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A Peach For Big Jim

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  28 reviews
In 1947 racially charged Mills Hollow, South Carolina, Chloe Mason knows not to go near the Negroes who live in the river shacks, especially sixteen-year-old Big Jim. He’s something of a myth, a big black boy known for eating opossums and howling at the moon. At least that’s what Chloe’s brother, Caleb, and her Pa, a fiddle-playing Southerner who waves a Confederate flag, ...more
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Published July 31st 2019 by King's House Press
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I loved this book. I thought it was wonderful!! Well written, full of southern dialogue, and great characters (even though you hate a lot of them).

The main character is Chloe mason. She learned in school all about the famous court case that states "separate but equal". This is set in a very racist small town during the 40s and Chloe is quickly learning that it is definitely not equal. Big Jim is the 16 year old black boy who is the legend of the little swamp town, and not in a good way. Horrible
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a kindle version of this book through the goodread's giveaways. This book takes place in south Carolina in 1947. Racism is going strong in this area. Chloe lives there she has been warned to stay away from the black people { much nastier words are used in the book} on her way home she cuts through the swamp and is confronted by an alligator. She is saved by Big Jim a 16 year old black teenager. At first frightened by him she slowly starts up a secret friendship with Big Jim. She teach ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought I would like this book, but I really did not. Still, the writing was good, and I did like some of the main characters- especially Chloe Mason, Big Jim, and the Widow Jones. Some of the other characters I hated for they were blinded by their prejudice so much that they saw wrong as right. I did not care for the topic, but I was touched by Chloe and Big Jim's friendship. I don't whether you would like this book or not, but it just was not my cup of tea.
April eclecticbookworm
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this in a Goodreads give away. It was an absorbing historical fiction focusing on racism and family history in South Carolina in the 1940s.
Jeremiah Cobra
Belmont gave herself a rather tall assignment here. In one sense, she sets out to craft a very well-meaning and heart-warming story of forbidden friendship (a not entirely unique trope) and in another sense, she seems to have something important to say about post civil war race-relations in the south (another familiar trope if one has read To Kill A Mockingbird, Gone With The Wind, or a host of other novels). In both senses, I applaud her attempt and I was rooting for this novel from the opening ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. Henry Ward Beecher."

Amongst my collection of favourite books there are sadly only a few where a young female is given the opportunity to narrate her story demonstrating independence in both thought and action; breaking convention and defying those around her for the greater good. Think Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird) or Mattie Ross (True Grit) or Dolores Price (She's Come Un
Margot Lissens
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Favourite book of this year so far ❤

Trigger warnings: racism and violence
Representation: diverse characters

Immediately from the beginning I liked the main character Chloe. Even though she is only 13, she’s a very wise girl. She’s loving and caring but still has her childish innocence. Throughout the book you can see and read how Chloe grows up and loses that innocence. She loves her dad but also knows that what he does is wrong, very wrong. But unlike any other YA main character she doesn’t try
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A familiar theme in an imaginary place, the message came through. The mechanics flowed smoothly, and the story interested me, but Chloe seemed younger than thirteen to me; maybe it was the time and setting. I found other characters more captivating, such as Widow Jones; the secrets the woman carried could have been a novel unto themselves. The point at which Chloe's father had to choose between her or his best friend and their beliefs, I didn't think I'd ever see that happen; it shocked me. The ...more
Richard Titus
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-crafted tale

This story doesn't represent my usual reading fare. In spite of that, I was quickly drawn into the plot and found the story very engaging. The author skillfully leads the reader into the story's era with colorful descriptions evoking the period. The story's theme has relevance in current events where our society, as a whole, examines age old prejudices, discarding them one by one as we move collectively towards a more holistic future that better represents the kind of world that
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true modern day classic

This book will year your heart out.

It is beautifully paced and lovingly crafted.

This is a tale of a young girl learning that racism is foolish and wrong. It's set in a time when lynching was not out of place and true hatred gripped everyone's hearts.

I honestly feel this book needs to be read in highschool. It tells the dark, bloody history of the US in a way only a first hand account could. While at the same time making you feel hopeful for the future and grateful for
J.A. Martin
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a book that takes you back in time to the South in the 1940’s and shows two aspects of the South that battle against each other. I cried a few times reading this book which was very well-written and dealt with the delicacy of the subject in a balanced way. My favorite character is Chloe herself, a 13 year old girl not afraid to stand up for what she believes in.
Liza Cordero
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the Eyes of a Child

An outstanding story of friendship and standing up for what you believe in. Racism as seen from the eyes of a child. A very relevant tale of how parents teach their children to hate people who are not like them. And how a child decides to love instead.

