About the Book: In 1963 rural Georgia, with the Vietnam War cranking up, pregnant, seventeen-year-old Adie Jenkins discovers the diary of pregnant, seventeen-year-old Tempe Jordan, a slave girl, circa 1963, with the Civil War well under way.

My Review:This was a beautifully written story with an extremely sympathetic protagonist. The tone of the book is spot on, I could almost hear the voices in my mind as well, since the dialect was so well done. Adie carries a painful secret from her family that causes her a lot of pain. When she ends up pregnant and needs to marry her boyfriend…she slowly comes to terms with the effects secrets have on the lives around them.

Adie was so easy to root for! Even though there were many difficult and challenging things that happened to her, she really and tried to do the very best thing for the people she loved. While she wasn’t always wise or making the right decisions, she tried to live with integrity and love. As she processes the things that happened in her life, she also reads a diary by a woman freed after the Civil War. Both of these women faced their own fair share of unbelievable suffering.

But the writing is truly lovely. Here’s one of my favorite sentences:

“I wanted it to be out in the open where we could smack it around and break it into tiny pieces, bits small enough for me to swallow.”

I love that, because that’s exactly what happens when you finally talk about secrets…they become something you can actually deal with. What a beautiful way to put it.

If you enjoy Southern fiction, you are sure to enjoy this book. Be sure to check it out on Amazon.

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3 Responses to “Review: Cold Rock River by Jackie Lee Miles”

  1. Anna Says:

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this book. I’ll be reading it soon!

  2. Alyce Says:

    Nice review! I’ve added this one to my list.

  3. Cold Rock River by J.L. Miles Says:

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