The Forgiving Kind

The Forgiving Kind In this masterful new novel set in s North Carolina the acclaimed author of The Road to Bittersweet and The Education of Dixie Dupree brings to life an unforgettable young her

  • Title: The Forgiving Kind
  • Author: Donna Everhart
  • ISBN: 1496717007
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this masterful new novel, set in 1950s North Carolina, the acclaimed author of The Road to Bittersweet and The Education of Dixie Dupree brings to life an unforgettable young heroine and a moving story of family love tested to its limits For twelve year old Martha Sonny Creech, there is no place beautiful than her family s cotton farm She, her two brothers In this masterful new novel, set in 1950s North Carolina, the acclaimed author of The Road to Bittersweet and The Education of Dixie Dupree brings to life an unforgettable young heroine and a moving story of family love tested to its limits For twelve year old Martha Sonny Creech, there is no place beautiful than her family s cotton farm She, her two brothers, and her parents work hard on their land hoeing, planting, picking but only Sonny loves the rich, dark earth the way her father does When a tragic accident claims his life, her stricken family struggles to fend off ruin until their rich, reclusive neighbor offers to help finance that year s cotton crop Sonny is dismayed when her mama accepts Frank Fowler s offer even so when Sonny s best friend, Daniel, points out that the man has ulterior motives Sonny has a talent for divining water an ability she shared with her father and earns her the hated nickname water witch in school But uncanny as that skill may be, it won t be enough to offset Mr Fowler s disturbing influence in her world Even her bond with Daniel begins to collapse under the weight of Mr Fowler s bigoted taunts Though she tries to bury her misgivings for the sake of her mama s happiness, Sonny doesn t need a willow branch to divine that a reckoning is coming, bringing with it heartache, violence and perhaps, a fitting and surprising measure of justice Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 352 pages Published January 29th 2019 by Kensington More Details ISBN 1496717007 ISBN13 9781496717009 Edition Language English Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Forgiving Kind, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Top 20 Books Coming Jan 2019 20 books 3 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 13, 2019 Angela M rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley reviews On a cotton farm in 1950 s North Carolina, a family working hard together, getting by, are happy and content with life as it is We meet a sweet young girl Sonny Creech who inherits from her father a love of the land and the power of divining Their lives are changed forever when her father suddenly dies At first I thought this was going to be a commonly told coming of age story of a 12 year old girl, a family story with characters you cared about and reacted to as they made their way through t On a cotton farm in 1950 s North Carolina, a family working hard together, getting by, are happy and content with life as it is We meet a sweet young girl Sonny Creech who inherits from her father a love of the land and the power of divining Their lives are changed forever when her father suddenly dies At first I thought this was going to be a commonly told coming of age story of a 12 year old girl, a family story with characters you cared about and reacted to as they made their way through this family crisis, and it was in a lot of ways I wanted to smack Sonny s brother Trent, hug her friend Daniel and tell him it was okay to be different, and shake her mother into opening her eyes to what was going on when a neighbor preys on them during a time of loss, grief and financial instability It was was a slow burn until this story that I thought would be predictable, wasn t, and until this wasn t a run of the mill coming of age story, but one depicting serious issues of bigotry and racism It is also about a mother whose decisions are blinded by the need to provide for her children It s about friendship and grief and an unforgettable character named Sonny Creech The ending for me was unexpected, but made for a very satisfying read Recommended I received an advanced copy of this book from Kensington Books through NetGalley flag 156 likesLike see review View all 75 comments Dec 30, 2018 Debra rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 1950 s North Carolina Water Witch , twelve year old Sonny Martha Creech loves her cotton farm The farm, and her family are her entire world Her father, her two older brothers, her mother and she work the land It is all she has ever known, and she loves it just as much as her father Then one day tragedy strikes, and it changes all of their lives forever As the heartbroken and grieving family try to move on and farm the land, their greedy neighbor, Mr Fowler, comes over and offers them a d 1950 s North Carolina Water Witch , twelve year old Sonny Martha Creech loves her cotton farm The farm, and her family are her entire world Her father, her two older brothers, her mother and she work the land It is all she has ever known, and she loves it just as much as her father Then one day tragedy strikes, and it changes all of their lives forever As the heartbroken and grieving family try to move on and farm the land, their greedy neighbor, Mr Fowler, comes over and offers them a deal Sonny is instantly on edge She does not like this man and her best friend, Daniel, knows that the man has ulterior motives.Mr Fowler makes fun of Daniel and often makes statements which make Sonny uncomfortable He s just a man her mother tells her A man who does indeed have an ulterior motive, an angry man, a bigoted man, a cruel man, an intolerant man There are also those in this small farming community who hide behind masks, who target those who are different This is a coming of age tale for Sonny, but it is also a story about loss, decisions, bigotry, friendship, grief, abuse, heartache, doing the best you can, regret, prejudice, forgiveness and survival The setting is the 1950 s on a cotton farm and the Author did her research There are descriptions of farming and the cotton plants which help to set the stage and provide the reader a glimpse into the hard long days of work these farmers put in I found this book to be well written and carefully plotted Boy, did I want better for this family and Sonny friend s Daniel This is another book where I encourage readers to read the Author s note at the end She discusses how she approached writing certain characters and how some scenes were hard for her to write Some of those scenes will be hard for readers to read Enjoyable, thought provoking, riveting and well researched.This was my first book by this Everhart and I look forward to reading of her books.Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own flag 111 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Nov 10, 2018 Cheri rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, southern lit, coming of age, north carolina, 1950s 4.5 Stars Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it Mark Twain Chapter 1 1955Daddy never wanted to do nothing much other than grow cotton, and the way he d gone at it, we figured that would be the thing to kill him, but it wasn t Martha Sonny Creech is a twelve year old girl who has inherited the gift of water divination from her father, a gift that is helpful in Jones County, North Carolina for those families, like hers, who live on a cotton farm 4.5 Stars Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it Mark Twain Chapter 1 1955Daddy never wanted to do nothing much other than grow cotton, and the way he d gone at it, we figured that would be the thing to kill him, but it wasn t Martha Sonny Creech is a twelve year old girl who has inherited the gift of water divination from her father, a gift that is helpful in Jones County, North Carolina for those families, like hers, who live on a cotton farm A three hundred acre farm, which is just enough for them to get by, most years, with all of them pitching in Sonny would rather be outside than inside, there is no place she d rather be than on that land She loves the way the soil looks when it s been freshly plowed, the heart shaped leaves on a cotton plant, the pale pale yellow of the buds as they first begin to bloom, changing to a pale pink, which darkens and turns the field into the prettiest sight she can imagine As this family grieves the sudden, tragic loss of the father, that loss is followed by drought, and with that drought comes fear of what they have to lose At the same time, Violet begins to take in sewing and other jobs, hoping to find a way to make enough money to buy the seeds they d always bought on credit in the past, but those days are no Sonny and her two brothers help out in whatever ways they can, selling eggs, taking small jobs And then a neighbor, Frank Fowler, steps in to offer his help by financing the cotton crop for that year Sonny doesn t want her mother to accept Fowler s offer, but it s her best friend Daniel s belief that Fowler has an ulterior motive that really frightens her Sonny doesn t trust this man, and she worries that her mother is going to make the wrong choice, for all of them Around them, this farming