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Publisher's Summary

In the latest novel from Susan Gregg Gilmore, sometimes you have to return to the place where you began to arrive at the place where you belong.

©2008 Susan Gregg Gilmore (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"An unusually engaging novel by a very fine writer who knows exactly what she's doing." (Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls)

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Not what I expected but........

I finished this book only because it was a book club selection. I am pretty sure I would have stopped an hour or two into it and then would have asked for my credit back. It uses religion as the basis for the entire story. That in itself would be a turn off to me, but I stuck with it. I actually began to enjoy the book and thought religion was intertwined nicely. Predictable? For the most part yes but a nice relaxing read. Characters are people that we all probably have in our normal lives that we can truly relate to.

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Disappointing, and Then More Disappointing

Let me start with the narrator: she has an awful fake Southern accent that grated on my nerves terribly. Eventually I got somewhat used to it, so if the story had been good, I might have been able to overlook the narrator.

Unfortunately, the story was fairly awful, as well. Gilmore is a good writer, but the story is simple, sappy, and, ultimately, boring. We've heard all this before, and the platitudes are so overdone I'm embarrassed that I wasted my credit on this selection.

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Wonderful Story, Wonderful Reading

I read the story and enjoyed it so much that I bought the audio for my husband to hear on road trip. I enjoyed the audio even more! The narrator was perfect!

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Such a sweet story!

I really enjoyed this sweet story of a young girl becoming a woman. Very poignant and heartfelt as well as funny in places. I strongly recommend reading this sweet story.

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Reader's voice was wonderful!!!

The story was enjoyable to read but the main character became charmingly naive and simply magical when read by the reader!

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A good, sweet read

I found this book to be a sweet, coming of age story, with a good message as well. The only fault I found was in historical references. Please check to see when Jimmy Carter was president. Other than that, I highly recommend this heartwarming story.

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Made excuses to drive.

This was such a captivating book. I found myself driving around the block once I'd made it home to keep listening. Such a great backstory and the southern charm just poured out of it like buttermilk on cornbread. The narrator was wonderful. The perfect blend of southern drawl and intellect. Loved it.

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Slow start

Slow start as the story line builds but, the ending makes up for it. Overall, an enjoyable read!

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Love the South

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I know some of the reviews of this book were off putting, but I read it anyway. And I'm glad I did. Having lived all but three of my 61 years in the South, I am always happy to visit it in a book. I loved the characters and can promise that I went to high school with a lot of them. I knew my own Emma Sue and Ruthie Morgan. And my mama knew a Gloria Jean. What wonderful characters! I have eaten a dilly bar (although we called it something else) at the Dairy Queen. And we have all looked for salvation. How wise was Eddie Franklin? Very. I went to school with him too.

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Good Grief!

I may never know whether this novel has any merit or not. The voice, accent, and phrasing of the narrator is so irritating I just can't listen to it. I gave it a go for nearly an hour and couldn't take it any longer.