In Between, Georgia, population 90, a feud that began the night Nonny was born is escalating, and a random act of violence will set the torch to a 30-year-old stash of highly flammable secrets. This might be just what the town needs, if only Nonny wasn't sitting in the middle of it.
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"Plenty of Southern sass and rueful, charming confidences make this a theatrical and well-paced Southern family drama." (Publishers Weekly)
"Quirky and touching....A climactic ending with perfect story resolution makes this book tidy and uplifting." (Booklist)
I don't usually like books narrated in a southern accent, but I can't imagine this book being read by anyone other than the author. I looked forward to every time I had a chance to listen and didn't want the book to end. The characters were quirky, and not all likeable, but always interesting. Flawed yet somehow loveable. The story line had enough twists to keep it interesting. I hate to go to the gym and only go so I can listen to a book; this one got me there more often than any other in a long, long time!
Enjoyable storyline with family connections and love interests. I would classify this as a good "Chick Flick". Good to listen to or read on vacation or in the car. Glad I purchased it.
I really liked this one, as much or more than "gods in Alabama". As the previous reviewer, I really think this without genre. I definitely don't think it should be listed as chick lit. Wonderful narration. Great throughout, very colorful characters, more color would burn my eyes. I grew up in SC and knew people or am related to people much like the ones in the book. If you buy it you'll love it. This is a little out of my usual genre of reading (check my other reviews) but this lady is amazing.
If you liked "Gods in Alabama" you'll love "Between, Georgia". Once again, the characters are so well developed, you really feel you know them. The story is engrossing and the humor is sharp and thoroughly enjoyable. The author does a superb job narrating (her voice for the character of Bernice is reminiscent of Vicki Lawrence doing Momma on Carol Burnett!). The story will draw you in right from the start and, like all good books, you'll hate when it finally draws to its satisfying close. Two thumbs up! I anxiously await the next yarn from this talented author.
Loved the story and the narration. The author/narrator sounds a lot like Reese Witherspoon so if you like her you'll enjoy the narration. Maybe it's my southern roots that get pulled so deep into Ms. Jackson's authentic stories but I just loved this one and Gods in Alabama. Looking forward to the next one!
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
This is the second Johsilyn Jackson novel I have read (the first one was Gods in Alabama) and I have loved them both. Ms Jackson is a wonderful writer. She has good perception of human nature and excellent ability to describe characters in words. Between Georgia has a great story line and held my interest from the first words to the end. It is funny, tragic, loving and fascinating. I am from the South and can relate to so much of the book (instances, phrases, characters, etc) but the story is interesting no matter where you come from. The women characters, who are all unique, are gripping (some in a positive sense and some in a negative sense). Generally I am not pleased with a book when the author is the reader, but Joshilyn Jackson is not only an extremely talented writer, she is an excellent reader and really brings the characters to life. I highly recommend Between Georgia and don't think anyone could be disappointed in it, and most everyone will love it.
Joshilyn Jackson's debut novel, "Gods in Alabama", is a stunning work which transcends genre (it is in turns mystery, skilled comedy, family history and rich slice of southern life) and deserves to be called "literature". This follow-up book is not so finely honed, and while well-written and beautifully-read, it belongs strictly in the category of "chick lit". While a very fine example of the genre, it wouldn't have held my interest on paper for very long. Ms. Jackson's pleasant, down-home voice and skillful characterizations make for a fun listen, but after purchasing almost a dozen copies of "Gods" in hardcover and sending them to everyone I know, I will be keeping "Between" all to myself.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
What a terrific story, and so well read by the author - a rarity in audio books. I loved the characters and their individual voices. I was especially charmed by the author's voice for the little 5 year old - young without being babyish. This is the second book I've listened to by this author, and I've loved both. Time to find the next.
My book club is reading this and I ordered it from Audible so I could listen in my car driving to and from work. What a great time! The author is the narrator and her voice enhanced the characters and the essence of the story. I was sad to see it end. It is full of memorable characters, family angst, and delightful humor.
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