If you’re a fan of Where the Crawdads Sing and The Four Winds, then you’re going to fall head-over-heels for Donna Everhart’s latest novel, A Good and Crazy Thing. This one-of-a-kind book will transport you to the pine forests of the American South during the Great Depression, immersing readers in a story of survival, friendship, and self-discovery that will leave you hooked from start to finish.
The story takes place in the turpentine camps of North Carolina, where a group of turpentiners works tirelessly to extract the sticky sap that gives the state its name. Among these workers is Rae Lynn Cobb and her husband, Warren, who run a small turpentine farm together. Rae Lynn, who spent her childhood in an orphanage, is grateful for her hard work and her kind, if careless, husband.
However, when Warren becomes a victim of his own negligence, Rae Lynn must take drastic measures to save him from prison. She disguises herself as a man named “Ray” and flees to a turpentine camp in Georgia called Swallow Hill, hoping to start anew. But life in Swallow Hill is far from easy. The camp is dilapidated, and the man in charge, Otis Riddle, takes his frustrations out on his beaten-down wife, Cornelia.
Despite the difficult conditions, Rae Lynn forges a friendship with Delwood Reese, who is seeking redemption at Swallow Hill. Del is also the person who offers Rae Lynn protection from Crow, the woods rider who checks on each laborer’s work. As they work together, Rae Lynn begins to see the possibility of a better life. But to do so, she must first confront her past and reconcile with her true self.
A Good and Crazy Thing has all the elements of a gripping historical novel: engaging characters, high stakes, and an immersive setting. But what sets this book apart is Everhart’s unique style of writing. She uses vivid imagery to paint a picture of life in the turpentine camps that is both haunting and captivating. It’s easy to get lost in the world she has created, and readers will find themselves transported back in time to the Great Depression era.
Moreover, Rae Lynn is a remarkable character that readers will undoubtedly root for. She is resilient, resourceful, and brave, and her journey of self-discovery is inspiring. As she learns to confront her fears and break FREE from the limitations of her past, she becomes a symbol of hope and determination in a world that is full of obstacles.
Finally, A Good and Crazy Thing is a beautifully written book that will stay with you long after you put it down. It’s an ode to the power of human connection, the resilience of the human spirit, and the beauty of new beginnings. If you’re looking for a book that will entertain, inspire, and leave you with a lasting impression, then this is the book for you. Don’t miss out on this charming and heartwarming story.
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(as of Mar 26, 2023 03:53:43 UTC – Details)