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Posted August 18, 2013
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
In For the Love of Honey, C.G. Morgan creates a compelling character that is impossible to forget. Born on the mountain and raised by her mother and grandmother, Honey Giles finds the courage to face the town people who treat her unfairly. She does not know the truth about her family –- the secrets that her mother is determined to keep and her sister who pretends they are not related at all. When she begins school, Honey realizes that there are so many horrible things to deal with in life and she has to face them squarely if she wants to survive. At a young age, will Honey be able to surmount prejudices and the lack of clearness of social conventions?
Honey tells her story without sugar-coating the situation. This is the very reason why I immediately love her. She is such an amazing girl who has an equally amazing journey that eventually makes her a strong and wise woman. For The Love of Honey is a Southern fiction and you will be pleased to read it over and over again. In this book, you will get to see the nature of family and community surrounding Honey. You will laugh with her, cry with her, and scream with her.
C. G. Morgan successfully delivers this beautiful story from Honey’s perspective. Although I am not used to the dialect, which admittedly makes me confused sometimes, it does not make me want to put down the book because the emotion is so real that it pierces through your own heart and soul.
Posted July 24, 2013
For the Love of Honey is truly written with one of the most vivid social interactions I have ever seen in a book. It presents the innocent
life-style of the inhabitants of whatever mountain community the reader pictures in her or his own mind and then the strife that enters the life of little Honey Giles when she is forced to interact with the residents outside her comfort zone. Because I am a retired school teacher, an author, and a newspaper columnist, I was at first aware of the grammatical error and profane word usage throughout this book; however, all is absolutely necessary for this story to be told buy Honey herself. Otherwise, there would be no story at all! Well worth the read.
Reviewed by Helen Bezansky:
Author: WHIMSY BY HOOT
Columnist::SIERRA COUNTY SENTINEL,NM
Posted July 19, 2013
C.G. Morgan, a facetious writer, brings her characters to life in an absolute manner that manifests intricate detail into each personality thereby imprinting a definite image in the mind of the reader. Parallel to the artist who paints on canvas, Morgan creates with pen in hand, vivid and unforgettable personalities, places, and scenery. The author's main character, Honey Giles, tells her own story in the Mountain dialect she has always known; she emphasizes determinative words by capitalizing the first letter of each as she writes her memoir. Morgan conducts the stage-setting as Honey lives and acts out each day in her own happy, mountain-top world; she is content living with her grandmother, mother, and older sister in a one-room cabin, all sharing one bed out of necessity. Without electricity or indoor plumbing on the mountain, outhouses and a water-well are the way of life for these folk. This is all Honey has ever known! Inside the pages of this book, we find mountain children growing up experiencing lack of privacy within and outside the walls of their crowded dwellings so they must learn to approach situations, joyful or tragic, in a mature manner foreign to town "kids". Because Honey's mother directs most of her affection toward the older sister, the little girl finds solace and fulfillment in the relationship she shares with Granny who fabricates her granddaughter's future by instilling impeccable manners, wisdom, self-preservation, and the art of cooking into her very young life. Mountain Folk are not tolerated by Town Folk and prefer prohibiting interaction in any situation; however, the law dictates all children must be formally educated through grade-eight which results in forced integration among town and mountain children because all must attend the one-county school. This is problematic for Honey who has long been an outcast in her own Mountain Community due to her mother's impudent activities. Now she must face the compounded stigma of rejection when forced to attend school in town. But Honey, a gifted child who as a toddler began absorbing knowledge like a sponge, enters school with an education far beyond elementary level. Although mountain "kids" are unaccepted by town "kids" and pitiless teachers, Honey finds acceptance and friendship in a teacher who recognizes her superior intellect and abhors the ill-treatment heaped upon the tiny girl. In the first two chapters, Morgan provides the foundation for Honey's life story. Throughout the book, Honey tells all as she relates to, sees, and experiences her world. This read is difficult to put down! When the story ends, Honey continues to live-on in the minds of her readers. Kudos to C.G. Morgan for her unchallenged creativity and ability to breathe life into the images she creates.
Review by Fernetta
Posted July 16, 2013
Excellent book! Reminiscent of Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes and Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of South Carolina.I absolutely loved the characters. All the while I read I could actually see these zany characters playing out in my head like a movie. Very funny.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2013
Great book!Very satisfying. I couldn’t put it downGreat book! If you are looking for a good read that will forever change the way you view your life and the society you live in, then this is the book for you!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2013
Honey's is the narrative voice, at once vernacular and resplendent, unflinchingly honest and endearing, resonant with the universal struggles of growing up in an imperfect but fascinating world. Her life is full of quirky, complex characters whom one quickly recognizes but cannot judge because Honey does not judge them. Independent and dependent; powerful and vulnerable; defiant and honest to her inherent authenticity, Honey pauses after the last line of her story, looks us square in the eye, and challenges us in any judgment we have made of her, any desire on our part that she choose a certain path, and asks us, "Whose story is this to tell?"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.