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Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
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Dec 10, 2010

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bookshelves: chick-lit, fiction, historical, young-adult
Read in December, 2010

Not what I'd call a page turner. It was well written and has a decent enough story, but I was far from engaged. I don't know if I was assuming that since it took place in early twentieth century small southern town, it would be comparable to "To Kill a Mockingbird," in which case, it fell far from my expectations.
While the story is told from a young boy's point of view, I didn't get the feeling that he changed as much as I felt the story deserved. He realized a paradigm shift with his religious beliefs, but that was about it.
Not a real plot...if so, it left too many things hanging. It was more of a character piece...but with only one character truly realized - the grandfather. All the other characters could have had so much depth. I wanted to know more about the mill town couple. Love's motives and scheming, or was it even scheming?
So, I give this book a 'meh.'
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