Friday, December 14, 2012

Review # 258: Mississippi Cotton (A Southern Novel) by Paul H. Yarbrough

Description: (from Amazon)
     It is 1951. Young Jake Conner gets on a bus to visit his cousins in the Mississippi Delta. But when the body of an unknown man is found in the Mississippi River, Jake's summer vacation gets a little more adventurous as he and his cousins snoop around in a mystery that is better left to the grown-ups.

    Mississippi Cotton is a lighthearted coming-of-age mystery narrated by a group of young boys growing up around the Mississippi Delta in the early 1950's. Paul H. Yarbrough has created a fun and realistic cast of characters, (Jake, Taylor and Casey), whose innocence - and knack for trouble - set the stage for a real southern treat! The genuine southern charm, attention to detail, and engaging story-line, made me feel like I was in Mississippi picking cotton, fishing, and watching crops sway in the warm mid-day breeze. I was engrossed by the well-written descriptions and historical authenticity. It reminded me a bit of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, but was a refreshing look into boyhood curiosity and the adventure of growing up. I also appreciated the lack of violence and profanity. Overall, Mississippi Cotton was a clean and well-developed story packed with unforgettable characters, tons of laughs, and classic southern hospitality! Recommended to readers of all ages, but especially preteen boys!

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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