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- File size : 4487 KB
- Publication date : April 18, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : JMS Books LLC (April 18, 2020)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0879JMBPX
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,538 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Stones In The Road takes place two years later with Wiley's snobbish future in-laws coming for a month long visit to get reacquainted with their son Jackson and to get to know Wiley and his special needs son, Noah.
But Nobody should have to endure a month long visit from anyone, much less from Jackson's rude, insulting, in-your-face mother and stoic, tightlipped father. Wiley and his future mother-in-law are about as cordial to one another as a sack of feral cats. And when Wiley is pushed to his limits she meets her match. But a month of this venomous, insulting, passive aggressive behavior from Jackson's mother may be too much. Especially since Wiley isn't getting much help in smoothing things over from Jackson.
Jackson, a pediatric nurse, with a past history of drug abuse appears aloof. His relationship with Wiley and Noah is strained. And a surprised visit from DHS does nothing to bring the family together.
Bring together Wiley's God fearing, homophobic, modern day "walton family" and Jackson's hoity-toity Boston socialite parents and you have the makings of a disaster. It's North versus South.
The wise cracking, vulgar mouthed Papaw has met his match with Jackson's in-you-face mother and her heartless comments.
Wiley is consumed with fear of Noah's health. At the cusp of puberty, he has lived past what his doctors expected. And Noah's unexplained illnesses have Wiley in a panic.
A tornado touches down in the small town where Wiley's mother lives. Taking with it in it's path of destruction something special that Wiley can never get back.
Jackson has done something bad enough to make Wiley fire-breathing mad and furious enough to take Noah and flee to his brother Bill's family home.
Ending any future marriage plans between them.
Nick Wilgus is a great storyteller. And this is a great story of tragedy and hope. A story of family and the community coming together in tough times. A story of acceptance and tolerance. A story of a father's love, and mostly this is a story of forgiveness.
I definitely recommend this book to all my friends.
Now let me tell you why I loved reading this book. It's kind of personal to me because I'm a gay man living in a small Mississippi town. But what's crazy is I live in the town where this fictional story takes place.
When people ask me where I live I usually say Tupelo, but really I live in a little town near Tupelo named New Albany. Yea..........New Albany, the town where Wiley's family lives. At times I thought Mr. Wilgus had interviewed my own family because of so many crazy similarities. And yes, we do put the crazies out on the porch for the world to see!
It was awesome recognizing so many things in the book, Food World, Ballard Park and the ducks, Elvis Presley lake, Fairpark and the statue of Elvis, The Tupelo Automobile Museum, Hotty Toddy and Ole Miss, and my little ole town of New Albany....And I thought I was the only gay man in this small town. Maybe I need to be spending more time shopping at Food World!!!
The one thing brilliantly written in both Shaking The Sugar Tree and Stones In The Road was Noah's sweet character and his loving relationship with Wiley. Noah was the star of the book for me. With his toothy grins and happy hoots and haws you can't help but fall in love with Noah. And the dialogue between Noah and Wiley throughout the book was genuine and heartfelt. I would love another book where Noah grows and matures into a young man.....please Nick?
* * * * FIVE GIGANTIC SOUTHERN STARS * * * * *
Thanks for a great sequel Mr. Wilgus.
I think you out did yourself....you goofus!!!
In "Stones in the road" Wiley is back and this time it isn’t funny but it's really good. He is dealing with his fears about Noah's foreseeable complications once he hits puberty. I cried so much with Noah this time, he is possibly the child character that I love the most.
Wiley is still struggling for Bill's acceptance and understanding, he has a lot of growing up to do himself because he tends to take everything too much to heart and to make it about himself, which only makes him more real and dear. Then here comes the mother in law from hell. I was outraged at the woman's attitude and the things she said to Wiley. I wanted for him to slash her with his wit but she was, in this book, the least of his worries.
Eventually she won me over, and it happened here:
"They say Hellen Keller's favorite dog was actually a cat"
There were parts of this book that I won't mention because I don't want to spoil it for others, but it was highly emotional, frustrating (I can't forget Mama for ignoring his son's story when he came back from bible camp) and a reminder that every child deserves a Papaw, or that "someone" in their lives.
Jackson is another one needing a knock in the head, he is detached and easily irritable and the lack of intimacy made me very sad (not the lack of sex, I don't think sex scenes were what this book called for) but I wanted for them to be closer. Yes he showed he cared and yes they said "I love you" more than once, but it was hard for me to feel it.
I think they saw themselves in the middle of a storm (literally and figuratively) and all the things going on around them took precedence to what they are for each other. I cried and I was devastated at parts, and if this author just wanted a reaction here is mine: your book is brilliant, it has flaws like the main characters do, but I can't for the love of God stop thinking about it. I think a third book is necessary, please give Wiley and Jackson a definite happily ever after and this girl some closure.
Top reviews from other countries
Some great new secondary characters introduced. I could tell, right from her introduction that Madam Ledbetter, super-bitch extraordinaire was going to be a much loved, major player in this plot. Brilliant character!
Sadness, tension, happiness, humour, confrontation.....this second in the series is every bit, if not better than "Shaking the Sugar Tree".
At times the politically incorrect humour is shockingly brutal and I profess to guilt for laughing at the brutality of Jackson's Mother....the devil is a senator's daughter and her name is Eunice!
I purchased this novel at the time it was first published and it sat on my Kindle since then. I have already downloaded book three. Hopefully it won't take eleven months until I get round to reading it.
Brilliant! 5 Stars and more
I love this series.It takes no prisoners, makes no apologies and makes you laugh out loud too.
Nick Wilgus is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and I had this on pre-order as soon as I saw it.
If you've read the first one , you know what you're in for and I have to say it's as good , if not better , than the first. If you haven't , then you need to go get it and read it STAT!
Fantastic series I highly recommend..