The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly- 288 pages
The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf all in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson. Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents on the trail of a local bootlegger, they unexpectedly find an abandoned baby boy at a crime scene.
An orphan raised by nuns, Ingersoll is determined to find the infant a home, a search that leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver. A lonely woman married too young to a charming and sometimes violent philanderer, Dixie Clay has lost her only child to illness and is powerless to resist this second chance at motherhood. From the moment they meet, Ingersoll and Dixie Clay are drawn to each other. He has no idea that she's the best bootlegger in the county and may be connected to the missing agents. And while he seems kind and gentle, Dixie Clay knows he is the enemy and must not be trusted.
Then a deadly new peril arises, endangering them all. A saboteur, hired by rich New Orleans bankers eager to protect their city, is planning to dynamite the levee and flood Hobnob, where the river bends precariously. Now, with time running out, Ingersoll, Ham, and Dixie Clay must make desperate choices, choices that will radically transform their lives-if they survive.
My Review: 2 stars
I had such high hopes for this book that advertises romance and mystery during the biggest American natural disaster in Mississippi, 1927. Half-way through the book I had to stop as my interest in the characters waned and I learned as much as I needed to about the floods, the breakage of the levees and how to moonshine. I know I’m in the minority with my views of this book, however to me, it didn’t offer what it promised and if reading a book feels like a chore, it’s definitely time to stop.
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Tags: 2013, Historical Fiction,
Labels: 2013, Historical Fiction