community has a somewhat hidden element, neighbors, men who hide their identity to inflict punishment on those whom they deem different and so they justify their actions based in narrow minded intolerance.A coming of age story of heartbreaking loss, endurance, resolve and perseverance against the odds, and ultimately forgiveness, The Forgiving Kind will have you cheering on this unforgettable young girl and her family, as she struggles to find a way back to the life they knew.Pub Date 29 JAN 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by the author, Donna Everhart flag 68 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Lindsay Traveling Sister Beautiful review Cheri I need to try this author out Jan 31, 2019 07 29PM Marialyce Always impressed to see your five star reviews, Cheri This looks to be a wonderful book Jan 31, 2019 08 16PM Jan 28, 2019 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arcs, hard soft copy, 2019 reads Absolutely loved this one Donna Everhart, author and North Carolina native, is quickly becoming a favorite of mine Her stories are filled with unforgettably endearing characters and a sharp honesty about the times in which these characters are living The book is set in 1950s North Carolina, which, by the way, my dad grew up in NC during this time, though not on a cotton farm, and not in Jones County, where the only way of life was farming The Forgiving Kind is the story of twelve y Absolutely loved this one Donna Everhart, author and North Carolina native, is quickly becoming a favorite of mine Her stories are filled with unforgettably endearing characters and a sharp honesty about the times in which these characters are living The book is set in 1950s North Carolina, which, by the way, my dad grew up in NC during this time, though not on a cotton farm, and not in Jones County, where the only way of life was farming The Forgiving Kind is the story of twelve year old Martha Sonny Creech and her family, and what happens when her beloved father who runs the farm passes away My heart stopped for this family, and I wondered about situations like this in those days How would they make do, how would they live Family could possibly help, but all this family has is eccentric Aunt Ruth Enter Mr Fowler Sonny gets an evil read off of him from the start He is a bigot in every sense of the word, and Sonny s mother makes the only choice she feels she has and marries Mr Fowler to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads But Mr Fowler s malevolence bleeds into every aspect of their lives Sonny comes of age in this story, but The Forgiving Kind is about so much In North Carolina in the 1950s, it was difficult to be a woman, and it was even challenging to be different In this lovingly and sensitively told story, you ll meet Daniel, Sonny s best friend, who is a victim of Fowler at every turn Sonny s loyalty to Daniel deftly illustrates the most beautiful aspects of childhood friendship Donna Everhart has outdone herself with her most recent effort The Forgiving Kind is important and emotional, and I was left feeling that even though we think we ve come a long way since the 1950s, we still have a long way to go Thanks to Kensington Books for the complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog jennifertarheelreader flag 62 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Nancy Baker Loved your review and can t wait to read this Jan 31, 2019 08 29PM JanB Really lovely review Jennifer Feb 01, 2019 11 59AM Jan 11, 2019 Nadia rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.5 starsThe year is 1951 and Sonny Martha Creech, a 12 year old girl, lives a happy life on a cotton farm in North Carolina with her parents and two older brothers Sonny adores her dad and wants to be just like him One day, when Sonny and her brothers are tending the farm, a terrible tragedy strikes and Sonny s dad suddenly dies Sonny can t imagine anything worse than life without her father, but sadly, a string of bad luck is just about to hit the Creech family Struggling financially and 4.5 starsThe year is 1951 and Sonny Martha Creech, a 12 year old girl, lives a happy life on a cotton farm in North Carolina with her parents and two older brothers Sonny adores her dad and wants to be just like him One day, when Sonny and her brothers are tending the farm, a terrible tragedy strikes and Sonny s dad suddenly dies Sonny can t imagine anything worse than life without her father, but sadly, a string of bad luck is just about to hit the Creech family Struggling financially and with a long drought, Sonny s mother tries hard to make end meets but it isn t enough When their rich neighbour Frank Fowler offers financial help, Sonny s mother has no choice but to accept it Sonny dislikes Frank Fowler instantly, as he bosses them around, makes fun of her friend Daniel and even bans him from visiting her Sadly, Sonny s mother does not see Frank s dark side at first and when she does, it is a bit late.Sonny s relationship with her dad was touching and the grief and emptiness she felt after his death, heartbreaking The novel reminded me a little bit of To Kill a Mockingbird with some of its themes It is a coming of age story, depicting a stark contrast of the characters the loving parents teaching their children to treat everyone the same and with respect, and the evil character of Frank Fowler, a narrow minded, ignorant and prejudiced man who does not want to hear opinions different from his own, using violence to silence the others.Kudos to Donna Everhart for tackling so well so many important issues in this thought provoking novel family abuse, homophobia, bigotry and race This book is beautifully written and despite the heavy topics, it was a delight to read Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. flag 44 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Jun 22, 2018 Eldonna Edwards rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves coming of age for adults, historical fiction Captivating Historical Fiction, Unforgettable CharactersDonna Everhart once again achieves the difficult task of expertly weaving light into a dark story, this one rooted in a 1950s cotton farm where, much like the delicate bolls in the field, uncontrollable circumstances can shred vulnerable fibers overnight In THE FORGIVING KIND, we come to know the family of feisty Sonny Creech, a devoted daughter who has inherited her daddy s gift of dowsing water, and her best friend Daniel, with whom she Captivating Historical Fiction, Unforgettable CharactersDonna Everhart once again achieves the difficult task of expertly weaving light into a dark story, this one rooted in a 1950s cotton farm where, much like the delicate bolls in the field, uncontrollable circumstances can shred vulnerable fibers overnight In THE FORGIVING KIND, we come to know the family of feisty Sonny Creech, a devoted daughter who has inherited her daddy s gift of dowsing water, and her best friend Daniel, with whom she conjures scenes from his favorite movies

    One of the things I admire most about Everhart s storytelling is her ability to write flawed characters, especially the heroes Readers will undoubtedly identify with the self centric twelve year old who wants what she wants, brushing away potential risk to her best friend, and feel empathy for a mother who so badly needs to believe she s making the best choice for her children that she handicaps her own intuition

    This North Carolina farming community is infected with neighbors who wield powers of intimidation and physical abuse under the cowardly hoods of bigoted ideology The author has done her research and perfectly captures the hardscrabble farming life, the cancerous growth of power cultivated in evil hands, and, much like the water below the surface, the indiscriminate nature of bounty vs lack Everhart tenderly midwifes the debilitating weight of regret into the liberating fullness of forgiveness, both of others and self The Forgiving Kind

