1. Gone South
    Gone South
    Meg Moseley
    Multnomah Books / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Boring and Unresolved
    July 11, 2017
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    After visiting her newlywed mother in Florida, Tish McComb decides to make a trek to visit the McComb ancestral home in Noble, Alabama, on her way home to Michigan. What she didnt plan on was purchasing the old stately manor on a whim and deciding to start afresh in the quaint southern town. Meg didnt realize, however, that the McComb family has a ruthless and unforgivable past in the townspeoples eyes making the transition from new resident to beloved resident nearly impossible for Tish. After befriending local antique dealer, George Zorbas, his uncle, Calv, and the prodigal-returned-home, Mel Hamilton, Tish sets out to change her familys legacy and establish her new life in Noble.

    Sigh.it is rare that I dont thoroughly enjoy finishing a book. Unfortunately, Gone South turned out to be a difficult book for me to finish. I feel like this book had potential, but just couldnt get traction. Very little was developed in George, Calv, or Tishs characters making them quite boring. And Mel- she was so bratty (to use Moseleys description) and immature that she just plain annoyed me! Many of the struggles the characters faced also were not really resolved- Tish may have had a few more friends by the end of the book, but the townspeoples overarching negative feelings about the McCombs- and Tish- did not change. Likewise, Mel showed no remorse for her poor decisions before or after returning to Noble- she just kept pitching temper tantrums. Unfortunately, Gone South was mediocre at best, boring at worst.

    This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the author or publisher in any way.
  2. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Gone South - eBook .
    Thirty-five year old Letitia McComb is the exact opposite of a southern girl, with no place to truly call her home. Her father was a great adventurer while still alive, constantly moving the family from place to place, and always thinking the next move would get him his American Dream. Tish is a lot more simple than that. She is like her mother and is practical, responsible and has lived in the same apartment for years. But when an opportunity to buy a house from her ancestors in Alabama comes up, like her father, she pulls up roots in Michigan and settles in the charming little town of Noble.

    But things are never what they seem. Before Tish has even been there a week, she discovers that the townspeople are not fond of the McCombs. Determined to find out what her true roots are, Tish begins to ask questions about the woman she was named after, as well as her husband Nathan. She finds a friend in the local antique store owner, George Zorbas, who provides her with some information on the McCombs. She also meets Melanie Hamilton, a homeless girl who has tried to go home and is rejected by her family. With only a handful of people to call her friends, will Tish ever figure out how to earn the town's trust? Or will harboring Mel bring about more consequences than she is willing to pay?

    I loved this book if only for the reason that it is a modern re-telling of the biblical story of the prodigal son. But it is so much more than that. It is a beautiful story of a woman who has survived the punches life has thrown her way without becoming bitter. Tish has every reason to be angry and resentful of the past and it's hurts, and yet she reaches out to a needy girl without judgement. The people in this story will become familiar to you, and you will be sorry to see the story end. A winner from the first page, Moseley has created a masterpiece of literary value.

    This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah for free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mercy triumphs over judgement
    December 11, 2013
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    In her novel Gone South, Meg Moseley explores what happens when a Northern girl moves into the old ancestral home in the Deep South. Letitia McComb has been fascinated by her family history, and when she discovers an opportunity to buy the house in which her ancestors lived during the aftermath of the Civil War, she gives in to the impulse to uproot her Michigan life and make the purchase. However, years of bitterness over wrongs by her ancestors both legitimate and perceived lead to a frosty welcome. With no job or connections in Alabama, all Tish has to lean on are a troubled youth to whom she offers shelter, a handsome antiques dealer with a depressed dog that thinks it lives at Tish's house, and God.

    I have somewhat mixed feelings over Mel (Tish's alleged thief of a houseguest). I do believe that people are way too hard on her and that she is not as bad as everyone assumes; being neglected and put down all the time could bring out the worst in anybody. However, I'm still not sure that she is truly repentant or can discern between what is right and wrong. While she is seeking God, I do not think she quite gets it, since she treats Him more as a genie that grants wishes. I would have liked to see a little more change or closure on her spiritual life, even if it was only one sentence to indicate that she had fully handed her life over to God.

