It’s 1946. The war is over. Millions of American soldiers are coming home and Benjamin Church is one of them. After four years of being away he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven’t. Grinder’s Corner is as it’s always been—a hardscrabble burp in the road. It’s not much, but it’s home.
When Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines, he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she’s the one. They fall madly in love; happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn’t matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one.
It’s true Benjamin has little to offer; he’s a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that’s how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn’t leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything.
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Review of Chapter 1-2
I decided to sneak in a couple of chapters of this book in between other books that I have on my schedule. It is not a genre that I normally read, but I have to admit that after a few pages, I was intrigued. The writing is very, very good and the story, just the first two chapters, grabs you by the heart.
The author successfully takes you back in time to a simpler way of life in rural Alabama where family is everything, whether you are rich or poor, black or white.
I will be picking up this book again in the future to finish reading it. While it is not a genre that I normally read, I found the writing extraordinary and I’d like to read more of the story.
I did not notice any grammatical errors in the chapters that I read so I feel fairly certain I will not come across many, if any at all in the remainder of the book. It is a carefully crafted story and one I think I’ll enjoy.
I won’t rate the book since I have not yet completed it, but I am giving it a thumbs up so far.
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