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Monday, October 26, 2009

Review - Southern Man by Connie Chastain

Title: Southern Man

Author: Connie Chastain

Publisher: Brasstown Books

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Rating: You Want to Read - A Good book

Reviewed by: Shawn Weisser

In 1983, in moss-hung Verona, Georgia, the tender and tenacious love between a hardworking man and his adoring wife is tested by sudden adversity.

At thirty-two, Troy Stevenson is a corporate vice-president and a former college football star who must confront an old family secret that underlies his nascent alcohol abuse or he may lose his wife and the son and daughter he deeply loves. When his latent destructiveness is unleashed and impacts his family, he moves to their lakeside cottage to come to grips with his personal weaknesses.

But busybodies at his company assume he moved to the cottage because his marriage is in trouble. Encouraged by the assumption, co-worker Brooke Emerson, an amoral, 1980s material girl romantically obsessed with Troy, begins to stalk him....

Connie Chastain has written a sensitive, though provoking, emotional, Christian love story between a man and his wife. She was able to make it very realistic in the sense that we are all human and prone to human needs and desires as well as weaknesses of faith and self-esteem. Characters were well developed and each was given a past for understanding and a final outcome of their decisions. The conflicts within the story were realistic and pertinent in relation to society as it stands. The author became a little overbearing on the Christian message and at times it distracted me as I read. Although I agree with Chastain, portion regarding gun control felt heavy-handed and did not feel pertinent to the storyline. It was not an effective segue to the next portion of the story.

Amazingly, the story was heartening for Christian readers to feel more at ease with a traditional lifestyles and comfortable with God-centered decisions. She was able to write sexy love scenes between Troy and Patty without being a prude but without being graphic as well. I enjoyed reading a story that focused the moral messages of monogamy, truth, and trust in family, friends, and God. Overall I enjoyed reading this book very much. Although there were less than four hundred pages the story was complete. I would read more of her books.

1 comment:

  1. Shawn, thank you for a wonderful review. (Sorry it has taken me so long to comment, but I've had massive computer problems that, thankfully, are much better now!). I agree completely with your criticism and I will definitely consider rewriting/removing the gun rights scenes in the next reprint. By way of explanation, Southern Man is a prequel; it grew into a novel from a small part of another story; that sequence is pertinent to the sequel, but not to the prequel.

    Again, thank you.

    Connie Chastain


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