    While a good portion of the plot deals with the grudges and myths left over from the War Between States, I appreciate that Moseley doesn't let Tish's desire to clear her family's name overshadow what is really important - the here and now; living a Godly life and ministering to the neglected and unloved local girl staying in her spare bedroom. Eventually people will see that Tish is not her namesake; the love and mercy she showers on Mel is proof of her heart and ought to dispel the old prejudices, for truly, "mercy triumphs over judgement" (James 2:13b). There is a lot of judgement going on in that town, but mercy will overcome.

    It was a pleasant book, with some good lessons to ponder. Tish is an excellent main character; she is likeable but not perfect - occasionally she can be just as quick to judge as everyone else, but she at least works on it. I am glad for the gradual change in George and Cal as the girls prove their prejudices are unfounded, and I especially like that George takes a leap of faith with Mel, giving her a chance to prove herself rather than waiting for her to prove herself AND THEN giving her a chance. 4 out of 5 stars
  4. N.C
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Second-chance story!
    August 28, 2013
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tish Mccomb is enthralled with the quaint Civil War era home that was once owned by her relatives in Alabama. Deciding to take a chance she moves from her comfortable apartment in Michigan and moves to a small town in Jackson Alabama with hopes that old family ties will make fitting in easier. Unbeknownst to her, is a family secret that has ruined any chances of a happy welcome home!

    It seems the only people willing to give her a chance is the local antique dealer and a homeless girl Melanie that Tish takes into her new home despite her shady and somewhat checkered past.

    Sometimes she is determined to stay and other times loneliness sets in and she wonders why she ever left her home in Michigan to become an object of scorn for the whole town!

    I found myself rooting for Melanie through the whole book. Something about a second-chance story that draws me in every time!!

    This book is fresh, not a different twist on a popular genre or a retelling of a New York Times Bestseller.. totally unique and innocent. I appreciate that in a book!

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are my own.
  5. NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Gone South by Meg Moseley
    August 7, 2013
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Gone South by Meg Moseley

    Favorite Scene:

    Afraid she was about to lose it, George reached for her hand, then lost his nerve and petted Daisy's head. "So Marian claims to have proof from the historical society. That's the key word. Historical. Whether or not the stories are true, they're in the past."

    "I know. I should focus on the present." Tish Turned toward him, her face framed softly by long locks of red-brown hair. "No matter what happened here in 1870, this is my home now. Nobody's going to scare me away."

    "You know the difference between a Yankee and a_ well, a Yankee who's bound for eternity in the lake of fire?"

    "The ones who visit versus the ones who stay? Yeah, I've heard that old joke, but I'm staying. I don't care what people call me. I don't care what they think of me either."


    "Okay, sometimes I do. Sometimes I care too much. I want very badly to be accepted, but sometimes I forget to mind my manners and I speak my mind instead. Someday, I'm afraid I'll say things I shouldn't say. Do things I shouldn‘t do."

    She could be direct, all right, and maybe she didn't always think before she acted, but at least she did something. "If your heart's right, your actions can't be too far off. Case in point, the way you reached out to Mel."

    "You did too," Tish said. "It's very generous to hire her, and I don't mean just about the wages you'll pay. It's_ moral generosity."

    George squelched a grin. If he'd know hiring Mel would cast him in such a noble light, he might have hired her sooner.

    "I see moral generosity on your side too," he said. Even though you're a Yankee."

    She laughed. "Careful there Mr. Zorbas. You're skating on thin ice."

    "I know, but I grew up listening to my grandfather always preaching against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Sometimes he mentioned Yankees in the next breath, so I started to think Yankees and devils were one and the same."

    "Gee, thanks."

