Gone South by Meg Mosel

Gone South

by Meg Moseley



The charm of the South drew her back to her family’s roots. But when the town’s old resentments turn the sweet tea bitter, can Tish find a welcome anywhere?

Leaving frosty Michigan for the Deep South was never a blip in the simple plans Tish McComb imagined for her life, dreams of marriage and family that were dashed five years earlier in a tragic accident. Now an opportunity to buy her great-great-great-grandparents’ Civil War era home beckons Tish to Noble, Alabama, a Southern town in every sense of the word. She wonders if God has given her a new dream—the old house filled with friends, her vintage percolator bubbling on the sideboard.

When Tish discovers that McCombs aren’t welcome in town, she feels like a Yankee behind enemy lines. Only local antiques dealer George Zorbas seems willing to give her a chance. What’s a lonely outcast to do but take in Noble’s resident prodigal, Melanie Hamilton, and hope that the two can find some much needed acceptance in each other.

Problem is, old habits die hard, and Mel is quite set in her destructive ways. With Melanie blocked from going home by her influential father, Tish must try to manage her incorrigible houseguest as she attempts to prove her own worth in a town that seems to have forgotten that every sinner needs God-given mercy, love and forgiveness.


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I really enjoyed this southern story by author Meg Moseley. Tish McCombs’ life takes an unexpected turn when she loses her father, husband and her mother remarries and moves away. Tish could move closer to her mother, but that’s not exactly what she wants, though she is really not sure what it is she wants with her life. When she decides to go a round about way home from visiting her mom in Florida, Tish ends up in Noble, Alabama to the home of her great-great-great-grandparents because it is for sale. Never did she think she would purchase this old family home, but that is just what she did. But after moving there, neighbors wasn’t as friendly as Tish expected them to be, leaving Tish puzzled at what was going on.


I have to say I enjoyed Meg Moseley’s second book just as much as her first one! When Sparrows Fall was my very first book I read and reviewed, so it will always be special for me. And I have been waiting for Meg’s second book ever since, and Gone South was well worth the wait. I love the way Meg weaves together the difficult situations Tish had to face, with her faith in God to help her through those rough times. Tish and the rest of the characters were so well developed I grew to love each of them, and sometimes I felt as though I was living the story with them. And the way Tish treated Melanie Hamilton is a good example of how God gives us second, and third, and more chances in our Christian life.


This was such a heartwarming and entertaining story that I strongly recommend Gone South to you for a good, clean, and we can’t forget Southern read. You will be very happy you chose this one!


I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook through their Blogging For Books review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.




Although I’ve lived more than half my life in other states, I’m still a Californian at heart. I love vintage bungalows, twisted oaks on rolling hills, and the rocky beaches of the Central Coast. A few blocks away from my childhood home stood a Lutheran church where I came to faith, first through Sunday School teachers whose kindness drew me to the kindness of God, and then through confirmation classes. The Bible verses that had been drilled into my head came to life in my heart.

After moving away from home as a teenager, I worked at a variety of jobs, from candle-maker in a tourist town to administrative assistant at a Christian college. I married a wonderful man from Michigan, and we lived north of Detroit for seventeen years. That’s where we started homeschooling our three children, an endeavor that we finished in Georgia when our youngest
graduated from high school in 2009.

My husband and I live near Atlanta, close to the foothills of the Southern Appalachians. His motorcycle often carries us to the mountains of Georgia, Tennessee, or the Carolinas. Sitting on the back of the bike, I can pray, enjoy the beautiful views, and plot new stories. Fiction makes my world go ’round, whether I’m writing it or reading it.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Faith Hope & Cherrytea
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 10:50:31

    amazing how people can get such different things from reading the same book!
    I read it and got completely the opposite response


  2. Adeline
    Jun 09, 2013 @ 00:22:35

    Thanks for sharing your reviews of this book! Sounds like a good novel


  3. splashesofjoy
    Jun 11, 2013 @ 17:53:08

    Thanks for the notes on Meg’s book. This is a very wonderful read. And yes it is interesting how different people see differently on the same book. But if we all had the same opinion, reading would be a boring world!


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