Book Reviews of Back to Wando Passo

Back to Wando Passo
Back to Wando Passo
Author: David Payne
ISBN-13: 9780060851897
ISBN-10: 0060851899
Publication Date: 6/1/2006
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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2.5 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
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This book alternates chapters about a current day family living in SC plantation and previous occupants who lived there before and during the War Between the States. Love triangles in each era mirror each other to some extent. Held my interest during most of the book; some of the voodoo references/action hard to follow/swallow. Not a great book, but I enjoyed the story for the most part.
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This was a very hard book to read, may have been me, but I tried to read it to page 75 and finally gave up.
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In the early pages I was not enjoying this book at all but continued to torture myself by refusing to give up. It's about a selfish, self-absorbed, washed-up, bigoted man who returns home to Wando Passo (his estranged wife's family estate) after he has the epiphany that he still loves his wife. In reality, I think he just didn't know what else to do and had run out of willing women to bed. For some bizarre reason she takes him back even though she doesn't appear to like him very much because he cheated, drank and never provided for them. Maybe she did it for the little kids they share? If it were me I would've let the door hit him square in the bum on the way out but I'm mean like that. Anyway, here he comes all expecting to be greeted with open arms but things don't work out quite that way. They fight, he embarrasses himself with his racial slurs against his wife's best male friend, and they fight some more. The book then flashes back to the wife's ancestors (sorry, I'm horrid with names) who were living at Wando Passo during racial tensions and civil unrest. Here we meet Abigail (or Addi?), a naive new bride who realizes the man she married (without knowing) is quite a beastly man and not in the "cool, he's a werewolf" kind of plot twist either. He's a bigot, jealous of his half black brother and thoroughly unlikable. She's struggling with her mistake and submits to him out of propriety but is filled with dread. The book then alternates back and forth between these two depressing story lines. There is no reprieve and still I continued on . . .

I'm almost glad I plodded on because the characters were rounded out quite a bit more and weren't as one dimensional as they seemed at the beginning of the book. Ran (the washed up loser dad) suffers from bipolar disorder and is off his meds which explains much of his behavior. It is Claire, his wife, who actually becomes more of an unlikable character. Well, it's a toss up really because both of these people do things that annoyed me. A murder mystery and some voodoo/hoodoo/witchcraft is thrown in to liven things up which works for me because all of the daily drama was becoming a bore. Back in the past Addie struggles with life as a plantation owner and faces many ethical dilemmas, including her growing feelings for her husband's half brother. It's pretty engrossing but she too makes choices that annoy me.

I should also note that there is too large section of this book written in another language (Spanish, I think) without a translation. It was difficult to make heads or tails of the scenes because it's been over 20 years since I took Spanish.

In the end, this book thoroughly exhausted me. The mystery ended as I thought it might and the modern day triangle wasn't as prettied up in the end as I feared Overall a sometimes engrossing, sometimes infuriating read. It's not a book I'd read again by choice.
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In the early pages I was not enjoying this book at all but continued to torture myself by refusing to give up. It's about a selfish, self-absorbed, washed-up, bigoted man who returns home to Wando Passo (his estranged wife's family estate) after he has the epiphany that he still loves his wife. In reality, I think he just didn't know what else to do and had run out of willing women to bed. For some bizarre reason she takes him back even though she doesn't appear to like him very much because he cheated, drank and never provided for them. Maybe she did it for the little kids they share? If it were me I would've let the door hit him square in the bum on the way out but I'm mean like that. Anyway, here he comes all expecting to be greeted with open arms but things don't work out quite that way. They fight, he embarrasses himself with his racial slurs against his wife's best male friend, and they fight some more. The book then flashes back to the wife's ancestors (sorry, I'm horrid with names) who were living at Wando Passo during racial tensions and civil unrest. Here we meet Abigail (or Addi?), a naive new bride who realizes the man she married (without knowing) is quite a beastly man and not in the "cool, he's a werewolf" kind of plot twist either. He's a bigot, jealous of his half black brother and thoroughly unlikable. She's struggling with her mistake and submits to him out of propriety but is filled with dread. The book then alternates back and forth between these two depressing story lines. There is no reprieve and still I continued on . . .

I'm almost glad I plodded on because the characters were rounded out quite a bit more and weren't as one dimensional as they seemed at the beginning of the book. Ran (the washed up loser dad) suffers from bipolar disorder and is off his meds which explains much of his behavior. It is Claire, his wife, who actually becomes more of an unlikable character. Well, it's a toss up really because both of these people do things that annoyed me. A murder mystery and some voodoo/hoodoo/witchcraft is thrown in to liven things up which works for me because all of the daily drama was becoming a bore. Back in the past Addie struggles with life as a plantation owner and faces many ethical dilemmas, including her growing feelings for her husband's half brother. It's pretty engrossing but she too makes choices that annoy me.

I should also note that there is too large section of this book written in another language (Spanish, I think) without a translation. It was difficult to make heads or tails of the scenes because it's been over 20 years since I took Spanish.

In the end, this book thoroughly exhausted me. The mystery ended as I thought it might and the modern day triangle wasn't as prettied up in the end as I feared Overall a sometimes engrossing, sometimes infuriating read. It's not a book I'd read again by choice.