It’s not often I’m surprised by a book, but this book captured me from the beginning. I knew early on I would like this story. In fact, out of the hundreds of novels I’ve read, I’d rank this book in my top 10 fiction books.
Give My Love to the Chestnut Trees is a rich, character based novel. Each of the characters came alive and seemed real enough to know and care about. The setting is in small-town St Simons. It’s easy to believe this town’s setting as a young teen experiences the flavor of the past and carries it with her into the future. Each person came alive on the page with so many different personalities, quirks, and qualities. It was nice to watch a self-centered girl transform through the difficulties of life and through the influence of an eccentric aunt who cares for her during a summer when her mother was ill.
One thing I appreciate about this novel is that it has a strong Christian message, yet without being preachy. It’s real people with real struggles. People I believe you will also enjoy getting to know and care about as the story moves along.
I can’t say enough good things about this book. The writing is exceptional, as is the storytelling and the development of the characters. There wasn’t any point in the novel when the story lost momentum. It’s a clean read and kept my interest from beginning until the end. I suspect we’ll be seeing great things from this author in the future. It’s an excellent debut novel and hopefully the first of many. Highly recommended!