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When Will Wright, the eighteen year old son of a small-town Arkansas sheep herder in 1905, begins reading his mother’s journal, he is inspired by its startling content to start putting his own experiences to paper for posterity. An unsophisticated but principled young man, Will is becoming increasingly aware of the hatred that exists in the world. When he begins his own jo ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published December 10th 2015 by Bales Cove
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Eve Seaman
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Take Me to the Willow , had me on an emotional roller coaster through the entire read! Its a page turner that will keep you up way past your bedtime because you will not want to put it down! Will is an amazing character that I fell in love with almost immediately! His relationship with Charlie will tug at your heart strings... If you like historical fiction you will love this book! It's a must read!
Harmony Kent
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Take me to the Willow is written in a journalistic format, in first person narrative, and using the vernacular of the narrator. The narrative voice is both engaging and authentic. Will Wright begins his journal after reading his mother's diaries, which inspired him to record his life for posterity. Little could he know what the following five years would bring. Will's journal gives the reader an insight into life in
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Mike Heller
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a strong effort from Brimley. I found myself engaged with the storyline from the beginning. The character development was good in that you felt like you knew who these people were and you were part of their victories and struggles. I will say that the last 1/4 of the book is a pager turner, some of the most powerful writing that I have read all year.
Emily
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Anniek
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Take me to the Willow you'll get to meet Will and his family. Living in the early 1900's Will is writing in his journal about his life. After reading his mother's journal he decided to also write his own so he can give this to his children in the future. Will lives on a farm with his father, mother and sister. His best friend Charlie and his father Lawrence are close friends and also work at the farm. Charlie and Lawrence are colored and not all of the townspeople have lived past the times of ...more
Karen • The Book Return
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Read this review and more on my blog:Take Me To The Willow’ took me completely by surprise. Coming into it, I really didn’t know much about the book. Once I started reading I literally couldn’t stop. Even though it is a simple journal of Will’s life, I found his story to be entirely engrossing. This is definitely a character driven novel but the most important theme in this novel is relationships. Symbolism
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Mave
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

It was a historical novel written really well, romantic but also touching, an intense and enjoyable reading. I loved every single page. Once it started it is very difficult to put it down. It caused a late night and a very early morning to finish.
The characters are well constructed and very realistic, are people that I wanted to know. Will is a great character, loyal, brave, with a great sense of justice. He hates injustice and tries to defend the weakest. Excellent idea of telling the sto
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Jennifer Mitchell
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read.

Well written historically accurate. Would enjoy a sequel. Hard to put down. Have tissue ready. Would recommend to ages 13 and up.
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I enjoyed this book. Interesting setting and topic.
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