't be more wrong. The people of Noble, Alabama snub her like the Yankee outcast she is. Deciding to give refuge and a second chance to the small southern town's own prodigal daughter doesn't help her make any friends, either. The only two things that save Tish from being completely isolated are her spacious garage that antique store owner George Zorbas rents from her and his late mother's little white Maltese dog who thinks she still lives in the infamous McComb house. Will Tish finally overcome her past and find a place to fit in? Will her houseguest lay down her deceitful habits and earn her family's respect once again? Will George risk his heart for a Yankee?
The cover of GONE SOUTH is what first snagged my interest. The auburn-haired woman facing away from the camera wears a beautiful vintage black ball gown . . . with modern-day blue jeans underneath. I was immediately intrigued by this unusual combination of clothing. Sometimes covers lead a reader on, but this one did not disappoint.
Meg Moseley crafted a tale of second chances that I could hardly put down. The historical elements perfectly enhanced the contemporary story, and the characters had deep storylines that I enjoyed figuring out along the way. Meg provided enough surprises to keep me guessing at what would happen next. This lady has made her mark on the Christian fiction market. I expect she'll be around for a long time.
Thank you, WaterBrook Multnomah, for my copy of Gone South to review.
This book pretty much had me from the first glance. How could I not read Gone South when the cover has a woman in a graceful Southern gown running up a red dirt path...and under the gown hem you can see blue jean cuffs? And the little peek of the house she is running toward... an old Southern house... doesn't that intrigue you?
Well, it intrigued me!
I am so glad that I had the chance to request this book to review from Waterbrook's Blogging for Book's program.
And I am so glad that that gown and jeans combo came from a scene in this book. I am not tellin' which scene, but suffice it to say it involved Tish, a Michiganer who has Gone South; George, an antiques dealer, and Mel, a young girl who needs a friend or two.
Meg Moseley writes with a really neat style, one that let me read her character's thoughts. I enjoyed that, as each characters viewpoint adds much depth to the story. Her descriptions are fresh and make you look again at the "ordinary" and see it in a new light. Isn't that a hallmark of good writing?
I mean, I fell in love with Tish's house the first time it was described: "She stopped in the doorway, taking it in. Straight ahead, a hardwood floor and an elegant staircase, its dark bannister wrapped with Christmas greens. To the left, the corner of a graceful sideboard and dining room table. To the right, a room with hight ceilings and and tall narrow windows. A rich red Oriental carpet lay before a fireplace with a mahogany mantel and a marble hearth. Why, it was the parlor where her great-great-great-grandparents might have hung their wedding portrait. If the walls of the room could speak, their stories would weave connections between two Letitias, born generations apart."
Oh yes... Tish and I would be friends... we are both drawn to that beautiful house! :-)
Tish is a character we could all be friends with: she is brave and kind, resilient and hopeful.
I loved getting to meet her, and run up the path to that old house with her.
I am glad I was able to be Gone South.
And now I must say: I tend to get attached to secondary characters in a book, especially when they are well drawn. Any chance we can have a sequel to tell Darren and Mel's story?
Please? Please? :-)
Ok. Then I'll be eager to read your next novel, A Stillness of Chimes.