“Gone South” by Meg Mosely Will Warm Your Heart

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Tish McComb grew up hearing about her great-great-great-great-grandparent’s Civil War era home but never imagined buying it. Yet she finds herself making an offer and moving from Michigan to Noble, Alabama where she imagines reconnecting with her families roots. What she never imagined was that the entire town would remember her ancestors…and hate them! Small towns can have long memories and Tish finds herself an instant outsider. Her life is complicated by the arrival of a self-destructive young woman who has a reputation just as bad as Tish’s ancestors, and maybe just as misunderstood. Can she get past the prejudices that surround her family name and make connections in her new home or will she just end up giving up and moving on?
Meg Moseley spins an engaging and entertaining tale in “Gone South.” Her characters are wonderfully drawn and quite relatable. The town and its many inhabitants come to life on the page. There are enough unanswered questions to keep the reader turning pages but it is the characters and their interactions that really weave their way into your heart. This is a great book to share with a younger (middle to high school grade) reader, too. There is romance but it’s not graphic and the theme of overcoming prejudice and finding your own value is perfect for any age.
This book was provided to me by Multnomah through their Blogging for Books program for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!

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