A Review of The Story of Sassy Sweetwater by Vera Jane Cook
Publisher: Musa Publishing (January 20, 2012)
After thirteen years on the run Violet McLaughlin returns to Carter's Crossing, South Carolina, in 1962, with her young daughter, Sassy. The Crossing is right outside of Beaufort and the turmoil of the Civil Rights movement will forever leave its scars on the young and impressionable girl. As Sassy stands before the imposing white farmhouse for the first time, with no knowledge of her history but that the McLaughlin's are her kin, Sassy begins a journey that will tear her apart before it heals her. Growing up among secrets that will forever damage her relationship with her mother, she attempts to make sense of her past. But will her passion for art and her love for Thomas Tierney be enough to sustain her future? Will the puzzles she must solve to discover who she is be worth the journey?
Where do I begin? Sassy's story is harrowing, but also uplifting. It made me tear up but also laugh. It was hard to read in places but yet I still couldn't put it down. Sassy was wise but yet also made some unwise decisions. The characters are richly developed, especially Sassy and Grandma Edna, who would do anything to protect her family. I felt as if Sassy was sitting on my porch talking with me. A beautiful piece of Southern fiction.
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