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The Girls in the Stilt House by Kim Michele Richardson

Publication Date: 06 April 2021

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

ARC from Sourcebooks Landmark and Netgalley

Rating: 4 out of 5

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Sixteen year old Ada Morgan returns home pregnant to a backwoods swamp located along the trace in Mississippi and finds out just how desperate her life has become. Having run off the previous year, the girl returns to her abusive, belligerent father, Virgil, who is mixed up with bootlegging and running moonshine for the wealthier land owner in the area. Ada meets Matilda, a young black girl, when Matilda saves her life.

The haunted tone of the novel along with a twisted story of murder, arson, and bootlegging had this reader turning the pages to find out how these two young girls survive the harsh events that will give you nightmares. As sad as the story, the book is well worth the read. An unwanted pregnancy, racial intolerance, and abuse are overcome by these young women in a satisfying end to this unique story. Readers of Where the Crawdads Sing and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek will enjoy this book.

This ARC copy was received from Sourcebooks Landmark. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Favorite Reads of 2019

2019 was a stellar year for reading. I exceeded my reading goal and hope you did as well. These books were a few of my favorites for the year. I have a tendency to favor the historical fiction and historical christian fiction genre so the list is heavy in those areas. If you haven’t read these, it’s definitely not too late. Add them to your To Be Read list for 2020! The new year is right around the corner with new books from my favorite authors and a few new authors as well. Wishing you a Happy Holiday and safe New Year!

The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

Published by Waterbrook




A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

Published by Revell




Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Published by Bethany House




The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep

Published by Shiloh Run Press




Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Published by Bethany House




Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof

Published by Thomas Nelson




How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim

Published by Tyndale




The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Published by Thomas Nelson




The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson

Published by Sourcebooks Landmark




The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen

Published by Bethany House






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If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss

Weiss, Leah If the Creek Don't RisePublication Date: August, 2017


Sourcebooks Landmark


ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Sourcebooks Landmark



“I need an ally to instill hope and possibility in my good people. We all deserve hope and possibility.”
                                                   -Excerpt from letter written by Eli Perkins

Sadie Blue, pregnant, seventeen, and illiterate, finds herself with a worthless husband in the form of Roy Tupkin, a drunk, belligerent bully, living in the town of Baines Creek, North Carolina deep in the Appalachian Mountains. The year is 1970; and deep in those mountains, the world has not caught with this small rural town, a town and people that really need hope.

The novel is narrated in first person, present tense by a multitude of characters that affect Sadie’s life in one way or another. The characters have depth and personality. They are not always likable and they are not always nice people. They do, however, make one think about the difficulties of life in the Appalachians. Some of the more likable characters in the novel are Eli Perkins, the local minister and advocate for education; Kate Shaw, the latest educator to come to rural Baines Creek; and Birdie Rocas, a very unusual local resident who adds her own unique voice to the story.

Multiple storylines run through the book. In one, Sadie’s marriage, pregnancy, and all the complications that come with being married to Roy Tupkin are covered. In another storyline, Eli Perkins, his sister, Prudence, and Kate Shaw are intertwined in Sadie’s life with dramas of their own. The story is intricate and contains a few surprises along with a twisty ending.

I enjoyed the haunting narrative. The characters are gritty and real. Not a light read, but a deep story that will make the reader pause!

This ARC copy was received from Sourcebooks Landmark and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.


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All the Winters After by Seré Prince Halverson

Halverson, Sere Prince  All the Winters AfterPublication Date: February 2016

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

ARC Copy from Sourcebooks Landmark


All the Winters After is a truly compelling novel that begins chapter one in 2005; however, the real beginning of the story is two decades earlier in Caboose, Alaska. The title of the book left me wondering right away “All the winters after what?”.  As the reader delves in to the book, they will still be wondering whether the title applies to the beginning of the story or the end.

The book centers around Kache Winkel, a thirty-eight year old man originally from Alaska who struggles to free himself from his past; Nadia, a young woman in her late twenties who has hidden away from the world for the past ten years; Snag, Kache’s aunt who has spent her life hiding secrets of her own; and Lettie, Kache’s grandmother who homesteaded and built the cabin owned by Kache and inhabited by Nadia. Their stories are intertwined and weave a fascinating tale as they come together and try to find ways to live in the present while dealing with the past.

The personality of each character is complex and varied. They are all hiding secrets from each other and gradually the layers are peeled away as the tale unfolds. The characters are very dynamic, changing and growing as the novel progresses. The depth and emotions in the writing are very compelling. I did not want to put this book down.

The setting of Caboose, Alaska is based on the real Alaskan city of Homer, which if you have been to Alaska you will surely recognize. I had the pleasure of visiting Homer this summer and easily recognize the Spit and a few other local scenes. The author did an excellent job of detail on the area.

The clues, the suspense, and the secrets keep the reader completely engaged. A fascinating book! Outstanding novel for readers of contemporary fiction!

This ARC copy was received from Sourcebooks Landmark, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.




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