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A Land More Kind Than Home

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

24 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

A different kind of debut book that keeps the reader engaged til

A different kind of debut book that keeps the reader engaged til the very end!

In his debut novel author Wiley Cash tells a chilling tragic tale from the view points of three of the main characters. The first is from Adelaide Lyle, an town's elderly midwife and healer ...
A different kind of debut book that keeps the reader engaged til the very end!

In his debut novel author Wiley Cash tells a chilling tragic tale from the view points of three of the main characters. The first is from Adelaide Lyle, an town's elderly midwife and healer who finds that the things that have been taking place at their local church isn't something that the children should be a part of. When she confronts the pastor, Carson Chambliss, he relents to having the children spend time with her but only if she is willing to keep the secrets of the church to herself. Seeing herself as the children's only protector, she agrees.

The second part of the story continues with a young boy named Jess who has an older brother Christopher that was born a mute. Earning the nickname Stump, which the reader will learn about later in the book, the spend their lazy summer days hunting down salamanders and just being boys in Madison County. Everything was going along perfect until Jess and Christopher spied on his mother one day and after that, nothing would ever be the same again.

The final part of the book picks up with the local town Sheriff, Clem Barefield, who has a bitter and painful past of his own being a sheriff and resident in the small rural town of Marshall. The reader will learn how this man is interconnected with the case of a lifetime when he's called into investigate a murder. What happens then will completely change everyone's lives forever.

I received A Land More Kind Than Home compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. This was an interesting story with a unique twist I can't give away but once you begin reading, the story hooks you until the very final page. In all honesty I didn't see how this plot would turn out in the end, and think that Wiley Cash did a masterful job at creating a book that readers will enjoy for his debut. I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars and for those that love a bit of suspense with their murder mystery in a town that doesn't want to share their secrets, then this is a must read for you.

posted by Heart2Heart on April 28, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

This author writes smoothly, is talented, and really captures th

This author writes smoothly, is talented, and really captures the "southern" way of speaking. I'm sure he's accomplished more than I ever could by writing this book. But, saying that, I find that as a reader I found this book depressing and humorless. The way ...
This author writes smoothly, is talented, and really captures the "southern" way of speaking. I'm sure he's accomplished more than I ever could by writing this book. But, saying that, I find that as a reader I found this book depressing and humorless. The way I personally rate a book is by first asking myself am I filled with satisfaction I've read this book, and second do I think about this book for a time after reading, wanting to go back and reread. The answer to both is no. I'll probably try this author again, given his talent, but I'll buy it in a used book store, and won't pay top rate.

posted by ac123 on May 4, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Recommend

    Very enjoyable book from beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Best coming of age story in a long time!

    This is quite possibly one of the best coming of age stories since TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (which was the singular reason I became a high school English teacher, so this is saying A LOT). Every few years, I read something that affects me so deeply that I cannot forget it, and this book is that kind of novel.

    The story is rich, told from multiple viewpoints. The plot moves slowly at first as Cash sets the stage, but once you become invested in the characters, it flies. And the characters are beautifully written, 3 dimensional people who I could see, hear, feel. I cared about them and had many moments I gasped at the sadness, injustice and despair many of them faced. I wept openly at the end of this novel (memories of the tears I shed regularly when Scout says "Hey, Boo"), but part of my emotion was truly that it was over, and I was no longer privy to the thoughts and lives of these characters. Cash is an author to WATCH!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Great read

    Great story kept me turning the pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    Bleak, tragic tale

    This story describes the devastation wrought by an evil, charismtic preacher allowed to hide behind religious freedom and the silence of those in his thrall. While well written, it's not easy to read because of the relentless darkness. I found it depressing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Not what I expected.  Disappointing.  Too many characters to fil

    Not what I expected.  Disappointing.  Too many characters to fill in the space of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Loved this story

    well written, interesting story. grabbed me from the beginning and held me through the end. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Powerful, Masterful storyteller

    First read from this author. I chose it 'cause I needed a "feel good "story. That it wasn't. Do not let this discourage you...it was so much more. To Mr Wiley Cash: will certainly read more of your books, and thank you so much for sharing this one. DK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Loved every page!

    The sample alone had me hooked! I couldnt put this book down. Loved it!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    Suspenseful

    A very good story. The amount of power the "pastor" of the local church has over the community is haunting. This story is both heart breaking and suspenseful. Definitely recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Cash writes his first novel well, but leaves a few loose strands

    Cash writes his first novel well, but leaves a few loose strands in the story. I enjoyed the different voices relaying the story and seeing the different perspectives of each individual. What amazes me is the sheepish quality of people, who are easily swayed by a powerful speaker. I felt that the book had so many disappointments for many of the characters. Stump is a tragic figure who possesses a doomed existence. I felt Stump's fall the most poignant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Loved this book.

    Looking forward to reading more by this gentleman. Love stories that take place in the south

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Intense an unexpected

    I was unsure about this story the first few chapters but found mysel drawn in and curious about these lives that connected. Highly recommended read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read mor

    I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    This is a great book

    TThis book started out slow, but very soon you are so engrossed that you can't put it down. The characters are real for that time period and the ending its totally different from what I expected. It's a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    One I should have left on the shelf

    I don't like books of this nature...read a few chapters and decoded to archive it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Title Says a Lot

    I had a hard time putting this one down. The characters were realistic and the setting not unlike what is found in remote mountain communities. I could relate and that was what made for a good read. Reader beware that this is not a light story. In fact, it was pretty dark in places. Seeing it through the eyes of a child made it difficult at times.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    a lovely book

    Sort of Carson McCullers-ish. A look at an American culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Great Reading!!

    Liked it lots & lots. Hard to put it down & hated to see it end.
    Certainly held my interest from beginning to end. I'd highly
    recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Read this, its hard to put down.

    I Love this book. I love the writers style, the story, and the characters are so vivid. I will definately read this authors work again.

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