Visiting the Sins

Visiting the Sins

by Melanie Denman


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Visiting the Sins by Melanie Denman

In her riotous debut novel, Melanie Denman probes the silent sacrifices of motherhood with unflinching honesty and warmhearted amusement. Set in the Bible Belt of Deep East Texas, Visiting the Sins is a darkly funny story about mothers and daughters, naked ambition, elusive redemption, and all the torment it's possible to inflict in the name of family.

Down through the decades, the lofty social aspirations of the feisty but perennially dissatisfied Wheeler women - Pokey, the love-starved, pistol-packing matriarch; Rebanelle, the frosty former beauty queen turned church organist; and Curtis Jean, the backsliding gospel singer - are exceeded only by their unfortunate taste in men and a seemingly boundless capacity for holding grudges. A legacy of feuding and scandal lurches from one generation to the next with tragic consequences that threaten to destroy everything the Wheeler women have sacrificed their souls to build.

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ISBN-13: 9781595719263
Publisher: Word Association Publishers
Publication date: 11/23/2013
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Melanie Denman is a native of Nacogdoches, Texas and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. A former banker and cattle rancher, she currently lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is working on a second novel.

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Visiting the Sins 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ebomb143 More than 1 year ago
"Visiting the Sins" is a captivating quick read, I read the entire book one evening because I couldn't put it down. I was so caught up with the drama of all the characters lives I had to finish it. I really liked how the author, Melanie Denman, separated the chapters by who was telling the story, it made it much easier to follow what was going on and with who. I found myself laughing a few times and definitely crying a few times.  This novel follows the life of the Wheeler/Caskey family and what they endured, and man did they endure some trials and tribulations of life. Throughout all they had been through, what truly mattered was there were family and as it is should, love and family endures. I was sad to see the book come to an end, and am hoping that Denman comes out with a sequel to her first book. I think adults as well as young adults would enjoy this book.  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, funny story following generations of women in the Wheeler family from Texas! Family secrets are revealed as you look into each members story and memories of growing up in a crazy southern family. There isn't anything quite as moving as the relationship between women, mother, child, sister, etc... especially when one realizes that their mother would do anything to protect them, even when they aren't getting along. There were a few parts in the book I had to back track to keep up with whom was narrating but with large dysfunctional families that can happen! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable easy read, suitable for older readers due to choice words and some descriptive scenes. I love books that make me laugh out load and this one certainly did several times.With so many different plot lines and each chapter highlighting a different family member it was hard to put down. Multiple generations of women telling their version of the truth is always entertaining. The women had highs and lows but in the end they were family and always there for each other, some learning this the hard way. Highly recommended! I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review
jmgallen124 More than 1 year ago
This debut novel by Melanie Denman analyzes sacrificial motherhood, promising to be darkly humorous and focusing on generational feuds. The book begins with one of the novel’s many narrators, Curtis Jean Caskey, explaining the nature of sin in the prologue, with Curtis Jean in fact being the most prominent narrator of the story, her first main chapter involving a visit to the grave of a character nicknamed “Pokey” on Mother’s Day, with a few of her sections narrating the events leading to the character’s ultimate demise, while also mentioning her love of Vacation Bible School and describing a few family members such as her Uncle Hotshot, her politician father, and her second cousin Alice Ann. Another narrator is Patricia, who owns a beauty parlor named Pat’s Palace and describes the town of Calcote, Texas as deeply religious to the point where a sign outside the city mentions its nature. The late Pokey gets two chapters of her own, with her parts being liberal in use of the N-word and describing her family members. Alice Ann gets her first and only chapter around the book’s two-fifth mark, mentioning her mother’s retribution for falling in love with a miscreant and suggesting her County is in the dark ages in terms of civil rights. Almost halfway through the book is another one-chapter-wonder narrator, Irene. The final narrator introduced is Rebanelle, who gets her first chapter around two-thirds into the novel, with the late portion of the book describing a note found in Pokey’s cedar chest that describes a violent family feud through newspaper articles and the geography of Thorny Bog. The author follows the main text with a note that all the characters are fictional but suggests that Pokey was based on one of her grandmothers, gives acknowledgements to those that helped her during the writing process, and even provides some book club discussion questions, following which is the author’s bio. Ultimately, this debut novel is enjoyable and humorous, even if darkly so, though the racism of a few characters might alienate certain audiences.
AshleeF More than 1 year ago
This book was such an easy read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Denman used such funny quips and phrases like, "go butt a stump" (go sit down) and "That man was one tall drink of water"  (that man was good looking).  I was laughing out loud at the humor that was used throughout the book.  In my opinion, the only downfall of the book was the ending.  I hate to give an ending away but this story just ended.  I didn't feel as though the characters had any sort of closure.  But, who does leave it open for a part two and I would defiantly read more about the hilarious East Texans that were depicted in this story! I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
dedaDL More than 1 year ago
When I seen the book cover and read the title I never would of thought that the book would of been as amusing as it was.The adventures of three generations of strong Texas women. The ups downs ~ seriously and funny interactions. Melanie did an excellent job expressing emotions, desires and wants and needs. I caught myself laughing out loud and reading the book without stopping. I am hoping that this is Book One in a long line of fun adventures of the Wheeler women. 
RealArmyofMomsMD More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Four generations of women trying to come to terms with their choices. Pokey, the Grandmother, grew up in backwood Thorny Bog and did what she could to survive. She is a character. She embraces her life, good bad and ugly. She makes not apologies for the things she has done, and frankly makes up some escapades just to embarrass those around her. Her daughter Rebanelle is a beauty queen. Beauty Queens and the should go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. Surprisingly Pokey doesn't want her daughter to be a beauty queen. Not surprisingly for anyone with a daughter, that it make sit all the more attractive. Rebanelle is mother to Curtis Jean. the interaction of these three women and their various cousins and Aunts is hysterical. The three women living up at their mansion together breads opportunity for comedy. the tragedies that these women survive is heart breaking. They way they survive is often humorous. This book was a real page turner. Hearing each woman describe their lives and the lives of those around them from their own unique perspective reminds us all that the real story is often rewritten in our minds to make us look better than we actually are. many times I laughed out loud while reading this winding tale of women, love, tragedy and perseverance.
Carleen_M More than 1 year ago
An absolutely exciting debut novel by Melanie Denman! I loved this book about four generations of female family members and the family curse that they all desperately attempt to avoid.  No matter how hard they try, the curse still finds them. Full of real life and real struggles, this book is sure to hit home with many readers.  I would suggest a more mature audience due to the language and themes that are portrayed.  Written in a beautiful southern charm language, it is easy to escape in to the drama that awaits.  I enjoy the way that the author presents each of the generations, though some would find it a little hard to follow.  Each generation is intermixed among the story, but I feel that the story flows beautifully and it transitions from one generation to the next quite smoothly.  It is very hard to put this book down once you start reading. I look forward to many more works from Melanie Denman. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  Happy Reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Visiting the Sins.  Ms. Denman did a good job of developing her characters and building their stories.  I was humored the portrayal of life in the deep eastern portions of Texas.  While this book was composed of many humorous anecdotes of life in Calcote, there were also times that made me feel for some of the women living there.   This book was a pleasure to read and I look forward to more from this author.  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.