What I’m Reading: If the Creek Don’t Rise

I have Audible credits that needed using so I burned up a few.  This book caught my eye immediately, If the Creek Don’t Rise, by Leah Weiss.

The format of this book is little different.  The story is told by a series of people.  I read that an Amazon reviewer hated this.  I didn’t.  I liked it.  So often things happen in a book and we only hear one point of view typically from the main character.  This book tells the story slowly through the perspective of MANY eyes.  I liked that.  It gave the reader a chance to make the decisions on what they believed.  It gave the reader the chance to understand why a character was “cold” or “understanding”.  I appreciated the chance to put it all together on my own.

I stayed up late to get to the ending of the book.  I was ready to call Kayla immediately in the morning and tell her she HAD TO READ THIS BOOK….but alas, I was premature.  The book just ended.  THE END.  Nothing more.  I went to sleep frustrated.  Woke up the next morning and my first thought was “I have to finish the book”.  I hopped out of bed and then remember…”That’s right the book did end.”  It ended right out in the middle of nowhere.  I’m wondering if there is a sequel coming.  That could be but even books with sequels need to leave a reader in a good spot.  Fail on this book.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That’s long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.

Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out.  When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline…if she can just figure out how to use it.

This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.3 stars.  I was going to say 4.8 stars, right up to the last sentence.  Then ugh.  One sentence brought the book down to a 4.1.  Bummer.  Has anyone else read this?  I’d love to hear other opinions.

2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: If the Creek Don’t Rise”

  1. Glad you wrote about this book. I not a big book reader, but would have been really disappointed with the ending. For me, it would have been a waste of time. Thanks for sharing.

  2. She says on her FB page that she’s working on her second book – but is it a sequel to this one? I have no idea….

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