    flag 39 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Sep 07, 2018 Susan Peterson rated it it was amazing review of another edition When is 5 stars not enough When a book transports readers to another time and place, a cotton farm in North Carolina in 1955, a brutally hot summer filled with drought and despair When the story of a grieving family fills readers with anguish and heartache and fear and hope When the author is able to get into the mind and motivations of a desperate mother a narrow minded devious man a confused twelve year old boy and, the heart of the story, Sonny Creech, a young girl who misses her old li When is 5 stars not enough When a book transports readers to another time and place, a cotton farm in North Carolina in 1955, a brutally hot summer filled with drought and despair When the story of a grieving family fills readers with anguish and heartache and fear and hope When the author is able to get into the mind and motivations of a desperate mother a narrow minded devious man a confused twelve year old boy and, the heart of the story, Sonny Creech, a young girl who misses her old life as much as she s trying with all her might to preserve a future for herself and her family Donna Everhart has once again given readers a riveting story of survival, determination, persistence, and forgiveness Readers will be compelled to turn pagespulse racing, heart pounding, with a lump in their throat and tears in their eyes flag 35 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 31, 2019 Sharon Metcalf rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, netgalley 4.5 stars Even when you believe someone else might be in the wrong, sometimes the best way is to simply forgive them Don t you think What exactly does it mean to be the forgiving kind What does it take to forgive Is there a line beyond which you could no longer forgive another person And do the same standards apply if you have to forgive yourself These were all questions I pondered after reading Donna Everhart s terrific novel The Forgiving Kind but although the title suggests forgiveness 4.5 stars Even when you believe someone else might be in the wrong, sometimes the best way is to simply forgive them Don t you think What exactly does it mean to be the forgiving kind What does it take to forgive Is there a line beyond which you could no longer forgive another person And do the same standards apply if you have to forgive yourself These were all questions I pondered after reading Donna Everhart s terrific novel The Forgiving Kind but although the title suggests forgiveness would be the major theme I m not so sure The book forced me to think upon so many other things the family s love of the land and each other, the difficulties of being a farmer, grief, survival at almost any cost, familial love, bigotry, domestic violence and so much In fact it was difficult to pinpoint any one specific element as the stand out because it was so well executed throughout From the first page the narrator, twelve year old Sonny, makes clear her love of the land Daddy said the land s soaked into me the way blood soaks into wood, a permanent, everlasting mark. Almost immediately there is a tragedy which steals her much loved father from the family tipping their world upside down In the wake of this trauma life becomes tough and then tougher still Throughout Sonny s voice was perfect She may only have been twelve but don t be mistaken this was not young adult fiction Then again she wasn t one of those twelve year old s with wisdom than her years should allow She was at times insightful yet na ve at others She wanted her parents to be proud of her She wanted things to be the way they were before She despaired of some of the decisions her mother made She loved her friend Daniel fiercely yet innocently, and loathed her new step father equally passionately Her struggles, and those of the family, felt real and invoked in me a range of emotions including happiness, sadness, anger, love, hatred, disappointment, anxiety and relief.Every once in a whole you discover a book or in this case get recommended a book thanks Angela which ticks all the boxes story, characters, writing I hope you ll try this one for yourself, especially if you enjoyed books like One Good Mama Bone or If The Creek Don t Rise.My sincere thanks to the author, to Kensington Books, and to NetGalley for the opportunity of reading this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review which it was my pleasure to provide flag 29 likesLike see review View all 25 comments Sharon Metcalf DeAnn wrote Sharon such a great review Yes, I loved One Good Mama Bone and will get to this one soon Thanks DeAnn They are very different boo DeAnn wrote Sharon such a great review Yes, I loved One Good Mama Bone and will get to this one soon Thanks DeAnn They are very different books but for some reason this book brought to mind both of the titles I mentioned I think they were both 5 star reads for me I hope you enjoy it, and I ll be looking forward to reading your review 17 hours, 18 min ago Sharon Metcalf Libby wrote Wonderful review Sharon I have this one on my holds list at the library Your review has me looking forward to this one Oohthat s e Libby wrote Wonderful review Sharon I have this one on my holds list at the library Your review has me looking forward to this one Oohthat s exciting Libby Hope it comes through soon Thanks so much for your comment 17 hours, 16 min ago Jan 16, 2019 Krista rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, kindle netgalley, reviewed for netgalley, setting usa, setting usa nc, time 1950 1999, 2019 netgalley reviewed, 2019 books read, historical fiction usa, lgbt Rating 4 stars with a Trigger Warning This latest book from Donna Everhart, The Forgiving Kind , is a heart tugging gem It had me in a high state of anticipation or anxiety from about page thirty, onward I knew this story, as it continued to unfold, probably wouldn t end well but the writing and plot line were so good I couldn t look away Trigger Warning view spoiler Physical and verbal abuse One intense scene of inferred child rape hide spoiler The book is told from the point of Rating 4 stars with a Trigger Warning This latest book from Donna Everhart, The Forgiving Kind , is a heart tugging gem It had me in a high state of anticipation or anxiety from about page thirty, onward I knew this story, as it continued to unfold, probably wouldn t end well but the writing and plot line were so good I couldn t look away Trigger Warning view spoiler Physical and verbal abuse One intense scene of inferred child rape hide spoiler The book is told from the point of view of 12 year old Sonny Creech Sonny is the youngest child in a tight knit rural North Carolina cotton farming family It s the 1950 s Jim Crow and the KKK are still alive and well in the area where they live Sonny loves the process of growing cotton, and than anything she loves her Daddy She and her Daddy share an innate skill of being able to detect water underground by dowsing They ve just discovered her skill Sonny was beginning to get comfortable this skill when a cataclysmic event, the death of her father, changes her family forever.From there we watch what remains of her family try to keep themselves together, and hold onto their family farm Sonny s two older teen aged brothers handle the death of their father in different ways The older brother, Ross, takes on responsibility and tries to become the man of the family The younger brother, Trent, continues with his slacking and selfish habits In order to get their cotton crop planted, eventually their mother reluctantly agrees to accept the aid of their nearest neighbor, Frank Fowler They are to share the profits of that year s crop 60 40 with Mr Fowler After they strike the deal, he starts hanging around the Creech household and It starts with a supper here or there, and soon escalates to breakfast, lunch and dinner as he tries to insinuate himself into Mama s good gracesFowler is a man who is adept at wearing the mask of a civilized person in front of Olivia, Sonny s mother But around the kids he doesn t care if they see his true colors He revels in taunting and commanding them to do things when Olivia is out of earshot He takes special pleasure in tormenting Daniel Lassiter, who is Sonny s best friend, when Daniel visits the farm Eventually he bans Daniel from visiting the farm at all.There are bits of lovely prose in this book Several times I had to stop and re read striking lines Here are a couple of excerpts I had to pause and savor She smelled of cigarettes, Jergens hand lotion, and sorrow There was a section missing in our familial loop, our way of living, thinking, and doing spilled out of the brokenness, creating a weakness whereas we d always been so strong This is not a bucolic story of country life in the 1950 s It s a story fraught with the consequences of poor choices, and white men acting with impunity outside of the law I learned a lot about growing cotton in the 1950 s than I expected Surprisingly, I enjoyed gaining that knowledge I rooted for Sonny She reminded me a bit of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird She was spunky and had a strong sense of right and wrong How her friend Daniel was treated by Frank Fowler was just wrong, and she was indignant about that I was frustrated by the way Sonny s Mom downplayed her kid s concerns about Frank I didn t see the book s ending coming in the way it did Which is another good thing about the book I recommend reading the Author s Afterword It laid out why she chose to tell the story the way that she did, and it helped me understand why she included some of the intense scenes that she did It was a time when differences were not accepted, and people felt free to ridicule and persecute those who were different, or below them in the social strata I ve just got to say, Go Sonny go Don t let anyone steal your own unique soulshine Thank You to NetGalley the publisher, Kensington Books and the author, Donna Everhart for providing a free e ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Any quotes shown above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication flag 22 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Krista Thanks Dale Jan 23, 2019 02 27AM Judy Great review Krista Jan 31, 2019 08 38PM Jan 22, 2019 Donna rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves family, fiction, grief, life, netgalley, racism, southern lit Well, that s all right, mamaThat s all right for youThat s all right mama, just anyway you doWell, that s all right, that s all right.That s all right now mama, anyway you do by Arthur Crudup, recorded by Elvis Presley Snakes hide in grass people, behind their lies Unknown All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was