- File Size: 2308 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0747XG3W8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
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.
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.