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I first read Sadie's mountain on fiction press close to a year ago. I was completely swept up in this insanely emotional story and now reading the published version...it felt just like it did the first time. This is a hard hitting story...it deals with a lot of things not for the faint of heart and you must be prepared to cry (multiple times...).
Sadie Jane Sparks is a good girl...pure, innocent, sweet and kind. At just shy of 15 years old this Baptist minister's daughter is full of life and possibility and hope. And in the blink of an eye...all of that is snatched away from her. She is crushed...a shell...a fragment of what she was and could have been. She can't function like she once did because her whole world is reeling from what happened to her. Her father doesn't deal with it well...she blames herself and it's all very heartbreaking because the one person who wants to help her the most...her best friend...is connected to it whether he wants to be or not. So she leaves the only home she has ever known to live as far away as she can - distancing herself from her past in the hopes to more forward. Ten years later...she has to come back...and her past is still waiting for her and so is her best friend...the only boy she has ever loved.
`I start to shiver. There is nothing I can do. My mind, it tortures me. Reminds me like a demon breathing down the back of my neck. Numbness takes me swiftly, like a merciful enemy - making me feel nothing. Cold. Distant.'
Dr. Dillon McGraw is everything that is good and right in this world. He's smart...he's loyal...he's respectful...he's kind...he's sweet and his heart belongs to Sadie. Always has and always will. Deep down to his core Dillon is a good guy, in every sense of the word. I don't think he has a mean bone in him, save for the fact of if you do something to try and hurt someone he loves...then all bets are off. But Dillon is a sweetheart...he's not domineering or alpha...but I never thought of him as weak. He's intellectual...and he's a bit of a hippie, which is cute...but just because he wasn't over bearing and dominant did not mean I loved him any less. He has such a caring heart and giving spirit, he's just amazing.
`"You won't want me no more," I said, tearfully.
"Hush, baby. I've loved you all your life. That won't stop for nothing."
"I died. He killed her," I said, breathy. I was so exhausted.'
So off the bat, I love Dillon and Sadie...why??? They have been best friends and neighbor's practically all their lives. That friendship...that history...that gets me every time. The things they have shared, the pieces of themselves that only the two of them know about...you cannot duplicate that or recreate it. It's just too special. There are very few memories that Sadie has that don't involve Dillon and all of them are fan-freakin-tabulous, heart warmingly sweet and just *sigh*...perfect. Every girl needs a Dillon McGraw in their life. He's almost 4 years older than her so he's her protector...he cares for her so much, I would just melt every time we'd get little flash back's of their history, the little moments that made their relationship so unique. Plus I was mush after the fact that Dillon told Saide when she was 5 and he was almost 9 that he was going to marry her.
`"And I WANT you to be my wife. I want to make babies with you and see them running around the house I bought for us. I want to make love to you every morning and every night on every possible surface of said house. I want to laugh with you, cry with you, hold you in my arms, protect you, and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. I want to sit on the porch and play music together so I can hear your soft voice when you sing for the rest of my life."
I just stand here. Woah!'
This book touches on a lot of stuff besides just Sadie and Dillon's relationship. Being raised in a very strict religious household comes to play a big part in a lot of what occurs with Sadie and how she handles it. It's really very interesting and it goes even further into how she views religion 10 years after `the incident'. Ahh yes...'the incident'...the way it was written gave me chills...I'm getting a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach just thinking about it. It's not gratuitous or over the top, it's actually written very tastefully with great clarity actually, but the emotions and feelings are ingrained throughout it. It's the first time your heart breaks for Sadie but it's not the last.
`My faults make him love me more.'
Speaking of the incident though...there is evil in this book...Donnie. Donnie is sick, twisted, disturbed...there is a special place in hell for people like him. He's just...yuck! Sorry...I wish I could be more eloquent but...eloquence deserts me dealing with vile scum. To quote Sadie, who says it best `I hate him. Hate, in fact, is not strong enough of a word to match the feelings I have for him....Even words like abhorrence and disgust, don't fully comprise my revulsion of him. There's not a singly synonym that seems strong enough for how much I loathe this man.' Yeah...I like her words better. He is a perfect villain though, in every sense of the word. He's slimy and cocky (and not in a good way) and just everything you hate about a person rolled up into a disgusting package. See what I mean? Just...yuck!
`"I love you," I said, before I can become a coward. Is that clear enough? I never stopped and I don't want to push you away anymore - I can't. His eyes widen and he shudders as if a chill goes through his body that he holds in. I place both my hands on his face and pull him toward me. There is only him. There is only me. It's as if we're alone on this planet and we're creating all the meaning that exists in it.'
Then there's also death...Sadie's mother is dying and it's what has brought her back home. That's another part that was written very well...it's hard to think that someone dying can be written beautifully but it was. For someone who has lost a parent, the details and emotion were spot on, in my opinion. And then of course there is `Sadie's Mountain'...it is an actual mountain...Gauley Mountain. In a place where coal is gold and that mountain is a gold mine...is like trying to save water in a desert. But Sadie's mom's dying wish is for that mountain to be saved...so Sadie has a mission.
`I look up and see that he's watching me. He doesn't need to say anthing. I know just by the glow of his skin, the upturn of his mouth, the gleam in his eye. He looks how I feel. Loved. Cherished. Connected on some level tht never existed before right this moment. I push away the doubt. This kind of love - it lasts. It withstands. It has to.'
I could go on and on about this book, the way that Sadie grows from beginning to end is remarkable...I loved seeing that change in her that Dillon brought out. I loved her strength and the strength she gained from Dillon's love for her. I loved her relationship with her siblings and seeing her repair and rebuild that after being gone for so long. She has a lot of regret, what happened to her stole so much of her life and what could have been. This book is not for the faint of heart, be ready to be taken on a tumultuous emotional journey, but it is 100% worth it to have the HEA at the end.
Give this one a try you will not regret it.
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