Friday, February 15, 2013

Review & Giveaway: A Land More Kind Than Home

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Southern
Pages: 309 (ARC)
Source: TLC Book Tours
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My Rating:

My Review:
Ahh what a story, what a story.  A Land More Kind Than Home is a contemporary southern story about the power that some people weld.  It's told through the three perspectives of Jess, a 9 year-old boy,  Clem, the local sherriff, and Addie, a local healer and elderly spinster.  Bad things have occurred in the nearby church and Addie realizes that she didn't do enough to prevent it.  Jess is caught in the middle as he tries to protect his older brother, Stump, but finds himself in the middle of events that he doesn't quite understand.  Clem must fight through his own tragedy and solve the new tragic mystery.  All the characters search for answers while reflecting on past events in their lives.  It is only Jess who knows the truth, but he isn't old enough to see it for what it is.

Oh how I enjoyed this book.  I found the Southern setting to be both charming and authentic.  I also loved the writing style which created a mesmerizing simple tale.  Each voice stood out and I felt I could hear the characters in my hear oh so clearly.  This story is wonderful because it is unveiled in such a magical and engrossing way.  It isn't quite a mystery.  The reader quickly recognizes the coming issues and knows how the events unfolded.  However, the characters are unaware and we follow Jess, Addie, and Clem as they search for answers and the events unfold.

Overall, you can finish this book in one sitting easily.  It's easy to fly through.  It's the kind of book that you don't think you'll love but the writing is so spectacular that it picks you up and sets you down in a small town and it makes you love it.  Even if the description doesn't rock your boat, you should read it anyway.  It is poetic and easy.

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  1. Southern settings are the best! Not just saying that because I am from the south LOL

  2. I think I'd like this one for the setting alone! I was raised a southerner though I was born in NY, and the south is in me girl. I love the comfort of it and I think this book would evoke that feeling for me!

  3. Oh, sounds really good!!!
    I have a soft spot for books set in the south, so I'll try to check this one out.

  4. Right now I honesty can't think of a book where the ending shocked me. I can think of two movies: The Sixth Sense and The Others.

  5. I forgot to leave my email

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  6. A shocking ending, hmm, I think there are more of them in real life than in books. Salinger's short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish had a pretty surprising ending. I wasn't really ready for that.

  7. I always enjoy Southern stories!
    I recently read Consequences by Aleatha Romig and the ending was quite shocking!

    1. I've never heard of that one. Now I'm wondering about all these endings being mentioned.

  8. I just finished Just One Day. I found the ending shocking. Well maybe disappointing.

  9. Spectacular writing is more rare than I'd like so I'm glad to see this book praised so highly!

    Thanks for being on the tour.


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