Book Review: Gone South

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Book Description:
The charm of the South drew her back to her family’s roots. But when the town’s old resentments turn the sweet tea bitter, can Tish find a welcome anywhere?

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.

My Review:
A wonderful story of forgiveness with characters that you will love.  Each of the main characters have their own story of forgiveness that they must work trough while their lives are intertwined and last friendships are being made.  Tish believes she is beginning a new life in a new town, not realizing all the baggage that is attached to her name.  She had common motto throughout the book.  ” I am Leticia McComb, and no one can change that.”  Isn’t that true of our own lives?  We need to stand strong and not allow the opinions of other change who we are.   Tish takes on an unlikely roommate and changes her life around as well, giving her a chance to prove herself.  Again, because of our names or our relatives, we can be judged harshly and Tish did not allow that to happen with her new friend.  She stood beside her when the entire town was ready to give up on her, including her own family.  The characters in this book exude persistence and love as they work toward forgiveness in their lives.  With all this going on, it was a very enjoyable read that kept my attention throughout.  I wanted to continue reading until the end and had a difficult time putting the book down.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review from Waterbrook Multnoma Publishers.  I was not obligated to provide a positve review.  The opinions in this review are my own.
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