Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred

                                                      The Sweet Gum Tree
                                                         Katherine Allred
                                                           Ellora's Cave
                                                       November 1, 2005
                                                             314 pages

    Sweet tea, corn bread, and soup beans-everyday fare for eight-year-old Alix French, the precocious darling of a respected southern family. But nothing was ordinary about the day she met ten-year-old Nick Anderson, a boy from the wrong side of town. Armed with only a tin of bee balm and steely determination, Alix treats the raw evidence of a recent beating that mars his back, an act that changes both of their lives forever. Through childhood disasters and teenage woes they cling together as friendship turns to love. The future looks rosy until the fateful night when Frank Anderson, Nick's abusive father, is shot to death in his filthy trailer. Suddenly, Nick is gone-leaving Alix alone, confused and pregnant. For the next fifteen years she wrestles with the pain of Nick's abandonment, a bad marriage, her family and friends. But finally, she's starting to get her life back together. Her divorce is almost final, her business is booming, and she's content if not happy -- until the day she looks up and sees Nick standing across the counter. He's back...and he's not alone. Once again Alix is plunged into turmoil and pain as Nick tries to win her love, something she resists with all her strength. Only one thing might break the protective wall she's built around her emotions-the truth about Frank Anderson's death. But when that truth comes out and those walls crumble, neither Alix nor Nick is prepared for the emotional explosion that could destroy as well as heal.
  This was a delightful surprise. I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it was effortless. The writing flowed, the story was great and I adored the characters. Its set in the south and it is just what I expect the south to be, reminds me a little of Steel Magnolias, where family is first and everyone has secrets but you do anything for family and good friends. Alix and Nick were just meant to be, you had to root for them throughout the book. There were so many obstacles and secrets in their way, a lot of heartache but you just wanted them together. This book was sweet and sad at the same time, had you feeling a lot of emotions. Its most definitely a book I will be recommending to EVERYONE. Its a story that everyone will enjoy not just romance readers. 

Book:       5/5   stars
Cover:      3/5 stars


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