About this 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, 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.
This was a good book, with an interesting story. I had a tough time relating with what the main character, Tish, faced when she moved to the southern town of Noble, Alabama. It was difficult for me to comprehend how a town of people could dislike a person because of her great-great-great grandparents. It was, however, great to watch how Tish handled the people and their attitudes. Tish believed in offering second chances, even to Melanie, who was the town’s “bad girl.”
The story hit home with how we tend to make judgements based on the past rather than the present. Unlike the people of Noble, Tish, decided it was more important to get to know the person, rather than everyone’s opinion about that person. There was also a reality to the story and the author did a great job portraying the facts of life rather than just a happily ever after.
I wouldn’t call this an “action packed” story, but it is a good story for those who enjoy reading about real life, with it’s ups and downs.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.