Book Review: Georgia Stories On My Mind by Jackie Rod

How many of you are fans of Maeve Binchy’s Chestnut Street? Or Dubliners from James Joyce? Well, I’ve another collection of community-based short stories that you might enjoy.

Goodreads Blurb

Book Review: Georgia Stories On My Mind by Jackie Rod

Come visit Georgia through stories that reach beyond these turbulent times. Experience Southern tales shaped by local traditions and legends and the people who live life to the fullest through joys and hardships. Inhale the essence of small town squares while eating hand-scooped ice cream on a park bench. Sometimes the most real things in life are things we cannot see but those that deeply touch us, as the folks in these tales learn. Share smiles and shed tears as you travel the curving road of life with these Georgia characters. Are you ready for an unforgettable experience of hope, faith, trust, reconciliation, and love?

Georgia Stories on my

Review

I can’t really sugar coat this so here it goes: I was disappointed by Georgia Stories on My Mind.

The first lines of the blurb of this book are as follows:

“Come visit Georgia through stories that reach beyond these turbulent times. Experience Southern tales shaped by local traditions and legends and the people who live life to the fullest through joys and hardships.”

I don’t think it achieved that. There was an interesting introduction that provided some insights into Georgian life but I felt the rest of the book fell flat in this regard. Now, that’s not to say that it made it a bad book. It just wasn’t the book that I was looking for. I enjoy reading fiction as a means to learning about different places, and I just didn’t get that here.

However, what I did get from Georgia Stories on My Mind was a collection of love stories that warmed the heart. Many of these stories revolved around finding love that was in front of the character all along, something I found comforting and beautiful to read. But the author provided more than seven wonderful love stories. This collection also dealt with loss and grief as it did with joy and happiness, meaning that the stories each had their own flair and weren’t simply copycats of one another. Especially the last story, which was told from the viewpoint of a dog!

So, while I may initially have been disappointed with Georgia Stories on My Mind, I evolved into a reader who enjoyed a great collection of short stories. Thank you, Jackie Rod, for the opportunity.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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