Toni Morrison 1955 on a small cotton farm in North Carolina Twelve year old Sonny Creech and her older brothers, Ross and Trent, li Well, that s all right, mamaThat s all right for youThat s all right mama, just anyway you doWell, that s all right, that s all right.That s all right now mama, anyway you do by Arthur Crudup, recorded by Elvis Presley Snakes hide in grass people, behind their lies Unknown All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was Toni Morrison 1955 on a small cotton farm in North Carolina Twelve year old Sonny Creech and her older brothers, Ross and Trent, live with their Mama and Daddy, growing cotton, working together, stretching the bills and loving each other with all their hearts Until Daddy dies from a rattlesnake bite, and then suddenly the world is an unrecognizable place For Sonny and her brothers, that one tragic incident shuts the door on the warmth of sunlight and opens the curtains to the darkness of mankind, in ways they had never fathomed.As events unfold after their father s death, and as Mama becomes distant and makes choices her children can t understand, Sonny even seems to lose her water witch ability, a wonderful power that only she, of all the family, shared with her Daddy Sonny leans on her longtime friend, Daniel, as confidante and burgeoning crush, to help her sort through the losses and turmoil But Daniel has a secret that he hasn t shared with Sonny, and a wedge slowly forms between them Then one day another tragic event occurs, this time involving Daniel, and Sonny and her brothers are forced to witness firsthand the evil snake that can coil within men s hearts and strike down the most sensitive of us The Forgiving Kind is a beautiful coming of age book, and an excellent representation of the South and the times It addresses many of the issues that were, and in many ways still are, a part of Southern culture Bigotry, hate, and abuse are central themes in this story, but threaded throughout are love, kindness, and strength of character.Every character in the book is believable and seemed so real to me My heart ached for Sonny and the impotence and frustration of a child who sees wrong but is powerless to stop its onslaught I hurt for Daniel and his secret, in a time and place that were unforgiving to anyone who was different I was angered and disgusted by the men in the story who had reckless disregard for humanity, in all its colors and forms And I felt frustration and understanding, and finally satisfaction, with Mama, who, throughout, was doing the best she could in an impossible situation.Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington books for an ARC of this haunting novel in exchange for my honest review 5 stars flag 18 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 26, 2018 Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 publication, from the publisher, historical fiction, most anticipated read, own, paperback, read in 2018, favorites, best of 2019, southern Donna Everhart can only be described as an exceptional writer with an innate gift for storytelling that from my earliest childhood I ve always associated with sitting on my grandparent s front porch in either a rocking chair or a wooden swing, the southern air wrapping its steamy, fragrant arms around me while listening with rapt attention to stories of bygone days of when they grew upstories so deeply ingrained in my southern roots that reading Everhart s books vividly brings them to life, e Donna Everhart can only be described as an exceptional writer with an innate gift for storytelling that from my earliest childhood I ve always associated with sitting on my grandparent s front porch in either a rocking chair or a wooden swing, the southern air wrapping its steamy, fragrant arms around me while listening with rapt attention to stories of bygone days of when they grew upstories so deeply ingrained in my southern roots that reading Everhart s books vividly brings them to life, especially since I ve lived most of my life in North Carolina, the setting for her novels, including her newest, exceptionally outstanding novel, The Forgiving Kind.There s something about Everhart s writing that is beyond captivating as she transports you to another time and place making you a part of the story she so expertly weaves, which is one reason that I call her a master writer and storyteller some authors only write words on paper, but Everhart, like the greatest of authors, creates art with her words, paints a picture that sends you on an emotional journey while exploring the facets of human nature.It s 1950s North Carolina and main protagonist Sonny Creech is a twelve year old free spirited, feisty girl who is suddenly grief stricken at the tragic death of her father It s a loss that s especially devastating for the entire family, her mother Violet and older brothers Trent and Ross since they discover his death has left them in dire financial straits without even enough money to plant cotton for one year s growing season The family is left to manage as best as they can, to pull together, which they do since love is strong in the Creech family although grief has left its mark But that won t be enough to keep food on the table and bills paidThey re forced to accept help from their wealthy neighbor, Frank Fowler, a man filled with bigotry and hate, yet it seems that only Sonny and her best friend Daniel can see behind the mask he wears when around Violet that is until it is too late, and Violet understands that he s not just a man as she had so often told Sonny when she complained of his behavior.Frank s outright contempt and abuse of Daniel broke my heart and left me in tears just like it tore at Sonny and Daniel s friendship It was horrible to read about his actions towards children, as well as his other abusive behavior, but I know that it wasn t uncommon for the era or North Carolina during that time Horribly and embarrassingly enough, having lived in the south for over four decades, I ve seen and heard my share of his type of hate and bigotry to know that although things have improved, there s still a long way to go here in the south before that type of bigotry is erased Everhart s characters are what I fell in love with in this story because they re so realistic and flawed, even Sonny a teenage girl on the precipice of self discovery and wonder, afflicted by tragedy and full of mistakes, still is able to find joy and laughter in life s everyday moments This is a story about friendship, self discovery, and coming of age, but it s also so much since Everhart writes about grief, loss, survival, love, abuse, bigotry, homophobia, homosexuality, perseverance, and what it really means to forgive, both others and yourself I love how Everhart tackled some huge issues in this book and did so with grace and sensitivity, as well as with great empathy Oh, and make sure you read the Author s Note explains some important parts of the book and how she wrote them it s a definite must read If you haven t read Everhart s books yet, then I highly recommend that you pick one up, starting with The Forgiving Kind, which releases on January 29, 2019 Yet they are all perfect and her other books, The Road to Bittersweet and The Education of Dixie Dupree are also on my all time favorite books shelf along with this one Trust me, you won t be disappointed in reading The Forgiving Kind Thank you, Lulu Martinez, at Kensington Books and Donna Everhart for the beautiful ARC copy to read and review in exchange for my honest review All opinions are my own flag 14 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 02, 2018 Sue rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves southern fiction, historical fiction If I could give this book 10 stars, I would Donna Everhart has once again given us a young main character who in many ways is wise beyond her years as she tells us the story of her early years The setting is rural NC in the 50s The descriptions are so well done that you can feel the heat when the family is planting cotton and chopping weeds and you can feel the joy of the rain after a drought The characters are so well done that you can feel their tiredness after a long day in the fields yo If I could give this book 10 stars, I would Donna Everhart has once again given us a young main character who in many ways is wise beyond her years as she tells us the story of her early years The setting is rural NC in the 50s The descriptions are so well done that you can feel the heat when the family is planting cotton and chopping weeds and you can feel the joy of the rain after a drought The characters are so well done that you can feel their tiredness after a long day in the fields you can feel their pain when their father dies and their fear of the person that they hated You will know them so well that you ll laugh with them and definitely cry with them as you cheer them on throughout the novel In other words, this is a must read and I highly recommend it.Twelve year old Sonny lives on a cotton farm with her parents and two brothers Like her father, she feels a real connection to the land and loves her life there When an accident causes the death of her beloved father, the family is unsure whether they will be able to continue farming until a neighbor offers to help them and then share the profits at the end of the season When