SHE WAS LOVELY, SEVENTEEN, AND LIFE WAS REACHING OUT FOR HER WITH PROMISE, AGONY, AND FIRST LOVE...Jody was beautiful, still shy, and finding out what every girl learns young in a poor Carolina mill town. Already she knew why her stepfather looked at her...why his son wanted to get her alone. Why she had to get away. It was the season for meeting a man who was strong enougSHE WAS LOVELY, SEVENTEEN, AND LIFE WAS REACHING OUT FOR HER WITH PROMISE, AGONY, AND FIRST LOVE...Jody was beautiful, still shy, and finding out what every girl learns young in a poor Carolina mill town. Already she knew why her stepfather looked at her...why his son wanted to get her alone. Why she had to get away. It was the season for meeting a man who was strong enough to be gentle. Ray, the good-looking loner, who wanted to make good for time spent in the army and in jail...who took Jody with him when small-town jealousies and violence got them in trouble with the law. IF SOME PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG, JODY WOULD SHOW THEM SHE KNEW THE MEANING OF LOVE. ...
|Title||:||The Growing Season|
|Number of Pages||:||255 Pages|
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The Growing Season Reviews
Speas' three historicals are outstanding but this one is from a very different genre and might disappoint fans of her other books. The setting is a 20th century Carolina mill town with protagonists who are alienated from their community.
To rate one of my favorite authors this low hurts, but this one I just didn't like. I tried, I really tried, and I confess I own a copy and will keep it, but I felt like Ms Speas was experimenting with a new style of writing. The characters aren't that appealing, the setting is very dysfunctional, everybody in the book has problems and that much angst was too much for me.Jan Cox Speas is a very talented writer, she is the author of My Love, My Enemy, a book I would grab on my way out of a burning house, but this book was probably written more for a younger market. Teens for some strange reason seem to thrive on agony, and this book has it in spades. Everything a teen wants: a boyfriend no one trusts but with a good heart, an abusive stepfather her mother won't leave, a wacko neighbor who oddly is one of the more appealing characters in the book, and just as a topper, running away.So, sorry, but this book was just not for me.
Ms. Speas is one of my favorite authors. Even though she has three other novels written as historical novels which I would highly recommend I found that I liked this one as well. This is written in a different style and time frame but still very enjoyable reading. The characters are "real people" who are not perfect and have a good back story.
I found this book at a garage sale for 25 cents and read it twice in a span of a few years. It's a sweet love story that like one of the other reviewers said has just stuck in my mind for the last twenty years. I still have the battered paperback that I bought at the garage sale. If you get a chance, you should read this book. If you like bodice rippers this book is not for you, but if you like bad boy makes good when he meets a nice girl in a bad situation then you will love this book.
It's a coming of age story that doesn't have the typical HEA. I read this book as a teenager and it just stuck with me. I pull it out and re-read it every year or so.
I read this once as a teenager and then lost my copy, then read it again as an adult. Really liked it both times.
read this one a couple of times - it is one of my faves