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Walking in Tall Weeds by Robin W. Pearson: Book Review

 **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

From award-winning author Robin W. Pearson comes a new Southern family drama about one family who discovers their history is only skin-deep and that God’s love is the only family tie that binds.

Paulette and Fred Baldwin find themselves wading through a new season of life in Hickory Grove, North Carolina. Their only son, McKinley, now works hundreds of miles away, and the distance between the husband and wife feels even farther. When their son returns home, his visit dredges up even more conflict between Fred and Paulette.

McKinley makes it no secret that he doesn’t intend to follow in his father’s footsteps at George & Company Fine Furnishings or otherwise. Fred can’t quite bring himself to accept all his son’s choices, yet Paulette is determined McKinley will want for nothing, least of all a mother’s love and attention―which her own skin color cost her as a child. But all her striving leaves Fred on the outside looking in.

Paulette suspects McKinley and Fred are hiding something that could change the whole family. Soon, she’s facing a whirlwind she never saw coming, and the three of them must dig deep to confront the truth. Maybe then they’ll discover that their history is only skin-deep while their faith can take them right to the heart of things.

Robin W. Pearson's A LONG TIME COMIN’ earned a 2020 Christy Award for First Novel. Both her debut and her second novel, 'TIL I WANT NO MORE (February 2021), earned a Publishers Weekly starred review. They show how man's timeless love affair with God affects day-to-day relationships. Robin's writing sprouts from her Southern roots, and she has corrected grammar up and down the East coast, starting with Houghton Mifflin Company. Her family’s faith, life lessons, and life’s longings inspire her as a wife, homeschooling mother of seven, and author, what she blogs about on https://robinwpearson.com/mommy-concentrated/. They're the source of all the characters living and breathing in the stories waiting to be told about her belief in Jesus Christ and the experiences at her own kitchen sink.

Robin W. Pearson is still a fairly 'new' author--- this being only her third published novel, yet she has already proven herself to be masterful story teller, tackling family issues in a way that both draws the reader in and makes them think. It takes drama and conflict to create a good story that will leave readers wanting more and Walking in Tall Weeds is a reminder that often we don't have to look far to find that at all... after all, is there any conflict like those within the family?

This story is beautifully written. The characters feel very real, and it's hard not to find yourself drawn into their lives. It takes on some pretty tough subjects, so I cannot always say it's the mot enjoyable read, but it was one that makes the reader think and I definitely feel like the author takes on those more difficult subjects with grace. It did perhaps seem a bit slower paced to me that what I typically prefer, but I felt like it works for this story. 

If you're looking for a beautiful, inspirational read with just the right amount of Southern charm, this is certainly one to check out.


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