Thank you to TLC Book Tours and to the author, Sherry Parnell, for gifting me a copy of LET THE WILLOWS WEEP to read and review.
“In the tradition of the best Southern fiction—from Bastard Out of Carolina to Where the Crawdads Sing—Sherry Parnell’s Let the Willows Weep is a heart-wrenching portrait of hardscrabble, humble lives in rural America. A keenly-observed and unflinching look at the life of Birddog Harlin as she grows up in her dysfunctional family, this novel explores the line between destruction and redemption.”
As someone who was born and raised in the South, I feel that I can truly appreciate when a book conjures the feelings that come from living in the South. Time moves slower, a family is a very precious thing, and stories passed down from generation to generation are what keep our history alive. So, when I had the chance to read this piece of southern fiction, I jumped at the opportunity. There’s just something about a book like this that makes my heart feel full.
However, the fullness in my heart doesn’t mean that there weren’t moments throughout the book that caused my heart to crack slightly. With the beauty of the South, often comes the pain of the South. Parnell did a beautiful job writing about the joy and heart that “Birddog” endured in her lifetime. It made me sad for several reasons, but the main was how the writing style in this book made the story feel incredibly real. There are people out there who have suffered in the same ways that Birddog did.
I truly loved this poetic story and relished in the fact that it transported me to that small rural town. If you’re looking for a southern novel that truly speaks to the heart and soul of this part of our country, then you will want to pick up LET THE WILLOWS WEEP.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to read and review this book. Thank you, TLC Book Tours and Sherry Parnell.
LET THE WILLOWS WEEP was published in 2019 and is available to order online!