Gone South by Meg Moseley is a contemporary Christian fiction novel set in Noble, Alabama. When Tish McComb leaves Michigan to help her mother move to Florida, she takes the opportunity to take a detour by a historic home where her McComb ancestors once lived. When she discovers the home is for sale, she makes an impulsive decision to buy the home and move to Noble. She creates a picture in her mind of settling in this quaint southern town and starting a new life. She is shocked to find out that her ancestors were not well thought of in Noble - and despite the fact that it is hundreds of years later, she is ostracized as a McComb as well. She begins to make friends with a few people including her neighbor George and takes in a young woman named Melanie who has been kicked out of her home.
First of all, I think the cover of this book is amazing. It is a great cover and draws a lot of attention. The characters and setting of the book are quite interesting and enjoyable. I think the author does a wonderful job of placing the reader in the midst of this small southern town. In many ways, the novel really is a modern exploration of the prodigal son story. So often, we judge people based on their past behavior or even how we expect them to act instead of giving them a chance to show us they've changed. The book also ties in the importance of family. Overall, this was a very pleasant, leisurely read.
I did receive a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.
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