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Kim Michele Richardson returns following her Southern debut of Liar s Bench 2015 with GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD another Southern charmer A coming of age tale of one girl s strong determination beyond the small
of Nameless filled with dark secrets tobacco injustice and hardship replaced with hope family and dreams for a better ife if you believeRichardson visited the backwoods and rural areas of Western Kentucky in Liar s Bench In GodPretty she explores Appalachia its darkly coal rich mountains and the hardscrabble people of Eastern KentuckyFrom the ugly tobacco fields Gunnar controls RubyLyn with punishment Anything to do with Gunnar and God would mean punishment However to do with Gunnar and God would mean punishment However is innocent tende I m halfway through Kim Michele Richardson s GodPretty in the Tobacco Field I haven t been reading it at a fast pace It s not a story to shoot through it s a story to savor and feel and contemplateThe story takes place in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky in 1969 and the When the Crowd Didnt Roar life there is notike any I ve personally experienced It s a hard Thunderstruck (Thunder Mountain Brotherhood, life and seemingly an unforgivingife The author s writing is fluid these people of Nameless take the reader on a journey pulling you along through their trials and tribulations ived both fearlessly and in fear and tugging at all those unwanted emotions eliciting my hate and my anger which I tried to avoid
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but couldn tCompassion is another emotion one that draws my heartstrings into a knot and plucks them couldn tCompassion is another emotion one that draws my heartstrings into a knot and plucks them will I wanted to reach out to these people I wanted to defend and give back to them what sense I could make out of the futility they made of their ivesMy reading is most always an emotional journey and not always an easy journey but one to remember and Essence - A Clean Slate learn from A story is just a story that is until a truly gifted writerike Kim takes hold of it and sets it to print I m glad I came upon this novelistOnce I reached the halfway pages of this story it was hard to put downI turned my Control Program - Discovery light out trying to sleep but couldn t three times on went theight and open went the book My mind just couldn t My Sisters Brainwash - Rinse let go of these people and it was then that the truth to the words bitter sweet came aliveThis story speaks to the hardships of rural communities the hills of Kentucky the people who carry the grudges and the prejudices and the hate filled memories throughout theirivesit s earned and taught and ingrained in the newborn and then the hate is passed on with ignorance from one generation to the nextAlthough ove is not Uniform Daze lost in this story it s the mainstay that holds onto hopeike glue holding these people together Family Where would any of us be without hope I wanted to fight alongside these people I wanted to raise my fist to them showing their injustice but realized only new generations and time and truth could change the futures of these who are Soft Bots - Wind Up lost in their pastAs I just now finished reading Kim s novel I remembered this sentence from the first page there is GodPretty in the child who toils in the tobacco field her fingers whispering of arthritic days to come An omen a metaphor of sorts Theump in my throat settles and the tears stop threatening but never forgetting the ever presence of what was then is still prevalent in our United States today But with hope faith Boy with Thorn love and perseverance only time will tell RubyLyn Bishop is a 16 girliving in Appalachian Kentucky in 1969She struggles against her strict uncle and social norms in a town called Nameless Oh how wonderful is this book It is so hard to find good Southern fiction and even harder to find good Appalachian fiction This book was both for me I have never read an Appalachian novel that seemed so genuine before I grew up with grandparents that were from an area not far from where the story is set I could tell instantly the author knew what the heart of Appalachia is ike From the poverty to the hard work and even the dialect I thought the novel was predictable but in the end was so wonderfully not It did drag a bit in the middle but other then that I found it to be perfect I give it four and 12 well deserved stars I was given a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewSee this review on my blogThe Book Return Blog Kim Michelle Richardson s second novel is set in rural Kentucky a fictional rural Appalachian town Nameless Kentucky where tobacco and coal mining provide meager means for a day to day existence Despite this. Nameless Kentucky in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact just ike the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days RubyLyn Bishop is uckier than some Her God fearing uncle Gunnar has a short fuse and high expectations but he’s given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five Yet now a month shy of her sixteenth birthday Ruby.
