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A Land More Kind Than Home

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

23 out of 27 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

11 out of 14 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 June 1, 2013

    Disappointing

    To begin with my family is from Marshall. My mother grew up there and I grew up in Mars Hill 15 minutes from Marshall. I know that it is fiction, but the author could have got his facts of the county correct. The only thing in the book that fit the county was river road. He didn't even get the distance to Asheville correct. Very disappointing and not researched obviously.





    3 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Boo

    Once again another possible good book ruined by plot spoilers giving away the entire storyline in their reviews. Please stop doing that. Ppl like to read a book for themselves, not have someone else read it for them, them regurgitate it back to them. If you cannot stop giving a book report, then stop giving a review at all.

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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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 September 16, 2013

    Not Gone With the Wind or Kill a Mocking Bird

    Windy bird brained stereotype southern hash too much hype just a regional mystery might have sold it snow bird

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Horrible

    This was a book that was pick to read for our book club. Our book club has not met as of yet so I am unable to post the others thoughts. I am one of those individuals who will read it just because I paid for it. More than once I wanted to put it down due to it being boring, hard to follow, the characters and just very cult related. I read what was posted by others as well as the preview and really didn't think it sounded very good and the further I got into the book the worst it go. SAVE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. If I could give it no stars I would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    recommeded

    excellent story good narrators

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Very predictable. Makes me think I was reading a different book

    Very predictable. Makes me think I was reading a different book than the other reviewers

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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