This is the first Monday in a long time that I’ve actually been happy. Why, you ask? Or maybe you didn’t and you really don’t care but that’s ok. I’m going to tell you anyways! Haha. I recently gave up my daily coffee and today I’d the first day without a caffeine withdrawal. We really do take so many things in life for granted. Simply being alive and not having headaches is pure bliss!
I normally would even attempt reading on a headache and much less a caffeine withdrawal headache but I had to read this book for a tour so there I was on a Friday night reading with a raging headache. I thought it’d be hell getting it done but oh em gee is this book good! I could NOT stop reading. I read straight through my headache until 2AM! It was that good. The point of view is through Sonny, a 12 year old girl who recounts her family’s hardships when her father suddenly dies from a snakebite. This book went a lot deeper into things than I expected. There’s a couple of tough scenes to get through regarding child abuse and domestic violence so beware if that’s not your thing. It was tasteful done though, so there wasn’t anything exactly graphic. It was mostly implied and left to your imagination. I cried quite a few times with Sonny and I really felt for her. 4.5/5⭐️
For twelve-year-old Martha “Sonny” Creech, there is no place more 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 more 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.
The book is out now and I also have a giveaway going on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxJUj6snCat/
*Thank you to Kensington books for the free book. All opinions are my own.