This review is a little bit different from my others. I am participating in a Blog Tour for this novel from August 14th-September 1st. There is also a GIVEAWAY going on for that time as well and three of my readers will win a finished copy of the book. The Giveaway rules and link, as well as other information will be posted below. Good luck everyone!
If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss is a novel that is being released on August 22, 2017. Thanks to Sourcebooks and Netgalley for the ARC. Also a special Thank You to Leah Weiss for including me in her Blog Tour.
The novel follows Sadie, she is 17 and pregnant and has been married to Roy for fifteen days. Since they have been married, Roy has been beating her regularly. The town knows but they just look the other way. She loves Loretta Lynn and carries around a magazine with her on the cover but she can’t read. The new teacher in town tells her that she’ll help teach her to read and Sadie begins to wonder if there’s more to life than being Roy’s wife.
The story is told from multiple characters. There is the preacher Eli, his sister Prudence, Sadie, Sadie’s grandmother Gladys, Gladys’ friend Marris, the local “witch” named Birdie, the new school teacher Kate, Tattler Swan, Sadie’s husband Roy and Roy’s friend Billy. Each new perspective has their own story but Sadie weaves into each one. The town witch wants to help her get rid of Roy, the teacher wants her to help her learn to read so she has more options in life and Roy’s friend Billy has always had a crush on her and wants to be with her himself.
I thought at first that this book was not going to be for me because of all the different character perspectives but it kind of read like short stories that all came together in the end. At least that’s what it was like for me. There were certain stories I liked more than others but I was expecting that. I loved Sadie and Roy’s parts the most.
I really enjoyed most of the characters. I thought they were all realistic. They could be your next door neighbor. I loved Birdie the most for some reason. I could imagine some of the things she said, and I imagined her with a southern accent and it just made me laugh. I hated Roy but he was definitely a good villain and I loved seeing into his head during his perspective.
I thought the ending was a little abrupt and I would have liked to see it unfold a little bit more. I loved what Leah Weiss did for Roy’s story and was shocked by what happened. I was sad for parts of Sadie’s story especially towards the end but I also see why it was perfect at the same time. I also would have loved to know what Sadie and some of the other characters would be doing a few years later.
The novel reminded me a little bit of Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts at some points. The pregnant teenager, the loser boyfriend, the woman who wants to help, etc. I think people who enjoyed that novel will love this one as well. Also, if you are someone who doesn’t like multiple character narration, still give this a go because that was something I thought I wouldn’t like and I ended up loving it, it really does give a little something extra to the novel and I don’t think that it would have worked as well if it had been a one person narration.
I really enjoyed this novel. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. Definitely look it up and check it out.
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