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Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Jiminy Davis abruptly quits law school and flees Chicago for her grandmother Willa’s farm in rural Mississippi. In search of peace and quiet, Jiminy instead stumbles upon more trouble and turmoil than she could have imagined.

She is shocked to discover that there was once another Jiminy – the daughter of her grandmother’s longtime housekeeper, Lyn, who was murdered along with Lyn’s husband four decades earlier in a civil rights era hate crime. With the help of Lyn’s nephew, Bo, Jiminy sets out to solve the cold case, to the dismay of those who would prefer to let sleeping dogs lie.

Beautifully written, and with a sure grip on the tensions and social mores of small towns in the South, Sweet Jiminy will captivate its readers, and fans of Kristin Gore’s earlier novels will be intrigued and compelled by this new direction for her fiction.

The View:

I have been struggling to keep up with my reading and blogging and even took a week’s break to get my life in order. Don’t ask me if I did manage to do that, because the answer is an obvious NO. The only difference … is now I am ready to face the chaos that life throws at me. Ok, so now about the book.

Kristin Gore was recommended to me by my Librarian and God save those who don’t listen to a librarian. With high recommendations, a lovely book cover and just under 250 pages this was my first read last weekend. Jiminy Davis leaves her busy life behind and decides to visit her grandmother for a peaceful retreat. Urging to do something during her time there, she pokes around her grandfather’s belongings and finds a piece from the past that needs to be solved.

The characters in this book are unbelievably believable (does that make sense). They are honest and unique in their own rights. The emotions that they are wrapped in plays very diligently with the events their life places them in. The budding romance between Jiminy and Bo was gentle and sweet. I liked that it was underplayed and did not drive the plot. The plot was a mixture of violence, racism and immigration issues which I thought was unnecessary and in some cases even forced in. The story with its basic plot would have been just as interesting.

Rated a 4 on 5 and I still have to make the visit to the library to thank the librarian for the wonderful choice she made for me.



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