Jun 21, 2012
Author: Leila Meacham
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 19, 2012)
Devoted readers of Leila Meacham will devour this long, juicy page-turner. TUMBLEWEEDS is the story of three young friends-the saint, the sinner, and the angel-growing up together in the sort of small Texas Panhandle town that lives and dies by its Friday night football games. A fateful event casts a long shadow over these three intertwined lives and leaves the reader turning the pages desperately to see how it all plays out.
Leila's first "Thorn Birds" type saga was Roses and it was a strong, multi-generational story. Tumbleweeds stays in one generation, over the course of 30 years.
It involves three children who meet when they are all 11 years old.
All three can be considered orphans to some extent and they form an instant and deep bond with each other. As they grow, the bond turns to love ..... between all three, though Cathy, the female in the group, only has a sparkle in her eyes for Trey Don.
Two events occur when they're 17 and 18 that change the course of all their lives. One event, to me, is understandable when young hot tempers and passions arise that somehow lead to misunderstandings, but I have to admit that the bigger event, involving a death, shocked me in how easily life went on after. Certainly there was remorse, but I rather felt it would affect lives more than it did.
John, the third member of the group, was the most affected by this event, but even he seemed to smooth things over fairly well and his requests to God that he be protected were one thing that turned me off from him.
20 years later both events raise their ugly heads again and the final chapters tend to be a somewhat convoluted tangle until the final answers are found.
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