Saturday, January 28, 2012

Book Review Josephine Red Dirt and Whiskey

Before I start this review I want to announce a change.  I have joined up with EverAfter PR Book Tours.  When it is an EverAfter Book Review, you'll find these words in the title.  My book review today is an independent review.

'Josephine Red Dirt & Whisky' was written by Melinda Mcguire.  It is a Southern Romance genre and the story takes place during the Depression Era.

I have never read a Southern Romance novel and was quite curious on how this book would read.  First of all, I love Melinda's style.  It was so much fun.  The story itself kept a smile on my face all the way through, and Josephine was a gem of a character.  I have to say, she was one of a kind.

The story is set in a small town in Texas and, as I have mentioned, during the Depression.  Josephine is a teenager when her aunt asks her to come and take care of her.  The aunt dies shortly after, leaving Josephine her house.  Josephine attends church every Sunday and makes many friends.  Soon she marries Samuel who is much older than she.

She's not happily married, but she's not unhappy either.  She seems at this point to float where life will take her and accept what life throws at her.  Not long after she marries Samuel, he dies.

It's at this point that Josephine begins to change and starts thinking indepently, developing her own personality.  She has to be careful.  It is not a time for women to act or say freely. Even when she attends a movie by herself, she tells the church women it is in honor of Samuel.   Leaving the movie late one night, she meets Ethan.

Her life changes dramatically as she deals with this dapper young man.  Who he is, why he only shows up at night, why he understands Josephine so well, and why he lies about certain things spurs Josephine to find out who he really is and why he has entered her life. 

This book was simply entertaining.  I loved reading it and I am sure it is one of the books I will read again.  I have to admit, I've never read anything like it.  Melinda's style is unique and fits the tone and the characters of this delightful story, yet she doesn't mince words and tells this tale exactly as it is, including when Josephine gets sick in full open honesty.

Here is a section of the reading.  Please understand that Josephine has quite a mouth on her.

      "So, Miss Josephine Killian, I see you're feeling better than the last time I saw you."
     He was using her last name, not Samuel's.  How did he know it?  She hadn't remembered telling him.  She didn't know his.  She was mad, and she knew God had given her this chance to make Ethan face the wrong he had done her.
     "Ethan, you son-of-a-bitch, what's it to you if I am feeling better?  What's it to you if I had died?  You left.  You didn't come round to see if I was dead.  What in the hell are you doing here anyaway?  I don't even want to look at you, let alone talk to you, you bastard!"

Can you see her personality?  I tell you, Josephine is a snapdragon that stands out in a field of bland cotton.  I would suggest this book to any adult.  Besides the swearing, it does have a few explicit sex scenes.  Reading about Josephine and her adventures and moodiness was like the best tilt-a-whirl ride you can be on.

It can be purchased through Amazon in e format for $2.99.  Check out her author's page and other writings too.

I give this book 5 whiskey bottles out of 5:  

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Kelly Hashway said...

Nice review! I haven't read an adult novel in over a year. I'm strictly in YA mode, but I'll have to remember this one.

Scrollwork said...

A "tilt-a-whirl ride" is such a great way to describe the experience you had reading this. And whiskey-bottle ratings! So apt.

Donna Yates said...

Thank you, Kelly, for your comment. It is a fun read.

Donna Yates said...

Scrollwork, thank you for your comment. Glad you liked my tilt-a-whirl and whiskey bottle rating.

shelly said...

That was a very nice book review. Josephine sounds like someone I know. Someone in my family. Colorful.

Donna Yates said...

Oh, my, Shelly, how lucky? are you? Thank you for your comment.

Barbara Fisher March House Books said...

Your whiskey bottle ratings made my day! Sounds like an entertaining read too. Cheers!

Donna Yates said...

Thank you, Barbara, and thank you for your comment.

Laura said...

Sounds like an interesting read! I don't know that I've read a southern romance before, but the depression era should make for a great backdrop to any story. I'm visiting from the sweetness on Sunday.

Donna Yates said...

Laura, thank you so much for visiting and for your comment. I had never read a southern romance before either, but I guarantee I'll read more, and especially Melinda Mcguire's works.

Jess@The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow said...

I don't think I have ever heard of this book- nor have I read a Southern Romance. The fact that this book kept a smile on your face the whole time definitely intrigues me. I have added it to my list of books to check out!

Donna Yates said...

Jess, thank you for your comment. I think you'd enjoy it.

Lena Winfrey Seder said...

Great review! It entices me to read the book. Josephine does sound like an interesting character. Will check it out!

Donna Yates said...

Thank you for commenting, Lena. It is a different fun style read.