When I first started blogging (you know, three months ago!) I would from time to time post reviews of the books I was reading.
Now I am not a professional book reviewer. Not by a long shot. But I figured I love getting recommendations for books, so maybe others would as well.
Through that, I was very fortunate to meet Beth Hoffman, the gifted author behind Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (you can read the review here and find Beth here). Having loved her book, and becoming twitter "friends," I thought it was only appropriate to ask for a recommendation when I found myself without a book to read.
Her recommendation, A Gracious Plenty, had me concerned. When someone else on twitter saw the recommendation, they said it was a book lacking in dialogue. I am a reader who craves dialogue and at times (embarrassing to admit) will skim over imagery.
But Beth recommended it and I didn't want to not read a book she recommended. So I did.
And I was mesmerized. A Gracious Plenty is about a woman, Fitch, who accidentally gets burned very badly when she'd very little. As a result, she becomes somewhat of a recluse and tends to the cemetery where she is able to speak with the dead before they can lighten and "move on." The one thing she can't do is touch them and that's what she craves more than anything. She's an outcast in her community, partly by her own doing, and finds love and friendship with the dead.
It's a beautiful written book where each word seems immensely critical. In an effort to be honest, I always try to find something less than "perfect" to point out. But honestly, I am having a hard time. Much like Beth's book, my biggest criticism is that it ended!
I'd strongly recommend.
A Book in Review Grade: A