Everyone should read this book!
A Peach For Big Jim is a book that is heartbreaking at times, yet it has some beautiful moments as well. I loved Big Jim, Widow Jones and Chloe, and the latter has a great character arc going from an innocent girl to maturing a bit during the novel. The characters are in general well developed and so is the storyline. I would highly recommend this book.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won a Kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway, for which I'd like to thank the publisher and the author.

I was surprised to really enjoy this book. It was a quick and engaging read and very thought provoking. I liked the main characters (Big Jim and Chloe) and felt they were well developed. Also, everyone needs a Widow Jones in their lives.
Alicia Geromel
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spectacular Story!

Happier than To Kill a Mockingbird but just as riveting, with a deep love for and understanding of southern people, this is a book worth not just reading but giving. The characters are rich and comp!ex, and the nature of the land, swamp, salt marsh and river is rendered beautifully.
D.L. Norris
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Lisa Belmont has penned an enchanting coming of age tale that follows the young and determined Chloe Mason as she navigates deeply-rooted fear, superstition, and racism. Forced to face her own demons, Chloe discovers an enduring and unshakeable bond of friendship with the son of a plantation housemaid amid 1940s Deep South cultural taboos. A heartwarming and highly recommended read.
Annie Beth
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Captivating Story

From the start, Belmont provides captivating imagery that pulls you into the story and makes you feel like you are in South in the 40s. The story was very well written and I think would really appeal to young adult readers.
Bonnye Reed
Nov 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
Melissa T
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book on good reads first read. Thank you!

I could not put this book down! It was very suspenseful and it kept you thinking.

I’m glad it turned out the way it did for Big Jim and Chloe.
Raleigh Barnes
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but Not Great

I enjoyed this book. It has some great descriptive writing and a unique plot enhanced by a strong cast of characters. The setting is clear and thoroughly painted for the reader.

Most of the gripes with it are in the writing style itself. Some may love its southern tone, but it comes across too strongly for my taste. This choice is also becoming more of a trend than an important literary movement in my eyes, so it bothered me. Also, being from the south myself, I found some of t
Tobi Weiss bound
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A song of the South

A story of the South with the heart of To Kill a Mockingbird. How through a child's innocent eyes they become more worldly than most of the adults around them. Race, religion, hate are all things we teach our children. Those that can see past all that can see how we are all the same.
Carol Alwood
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I liked this story with all of its southern imagery. It challenged the southern charm mixed with racism. Chloe captured my heart as she went against all her family believed to do something right. Definitely a mix of classic literature with a taste all it’s own.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This book takes place in the 1940s So. Carolina, & when racial tensions were high in the deep south. Thirteen year old Chloe had always heard stories from her father & brother & others about a boy named “Big Jim” but one day as she was walking home & her hat blew away, she ended up falling in the swamp trying to retrieve it & It was Big Jim who saved her from a gator. After that she came to know him & realized all these things were untrue. As she befriend ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads Kindle Copy Win

It is the south and in the time of slavery. A young woman befriends a black man who saves him. Meeting in private she teaches him to read and giving him forbidden peaches from a widow’s tree. But soon her father finds about their meetings as he wants to lynch him.

It will put the woman to question her ideals as she is put to the test. In a world of bigotry she must figure what is true to herself. This a fascinating friendship.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific story

The words take you to the old South, stepped in history and long ago relationships. The power of the words is remarkable, transporting your mind to a time when races were not to interminable in any form of the word, even friendship. A very emotional dirty and one i would wholeheartedly recommend.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: racism-sexism
I won this book in a Goodreads give away. Although the language was not something I loved - I did love the message underneath it all. The message of forgiveness and love no matter your skin color is a much needed one.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Good description of the south in the 1940’s and the racism that existed. Couldn’t put it down, stayed with me all day long.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept my interest from the first page to the last
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Lisa Belmont was born in Maryland and has fond memories of making snowmen and sledding down hills. She's traveled extensively throughout Europe - enjoying the chocolate of Switzerland, the tea in London, and the shops in Paris. She rode a camel in Morocco, went scuba diving in Tahiti, and outrigger-canoe surfed in Hawaii. But she's most at home when she's creating vividly imagined characters like ...more

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