Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham

Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham

The prologue begins in 2008 and then goes the book goes back into the past beginning in 1979. A story about three people and how lives can change and separate; how life does not always give you what you want and what you plan but how one can change when needed.
Trey Don Hall, John Caldwell and Catherine Ann Benson are the main characters who became friends at a young age. I will add Rufus, a dog given to Cathy by Trey Don and John. In this sometimes complicated book, the three go through many passions, friendships and love. The book is based in the Panhandle of Texas and how football is so important in the lives of the small town of Kersey and the people. I am from West Texas and football is very important to the whole town; something Cathy, who was from California, could never understand. (My mother who was from Colorado never understood it either but my father did.)
Families are involved and there is a feeling of small town closeness, sometimes good and sometimes bad.
Trey was quoted as saying "The Texas Panhandle breeds a bunch of us long, tall drink-of-water look-alikes. We're as common as tumbleweeds".
One life leads to football, another to become a priest and another one works in a diner.
I hate to review too much of the book as the reader will need to get into the book and feel the emotions of the characters. A book that covers decades and many lives.
John named his pickup, Old Red, my father had his International pickup he bought from Texas Electric and called it the Red Mule. Many Texas references to the colleges and universities and towns.
The recipe for Emma's Hot water Corn Bread is at the end of the book, a nice treat.
I give it a five star rating for the overall twists and turns and the page turner it is.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author and Grand Central Publishing. The opinions are my own. I wish to thank Leila Meacham for such a wonderful, and emotional, book to read and review.
Leona Olson


Fairday Morrow said...

I love that there are a lot of twists and turns to this book! I am curious about it now!


Juli Rahel said...

It sounds like a really nice story! Thanks for stopping by! I'm following back!
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JoyAnne said...

I want to read this one, sounds like a good story.
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