it turns out that the neighbor is interested not only in the land but in her mother, Sonny and her brother know that life is abut to get difficult but they have no idea how terrible their lives will be.This book is not only beautifully written but is also very well researched The author has everything well suited to the time period of the 50s and is very knowledgeable about cotton farming Most importantly is that this is a book you don t want to miss It s going to be one of my top books of the year.Thanks to the author for a copy of this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 12 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Karen Kay rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc netgalley, united states, longmire challenge, acatt first line challenge, twd challenge, netgalley read 2018 I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review Written in twelve year old Sonny s voice, there is no place beautiful than her family s cotton farm in 1950 s North Carolina When her father dies suddenly, her stricken family struggles to fend off ruin until their rich, reclusive neighbor offers to help finance that year s cotton crop There was something rather simplistic and naive about this story even though the kids were coping with some very complicated, flawed adults and t I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review Written in twelve year old Sonny s voice, there is no place beautiful than her family s cotton farm in 1950 s North Carolina When her father dies suddenly, her stricken family struggles to fend off ruin until their rich, reclusive neighbor offers to help finance that year s cotton crop There was something rather simplistic and naive about this story even though the kids were coping with some very complicated, flawed adults and their issues 3.25 flag 8 likesLike see review Kathleen Nice review Karen Jan 31, 2019 06 00PM Nov 29, 2018 Linda Zagon rated it it was amazing review of another edition I loved everything about Donna Everhart s novel, The Forgiving Kind The Forgiving Kind has all the ingredients of an amazing,intriguing,intense, captivating, riveting, enthralling and thought provoking Novel The Genres for this book are Fiction, Suspense, Mystery and History The timeline for this book is set in the 1950 s in North Carolina The Forgiving Kind has a flavor of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.This is a coming of age story It is a story of good and evil It is a stor I loved everything about Donna Everhart s novel, The Forgiving Kind The Forgiving Kind has all the ingredients of an amazing,intriguing,intense, captivating, riveting, enthralling and thought provoking Novel The Genres for this book are Fiction, Suspense, Mystery and History The timeline for this book is set in the 1950 s in North Carolina The Forgiving Kind has a flavor of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.This is a coming of age story It is a story of good and evil It is a story of prejudice, bigotry, hatred and bias that existed in the 1950 s It is a story of good people who farm the land, cotton and soil It also is a story of survival, family, love and hope The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex, complicated, ignorant, good and evil, and dysfunctional.Twelve year old Martha Sonny Creech loves working with the soil, and has inherited the skill of finding water from her deceased father The other children make fun Sonny and call her a water witch Sonny finds comfort with her friend Daniel, who has his own quirky personality and problems Mrs Creech and her two sons and Sonny are left in a financial dilemma when her husband dies Mrs Creech is forced to accept an offer of help from Frank Fowler a neighbor that has motives of his own In order to survive, the Creech family has to grow cotton, pick it and sell it Rumors are circulating that there will be a drought How will the Creech family survive Sonny finds that there are some secrets in her family Donna Everhart vividly describes the land, the soil, and the process of planting There are twists and turns It is a long hot summer and it is dangerous If only certain people would get their just desserts.I appreciate that the author discusses important issues as homosexuality, race, color, laws, bigotry and prejudice, ignorance, justice and hope I highly recommend this important novel to those readers who enjoy a thought provoking story flag 7 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Tammy rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley read, read in 2019, read in february 19 Wow The Forgiving Kind is a page turning coming of age story set in the South in the 1950 s I loved the story of Sonny and her family Donna Everhart did a magnificent job bringing the characters to life for me with the dialect and descriptive writing I found myself glued to the pages, reading furiously yet not wanting the story to end Five stars flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019 releases, books read in 2019, donna everhart, netgalley arc I loved THE FORGIVING KIND Review coming flag 7 likesLike see review Aug 28, 2018 Glenda rated it it was amazing review of another edition I was lucky enough to win The Forgiving Kind , by Donna Everhart and after reading it, I have never had a book that I have identified with This book takes place in the 50s, with such accuracy that I felt I was there, remembering the little details she described She stayed very true to the times and I found myself walking right beside Sonny and feeling her frustration and heartbreak I identified with her because our childhoods were similar, and I felt every emotion from laughter, sadne I was lucky enough to win The Forgiving Kind , by Donna Everhart and after reading it, I have never had a book that I have identified with This book takes place in the 50s, with such accuracy that I felt I was there, remembering the little details she described She stayed very true to the times and I found myself walking right beside Sonny and feeling her frustration and heartbreak I identified with her because our childhoods were similar, and I felt every emotion from laughter, sadness, ANGER, and disgust Time and time again I would catch myself saying NO , but no one heard me but my dog Donna is an excellent writer, who captured me from the first page to the very last page I could not wait to see if what I hoped would happen actually did She was not afraid to touch on sensitive subjects, while going into just enough detail I am very happy to have won this book, and I would highly recommend it I would say to Donna that after reading the Author s Note at the end, yes, you definitely conveyed how much you cared for Daniel flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Shelley rated it it was amazing review of another edition My first read of 2019 and it was an amazing five stars.The Forgiving Kind was a complex and delightful read I absolutely adored this book from start to finish I was immediately pulled in and intrigued by these irresistible characters and couldn t seem to read fast enough I wanted to know every little thing about them, especially Sonny, yet I also wanted to savor each and every word of this richly detailed, poignant, and artfully crafted tale The writing was smooth and well paced while the s My first read of 2019 and it was an amazing five stars.The Forgiving Kind was a complex and delightful read I absolutely adored this book from start to finish I was immediately pulled in and intrigued by these irresistible characters and couldn t seem to read fast enough I wanted to know every little thing about them, especially Sonny, yet I also wanted to savor each and every word of this richly detailed, poignant, and artfully crafted tale The writing was smooth and well paced while the story was unique, amusing, emotive, and compelling I relished the ease and comfort in following the narrating voice of Sonny , as well as the colorful depictions and lush descriptions of each scene and person But it was the characters that held my heart as they were fascinating, well drawn, knowable, endearingly flawed, and divinely written I absolutely loved this book The Forgiving Kind isn t just a story, but the recounting of the life of one young woman who overcame adversity, sacrificed her own happiness for the sake of others, and made a place for herself in the world Sonny s life was full of both great sorrow and tremendous joy and that all plays out in the novel This is a story of discovery, of great caring and friendship, and overwhelming emotion Sonny struggles to understand her own place in the world and learns to accept that what she thought she knew and wanted may not be what s best for her in the long run The Forgiving Kind is a beautifully woven together tale sure to captivate the reader.The storyline was full of feels and held me captive from page one until the satisfying conclusion I now feel than a bit bereft to leave them behind Thank you NetGalley, Kensington Books and Donna Everhart for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review all opinions are my own. TheForgivingKind NetGalleyAll my reviews can be found on my blog flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Betty rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 arcs, books worth reading Just finished this, and I am completely blown away Wow just wow I ll be sharing my