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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730800
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Gone South

“Meg Moseley follows her stellar debut with this lovely dive down south where her colorful characters will make you feel southern even if you aren’t. When Tish, on a whim, lands in an old family home, she realizes there are secrets to be discovered in small-town Alabama. With a spark of romance, a friend who seems to always land in trouble, and a few healed scars, this inspirational tale is destined to be another winner.”
—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Into the Free

“What happens when a Yankee ventures south, expecting warm southern hospitality but getting a shoulder as cold as the Michigan winters she left behind? Filled with quirky, endearing characters and a heartwarming story about taking risks and finding reward, Gone South will delight you.”
—Marybeth Whalen, author of The Wishing Tree and director of SheReads.org

Gone South is a prodigal story about second chances, the importance of family, and the complexities of the human spirit. In this compelling novel, Meg Moseley reminds us all that we are more than our reputations and that God truly does make everything beautiful in its own time.”
—Katie Ganshert, author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows

“In Gone South, Meg Moseley has created a cast of characters that captured my imagination and drew me into their world. As their stories unfolded, I found myself caring deeply for Tish and George and especially young Mel, whose foibles and shortcomings made her all the more endearing. I have a feeling the folks of Noble will stay with me a good long while!”
—Ann Tatlock, award-winning author of Sweet Mercy

“Some people write books; some tell stories. Meg Moseley does both, drawing the reader into the lives of strangers who, by the end of the novel, have become friends. She captures a southern town that can be as ornery as it is beautiful, and through it shows that ‘we all do terrible things.’ Things that only a loving God could grant us forgiveness and grace. Gone South is not to be missed.”
—Christa Allan, author of Walking on Broken Glass and The Edge of Grace

“Meg Moseley’s sophomore novel is the perfect blend of southern charm, fast cars, and endearing characters. With a new twist on the prodigal child, Gone South is a literary delight from start to finish!”
—Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Stardust

“On the spur of the moment, in a bit of northern naiveté, a young Yankee woman moves south to the town where her ancestors lived during the Reconstruction period and opens up a whole can of worms. Get ready for a fun and thought-provoking ride, as powerful as the story’s Corvette. In Gone South, Moseley spins a lovely tale of prodigals and prejudices and of a courageous young woman who refuses to take the easy way out.”
—Elizabeth Musser, author of The Swan House and The Sweetest Thing

About the Author

Meg Moseley is still a Californian at heart although she's lived more than half her life in other states. Holding jobs that ranged from candle-maker to administrative assistant, Meg also contributed human-interest pieces for a suburban edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Contemporary fiction remains her real love, and she's the author of When Sparrows Fall. She lives in Atlanta near the foothills of the Southern Appalachians with her husband.

More About the Author

Although I've lived more than half my life in other states, I'm still a Californian at heart. I love vintage bungalows, twisted oaks on rolling hills, and the rocky beaches of the Central Coast. A few blocks away from my childhood home stood a Lutheran church where I came to faith, first through Sunday School teachers whose kindness drew me to the kindness of God, and then through confirmation classes. The Bible verses that had been drilled into my head came to life in my heart.

After moving away from home as a teenager, I worked at a variety of jobs, from candle-maker in a tourist town to administrative assistant at a Christian college. I married a wonderful man from Michigan, and we lived north of Detroit for seventeen years. That's where we started homeschooling our three children, an endeavor that we finished in Georgia when our youngest graduated from high school in 2009.

My husband and I live near Atlanta, close to the foothills of the Southern Appalachians. His motorcycle often carries us to the mountains of Georgia, Tennessee, or the Carolinas. Sitting on the back of the bike, I can pray, enjoy the beautiful views, and plot new stories. Fiction makes my world go 'round, whether I'm writing it or reading it.

