I love Southern Fiction and I liked this book but I did not love this book. With the exception of Birchie and Wattie, the characters in this book really didn't seem southern. It seemed like Leia really wanted to be southern but there was no true insight into what southern was really like. There were a lot of assumptions made about the south that simply were not true in this point and time. I also felt that there was too much emphasis on Leia's story when I would have rather heard more about Birchie and Wattie's story. This wasn't a historical fiction novel where the past and the present are interwoven. The historical parts of this book were almost an afterthought. It felt like I was reading about Leia and her baby and Batman (Leia's baby's father) and Birchie and Wattie's story, which was so much more interesting, was rushed through. While I enjoyed the book, I would have preferred more of the history behind the bones. That being said, I think those who enjoy Women's Fiction will find this more to their taste. Those looking for Historical Fiction or Southern Fiction may be somewhat disappointed.
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