Gone SouthMeg Moseley
Leaving frosty Michigan for the Deep South was never in the simple plans Tish McComb imagined for her life - dreams of marriage and family that were dashed five years earlier in a tragic accident. But when an opportunity to buy her great-great-great-grandparents’ Civil War... Read More
When Tish discovers that McCombs aren’t welcome in town, she feels like a Yankee behind enemy lines. Only local antiques dealer George Zorbas seems willing to give her a chance. What’s a lonely outcast to do but take in Noble’s resident prodigal, Melanie Hamilton, and hope that the two can find some much needed acceptance in each other.
Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and Mel is quite set in her destructive ways. With Melanie blocked from going home, Tish must try to manage her incorrigible house guest as she attempts to prove her own worth in a town that seems to have forgotten that every sinner needs God-given mercy, love and forgiveness.
The charm of the South drew her back to her family’s roots. But when the town’s old resentments turn the sweet tea bitter, can Tish find a welcome anywhere? Follow Tish's southern adventures in Gone South from author Meg Moseley.
Page Count: 352
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: May 7, 2013
- UPC: 9780307730800
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 344
- Publish Date: May 7, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042000"
- ISBN: 0307730808
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- “Gone South” by Meg Moseley by tickmenot on 10/11/2013
Letitia McComb, Tish, has been named after her Civil War-era great-great-great grandmother. Tish, a northerner, decides to restart her life in a small southern town. An only child, she has survived the death of her fiancée shortly before their wedding, and then the death of her much loved dad. Her widowed mother has remarried, and just moved to Florida. Tish finds herself alone, and lonely in frigid Michigan. She is ready to use all her savings and give up her long-time job for a change in scenery.
Tish believes that purchasing the home her name sake occupied shortly after the Civil War will give her an advantage to breaking into the local community. Unknown to Tish, her past relatives were viewed as the lowest form of scoundrels, and their supposed misdeeds are still widely talked about. A McComb in this town will automatically be viewed as a pariah.
To complicate things, Tish takes in a 20-year-old girl that appears homeless. She finds out the girl, Mel, is a local with a bad reputation for being a liar and a thief. Tish is of two minds not knowing if Mel is taking advantage of her, or if Mel has been falsely accused. While trying to sort out the truth, Tish’s association with Mel causes her even more shunning, including the loss of consideration for a new job.
The local antiques dealer, George, seems the most open to befriending Tish, but he has a reason to get on her good side. This is the story of the shunning, and the local characters, that Tish experiences and tries to befriend. Will Tish ever find acceptance, employment and possibly even romance in this new location? Or has this move all been a tragic gamble that has gone terribly wrong? Will Mel steal her blind and take off, or can Mel build a new life alongside Tish?
I liked the story-line and the characters were very believable, and this book is well written. I felt like the ending was abrupt, and not all the questions in the tale were answered. It may be that this story is being set up for a sequel, however, the epilog at the end of the book needed to solve more of the loose ends. I recommend “Gone South,” and think it is enjoyable. But because of the ending, I give this book four stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner.
- High quality, character-driven fiction by Carole on 7/15/2013
Meg Moseley's Gone South is a beautifully crafted, stand-alone novel that brings the reader to the small southern town of Noble, Alabama - into a setting where classic cars, antiques, handwritten letters from generations past, and a grandfather's gold watch add much interest. Anyone who has made mistakes and longed for or received a second chance can easily relate to this story.
I loved this story even though I'm not a fan of classic cars or antiques, which goes to show that quality writing and character depth trump all else for me. Tish and George are well drawn, likeable characters, but it was Mel that captured me the most.
Tish buys a house previously owned by her great-great-great grandparents and moves to Noble, only to quickly discover that the older residents still harbor hurt and anger over the way her family treated people during Reconstruction days. Tish once told her Mom: "If there's one thing I learned from all our moves, it's that the grass isn't greener on the other side of the fence. It's just another pasture. With its own cow pies."
George, an antiques dealer, had a love-hate relationship with his dog that was so funny! A sweet romance slowly develops between Tish and George, but it's a secondary focus. And classic car fans will love the '70 Chevelle SS 454 that he bought and worked on.
It is Mel around which this story revolves - a prodigal who tries unsuccessfully to return home - and my heart went out to her from the beginning. Mel refers to a poem by Robert Frost: "There's this line that goes, 'Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in,' but for me it's more like 'Home is the place where, if they won't take you in, you know it's not home anymore.'" Met with a wall of rejection instead of open arms from her father - "My dad wants perfection or nothing" - Tish takes Mel in and nurtures her when no one else would. The interaction between Mel, Tish, George, and Mel's brother Stu is one of this novel's strengths.
The spiritual themes of friendship, mercy, second chances, and love are all there, but rather than speaking out about their faith all the time, the characters modeled their faith, and I liked that very much. Gone South exemplifies the "I was a stranger and you invited me in . . ." teaching of Matthew 25.
As part of the uplifting ending, Tish's character makes a beautiful connection between antiques and life. Antiques were "visible reminders of overlapping lives and events. The continuum of generations. No generation would ever stand alone."
Gone South is quality character-driven fiction, and I highly recommend it to all readers.
This book was provided by Meg Moseley and Multnomah Books in exchange for my honest review.