Customer Reviews

A wonderful story of forgiveness with characters that you will love.
Miriam from Wheels Have Eyes
I love books where you love the characters so much by the end you feel like you live in the neighborhood and don't want to put it down and this is one of those books!!
Alison Phillips
Moseley does a great job of developing the characters and slowly drawing out their stories.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deanna L Gottreu on May 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Gone South by Meg Moseley is a most enjoyable book that touches on several issues that are prevalent today such as homelessness, stealing, prejudice, learning disabilities, and low self esteem. Tish McCombs had her life all planned but then an accident took the life of her future husband and now her father has also died and her mother has remarried. Mom and new husband are moving to Florida to get away from the cold of Michigan and Tish decides to go along to help with the move. Tish decides to take a side trip to Noble, Alabama, to see the home that once belonged to her great-great-great grandparents and was built around 1870. The house was up for sale and on a spur of the moment decision, Tish decided to buy the house. She is happy with her decision and then trouble comes along. She goes to the bank to open an account and the lady helping her is all smiles and welcome until she looks at Tish's driver's license and learn that she is a McCombs. Tish cannot understand the change until the owner of the bank explains to her and tentatively offers her a job.

Mel is in Florida and hitchhiking back home when the guy who gave her a ride makes a pass and she jumps from the pickup and does not have time to grab her duffel bag from the back. This leaves Mel with no money, clothes, or food and when she finally reaches home in Noble, her dad will not let her into the house. He has kicked her out because she stole her Grandpa John's pocket watch that was to go to her brother Stu. She does not feel it was stealing for Grandpa had told her that he was going to give the watch to her and he also told her that his 1956 Corvette would one day be her's. Since Grandpa John did not leave a will, no one believes Mel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BDempsey on August 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Book Review: Gone South by Meg Moseley

Through a whirlwind of events, Tish McComb, a Northerner, finds herself as the owner of the beautiful home of her great-great grandparents in Noble, Alabama. Far from rolling out the red carpet in a neighborly welcome, Tish is ignored and even snubbed by the locals for reasons unbeknownst to her. As she finds herself an outcast because of the perceived crimes of her ancestors, she decides to give shelter to another of the town's outcasts, a notorious thief and runaway, Mel Hamilton. Estranged from her family, Mel proves to be moody, unpredictable, and far from repentant. But Tish takes a chance on this girl, hoping to reform her and return her to her family's good graces.

Certain scenes in the book were beautifully portrayed for the reader - the author definitely has a way of drawing you in. However, I felt that the plot of the story took a long time to reach its climax making the resolution rather quick. In short, I had a hard time getting into it, but mostly because I found myself unable to relate to any of the characters. Even the main character (the heroine, if you will) was a bit flighty, and that was complemented with Mel (a twenty-one year old who acted like she was maybe ten).

The author seems to have tried to put in a prodigal son theme, but I found it only missing the point of the actual Biblical story. I would hesitate to recommend the book to anyone based on several bad choices that were made by Mel and Tish in addition to the lack of any real Christian characters in the book. Tish is continually never able to make it to church and prayer is used as a means to grant wishes. In general, I would call this more of an inspirational book than a particularly Christian book.

3 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Barefoot on July 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Favorite Scene:

Afraid she was about to lose it, George reached for her hand, then lost his nerve and petted Daisy's head. "So Marian claims to have proof from the historical society. That's the key word. Historical. Whether or not the stories are true, they're in the past."

"I know. I should focus on the present." Tish Turned toward him, her face framed softly by long locks of red-brown hair. "No matter what happened here in 1870, this is my home now. Nobody's going to scare me away."

"You know the difference between a Yankee and a... well, a Yankee who's bound for eternity in the lake of fire?"

"The ones who visit versus the ones who stay? Yeah, I've heard that old joke, but I'm staying. I don't care what people call me. I don't care what they think of me either."


"Okay, sometimes I do. Sometimes I care too much. I want very badly to be accepted, but sometimes I forget to mind my manners and I speak my mind instead. Someday, I'm afraid I'll say things I shouldn't say. Do things I shouldn`t do."

She could be direct, all right, and maybe she didn't always think before she acted, but at least she did something. "If your heart's right, your actions can't be too far off. Case in point, the way you reached out to Mel."

"You did too," Tish said. "It's very generous to hire her, and I don't mean just about the wages you'll pay. It's... moral generosity."

George squelched a grin. If he'd know hiring Mel would cast him in such a noble light, he might have hired her sooner.

"I see moral generosity on your side too," he said. Even though you're a Yankee."

She laughed. "Careful there Mr. Zorbas. You're skating on thin ice.
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