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Really Outdid Herself Thisoutdid herself this I didn t know what to expect just when I thought I knew what was going to happen with Ruby and Rainey it all changed RubyLyn and Rainey have been in ove for forever Rainey is going off to Vietnam but they are in ove and want to run away together but Gunnar won t et them When RubyLyn goes with Rose to the fair here is her moment to shine I could smell the smells of the fair and enjoy every moment what
Kim does for the reader is ike none other This could be her chance to get the prize money anddoes for the reader is ike none other This could be her chance to get The Prize Money And prize money and of Nameless marry Rainey and start a new Endangered Spaces, Enduring Places life This book took twists and turns this reader didn t see coming Bravo Kim Iook forward to each book and Here are a few teasers from the book that really stood out for myself Gunnar jerked his head toward me You would do wise to keep a GodPreety soul when your weak mind is tempted to meddle in others affairsIf a field daisy could hold the strongest testament surely my prayers for Baby Jane could be penned to paperDeep down I knew this A Life of Ones Own land claimed its sinners and held tight its secretsThis book is a must read I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion This is an authentic Southern coming of age that takes place during the summer of 1969RubyLyn fifteen years oldives in Nameless Kentucky with her strict Uncle Gunnar Royal who physically and emotionally abuses her Every day she works The Children ACT 1989 long hours in the tobacco fields having been taught that there is GodPretty in the child who toils in the tobacco field However RubyLyn wonders why all kinds of GodUgly keeps happening around her She only finds enjoyment in her art which she uses to draw on her fortune telling triangles And then there is Rainey Ford just a smile from him brightens her day Rainey is Gunnar s field worker and he and RubyLyn have been playing together since he was 8 and she was 5 However as much as RubyLyn and Rainey want to marry the the town and Gunnar are against it Not only is Rainey on aower social My Grandmas the Mayor level but he is black Black men should not touch white girls in Nameless Kentucky Ruby Lyn is whiteThis summer RubyLyn is entering her tobacco in the Kentucky State Fair She wants to win the money so she can move to the big city and marry RaineyThe author places you right in the hills of the South with her descriptive smooth writing You can tell she has done this before I have read many Southern books where the dialect is so strange that it interrupts my reading but the reader is in professional hands and can speed smoothly through this bookThis book touches on that time in a girl sife when everything is in transition am I a Royal Target (The Crown Affair, little girl or do I actike an adult Do I sit with the adults or run outside and play RubyLyn reminds the reader of playing the Who will I kiss first game Where will I Kate Bridgess Mounties Bundle live when I grow up and what will I do Who will I marry We see how much faster people had to grow up just a few decades ago It reuired courage both then and now toive the Just Try Me... life of one s choosing NetGalley and the Publisher provided me this galley in exchange for an honest review It is 1969 but in No name Kentucky you could never tell Home of tobacco farms poverty and crime They even have a day form the negroes to shop the only day they are allowed in the town stores to shop Racial tensions are still tense RubyLyn our 15 ur old narratorives with her Uncle Gunnar he took her in after the death of her parents deaths she can t uite remember Her Uncle is a god fearing man a strict though not abusive disciplinarian He is determined to keep her on the straight and narrow to make sure her godpretty says inside RubyLyn wants only to escape this town and find a better ifeOur young narrator is a hard working woman with many dreams We meet characters from many different walks of ife Rose a Absolute Khushwant lady who brings things to the farms things she sells things she makes she sneaks Rubylyn books so no wonder she is a favorite of mine But things will Loved it What a wonderful coming of age story Very descriptive and engaging I feltike I was in the mountains of Nameless Kentucky A bit predictable but still a good read A beautifully written novel of Appalachia when women had no rights and racial interactions were taboo I felt The Day We Meet Again like I wasiving this story as I read Sad beautiful full of music art the Powder Room land and abject poverty I could not put it down. Ing not magic at all but through them she’s imaginingife as it could be away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through NamelessAtmospheric poignant and searingly honest a Coalminer's Daughter meets Winter's Bone GodPretty in the Tobacco Field follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer as heartbreaking revelations and ife changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortunetellers never predict. Being set during the era of Free Love other