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 take on this book:
I am a fan of eye appealing covers and "Gone South" captured my eye from the moment that I picked it up, the cover had me wondering what I might be in store for inside the pages of the book well, let's just say that I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the story as much as the cover, probably more! It's a story of second chances and starting over. I loved the small town southern feel of this story!
Tish McComb's had her life pretty well planned, but five years prior the proverbial rug was yanked out from under her when her fiance was taken in a tragic accident. Added to that, her father passes away, and now her mother is remarried and moving to Florida. She gives Tish some letters that belonged to her great-great grandmother Letitia McComb who moved from Ohio to live in Noble, Alabama before the civil war. Tish decides she will drive down to Tampa with her mother and help with the move, and then take a side trip home thru Noble, Alabama to visit her ancestral home. A spur of the moment decision has her purchasing the home, little does she know that the McComb's aren't particularly welcome in Noble. Melanie Hamilton isn't welcome back at her parents home in Noble, luckily for her Tish takes her in, but could this be a mistake, along with Mel there is one person in town that shows Tish some kindness and that's the local antiques dealer, George Zorbas whose mother used to live in the house Tish has just purchased. Will Tish ever be accepted in Noble, and maybe even get a second chance at love? What about Mel, will she ever make amends with her parents? These are just a few questions that kept me anxiously turning the pages of this story to find out!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.