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I so enjoyed experiencing Violet's triumphs, stumbles and steadfast determination. She is all of us who have made choices we regret as well as ones that make us feel on top of the world. I look forward to reading more from this author. It's truly one of the best reads I've enjoyed in a long time.
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A simple, lovely inscription that carries such a punch to the gut. Much in the same way Nan Lowe’s novel, Higher Ground delivered a stunning gut punch complete with a side of heartache to this reader.
A wedding reception for a beloved sibling forces Dr. Violet Foster to leave her safe haven in Atlanta and return to her hometown of New Orleans. There, amid the lush fragrances and exotic spells that define New Orleans, Violet confronts the traumatic past that has haunted and shaped her life. Truths are revealed, regrets are laid to rest and life, for better or worse, continues.
Higher Ground is the first published offering of author Nan Lowe an it is an exceptional debut.
Told in chapters that move the action between present day and the past, Lowe weaves a story that has the reader hanging on every word, gasping at times through plot twists. It speaks to the talent of this author that even anticipated turns carried an impact — recognition of what was foreshadowed did not lessen the shock.
The four principal characters, Violet, Wade, Oliver and Van, are all expertly crafted. The ancillary characters are equally solid (truly, Miss Verity deserves, at the very least, a novella of her own). The settings so descriptive that one can feel the sultry humidity of NOLA while inhaling the aroma of coffee and beignets at the Café Du Monde.
At its core, it is the inherent truths contained in Higher Ground that set it apart — life is often hard, love is rare and precious, and sometimes, there is no shelter from the storm.
Brava, Nan Lowe!
Four and one-half stars
Somewhere in each of us, there are moments when we reflect; we cast our minds back to our youth and wonder ‘what if’? What if our journey to the present had been different? Most of us wouldn’t want to go back to the drama and insecurities of those years. But with just a song on the radio, a call from an old friend, or chance encounter with the ‘first heartbreak’, our mind drifts back to that time and we wonder.
Nan Lowe, in her unique storytelling way, gives life to those very emotions. In her self-published debut, Nan’s gift of emotional imagery draws you into Violet’s past and present. Through the entire book, I grew closer to Violet and wanted to spare her from the turmoil of those yester-years. And her love interest, Wade,
let’s just say you’ll want him all for yourself. His love, strength, and compassion for Violet is so very touching.
Switching between past and present timelines, without interrupting the plot or pace of the storyline, is integral to the flow of the book. That’s hard to accomplish and Ms. Lowe does it seamlessly. Nan not only gives us a well-defined heroine (Violet) and hero (Wade), but also incorporates an array of strong supporting characters that round out Violet’s life. You get of sense of Violet’s temperament in her youth versus her maturity in later years. Some of these characters you’ll like or love. Others might make you want to throw your e-reader across the room. Violet’s Grandmother is wise and endearing. Another key player has such a dark pull on Violet’s life, you’ll feel compelled to shout out a warning. Nan’s ability to transport readers via narrative, imagery, and description gives proof to her skill and talent for weaving a fictional story into one that seems so very real.
The desire to keep reading the next chapter, and then the next, is a testimony to how invested you become in Violet’s secrets. If you’re anything like me, reading until the wee hours will have you yawning at work the next day. I chose to read this book on my own and had to comfort myself with chocolate. My suggestion to you is to make Higher Ground a book club read so you can discuss this emotional roller coaster with a group of girlfriends while sharing wine!
Higher Ground is essentially about love, trust, and healing. It’s about saving yourself when you can’t save another from their fate. Violet’s story has it all. Nan brings us from such sweet moments to such lows that hurt us on behalf of Violet and Wade. With honesty and trust in Wade, you end up cheering for Violet when she finally reaches the safety of Higher Ground.
This is exactly the kind of book you’ll want to curl up and read. Whether in a cozy corner or a sunny spot at the beach, reading Higher Ground will make you feel, think, and ponder.
I was given an ARC in return for a fair review.
I'm a terrible reviewer. Not a writer here, so I'll just say I freaking loved it! Nan knows how to put her readers in the moment. I'm from the south. I grew up in New Orleans. Still go there every year for the holidays to visit my huge loud family. My college diploma is one of the very last that reads Memphis State University (now U of M.). So, yes I'm a southern girl. I know when a writer is getting this shit right. Nan gets it right. I feel like I'm there walking down Magazine Street, I can taste the powdered sugar on the beignets and it feels amazing.
In Higher Ground she takes us back and forth through the main character, Violet's past and present. Through her struggles as a teen that brought her to the very happy life she's living. But, it's a life that doesn't include her once beloved New Orleans or her friends from high school. Didn't we all do things in high school we would like to be able to box up and never let out again? Well, Violet certainly did. Until one day she gets a phone call from her brother, she's been able to keep that box of secrets taped up and away from her amazing boyfriend Wade. I loved Violet and Wade and so much about this story. This will definitely be reading this one again.
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