Review: In High Cotton by Ane Mulligan

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

While the rest of the world has been roaring through the 1920s, times are hardscrabble in rural South Georgia. Widow Maggie Parker is barely surviving while raising her young son alone. Then as banks begin to fail, her father-in-law threatens to take her son and sell off her livelihood—the grocery store her husband left her. Can five Southern women band together, using their wisdom and wiles to stop him and survive the Great Depression?

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Guest Reviewer Frannie’s Thoughts:

I really enjoyed In High Cotton, a story set in 1929 in the South of Georgia during the Depression.  Magnolia (Maggie) Parker is a young widow who is thrown into a management position when her husband dies and leaves her ownership of the family’s grocery store in the center of a small conservative town.  Many of the men in the town feel a place for a woman is in the home and that women are incapable of running a store or any other type of business.  Maggie is desperate, she needs to make the store lucrative to support her young son Barry.  She is constantly being tricked into impossible situations because she is engulfed in a good-ole-boys network that does not look kindly on independent woman.  Along with the major plot there are many subplots that highlight the juxtapositions of the sweetness of the South with the shocking underlining prejudices.      

Maggie takes in a group of needy women who band together to fight the establishment and become an iron clad team who stand by her and fight the cultural oppression of the times.  These women are determined to assist her and themselves in acquiring freedom.  These diverse individuals are a force to be reckoned with:  her socialite sister Dutchess, friend Sadie, mother-in-law Faylene and a young albino girl named Pinkie. Together they combine their knowledge and expertise to withstand many situations that are frightening, disheartening and ultimately compassionate.  The story revolves around love, family, and friends.  Although many times Maggie wants to give up, she holds onto her convictions.  Her belief in God gives her strength enabling her to provide hope, optimism and faith to her son and the women that have been supportive.        

 In High Cotton is professionally written.  The author depicts the small town’s charm making the characters believable.  There are no good guys and bad guys, but rather complicated people with intricate lives.  The story starts a bit slow but rapidly picks up the pace and keeps you captivated throughout the rest of the book by introducing action, intrigue, and emotions.  In the end, her hard-fought success is attributed to her determination and her unconditional love for her son.      

 

About the Author: Ane Mulligan’s passion is writing Southern Fiction.  She is also involved in the Community Theatre.  Ane is the Creative/Managing Director of Players Guild@Sugar Hill, a non-profit Community Theatre troupe, where she and her husband act, direct, build sets, and just about anything else.  She is a contributor to the award-winning literary site, The Write Conversation.  Ane lives in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and a rascally Rottweiler. You can find Ane on her website and blog: http://www.anemulligan.com.

 

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