Friday, March 29, 2013

Review of That Summerby Jo Huddleston

That Summer

To escape his poppa's physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart's door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart ... and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.
This was my first book by Jo Huddleston and I wanted to read it as I live in Virginia near the Appalachian mountains.  Jo focuses on the Tennessee Appalachian mountains in her story.   I was entranced by this story and simply could not put it down until I was finished.  My heart broke for dear Caroline and the pain she had to endure due to her choices in life.    I felt deeply for Jim and Louisa as well.   It was a hard life, one filled with poverty and pain for many.  I will not reveal too much so as not to spoil the story for readers.   This story is about forgiveness and reconciliation as well as endurance.   You will not want to miss the chance to share the joy and pain of this story.   I am looking forward to Book 2 of the Caney Creek Series now.    

About the Author:
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Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories.  She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN).  She holds a M. Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Meet Jo at  While there, sign up for her newsletter and read her blog.  

I received a free copy of this book from the CWA Review Crew (Christian Women Affiliate) in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Rhonda. I've been wanting to pick up a copy of That Summer. I'm sure I would enjoy it, also, as I live in East Tennessee. I always try to read Appalachian fiction.


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