review soon, and I just hope I can do justice to this amazing book flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Linda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Publishers and the author Donna Everhart for this ARC This book took off from the very beginning and didn t let go at all It kept me captivated and wanting The descriptions were so realistic that I felt I was there The love in this family was so kind and tender and sweet that it made what came later made it even worse Sonny, the daughter, was such a free spirited young girl She didn t mind hard work at all She loved her family deeply and completely Thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Publishers and the author Donna Everhart for this ARC This book took off from the very beginning and didn t let go at all It kept me captivated and wanting The descriptions were so realistic that I felt I was there The love in this family was so kind and tender and sweet that it made what came later made it even worse Sonny, the daughter, was such a free spirited young girl She didn t mind hard work at all She loved her family deeply and completely Even Trent, her brother, who tended to pick on her at times But all three children were there for each other no matter what When their daddy was taken from them so suddenly, their mother was so lost without him and things just kept getting worse She was suddenly raising three children totally on her own, with no job and bills everywhere She could not get the seeds for growing cotton that would have been given to her husband A point I noticed and took that it was because she was a woman Even though the store owner knew she would pay him when the crops came in The reclusive neighbor, Frank Fowler, who I already didn t like, came and offered to help them out More to help out the mother than the children He didn t seem to have any empathy for them or their loss of a daddy that they loved dearly He was pure evil in my opinion and I was very afraid of what he was up to from the start Even when he made fun of Sonny about her ability for finding water The way he treated her and her daddy when they found water on his own land for him I did love how their daddy handled him When Frank Fowler convinced Ms Creech to let him help, things went from bad to worse So much worse He was so filled with hate and bigotry He was not at all kind to the children It was like they were in his way But how he treated Daniel, and Sonny was the straw that did me in He was so cruel So full of hate and for children 12 year old children at that Frank Fowler was just a very cruel to the bone person I hate cruelty and thought this author addressed it perfectly She did a great job of describing events from that era.I loved the characters in this book, except for Frank Fowler Him I truly hated and won t forget for a time to come The abuse he put this family through was unforgivable I was a tiny bit angry at her for putting her children through this but also understood why she accepted help from the jerk She felt she didn t have a choice She was overwhelmed with the bills, feeding her children, keeping their farm She did what she thought was the best She didn t realized the extend of Frank Fowler s evil ways or the fact that he just did not like her children at all I felt bad for her in the end so much But I also applauded her I can t tell you why because it would give away part of the story But trust me, she is a strong woman when she has to be My heart broke bad for Daniel and Sonny s friendship I cried so hard at the ending of this book For two reasons You ll have to read it to see why It s a very good, touching story of things that happened in the South in the mid 1950s I am glad that for the most part this country is not still that bad Though in some places it is and that is unbelievable considering we are in the 21st century.The end of the book has an Author s Note that is a must read It explains a lot and is another part that brought tears to my eyes The fact that things were so bad in the 1050s and I agree with the author in what she wrote here It was spot on and yes you did a great job of telling what happened in those times It was something that really needed to be addressed and you Ms Everhart did it beautifully This book will touch your heart It will make you very sad and so very angry It will bring hope in the end that forgiveness is possible I loved it from start to finish The title is perfect It s a bit of a roller coaster ride that will keep you wanting.A definite 5 stars and in this one I think we could be allowed to give stars It was well written Told in a way that you felt every feeling Felt the beauty of the land and the family The evil in Frank Fowler and the sadness in Daniel and Sonny The anger in Ross and Trent and the love of a mother for her children I think this is my favorite book by Donna Everhart for sure At least for now One thing that touched me in this book was at the very end All that mattered was Daniel had sent me a sign by way of a tiny, twinkling light, an offer of forgiveness, and for me, that little light was big as the night sky above us That touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Jypsy marked it as to read I hate to say I disliked The Forgiving Kind,but I really did It s a dark story with serious issues throughout It doesn t appear that way, but it s evident in the story once you start reading I wasn t looking for a story full of issues, so I didn t enjoy this one flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 18, 2018 Denise rated it it was amazing review of another edition A divine, yet troublesome story of love, friendship, and life itself for one family s quest of mere survival during the time of the 1950 s and it s setting North Carolina cotton farming country.A story so rich it flows like honey over a biscuit until tragedy and the threat of ruin take over.Our protagonist, a twelve year old girl named Sonny , her brothers, Trent and Ross, all find themselves of not only finding their way in the world as children, but deep in the grips of tragedy with A divine, yet troublesome story of love, friendship, and life itself for one family s quest of mere survival during the time of the 1950 s and it s setting North Carolina cotton farming country.A story so rich it flows like honey over a biscuit until tragedy and the threat of ruin take over.Our protagonist, a twelve year old girl named Sonny , her brothers, Trent and Ross, all find themselves of not only finding their way in the world as children, but deep in the grips of tragedy with the need to survive so they may save themselves as well as two very special people that are near and dear to their hearts.You will become emotionally invested in their exuberance, struggles, terror and triumphs.Donna Everhart has written a masterful story with descriptions and characters so valuable, complex, yet so touching, that you feel as if you become an integral part of its storyline and all that is, The Creech Family.A meaningful story that will immerse you into a time of true southern experiences as the good, the bad, and the ugly flow seamlessly throughout its pages.I was fortunate enough to receive a signed, ARC copy from the acclaimed author herself in which I m truly grateful forCNovels N Latte Book BlogWild Sage Book Blog DonnaEverhart KensingtonPublishing flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it really liked it review of another edition via my blog Daddy said the land s soaked into me the way blood soaks into wood, a permanent, everlasting mark Three years ago, when I was nine, he placed an old willow branch into my hands, and showed me how to do what he d been doing since I can remember, something he calls divining water Turned out I could do this too It is the 1950 s in North Carolina and Martha Sonny Creech works side by side with her father and brothers on their cotton farm No via my blog Daddy said the land s soaked into me the way blood soaks into wood, a permanent, everlasting mark Three years ago, when I was nine, he placed an old willow branch into my hands, and showed me how to do what he d been doing since I can remember, something he calls divining water Turned out I could do this too It is the 1950 s in North Carolina and Martha Sonny Creech works side by side with her father and brothers on their cotton farm No one loves the land as much as Sonny and her father, despite the fact that most girls are meant for softer lady like skills Living on the cotton farm with her brothers Ross and Trent a teen with a wild streak who hates farming , Sonny and her father have a special bond, both soaked to their marrow with their love of the land It had all felt perfect, as long as they could farm and be a family until tragedy strikes and her father dies That s when Frank Fowler falls over her family like a dark shadow, with an offer that to the Creech siblings feels like a deal with the devil.Why can t her Mamma see the real Frank, rather than the sly, charming man he pretends to be in her presence How could her brother Trent be so accepting and chummy with him No one understands Sonny than her best friend Daniel, unlike the other boys, different , smart as a whip with big dreams of one day being a director Such fancy ideals aren t to be tolerated in a town like theirs, and Frank will bully every sign of weakness he witnesses in Daniel and the Creech siblings