Monday, March 23, 2015

Visiting The Sins by Melanie Denman [4.5 stars]

 From the Description:
In her riotous debut novel, Melanie Denman probes the silent sacrifices of motherhood with unflinching honesty and warmhearted amusement. Set in the Bible Belt of Deep East Texas, Visiting the Sins is a darkly funny story about mothers and daughters, naked ambition, elusive redemption, and all the torment it s possible to inflict in the name of family.

Down through the decades, the lofty social aspirations of the feisty but perennially dissatisfied Wheeler women Pokey, the love-starved, pistol-packing matriarch; Rebanelle, the frosty former beauty queen turned church organist; and Curtis Jean, the backsliding gospel singer are exceeded only by their unfortunate taste in men and a seemingly boundless capacity for holding grudges. A legacy of feuding and scandal lurches from one generation to the next with tragic consequences that threaten to destroy everything the Wheeler women have sacrificed their souls to build.
Author's Bio:
Melanie Denman is a native of Nacogdoches, Texas and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. An eighth-generation Texan, and a former banker and cattle rancher, she currently lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is working on a second novel.
Connect with Melanie: Website and Facebook
I received an ARC of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my opinion of this book. You can find the tour schedule and rafflecopter giveaway here.

Visiting The Sins is not the normal type of book I would read so I didn't expect it to capture my attention so thoroughly. The story is about the lives of several generations of women from an East Texas family living in a small town. Told through a series of vignettes from the perspectives of the different women.

The characters in this novel could have been taken from my own family. When I was reading this it felt at times like I was sitting around the kitchen table with my own Mamaw and Mama having coffee and sharing family stories. The writing had a whimsical, down home feel that will draw you into the lives of these ladies and makes you want to stay awhile to catch up on what their up to. By the end of the book I had laughed and cried along with them all and it made me glad I had taken a chance on this wonderful book. Fans of such classics as Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias, or if you just love a great family story, will want to give this book a chance. You won't be sorry you did! A solid 4.5 stars.

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