Family secrets, assumed identities, and the passions of a Southern town make this page-turner a gem to read. Eight-year-old Brandon Willard makes it unforgettable. This is warm, witty and fresh. A novel for the hearts of all age groups.
Brandon lives with his mother, who drinks and does drugs, and her abusive boyfriend. They decide to move to Canada and leave him with his grandparents, where he sees what a normal, loving home is like, until his mother shows back up trying to get him back. His grandparents fight to keep him and he is torn between both.
A really good read.
Novel from the perspective of an 8-year-old boy growing up in difficult circumstances.
Aper an Amazon review, "a story of redemption". Very well written, but such a sad book about abuse, the harm it causes, poverty and love.
While I didn't like this book as much as the author's first book, A Place Called Wiregrass, it is still a very good story. Again, the author's rich, descriptive writing style draws the reader in and the book soon becomes a page-turner. This author addresses the very real, very unpleasant side of life and weaves these ugly social issues into very good stories.
A very good book although it is harrowing to get through to the redemption at the end.
This is a wonderful story told through the eyes of a young boy who had the privilege to be raised by his grandparents for part of his life. The characters are true to life and wonderfully described, including the bad ones. It's a story you can live, not just be a spectator in.