I had a blog reader recommend the author Donna Everhart. I checked out Hoopla, my online library, and they had several of her books. I picked The Education of Dixie Dupree for book club and I ended up checking out the book, The Forgiving Kind.
As a quick reminder, we are taking the month of July to read The Education of Dixie Dupree for book club. We’ll talk about it on August 1st.
But back to the Forgiving Kind…
I LOVED this book. I’ve told you before that my favorite books are hardscrabble coming of age books. This one was exactly that. Just a heads up, it does deal with some domestic violence but not in a graphic overpowering way.
I’ve also said I need to really love a character and be able to put myself in the shoes of the character. I could easily do this with “Sonny”. There were other characters I could easily love too.
The book is a little predictable but still very good.
Here is what Amazon had to say:
“For twelve-year-old Martha “Sonny” Creech, there is no place more beautiful than her family’s cotton farm. She, her two brothers, and her parents work hard on their land – hoeing, planting, picking – but only Sonny loves the rich, dark earth the way her father does. When a tragic accident claims his life, her stricken family struggles to fend off ruin – until their rich, reclusive neighbor offers to help finance that year’s cotton crop.
Sonny is dismayed when her mama accepts Frank Fowler’s offer; even more so when Sonny’s best friend, Daniel, points out that the man has ulterior motives. Sonny has a talent for divining water – an ability she shared with her father and earns her the hated nickname “water witch” in school. But uncanny as that skill may be, it won’t be enough to offset Mr. Fowler’s disturbing influence in her world. Even her bond with Daniel begins to collapse under the weight of Mr. Fowler’s bigoted taunts.
Though she tries to bury her misgivings for the sake of her mama’s happiness, Sonny doesn’t need a willow branch to divine that a reckoning is coming, bringing with it heartache, violence – and perhaps, a fitting and surprising measure of justice.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.9 stars. I would agree. I really loved this book. I am finding that this author is quickly moving to the top of my list of favorite authors. Happily, she has a few more books for me to read.
You can find the book HERE if you are interested. As of the writing of this, I noticed that the book is available free for Kindle Unlimited users. You can find out more about Kindle Unlimited HERE. The Education of Dixie Dupree for book club is also listed as a free Kindle Unlimited book. Another book by her, The Moonshiner’s Daughter, is also a free Kindle Unlimited book.
I just know you’ll all love her books as much as I do.