The first book I read for this year was The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by Christopher Scotton. My review is cross-posted on Goodreads and Amazon.
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I won an advanced reading copy of this book about a month or two ago, put it on my tbr pile, and almost forgot about it. I wish I had read it as soon as I received it! There were a couple of minor things that made me say, "hmmm... I wonder if that will be left in... not sure how I feel about that..." but they were very minor. As a whole, I loved this book. Kevin and his mom are living through a tragedy when they are taken to his grandfather's house in Kentucky to recuperate and heal. Kevin goes through so much in this summer, and at times you start to wonder "how much more???" but Christopher Scotton has the gift of making you feel like you are there. I could see the hills and Hollows, smell the trees and the evening air during the porch talks and hear the ice spinning in the glass. Pops reminded me of an Atticus Finch like character, the father/grandfather everyone wishes they had. I could go on and on, but you need to read it for yourself. Great first read of the year!
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So after that review was posted, I linked a preview to my twitter account and before the end of the night it was favorited by Christopher Scotton!!! Made me feel special. =D It's nice when people you admire and whose work you respect take a minute to acknowledge you.