parts of the country you Rebooting India ll feelike you ve stepped back in time RubyLyn is a small child when her parents are gone first her father s death when she was only four followed by her mother s slow wasting away and joining her father only six months ater Her mother s brother Gunnar comes to claim her as her only iving kin and take to his home in Nameless The Time After Time live she dived before with her parents is gone none of the The Cost of the Forbidden (Irresistible Russian Tycoons loving touches or theaughter Life on Gunnar s tobacco farm is daily sun up to sun down work If Ruby s not working in the fields she s on her hands and knees scrubbing the kitchen floor Gunnar s abuse mental physical and the endless correcting her to prevent her from following in her father s wicked ways wear her memories of the ove she felt from her parents thin RubyLyn s heart is much softer than Gunnar despite his rough ways with her and tries to find ways to unravel his hardness which only gets harder the she seems to reason with him At fifteen RubyLyn is beginning to have ideas of her own none of which Gunnar
would approve RubyLyn is a young artist as Rose would say a folk artist decoratingapprove RubyLyn is a young artist as Rose would say a folk artist decorating fortune tellers small suares of paper folded and opened to disclose their owner s fortune Even Lady Bird Johnson has one in the White House given to her by RubyLyn when President Johnson and the First Lady came to Inez Kentucky Gunnar does everything in his power to destroy this part of RubyLyn he controls her time takes her paper away ridicules her attempts at her art The wedge that Gunnar attempts to put between RubyLyn and her art becomes a wedge between the two of them The secrets she need to keep to continue her art begin to weave a web around her heart eading her further away from caring about Gunnar his opinions his restrictions Best friends with neighbor Henny Stump as close as sisters in some ways but Henny s family is both arger and poorer Henny eans on RubyLyn for strength to carry out her plans to get away from her abusive father and marry a guy Backfire (Mountain Cove less abusive Rainey has known her since the day she set foot on her uncle s property toive he was eight years old and she was five Rainey and his mother are also their close neighbors Rainey works the tobacco crop with RubyLyn and despite the difference in their skin color in this town where blacks are only allowed in the one town store on Negro Tuesday they become closer than anyone would approve of especially Gunnar or Rainey s mother Surrounded by the ugliness of the fields the ugliness of the townspeople RubyLyn is
still GodPretty inside Gunnar would ike to claim responsibility but she maintains her inner innocence andGodPretty inside Gunnar would ike to claim responsibility but she maintains her inner innocence and tender heart despite his influence even sacrificing her own desires in order to make Queen Esther the Second Graders of Doom life aittle better for those she Dirty Secrets loves Many thanks to Kensington Publishing NetGalley and the author Kim Michele Richardson for providing me with an advanced copy Beauty and sweetness weave a diaphanous fabric against the stark backdrop of poverty and cruelty Sara Gruen 1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants Nameless Kentucky in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact justike the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days RubyLyn Bishop is A Ranchers Vow (Sons of Silver Springs) (Sons of Silver Springs) (Harlequin Intrigue luckier than some Her God fearing uncle Gunnar has a short fuse and high expectations but he s given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five Yet now a month shy of her sixteenth birthday RubyLyn itches for Maybe it s something to do with the paper fortunetellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk each covered with beautifully wrought prophetic drawings Or perhaps it s because of Rainey Ford an African American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field and with whom she has a kinship despite her uncle s worrisome shadow and the town s disapproval RubyLyn s predictions are just wishful thinking not magic at all but through them she s imaginingife as it could be away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through NamelessAtmospheric poignant and searingly honest GodPretty in the Tobacco Field follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer as heartbreaking revelations and ife changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortunetellers never predicted My thoughts RubyLyn has an amazing voice This book is full of southern charm Kim always write. Lyn itches for Maybe it’s something to do with the paper fortunetellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk each covered with beautifully wrought prophetic drawings Or perhaps it’s because of Rainey Ford an African American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field and with whom she has a kinship despite her uncle’s worrisome shadow and the town’s disapproval RubyLyn’s predictions are just wishful think. .