Gone South by Meg Moseley (view her blog) is the latest book I've read from Blogging for Books.
Tish McCombs is drawn back to her roots in Noble, Alabama when she finds out that the McComb family home is for sale. When she gets there people start acting strange around her when they hear her last name. It doesn't get any better when they find out that she has taken in runaway Melanie Hamilton, who is from Noble, but kicked out of her home.
An antique dealer and his uncle are the only ones that befriend them. This book teaches why you shouldn't jump to conclusions, judge someone without walking in their shoes and not believe everything you hear and read about someone.
Journey to the old and new south in Meg Moseley's new novel "Gone South." Southern flavor accents every aspect, from the cover to the characters and plot. The novel is relatively sedate in regards to action or romance; it is more focused on forgiveness, self-discovery, acceptance, and love. "Gone South" is told from the perspectives of three main characters: Leticia "Tish" McComb, George Zorbas, and Melanie "Mel" Hamilton. Tish and Mel are both outcasts in the quaint southern town of Noble, Alabama. As a new resident, Tish is ostracized because of her family history. Mel is a life-long resident who faces prejudices resulting from her past rash behavior. George and his endearing Maltese are the first residents to extend friendship to Tish and Mel. Each of the three characters were well-developed, but I was more drawn into Mel's story. Her struggles with her past and her family are emotionally engaging. The ending of the novel glosses over Mel's portion of the plot, and I wish more time had been devoted to tying up the story lines in more detail.
"Gone South" progresses with the refined, leisurely quality of southern life, but it is never dull. Moseley keeps readers engaged through the lives and emotions of her characters. With "When Sparrows Fall" and "Gone South," Meg Moseley has established herself as an insightful contemporary Christian Fiction author. I will definitely be on the watch for her next book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah/ WaterBrook Press through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
This review is not a glowing account of how I liked this book. I absolutely loved Meg Mosely's first book
and was thrilled to get this book to review. I really thought that I would love this book, but it fell short in so many areas of me liking it and just being able to finish it.
The storyline evolves around Tish McComb who is single with her dreams of marriage and family killed when her fiance was killed five years ago, She is going about in a dead end job and has the opportunity to buy her
great-great-great grandparents' Civil War house in Noble Alabama. The only problem is, she is a northerner and her grandparents were not "the best of people" and there is a lot of animosity toward Tish. Two people come to her aid-a local antique dealer willing to give her a chance and a prodigal looking for acceptance.
These are the three main characters in the story with the plot weaving from each to each which left me totally bored and waiting for "something" to happen with the storyline. Unfortunately for me, it never materialized and I hung in till the end and felt relief when I finally ended this book.
I am not one usually to find fault with the books I read-I love Christian fiction and enjoy a good plot that holds my interest and I hope her next book is one that fits that criteria for me.
Thanks to Waterbrook for sending me this free copy for my honest opinion.
This is the first book that I have read by author Meg Moseley and it won't be the last. I really enjoyed the two main characters in this book, Letitia (Tish) McComb and Melanie Hamilton. Even though several years separate the two in age they are alike in so many ways. Both want acceptance and to be loved for who they are. One is being accused of being a thief and the other is treated as an outcast because of her name and heritage. Will both find acceptance and happiness that they are seeking?
Author Meg Moseley has done an excellent job writing this contemporary tale set in the Deep South. Her characters drew me into the story--very realistic and captivating. The twists and turns throughout the book made me want to keep reading, and I'm glad I did! I have to also mention I love the book cover--very appropriate for this story.