I’m excited to talk about my very first book review on my blog. I signed up to receive a free book in exchange for blog post on the review and it was so worth it! The book is called One summer in Arkansas and the author is Marcia Kemp Sterling. The book won an award in the North Texas Book Festival this year. Its funny that the book follows many similarities that apply to real life for the author. Marcia is actually from Texarkana, Arkansas, she practiced law and lives in California . The main character Lee is also from Arkansas who practices law and is living in California.
I enjoyed the book personally because I also used to live in San Jose, California and was very familiar with all the places mentioned about California. There are also some exact descriptions of life in the South that unless you’ve lived here (in the South) or spent a great deal of time, you just dont get the full effect of the accuracy that was described. I love to read and when I get completely in a book it becomes my full focus. The author did well on building all the characters personality and I couldn’t put it down until I knew what the outcome would be on the books cliffhangers.
What I appreciated in the book is the religion aspect to it. To me that part really captured the South and the book displayed it from an interesting point of view. Religion traces down to our roots and then we all have that choice to see which way we take it. Unfortunately there are still racial struggles in the South and one of the main plots touches on this subject. There is a great character named Etta in the book that brings things around to the religious aspect and I loved her!
The book has many real life scenarios that can happen to anyone and it also has a love triangle that makes you wonder who will “get the guy”. It’s an easy read and i like that it makes us stop to think about our surroundings and how we think it should be. One thing I’m just not sure I liked was that the book was so strong and detailed leading up to the very end and then basically all the scenarios were wrapped up in the last 3 pages. Have you ever came across that? Where you’re reading a book and there’s 2 or 3 scenes that need an ending and you look to see how many pages are left and I’m thinking to myself- there’s no way there’s an ending to everything or maybe it will be a series and pick up on Book 2. Don’t get me wrong, it worked but I just didn’t expect it this way.
It’s hard to continue writing this review without spoiling the good scenes and ending for you. There was very little if at all foul language, the few love scenes were very clean and but you got the point and very tastefully done, and the detail was great. Overall I really did enjoy the book.
It was such a treat to read the book ( for free) and then write this review. I want to return the kind gesture and give the book away to one of you lucky readers in the next few days. Comment and tell me if you’re interested in putting your name in the hat( coffee cup) for the drawing of names.
Have a great day y'all!