Saturday, September 3, 2022

MISSING ISAAC by Valerie Luesse, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Fantastic Southern Fiction (2018 Release)

This is a wonderful debut and a captivating story with relatable characters told in a way that makes you want to travel back to the 1960s.

I was in high school during these turbulent times so I remember so much of the culture depicted in this book. I married one year after one of the couples in the story.

This story brought out some of the best qualities in the characters. Isaac was a role model to Pete and became a real friend. Southern charm and caring cross class barriers as people search for a missing Isaac. Ms. Luesse also shows us the ugly side of human nature and the champions who stand up for the underdog.

A quality tale, rich in atmosphere with a romance or two. Do not miss this book!

Southern fiction at its finest.
* I borrowed this ebook from Prime Reading. All opinions are my own.*5 stars underlying faith thread


BackCover Blurb:
There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse's stunning debut, Missing Isaac.

It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople's reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it's all over, Pete--and the people he loves most--will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever.

Revell Publishing, January, 2018
Available in digital ebook, hardcover, or audiobook:
Buy  MISSING ISAAC at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House


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