For her mother s sake, Sonny has to try to keep the peace, Frank is their salvation, their only chance to escape ruin Daniel in all his wisdom, with the experience of knowing men s desires watching his own mother as she entertains them, understands exactly what Frank wants from Sonny s mamma Surely her mother would never sully her father s memory by taking up with a tyrant like Frank What can a twelve year old girl do but obey her elders, as she was raised to Both Daniel and Sonny suffer the cruelty of other children for their odd ways yet in Daniel s case, it s the adults that are the biggest threat For Sonny it s her water diving skills, a gift she inherited, one she shared and was nurtured by her father As her peers mock and call her water witch , her attempts at finding water hurt her when Frank derides her for thinking her gift isn t real any than her father s was She s just a girl in his eyes, and girls have no power, don t belong taking part in any man s work There is an undercurrent of anything feminine as weakness, particularly if witnessed in boys I also felt early in the novel when Daniel meets his sister at the bus stop, eyeing Sarah s clothes Sonny starts to think about what it means to wear tight things and have a reputation , which absolutely expresses the thinking of the 1950 s, still true today to an extent.The author says a lot about our culture back then, just in that word reputation , a brand a small town girl could never wash off When Frank isn t bullying her siblings and best friend he spends his time insulting her father and how he handled his farming, a man who is no longer alive to defend himself It isn t long before he insinuates himself even deeper into her family, sitting at their dinner table but Sonny could never foretell the evil that beats in his bigoted heart His calculated schemes culminate into an act so vile that keeping secrets for her mother s sake may cost them their very humanity.This is a dark, heavy novel that explores silence and power, those who have it and those who don t There is nothing so helpless as being a child, at the mercy of the grown ups, your very first leaders Second to that vulnerable state, being a woman At the start, the Creech children know a father who is tender, who teaches them values and is hard only when necessary because farming requires attention to detail and hard work A father who loves his children and treats his beloved wife with respect, a man his children can be proud of All of that changes with his death, and with three children to feed, a farm to save and very few options their mother has to accept the only deal on offer That s how the world sometimes works for us, backed into a corner and you do what you can to survive Often it s too late when you discover the truth of the person you thought was your salvation Sonny s mother and Daniel s both lack choices, and let s think about Daniel, he is fodder for Frank because he lacked the protection of a father, or siblings He also carries the burden of his mother s choices, her alcholism in the 1950 s for a woman to drink was considered far deviant than a man who was a drunk , shouldering shame for a father who walked out when he was a baby and rather than empathy finds only contempt.Too, the times have an enormous influence on our decisions and options Women weren t exactly in full control of their destiny in the 1950 s any than children were Anyone who was different or didn t fall into line was than just ridiculed, makes you understand why certain people were chomping at the bit to escape their small towns Not every citizen accepted bigotry and bullying, nor were as small minded as Frank but when you could find your life at threat, the safety of your family, you knew to keep your mouth shut tight and if you didn t, you would pay Some people thrive on love, others on rage and hatred but it all catches up to you, doesn t it I think we modern folks tend to judge people of the past under the safety and freedom of our own times No one is going to beat you to near death for defending someone or having an opinion for the most part, unfortunately back then they could and the those meant to protect could be a part of the corruption This novel exposes the uglier side of a small town in the 1950 s Read the Author s Note at the end, it s worth your time Disturbing and honest, yes read it.Publication Date January 29, 2019Kensington Books flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Anjana rated it really liked it The cover I feel misled me when I first started reading it I had forgotten the blurb by then It has a very mild look must be all that cotton but it is a much harder book to stomach than expected It tackles some very strong issues from the viewpoint of a child This makes it both easier and harsher to watch the events unfold Sonny Martha is in love with her land She gets that from her father, someone she looks up to and who holds the family together Then tragedy strikes and her brothers an The cover I feel misled me when I first started reading it I had forgotten the blurb by then It has a very mild look must be all that cotton but it is a much harder book to stomach than expected It tackles some very strong issues from the viewpoint of a child This makes it both easier and harsher to watch the events unfold Sonny Martha is in love with her land She gets that from her father, someone she looks up to and who holds the family together Then tragedy strikes and her brothers and mother are left untethered and looking for direction and financial constraints weigh heavily on them Then Sonny has to watch helplessly while the neighbour muscles his way into their lives with equal part intimidation and skill Things are never the same but the family bond pulls them together at every crucial stage This is a straightforward tale in most ways, and I did feel the sadness of the family and hoped for change with every turn of the page this was a digital copy, but you know what I mean and although it had the kind of ending I hoped for, it felt a little rushed considering the speed of the rest of the events This is the only reason it is not a complete five star read for me but it would be for anyone who is interested in reading books in this genre I would definitely recommend it flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Denise Levendoski rated it it was amazing Shelves won on 2018 thank you Thank you to Donna Everhart and I won this book in a Giveaway.WOW I loved all of the characters, they drew me in and make me cheer for them Two hard topics to deal with and she did a wonderful job not going overboard but getting her point across This story will stay with me for awhile flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Annie The Misstery rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves southern, coming of age RTC flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Franny Burd rated it it was amazing review of another edition Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for a fair and honest review This was my first book by Donna Everhart, but after finishing it last night I ve already purchased her previous two novels I adored this book and was sad to see it end It s the story of Sonny, a twelve year old girl living in the South, and the choices she and her family make after her father dies from a snakebite The character development was absolutely fabulous, and the story was compelling Highly Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for a fair and honest review This was my first book by Donna Everhart, but after finishing it last night I ve already purchased her previous two novels I adored this book and was sad to see it end It s the story of Sonny, a twelve year old girl living in the South, and the choices she and her family make after her father dies from a snakebite The character development was absolutely fabulous, and the story was compelling Highly recommended reading flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Lori L She Treads Softly rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Forgiving Kind by Donna Everhart is a very highly recommended family drama set in 1950s North Carolina.Twelve year old Martha Sonny Creech and her two older brothers, Ross and Trent, work hard alongside their Dad on their cotton farm Sonny feels a connection to and loves the land as much as her father does She also inherited his ability for divining water When a devastating accident claims her father s life, Sonny and her family are not only grieving, but heading for disaster and povert The Forgiving Kind by Donna Everhart is a very highly recommended family drama set in 1950s North Carolina.Twelve year old Martha Sonny Creech and her two older brothers, Ross and Trent, work hard alongside their Dad on their cotton farm Sonny feels a connection to and loves the land as much as her father does She also inherited his ability for divining water When a devastating accident claims her father s life, Sonny and her family are not only grieving, but heading for disaster and poverty if they can t pay for the seed to plant their cotton crop.When their weird, but wealthy, neighbor, Frank Fowler stops by and suggests a deal to help finance their crop, Sonny s mom, Olivia, accepts the deal even though she and Ross don t trust him Neither does her best friend, Daniel, who tells Sonny that the man must have ulterior