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The Sweet Gum Tree - Katherine Allred
The Sweet Gum Tree
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Sweet tea, corn bread, and soup beans-everyday fare for eight-year-old Alix French, the precocious darling of a respected southern family. But nothing was ordinary about the day she met ten-year-old Nick Anderson, a boy from the wrong side of town. Armed with only a tin of bee balm and steely... show more
Sweet tea, corn bread, and soup beans-everyday fare for eight-year-old Alix French, the precocious darling of a respected southern family. But nothing was ordinary about the day she met ten-year-old Nick Anderson, a boy from the wrong side of town. Armed with only a tin of bee balm and steely determination, Alix treats the raw evidence of a recent beating that mars his back, an act that changes both of their lives forever. Through childhood disasters and teenage woes they cling together as friendship turns to love. The future looks rosy until the fateful night when Frank Anderson, Nick's abusive father, is shot to death in his filthy trailer. Suddenly, Nick is gone-leaving Alix alone, confused and pregnant. For the next fifteen years she wrestles with the pain of Nick's abandonment, a bad marriage, her family and friends. But finally, she's starting to get her life back together. Her divorce is almost final, her business is booming, and she's content if not happy -- until the day she looks up and sees Nick standing across the counter. He's back...and he's not alone. Once again Alix is plunged into turmoil and pain as Nick tries to win her love, something she resists with all her strength. Only one thing might break the protective wall she's built around her emotions-the truth about Frank Anderson's death. But when that truth comes out and those walls crumble, neither Alix nor Nick is prepared for the emotional explosion that could destroy as well as heal.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781419953248 (1419953249)
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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A Catty Babble of Books
A Catty Babble of Books rated it
5.0 The Sweet Gum Tree
One of my - these days - rare 5/5 stars.I went into this book expecting a feel good, sweet and frilly romance book. I wasn’t prepared for all the feels that this book brought along. It’s really an intensely sad book and it’s quite a heartbreaking story. I stayed up till 4 am because I had to find ou...
The Cheapest ROOM
The Cheapest ROOM rated it
3.0 The Sweet Gum Tree
Yeah, that pretty much sums up my feelings about this book.The writing was amazing and the book could have been so much better if not for the little things that bugged me to no end and I could not overlook them.The "balance" of the book was a little bit off. Some things were described too long and s...
A Gandy Girl
A Gandy Girl rated it
4.0 The Sweet Gum Tree
4.5 stars. I am an emotional wreck from that one! Nothing like a snow day and a good book!
Isabeler
Isabeler rated it
5.0 The Sweet Gum Tree
I stayed up all night to finish this . It had some heartbreaking parts but it was good . Nick waited to long to reveal his "big secret " and I understood why Alix did what she did but that shit was cruel, blaming him for what happened was the only thing that I didn't like about her .
Rashika, The Book Owl
Rashika, The Book Owl rated it
2.0 Derp. This was not good. This made me angry. I NO LIKEY
So after a lot of thinking, I realized I really couldn't overlook the little things that bugged me so the rating won't go up. I am too lazy to write a review so I'll sum up why this book didn't work for me in the spoiler tags below. [spoiler] Hello people reading this. This is why I think this book ...
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