Review: The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred

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Book: The Sweet Gum Tree

Author: Katherine Allred
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Date Published: November 1st 2005
ASIN :1419953249
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4 out of 5 Stars
Sweet tea, corn bread, and soup beans-everyday fare for eight-year-old Alix French, the precocious darling of a respected southern family. But nothing was ordinary about the day she met ten-year-old Nick Anderson, a boy from the wrong side of town. Armed with only a tin of bee balm and steely determination, Alix treats the raw evidence of a recent beating that mars his back, an act that changes both of their lives forever. Through childhood disasters and teenage woes they cling together as friendship turns to love. The future looks rosy until the fateful night when Frank Anderson, Nick's abusive father, is shot to death in his filthy trailer. Suddenly, Nick is gone-leaving Alix alone, confused and pregnant. For the next fifteen years she wrestles with the pain of Nick's abandonment, a bad marriage, her family and friends. But finally, she's starting to get her life back together. Her divorce is almost final, her business is booming, and she's content if not happy -- until the day she looks up and sees Nick standing across the counter. He's back...and he's not alone. Once again Alix is plunged into turmoil and pain as Nick tries to win her love, something she resists with all her strength. Only one thing might break the protective wall she's built around her emotions-the truth about Frank Anderson's death. But when that truth comes out and those walls crumble, neither Alix nor Nick is prepared for the emotional explosion that could destroy as well as heal.

      Ok this one is a little harder for me to review because I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but it has left me feeling a little empty. Don't get me wrong it does have good ending, but I feel maybe it was little rushed because both Alix and Nick had been threw so much. I wanted to see them happy a little more than what I got at the end. 
      Other then that it was a great read and it was very hard to put down. I loved how the sorry started with Alix at age 8 and Nick at age10 and how the story was to told  gradually as they both grew up. I would definitely recommend  this book to those who enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks books.
4 out of 5 Stars

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