Jun 22, 2021
The Sweet Gum Tree
Posted by Katherine Allred

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 bacSweet 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

  • Title: The Sweet Gum Tree
  • Author: Katherine Allred
  • ISBN: 9781419953248
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
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    The Sweet Gum Tree 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 Ni

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    Lisa Jayne

    This story was beautiful, a true honest to the heart love story The author could not have allowed the reader to feel, hurt or love than if it was actually happening to yourself The character development was so thorough and captivating The story had a depth and flow It broke my heart and then picked it right up again.This is a story that has sat collecting dust on my TBR shelf since joining Good reads On My usual quest to find a 5 star book, my friend Anna recommended that I read this with out d [...]


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