- 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: #241,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Sweet Gum Tree Kindle Edition
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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.
The only issue I have with the story was that the author tended to spoil what was to come. At the end of the chapters she would give up what we were going to find out in the upcoming chapter and that made the story lose a bit of its charm for me.
Overall I enjoyed it though and am happy with how it ended.
Alix and Nick became friends when they were small children. Alix coming from a loving family, Nick from an abusive, alcoholic single father. After fighting the attraction through their early teen years when Alix turns 17 their close friendship turns to intense love. Their relationship is tested time and again only to be broken when Nick's abusive father turns up dead and he is forced to leave their small town and Alix. Shortly after Nick leaves Alix finds out she is pregnant with Nick's baby. Her world crashing down she decides the best thing for her and her baby is to marry another man (boy). 15 years later Alix's world is falling apart once again when her marriage is ending and Nick returns to town.
I wish I could tell everyone who loves to read romance about this book. Katherine Allred deserves Stephanie Meyer's Twilight attention for this. I have never fallen so in love with characters in a book before. Alix is the kind of realistic girl/woman that makes you want to grab her and hug her. Nick is the boy/man that every woman dreams about but with the realistic alpha male personality, not the "me boy, you girl, I take you now" kind of guy we usually read about.
After reading this I bought every book I could find by Katherine Allred. I cannot recommend this book enough.
This is a story about mistakes and the consequences they leave you with to face. Some of the problems are easily figured out where they are going but some come out of left field. Overall, this is a fantastic book! If you are looking for a twisty but romantic read definitely read this one because you won't regret it!
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It's 2am, and I just finished this book. I wasn't going to be able to go to bed without finishing it. I was basically an emotional wreck the entire time.Read more