    He leaned closer, enjoying her cynical little smile. "But I'd be first to admit that some of ya'll aren't too bad. And some of ya'll are mighty pretty."

    "And some of you southern gentlemen are mighty forward." She moved Daisy to his knee and got to her feet.

    "Forward? I only--"

    "My feet are freezing. Good night, George."

    He rose too. "Tish, I--"

    She'd already escaped inside, shutting the door firmly behind her. He carried the dog home, brooding over his extraordinary talent for ruining good conversations.

    Main Characters:

    Letitia "Tish" McComb: Tish works in the insurance field but is obssessed with antiques, such as, old clothes and costume jewelry among other things. She is very forth-right but honest and generous to a fault.

    George Zorbas: George owns the town antique shop. He is a very serious person that believes in honesty and trust and he is always willing to give people a chance.

    Melanie "Mel" Hamilton: Mel is a very intense 20 year-old with alot of issues. She feels things very strongly, whether good or bad. Her emotions are like a rollercoaster but she is a very loveable girl most of the time.

    My Thoughts:

    Tish McComb is a person that finds herself drawn to the past. She buys antique clothes and costume jewelry and feels a special connection to her great, great, great grandmother whom she was named after. When her mother decides to move to Florida, Tish agrees to drive to Florida to help her unpack. Just before leaving Michigan, she discovers the house her ancestors used to own is up for sale so she decides to stop by on her way back from Florida to see it and get a few pictures. Buying it was the last thing she intended but, once she saw it, she felt drawn to it. Tish finds herself in the middle of becoming a homeowner for the first time and, she has to admit, she's excited. She has heard such good things about Letitia and Norman McComb but once the locals in Noble, Alabama find out who she is and turn a cold shoulder, Tish begins to wonder exactly what is fact and what is fiction. Studying the original letters of Letitia McComb, Tish hopes to prove the townspeople wrong. Suddenly her excitement of living in her ancestor's home starts to dim in light of the treatment of the people of Noble. George Zorbas and his Uncle Calv are the only ones that give her a chance. While fighting to save the good name of the McCombs, Tish find herself falling for George but, after losing her fiancee' 5 years ago in a tragic accident, Trish wants nothing more than to run scared. Can George break the barriers errected around her heart? Can the locals leave the past in the past? When Tish finds Mel in the park, cold and hungry, with nothing but her sleeping bag she knows what she has to do. She brings well home with her and gives her food, clothes and a place to stay. Mel has issues of her own she is trying to work through and with the help of Trish and George she is finally getting on the right track.

    George Zorbas, the local antique dealer, is drawn the the new girl in town. While others are snubbing her, George gives her a chance and that means the world to Tish. When George buys a classic 1970 Chevelle to restore, he needs a garage big enough to work on it. It just so happens Tish McComb has a nice, big garage that she doesn't use. Not only does the garage work perfectly but it also allows him to see Trish more frequently. George's is also Mel's older brother's friend so when Mel needs a job and no one trusts her enough to hire her, George gives her a job ih his shop. George soon discovers that Mel has a learning disibility and it accounts for the previous accusations of stealing from her employers. While he works with Mel to get her life in order, he's also working to get Trish to open up her heart and let him in.

    Gone South took me on a journey from the first page to the last. It drew me into the character's lives and made me feel like I was a part of the story. Each character had their own traits that made them special. When I first started reading and found out about the old letters and Trish's special connection to her great, great, great grandmother Letitia I thought the story would eventually take me back in time. It didn't but that's not a bad thing. The story flowed well and Ms. Moseley managed to bring it to life scene by scene. Mel's character was a little baffling to me at first. I kept wondering how old she was and when I found out she was almost twenty-one I couldn't mentally connect her age to her child-like demeanor. After finding out she possibly had a learning disability it all clicked into place. I think Tish, George and Mel all complimented each other well for a perfect balance throughout the story. All-in-all, Gone South was a very sweet story with very charming characters. Kudos to Meg Moseley on a job well done!

    **I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest opinion**
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