Cold Rock River

Cold Rock River

by Jackie Lee Miles
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Cold Rock River, 2E 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
poosie More than 1 year ago
From the first page you know you can't put the book down! I found myself laughing out loud and other times I was reaching for a tissue. You'll never forget the characters in this novel! Cold Rock River is the remarkable journey of two young brides born a century apart. Adie reads the journal of a slave girl, Tempe. The journal was so gripping because it chronicled the horrible things that happened to Tempe. I love this author's heartwarming work!
ebogie More than 1 year ago
Set in the early years of the Vietnam War,Jackie Lee Miles' Cold Rock River is the story of Adie, seventeen years old, and quickly married after becoming pregnant. Befriended by her neighbor Murphy and midwife Willa Mae, Adie attempts to make a life for herself and baby Grace Annie in Hog Gap, GA, while her husband Buck continues with his lover-boy life. Unlike those around her contented with their lives, Adie wants more for herself, and definitely for her daughter. Adie finds comfort and sisterhood in the journal of Tempe, a slave ancestor of Willa Mae, whose story of her life and motherhood during the Civil War draw Adie into new ways of thinking about her Southern heritage. Like many Southern writers, Ms. Miles uses vivid descriptions to bring her landscape to life: In the distance, Cold Rock Mountain rested like a fat king on his throne. The sides sparkled like jewels as the sun bounced off chunks of granite embedded along the edges., as well as dialogue thick with regional sayings and accents. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes inspirational, and always true to the characters, Cold Rock River is a story of unusual friendships and hope within the realities of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and wish the story could go on and on. Getting to know the characters made me feel as if I knew them. It is the story of a young girl from Alabama that crosses paths with an older woman who has slavery in her family background. The writing interweaves two time periods to explain why people do the things they do. There are secrets, even a bit of mystery to figure out. The characters are likeable, even the ones who are rascals; once you find out why they are that way it makes you understand them better. Jackie Lee Miles is a great story teller. I will be looking for more of her writings. In the meantime, this will be a story to be reread.
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Blodeuedd More than 1 year ago
This was a heartbreaking tale at times, neither of the women in this book had it easy. First there is Adie Jenkins, who gets pregnant and marries at 17. But her husband does not leave his wild ways and she is pretty much left to fend for herself most of the time. But she find friendship in her neighbours and one of them, Willa Mae reads from a book. Another heartbreaking tale about a young slave girl who lost her children. The books tells much of Adie's family history and how things happened like they did. Like the loss of her little sister that broke the family in half. Her sisters exploits, and how her other sister started to eat, and eat. And of course her own mistake. But Adie was strong, she would not give up, not even when it looked dark at one time and my heart was in my throat because of he injustice she suffered. But friends, family and that diary helped her along, and she never gave up. The road to happiness is not an easy one. Then there is the diary, I did have problems at first, because of the way it looked, but I got used to it. Of course then there was the other problem of understanding, I had this sometimes in the book too cos of their southern accent.. But I got used to it, I have obviously spent too little time in the south. To the diary, a woman called Tempe is telling her life story. How she grew up on a plantation, how she got used and pushed around, how the war came, and ended and how she set out on a long journey. She had it bad at times, and she still had hope. It was a fascinating story, and it took turns I did not see coming. And at other times I was shaken by the cruelty of their masters. I enjoyed the friendship she formed with Willa Mae, this very old midwife who helps her along, and her next door neighbour Murphy who helps her when she needs it. But he also lets her be independent. Friendship and hope was the best part of this book because it showed the way. The agony of not knowing what was coming next at a certain time in the book made me want to stop reading, but at the same time read on to find out, and wish for the best. I liked how she wove two stories together, about two entirely different women, but who at the same time were very much alike. A tale of the south in the 60's, friendship, loss, love, finding your own way, and a look back at how slaves were treated 100 years before. A different world.