Hello, Everyone! Today I am part of the Blog Tour for If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss. Be sure to check out the synopsis, my review, and the giveaway down below! Thanks for stopping by.
If the Creek Don’t Rise
by Leah Weiss
He's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn
Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.
Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out. When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it.
This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from If the Creek Don't Rise but I was pleasantly surprised with what I received.
This book is not like what I'm used to reading or like what I've read before. There is a story here that is real and convincingly told. If the Creek Don't Rise is told in multiple perspectives. We get to meet and understand various people in the Baines Creek and I found that pretty neat. Most of the time it is difficult to read through the eyes of more than a few people in a book, but I was actually able to keep up with each person as I read. Everybody had a distinct voice which I'm sure helped.
There were favorite characters of mine that I was rooting for and then there were the bullies and mean-spirited folks that I didn't quite care for. Yet, learning about them and their situations still helped me to somewhat understand where they were coming from.
The folks of Baines Creek were people that were set in their ways and not always eager to learn new things. I found it interesting to see them being challenged to grow and I loved how there were people of authority that encouraged this growth.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this read. I like how character driven this story was and I liked watching each and every character interact and connect. I felt like I was actually there while reading this book. The characters felt real and flawed and the author's use of the dialect helped to create Baines Creek in my mind. It was sad and heartbreaking but also encouraging and hopeful. Quite the interesting read for sure!
Praise for If the Creek Don’t Rise
An Indie Next, Okra Pick, and LibraryReads
"This one nearly broke my heart. With deeply human characters I will not easily forget, Weiss captures the fierce pull of desperation and the formidable power of hope. An impressive debut from a talent to watch.... " — Kathleen Grissom, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything
"Weiss’ debut novel reveals the best and worst of human nature… The author’s masterful use of language, including dialect unique to the area, builds another layer of connection between these characters while she develops a greater sense of inner isolation and distance from those outside the community. Weiss’ novel is a great suggestion for fans of the Big Stone Gap books, by Adriana Trigiani, and Mitford series, by Jan Karon." – Booklist, STARRED review
"Part gothic, part romance, part heartbreaking Loretta Lynn ballad - Weiss' tale is a beguiling, compelling read." - Kirkus Reviews
"...tender but powerful debut..." - Publishers Weekly
"If the Creek Don't Rise is a satisfyingly complete novel...With its bewitching residents and rugged landscape, a journey to Baines Creek is a trip worth taking, and Weiss is likely to find many readers eagerly willing to travel with her again." - Maximum Shelf Awareness
"Writing with a deep knowledge of the enduring myths of Appalachia, Weiss vividly portrays real people and sorrows." —Library Journal,STARRED review
"Every page of Leah Weiss' debut, If the Creek Don't Rise, has a pulse as fierce and unyielding as its Appalachian setting. Told through an ensemble of narrators, men and women of all ages bound by the inescapable power of place and belonging, it is a lush exploration of the darkest rooms in the human heart, and the brightest fires of the human spirit. Weiss' remarkable gift for language left me breathless, and her characters, distinctive and unapologetically-human, will haunt me for some time." - Erika Marks, Author of The Last Treasure
About the Author:
Leah Weiss is a Southern writer and novelist born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. Her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, will be released in August of 2017. Her short stories have been published in The Simple Life magazine, Every Day Fiction and Deep South Magazine. She retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full time.
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