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The Sweet Gum Tree Kindle Edition

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Length: 304 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc; 1 edition (May 12, 2005)
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2005
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003370K3Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred is one of the best books I have ever read, simply stated.

Alix and Nick became friends when they were small children. Alix coming from a loving family, Nick from an abusive, alcoholic single father. After fighting the attraction through their early teen years when Alix turns 17 their close friendship turns to intense love. Their relationship is tested time and again only to be broken when Nick's abusive father turns up dead and he is forced to leave their small town and Alix. Shortly after Nick leaves Alix finds out she is pregnant with Nick's baby. Her world crashing down she decides the best thing for her and her baby is to marry another man (boy). 15 years later Alix's world is falling apart once again when her marriage is ending and Nick returns to town.

I wish I could tell everyone who loves to read romance about this book. Katherine Allred deserves Stephanie Meyer's Twilight attention for this. I have never fallen so in love with characters in a book before. Alix is the kind of realistic girl/woman that makes you want to grab her and hug her. Nick is the boy/man that every woman dreams about but with the realistic alpha male personality, not the "me boy, you girl, I take you now" kind of guy we usually read about.

After reading this I bought every book I could find by Katherine Allred. I cannot recommend this book enough.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Panglette on June 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Another reviewer recommended this book (and a bunch of others) on a review she wrote for a book I loved. I love it when you reviewers do that! I'm always on the hunt for a great book that will suck me in and transport me to another place.

And suck me in this book definitely did! Because the writing is fantastic. Seriously amazing. Griping. Smooth.... like butta. I was glued at times, and could not tear my eyes away from the pages. That's why I'm giving it 5 stars.

But I didn't love it. In fact, after that ending I'm feeling more like "What the hell?" Does it have an HEA? Yes. Just the most realistic HEA I think I've ever read. It was just too summed up and not enough for what I felt I needed after being dragged through the mud for so long.

And where was my friggin tissue you warning?? There should be a picture of a woman sobbing dramatically on the cover to warn you that you're gonna ugly cry in this bad boy. I don't like sad books. This one is definitely sad for me. Maybe not for other readers, but definitely to me. If you're looking for a bright happy story about puppies and kitten playing under rainbows, this ain't it. If you're looking for a Nicholas Sparks-ish book then buy this. Now. And start reading it.

This is another one of those books that I feel I need a de-briefing with. So much I want to talk about. I won't bore this review with it all, but I will say I was not ok with one of the adulterous relationships. This book has a lot of drama, and the writing was so good I almost fell for all of it. But not quite. Wish things had gone differently for Jenna...

Off to see what else this author has written. Hopefully something that won't leave me a weepy mess for my husband to giggle at.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Farnham on April 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Set in present day in the South, The Sweet Gum Tree tells a story spanning 26 years about Alix and Nick. Alix befriends Nick when she and her grandfather visit Nick's father's junkyard. Nick is abused by his alcholic father and finds solace with Alix's family. The two become inseparableable until some events out of their control send Nick away and leave Alix abandoned pregnant with Nick's child. 15 years later Nick returns and wants Alix back. Alix is finishing up her divorce and initially wants nothing to do with Nick. This book is really good. It's told from the first person and I felt Alix's emotions. It also made me cry. PG-13 (some sex, discussion of rape scene, nothing very graphic)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Letitia on September 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Rating: A+ ... Heat: Warm

It's been twelve hours now since I finished reading The Sweet Gum Tree, and there is still this heaviness to my heart. This lingering empathy for the characters. My body and mind and emotions are still consumed by this story. Miz Allred has written such a complicated and multi-faceted tale, filled with so much feeling, that it simply devours you whole.

The Sweet Gum Tree is a story about truths, half-truths, and lies. Those we tell others and those we tell ourselves. It is about childhood friendship and young love, the innocence of first loves, and all the highs and lows that go with it. It is about adult passion, finding love again, and how it can be even harder the second time around.

Alix French, our heroine and narrator, is eight years old when the story begins. She is smart, independent, confident and self-assured--as only a child who is completely and truly loved can be. When Alix meets ten year old Nick Anderson, and realizes his father is abusing him, it rouses in her a deep desire to protect him. Save him. Care for him and love him. As her family makes a place for him in their lives and in their home, Alix makes a place for him in her heart.

Nick... From the very first page, the very first paragraph, your heart bleeds for him. Even though he has been neglected his entire life, even though he is downtrodden and maltreated, he is so warm and compassionate and kind. With a mother no longer in the picture and a father who physically and verbally abuses him, to say Nick doesn't trust easily would be an understatement. But something about Alix calls to him. And, though at first Nick is completely overwhelmed by Alix and her family, he finds a place--a home--in her.
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Sweet Gum Tree anyone???
I totally agree with you and simply loved the book, Katherine does have a gift for words and a unique writing style, You should read AL Jacksons Take this regret its the sequel to Lost to you, I did also enjoy this although Sweet Gum tree was better
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