motives Soon it becomes apparent that Fowler is a cruel, mean tempered bully who bosses the kids around and calls them names, but acts very different around their mother Sonny tries to tell her mom that he is no good, but she doesn t see his dark side until it is too late.This is a riveting, compelling, and emotionally complex story that grips you from the start and doesn t let go The narrative is spellbinding, heartbreaking, beautiful, and tragic It will make you cry, feeling furious and impotent, as foreshadowing clearly indicates that a violent disaster is in the making and you are waiting for the tragedy to happen I found myself raging silently at Sonny s mom, Olivia, finding it hard to believe she couldn t see who Frank Fowler really was through his fake facade.The writing is absolutely excellent Everhart decisively captures time and place, placing her well developed characters firmly in North Carolina in 1955 as they deal with what seems like a situation that will be impossible to escape The well paced plot raises the tension and anxiety of the reader and then keeps you there, anticipating, knowing something awful is going to happen The descriptive prose depicts both the beautiful and sordid in this coming of age story of abuse, violence, prejudice, perseverance, endurance, friendship, and family The juxtaposition of the exceptional writing with the disclosure of the ugliness within the narrative helps make the novel and its themes even poignant Disclosure My review copy was courtesy of Kensingtontp shetreadssoftly 2019 0 flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Suanne rated it it was amazing Shelves general fiction, historical fiction I chose to read this book because I grew up with a similar hard scrapple cotton farming family in Texas and picked cotton with my cousins and migrant farm workers Everhart really understands and is able to depict that sort of life I was immediately transported back to the South in the 1950s an era I grew up in I remember separate drinking fountains and toilets for colored people.The Forgiving Kind has themes of bigotry and acceptance of blacks and homosexuals and those with who stand out S I chose to read this book because I grew up with a similar hard scrapple cotton farming family in Texas and picked cotton with my cousins and migrant farm workers Everhart really understands and is able to depict that sort of life I was immediately transported back to the South in the 1950s an era I grew up in I remember separate drinking fountains and toilets for colored people.The Forgiving Kind has themes of bigotry and acceptance of blacks and homosexuals and those with who stand out Sonny herself is gifted with the ability to divine water and stands out from the crowd for this ability The Forgiving Kind captures the hardships and pleasures of being a cotton farming family the terror of bole weevils or drought or rain at the wrong time of cotton development It is a coming of age story blended with family drama When their father dies after being bitten by a rattlesnake, Sonny Creech, her mother, and brothers learn that they have little money to subsist on not enough to plant the year s crop of cotton Faced with the potential loss of their farm, they accept help from the rich man, Frank Fowler, who lives on the farm next door Eventually, Fowler seduces and marries the mother which leads to unforeseen devastating consequences.The richness of farm life and Sonny s attachment to the land is exquisitely portrayed I read this in one night and was sorry to see the book end flag Like see review Nov 16, 2018 Carla Suto rated it it was amazing THE FORGIVING KIND by Donna Everhart is a beautifully written and compelling story of family, friendship, loss, survival and forgiveness Set on a cotton farm in rural North Carolina in the 1950s, the story follows young Sonny Creech as her family suffers the tragic death of her beloved father and then struggles to keep afloat when drought hits the region and threatens to take away everything they have Donna Everhart has once again written a riveting novel that brings the reader straight into s THE FORGIVING KIND by Donna Everhart is a beautifully written and compelling story of family, friendship, loss, survival and forgiveness Set on a cotton farm in rural North Carolina in the 1950s, the story follows young Sonny Creech as her family suffers the tragic death of her beloved father and then struggles to keep afloat when drought hits the region and threatens to take away everything they have Donna Everhart has once again written a riveting novel that brings the reader straight into setting with exquisite descriptions and expertly portrayed characters She has captured the very essence of time and place and the raw emotions of the characters, flawed as they are Some of the subject matter is hard to read, but the story is told with such compassion and empathy that I couldn t help but be totally invested in it from beginning to end I loved this unforgettable novel of heartbreak, endurance and forgiveness and I recommend it most highly Many thanks to the author for providing me with a signed ARC and the chance to read her outstanding new novel early flag Like see review previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity AMERICAN HISTORIC Introduction to THE FORGIVING KIND 6 11 Jul 21, 2018 05 49PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. Donna Everhart

      Donna Everhart is a USA Today bestselling author who writes stories of family hardship and troubled times in a bygone south A native of North Carolina, she resides in her home state with her husband and their tiny heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, Mister Readers can also visit her at donnaeverhart.

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    1. On a cotton farm in 1950 s North Carolina, a family working hard together, getting by, are happy and content with life as it is We meet a sweet young girl Sonny Creech who inherits from her father a love of the land and the power of divining Their lives are changed forever when her father suddenly dies At first I thought this was going to be a commonly told coming of age story of a 12 year old girl, a family story with characters you cared about and reacted to as they made their way through t On [...]


    2. 1950 s North Carolina Water Witch , twelve year old Sonny Martha Creech loves her cotton farm The farm, and her family are her entire world Her father, her two older brothers, her mother and she work the land It is all she has ever known, and she loves it just as much as her father Then one day tragedy strikes, and it changes all of their lives forever As the heartbroken and grieving family try to move on and farm the land, their greedy neighbor, Mr Fowler, comes over and offers them a d 1950 s [...]


    3. 4.5 Stars Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it Mark Twain Chapter 1 1955Daddy never wanted to do nothing much other than grow cotton, and the way he d gone at it, we figured that would be the thing to kill him, but it wasn t Martha Sonny Creech is a twelve year old girl who has inherited the gift of water divination from her father, a gift that is helpful in Jones County, North Carolina for those families, like hers, who live on a cotton [...]


    4. Absolutely loved this one Donna Everhart, author and North Carolina native, is quickly becoming a favorite of mine Her stories are filled with unforgettably endearing characters and a sharp honesty about the times in which these characters are living The book is set in 1950s North Carolina, which, by the way, my dad grew up in NC during this time, though not on a cotton farm, and not in Jones County, where the only way of life was farming The Forgiving Kind is the story of twelve y Absolutely lo [...]


    5. 4.5 starsThe year is 1951 and Sonny Martha Creech, a 12 year old girl, lives a happy life on a cotton farm in North Carolina with her parents and two older brothers Sonny adores her dad and wants to be just like him One day, when Sonny and her brothers are tending the farm, a terrible tragedy strikes and Sonny s dad suddenly dies Sonny can t imagine anything worse than life without her father, but sadly, a string of bad luck is just about to hit the Creech family Struggling financially and 4.5 s [...]


    6. Captivating Historical Fiction, Unforgettable CharactersDonna Everhart once again achieves the difficult task of expertly weaving light into a dark story, this one rooted in a 1950s cotton farm where, much like the delicate bolls in the field, uncontrollable circumstances can shred vulnerable fibers overnight In THE FORGIVING KIND, we come to know the family of feisty Sonny Creech, a devoted daughter who has inherited her daddy s gift of dowsing water, and her best friend Daniel, with whom she C [...]


    7. When is 5 stars not enough When a book transports readers to another time and place, a cotton farm in North Carolina in 1955, a brutally hot summer filled with drought and despair When the story of a grieving family fills readers with anguish and heartache and fear and hope When the author is able to get into the mind and motivations of a desperate mother a narrow minded devious man a confused twelve year old boy and, the heart of the story, Sonny Creech, a young girl who misses her old li When [...]


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