Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Forgiving Kind By Donna Everhart

In this masterful new novel, set in 1950s North Carolina, the acclaimed author of The Road to Bittersweet and The Education of Dixie Dupree brings to life an unforgettable young heroine and a moving story of family love tested to its limits.     
For twelve-year-old Martha “Sonny” Creech, there is no place more beautiful than her family’s cotton farm. She, her two brothers, and her parents work hard on their land—hoeing, planting, picking—but only Sonny loves the rich, dark earth the way her father does. When a tragic accident claims his life, her stricken family struggles to fend off ruin—until their rich, reclusive neighbor offers to help finance that year’s cotton crop.

Sonny is dismayed when her mama accepts Frank Fowler’s offer; even more so when Sonny’s best friend, Daniel, points out that the man has ulterior motives. Sonny has a talent for divining water—an ability she shared with her father and earns her the hated nickname “water witch” in school. But uncanny as that skill may be, it won’t be enough to offset Mr. Fowler’s disturbing influence in her world. Even her bond with Daniel begins to collapse under the weight of Mr. Fowler’s bigoted taunts. Though she tries to bury her misgivings for the sake of her mama’s happiness, Sonny doesn’t need a willow branch to divine that a reckoning is coming, bringing with it heartache, violence—and perhaps, a fitting and surprising measure of justice.

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A USA Today bestselling author of THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET, and THE FORGIVING KIND, Donna Everhart writes stories of family hardship and troubled times in a bygone south. A native of North Carolina, she resides in her home state with her husband and their tiny heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, Mister. Readers can also visit her at

My Thoughts...
Being set in North Carolina did not hurt at all. Being that that's where I live.
I really liked the southern slag in this book. Everhart had it down pat. I cried and I was angry. This is one of those books that you love to hate. Sonny was my favorite character and she made the whole story. I wanted to kill Mr. Fowler with my bare hands. This was really good, gritty, edgy, Southern fiction. I can't wait to read more of Everharts books.
Don't miss this 4 star read. I HIGHLY recommend it!
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. I'll take a copy of this book please.

  2. I just looked she has thee books out. Hence your recommendation I am going to order all three of them.

  3. Southern fiction is the best. I have to get my hands on a copy of this now.

  4. This sounds like my kind of book. I love Mason jars so this cover is great to me.

  5. After reading this review, you have me wanting to go out and find this book! It sounds like my kind of read!