Saturday, July 6, 2013

Southern Charm??? -- Gone South

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.

About the Book

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 by her influential father, 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.

About the Author

Meg Moseley is still a Californian at heart although she's lived more than half her life in other states. Holding jobs that ranged from candle-maker to administrative assistant, Meg eventually contributed human-interest pieces for a suburban edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Contemporary fiction remains her real love, and she's the author of When Sparrows Fall and Gone South. She lives in Atlanta near the foothills of the Southern Appalachians with her husband.

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