Gone South by Meg Moseley

This book caught my attention with the cover – a lady wearing a dress over a pair of jeans.  I was intrigued by that and couldn’t wait to find out how that picture tied into the overall story!  It took more than 200 pages, but I did find out the connection, and it was a really great part of the story.  I won’t give that part away though, you’ll have to read it yourself to see!

The main character is Tish McComb, a Michigan native (like I am!) who decides to start over by buying her families ancestral home in the south.  She’s completely unaware of the fact that her name is not one that people in the town like though, and many people are completely prejudiced against her before they even get to know her – just because of her last name.  She doesn’t know that though (at least not for awhile!), and wonders for a long time why people aren’t being very nice to her.  She takes in Melanie (Mel) Hamilton, who is also an outcast, and although she isn’t aware of all the reasons why when she first invites her in, they establish a great friendship.  The other person you read a lot about in this book is George Zorbas, the man who runs the local antique shop, and who knows all about the history of the town.  He knows the story about the McComb family history (as told through the generations), and he’s also well acquainted with what went wrong with Mel and her relationships with her family.  George builds a friendship with Tish, and their story is a great part of this book.  But in the midst of these “main stories” there are lots of other smaller stories too.  Ones about attitudes, prejudices, the ways people can change, the ways that we misjudge others, how to learn the truth about others instead of just believing what we’ve been told, forgiveness, stubbornness and the ways that being stubborn can work to your benefit – or detriment, and the importance of family.  Lessons for all of us, no matter where we are in our journeys.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  I was in no way required to write anything positive, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.

The author’s website:  http://megmoseley.com/

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