Title: Gone South
Author: Meg Moseley
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Redemption, family history, hope and lifetime events mixed together with other story ingredients make Gone South an enjoyable read. Tish was a single woman who lived in Michigan, loved family ancestry and worked hard at her job. Now, with her mother moving to Florida after a season of being a widow and newly remarried, Tish makes time to revisit the places of her family history in Alabama. Many times she remembers things her father showed her or told her about the past, but what lies ahead for Tish is learning what isn’t so well known.
Melanie is a young woman who ran away from home, had a troubled past, but decided to come back home with the hopes of being accepted back into the family. Her father, Duncan, is a hard and unloving man, so Melanie leaves the family house again. With no specific place to go, she begins to walk the streets in search of a place to sleep for the night. Now, her life is about to be changed when Tish takes her home and begins to love on her with a tough love and forgiveness Melanie has never known.
In a small town where most of the characters grew up, Tish’s family history is one people not only never forgot, but hold succeeding generations responsible for. Tish will be looked at with suspicious eyes by people with long memories, reminding her of this by stares, snide comments and more whenever she would introduce herself.
Learning who we are is a major theme woven throughout the story along with the choice that we can either let others define us or God. There are also specific events in the book where Tish has a choice to show Melanie the tough love by holding her accountable for her choices or ignoring them altogether. George is a character who grew up in the area where the story takes place, and only he is willing to look past the surface to try and understand what reason might exist to explain Melanie’s choices.
I loved how forgiveness was extended at times and also the reality of it not being extended by others. Seeing how the author wrote about characters’ interactions with God and each other seemed very lifelike. The interactions between players in the story were set back to incidents occurring during the Civil War time. I thought it was really imaginatively written and we can see in real lives today that how we once viewed someone can color how we see them at a different point in their lives. Will we see people as God sees them, love them when they feel unlovable and befriend them even if it means we might be rejected by others? This is a great story that is inspiring and one that touched my heart.
My rating is 4 stars.
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