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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A winner

Gladys Hanson sends a sympathy card to Madeline Stone following the death of Emmy the woman who raised the latter. Madeline's biological mother Jackie abandoned her when she was two years old and her late maternal grandfather Joe refused to raise her. Gloria also invi...
Gladys Hanson sends a sympathy card to Madeline Stone following the death of Emmy the woman who raised the latter. Madeline's biological mother Jackie abandoned her when she was two years old and her late maternal grandfather Joe refused to raise her. Gloria also invites Madeline to move from Chicago to McAllister, Michigan to help her with her arthritic ailing sister Arbitus "Butte". Although Gladys was Joe's paramour, Madeline accepts leaving her job and boyfriend behind. Gladys proves unfriendly, but Butte makes her feel at home.

At the general store, Madeline meets pizza parlor owner Paul Garceau who also cooks at the nearby prison. The sisters argue over seeing the mothballed Hotel Leppinen they own as they have no money. Gladys sends Madeline to the hotel to get something. Madeline loves the hotel and thinks of possibilities. She goes to the pizza shop and asks for a waitressing job. Paul hires her. Gladys is upset but Butte is pleased with Madeline obtaining a job. Single mom Randi dumps Grey on Madeline at the pizza shop, but fails to return. Madeline takes Grey home with her. Later Madeline learns from Mary about her Great Uncle Walter who lives in a home for simple minded people; she visits him. As Madeline tries to renovate the hotel, she angers seemingly everyone except Butte; so considers leaving.

The key ensemble cast especially the heroine, her "great-aunts" and to a lesser degree her beloved is all developed while a sense of being in Michigan is a key element that anchors the plot. The reason Paul becomes angry with Madeline seems weak though critical. Still readers will enjoy South of Superior, as Madeline and the audience learn what family means.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on April 14, 2011

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Sorry not a book I enjoyed.

Yes, I read the book start to finish, it is my habit to never quit, always hoping that it will get better. Sadly this one did not. I bought it because of the locale of the story line. Author did do well drawing the reader to the location and giving a great sense of rea...
Yes, I read the book start to finish, it is my habit to never quit, always hoping that it will get better. Sadly this one did not. I bought it because of the locale of the story line. Author did do well drawing the reader to the location and giving a great sense of reality to the location. But just not the book for me.

posted by dto on July 4, 2012

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

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    Engaging. Set in Michigan, comes a story of Madeline, alone in

    Engaging. Set in Michigan, comes a story of Madeline, alone in the world and making her way back to this simple, very "old school" town, to care for an ailing friend. Yawn! Didn't think this would hold my attention,however the characters grow on you and reel you in. This is such a simple but warm and fullsome book. I didn't want the story to end. And for sure, I want more from this author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    Very enjoyable book, true to the UP

    I really enjoyed getting to know all these characters and I am sorry the book is over. I am from the UP, so I had to read this. And I find it to be so true to the lives and interests and sheer difficulty of making a life in in the UP. Very well done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Something different

    I would give this book 31/2 stars. What I really liked about it was the glimpse into a different way of life in a different part of the country than what is usually presented. The characters live a very basic, even hand to mouth, existence. They are real, hard-working, accepting of each others sometimes wild eccentricities, and almost always have each others' backs. Into this community walks someone who is from them but not of them, who has decided to walk away from a comfortably well-off future and needs a place to hole up for awhile. She has a definite chip on her shoulder, and is definitely conflicted about being there. Now she has to decide what her future will look like.

    My criticisms have to do with some of the situations that didn't seem believable or organic to the story, merely manipulations so that things could move forward in a certain way. But the tone of the book has stayed with me, and if you too are looking for something a little different, it's worth the read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Great Story

    This book was recommended by a co-worker and I truly enjoyed it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Wonderful story.

    Loved it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Entertaining but not great

    Airgood provides an good sense of place and a generally interesting story. However, characters and plot are too often superficial and implausible.

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