- File Size: 677 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc; 1 edition (May 12, 2005)
- Publication Date: May 12, 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003370K3Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Sweet Gum Tree Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Alix and Nick become friends when they're kids because Alix wants to help Nick. Nick becomes well acquainted with Alix's family and form a bond with them. Alix and Nick's friendship turn to love as they get older. When Alix is 18 and Nick is 20, something terrible happens which makes Nick have to leave. He returns 15 years later unaware of Alix's anger and resentment towards him and the life altering incident because of Katie. I like how Nick was being a protector, but I wish he had been truthful with Alix. Or at least have told her something to help ease the negative thoughts she had concerning their relationship.
What I didn't like is that I had to try to figure out the year they became friends. The cover of the book and some of the dialogue made me think the story started in the 1950s or 60s. There's a possibility the time frame is mentioned in the book and perhaps I glanced over it. I felt Alix was wishy washy with her anger and then quickly forgiving. With some of the issues, I felt she needed to be angry longer, especially with her friend Jenna. I wish things with Katie were different, but I guess it helped make the story more intriguing.
Rumor has it, the author is coming out with a new and improved version, fresh with a not-so-eyeroll-ey cover. Thank God. That cover did this book a serious injustice. It was the sole reason it took me so darn long to pick it up. Don't be like me. If you have the opportunity, read this. Right effing now. AND DON'T READ THE BLURB. It gives way too much away! Just go in blind and don't forget your tissues.
The Sweet Gum Tree is epic. It spans decades. It will make you LOL, swoon, grin, and sob...but rest assured it ends in the sweetest of HEAs.