- 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: #269,932 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Sweet Gum Tree Kindle Edition
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4.5 Stars (Re-Read 8/1/2017)
Overall Opinion: This will definitely be staying on my favorites shelf after this re-read! I ate this book right up the second time just like I remember doing the first! I was actually worried that I would not feel the emotions that I did the first time I read it, because I knew what was going to happen. While I didn't blubber cry (like I remember doing the first time), I did shed quite a bit of tears still! That tells me that it's just that good! I hate doing it (because I really did love the rest of the book), but I'm going to lower my rating to 4.5 stars. I can't justify a 5 star rating with an ending that felt rushed like it did (see below).
**See goodreads.com/NMmomof4 for my full review with spoilers**
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Alix and Nick's story. They meet officially when Alix is 8 and Nick is 10 when she goes to his father's junkyard to get a car part. They form a unlikely friendship that holds through the years but devolops into something more when they grow older. There is a tragic event that separates them, and when Nick returns ~15 years later he doesn't get the welcome home he was expecting. There are some cute moments, some sad moments, and some sweet moments...and they get a HEA ending.
POV: This was told in Alix's POV.
Overall Pace of Story: Good until the end (see closure section). I never skimmed, and I thought it flowed well otherwise.
Instalove: No, they've known each other for years.
H rating: 4 stars. Nick. I liked him. He was loyal to a fault, but I appreciated that about him (even when I wanted to shake him a few times).
h rating: 4 stars. Alix. I liked her. I especially liked young Alix! She was strong and feisty.
Sadness level: Moderate/high. I cried but I didn't need any tissues this go-round, but I definitely remember crying a lot more the first time!
Heat level: Low. The scenes were non-descriptive and more about the emotional connection between the couple.
Descriptive sex: No. This is a perfect example of how fade-to-black or non-descriptive sex scenes can work with a book! The connection was so strong otherwise that I didn't even miss it!
Safe sex: No mentions of any safe sex specifics.
OW/OM drama: Yes
Sex scene with OW or OM: No
Cheating: Not between mcs
Closure: This had pretty good closure, but I wanted more! I would call it a HEA...but it was super quick, and I wanted to experience more of that happiness after all the bad things I went through with them!
How I got it: I paid $0.99 for it back in 2015 on Amazon.
This book had me captivated from page 1! The story is beautifully written and I don't think I have ever read a story that flowed so wonderfully. I felt like I was sitting, having tea with a little old lady and she was telling her life story. This tale is beautiful, and heart breaking, and full of joy all at the same time.
This is one of the best stories of true love and loss and redemption that I have ever read.
It is set in the south, and being a true southerner, I completely related to all the southern-isms! All the characters are lovable and relatable, and oh so real.
Alix is a young girl full of charm, wit, and compassion. She lives with her mom, her aunts whose personalities are larger than life, and her grandpa aka "the judge". She is raised in a small southern town and all that entails. She is from a "good" and "respectable" family. Alix befriends and decides to save a little boy named Nick from the wrong side of the tracks. Little does she know that they would save each other many times over. This is a tale that follows them through childhood and into adulthood and all the things that happen along the way.
Katherine Allred is a master story teller, and this story is her masterpiece! This is a MUST READ!! I wanted to savor every word, yet found myself speeding through needing to know what happens next like I needed my next breath! This book will be a forever favorite and I look forward to revisiting it like an old friend in the years to come!!
Their love story begins when Alix invites Nick to a church picnic. At a young age she tells Nick that she's going to marry him someday, but her family has other plans for her. As Lindsey gets older, Nick's dad makes advances towards her and Nick feels like he is the only one who can protect her. After a turn of events, Nick is forced to make a choice between being with Alix, the only girl he'll ever love or protecting Lindsey, who's life has all but been destroyed by his dad.
I read this book in one day because I could not put it down. It is very well written and you feel like you are watching a movie.