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Return to Hardscrabble Road

Return To Hardscrabble Road by George Weinstein is a southern-based coming-of-age novel. This is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Hardscrabble Road, picking up where the first book left off. George Weinstein interweaves themes of hope, redemption, loss, revenge, heartache, and family into a beautifully southern gothic story. When you open the pages of Return To Hardscrabble Road, prepare yourself for a wild ride, an intense journey, and memorable wisdom found along the way. By intricately combining these themes, Return To Hardscrabble Road is an unforgettable reminder of what it feels like to grow up and make your own way in the world while navigating everything you leave behind in the innocence of your youth.

This story captivated me from start to finish. While putting together the pieces from the first book, Hardscrabble Road, I immediately fell in love with the characters and their conflict-resolution faced as I poured over the pages. This book left me reeling with engaging characters, memorable dialogue, and a fascinating narrative. With exciting plot twists and compelling details, Weinstein’s writing left me able to put myself in the story.

Due to the themes and setting of this novel, the story may not be for everyone. George Weinstein covers many complex topics but has a quality in his writing that allows for a relatable and engaging story that audiences everywhere can appreciate. However, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quality narrative about family, loss, and redemption. Due to the content, this book is mesmerizing and intriguing. If you are looking for something that is heartfelt and has a great story, grabs a copy of Return To Hardscrabble Road. 

Pages: 316 | ASIN : B0BJ7DLCGM

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Limbo Jubilee

Soleil’s novel Limbo Jubilee is a psychological drama written from the perspective of the West Virginian born Neala, who has to overcome the trauma and loss inflicted upon her at an early age and later becomes a psychologist in Arizona while still trying to find herself and her place in the world. While I won’t spoil it entirely, I do have to point out that she isn’t entirely successful, and the book becomes a narrative that slowly unwinds in the same way she does. Slowly, until finally it spirals to a fitting conclusion at the end of the book.

I was quickly taken in by Neala’s story, even as it is interwoven with her growing madness as her psyche breaks down. I was able to easily empathize with her character. You want her to pull through, and heal herself, like she promises she should at the beginning. Neala means Champion—the heroine should be a champion—but midway, as she begins to unravel you know it’s going to end in tears as she loses touch with reality, becomes convinced that she isn’t real, and eventually loses herself bit by bit until there is nothing left except something she has called the “Choisi”. This is wistful and somewhat somber but utterly compelling.

The book and narrative reminds me a lot of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam because I felt like it carried much the same tone. Fans of Atwood’s work in that series will enjoy Limbo Jubilee as I did. In between the rational and recognizable are snippets of what really is happening.

The start of all of this is heavily foreshadowed in the first chapter, beginning with her trying to help her dying Aunt Betsy, and it is in this chapter that the seeds of her eventual anorexia and the lifelong battle with it are planted, as are the seeds of what will come later in the book. I had to read the beginning a few times to catch all the colorful nuances and each time I did, I found another snippet and hint of the prods and disconnects that eventually are Neala’s undoing by the end of the book. While it isn’t a book for the faint of heart, it is definitely one with plenty of potential that needs to be on the bookshelf of anyone that appreciates a complex and thought-provoking read. Not one word isn’t there that doesn’t serve a purpose — Limbo Jubilee has been masterfully written.

Pages: 193 | ASIN: B07ZTTK6BB

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