As regular readers will know I usually read murder mysteries so this book is a bit different for me. However, as I have been to Charleston and fell in love with the place I decided to give this one a go. I am so glad I did.
It is the story of Bedon, an elderly Southern Gentleman, Larissa a young girl from the Charleston projects and Buddy, Bedon's grandson. The book gives a fascinating look at how their lives intertwine and how each of them is changed by knowing the others.
It reminds me a little of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and yet it is completely different. I was swept up in the story from the first page and didn't want to put it down. I loved the characters and Larissa's spunk brought her to life. Bedon was portrayed brilliantly especially all the changes in his emotions as he helps Larissa. Buddy grew on me throughout the book and I found myself falling a little bit in love with him. Terry Ward Tucker's writing style is excellent and I could almost feel I was in Charleston. This is a character oriented book so the descriptions of Charleston are minimal. However, I could picture Charleston from the way the characters are portrayed. Her characterisation is spot on.
Whilst immersed in the story I went through every gamut of emotions you could conjure up. I laughed, cried, loved, hated and rooted for the characters at every turn. When I couldn't spend time reading I wanted to get back to it as soon as possible. Surely this is recommendation enough.
This is a superb book which I would highly recommend. It is only available in ebook format which is a shame as this would be an excellent gift for a birthday or any other occasion. Lets face it who needs an excuse to buy a book as a gift.
If anyone has any other books set in the Southern states of America it would be great if you could share in the comments. That way we can all find more excellent books to read.
I was given this book as a gift from the author. I was not expected to provide a review but have done so based on the fact I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My review is fair and objective.