As someone who loved Cold Sassy Tree, I was ... underwhelmed ... by the story part of this book.
And by "I was underwhelmed," I mean I didn't like it. At all.
It seemed much more shallow than CST, and I couldn't quite believe that some of the characters (namely, Will Tweedy and Papa) would act as they did. And the thing of Will and Sampson calling one another "Uncle" really annoyed me for some reason.
So why did I rate this as highly as I did? Well, for as little as I enjoyed Olive Ann Burns' writing here, the second half or so of the book is a biography of Burns by her editor, and that section was very interesting -- I hadn't even known there had been a TV movie made of the first book! If you're a big fan of CST, between the unfinished part of the novel (bad though it is) and the biography, it's probably worth it to get this.
The first book "Cold Sassy Tree" was one of the best books I have ever read. While I loved hearing more about Will and his family in this book, I was a little disappointed. It was a little hard to follow and it seemed like Will's character was changed in some way. It was still a good story but it didn't have the same feeling that the first book had.
The book is interesting as a biography of Olive Ann Burns and as a chronicle of a writer's task. However, as a sequel to Cold Sassy Tree, it is tantalizing, but unsatisfying.