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Cold Rock River by Jackie Lee Miles
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really liked it
bookshelves: books-read-in-2019, southern-fiction, historical-fiction

I really enjoyed this book. The novel, set in the small community of Hog Gap in the Appalachian Mts. of north Georgia, alternates between the story of Adie, a 17 year old girl, and a journal Adie is given telling the story of a slave named Tempe.
Adie's family had been traumatized by the drowning death of her younger sister and her father has never recovered from that. Adie carries the guilt of thinking she was to blame. At 17 years old, she ends up pregnant and marries Buck, a handsome boy who is worthless as a husband. Adie is befriended by Willa Mae, a black woman who lives with and takes care of the nearest neighbor. In the midst of Adie's difficult circumstances, Willa Mae gives her a journal to read. Adie's life includes many tragedies.
The journal tells the story of Tempe, a woman born into slavery but later freed at the end of the Civil War. Her story includes the interracial mixing of white and blacks due to plantation owners forcing slaves to have sex with them. It also includes the horror of having one's own children sold off and not knowing where they have ended up.
The author's style of writing was easy to read and definitely kept my attention the whole way through.
To avoid spoiling the novel for others, I won't go any further into the plot but highly recommend this novel for those who enjoy historical fiction---especially historical fiction set in the South.

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Reading Progress

January 25, 2019 – Started Reading
January 25, 2019 – Shelved
January 27, 2019 – Finished Reading
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: books-read-in-2019
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: southern-fiction
January 28, 2019 – Shelved as: historical-fiction

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