Holding On To Nothing - Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne
Small Appalachian Town Setting ✔️
Dog named Crystal Gayle ✔️✔️
Doomed Love Story ✔️
More Dolly Parton references than you can shake a stick at ✔️✔️
Pour yourself a Jack and coke, dust off your Jolene and Little Sparrow albums and curl up with a hound dog to set the mood for this incredible debut. If you like southern fiction, you need this book. Right. Now. Go ahead. Press that order button. I'll wait.
I devoured this story in one sitting and experienced every emotion under the sun while reading it. I could hear the haunting sound of Jeptha’s mandolin and smell the liquor and the smoke while Lucy worked herself to the bone at the local bar - saving everything she made with the hopes of eventually getting out of that small town. I could see the heartache on Jeptha's face as he struggled to overcome a reputation he didn't deserve and I just ached for both he and Lucy as their lives played out on the pages. I went in to this book blind and was completely blown away by this author's talent, her complex and flawed characters, and her authentic and compassionate look at living with someone who is trying to overcome addiction.. Elizabeth Shelburne, you have my full attention and I am going to need more stories from you ASAP, please and thank you.
Thank you so much to Blair Publishing for reaching out to me about this one. It was heart crushingly beautiful. Holding On to Nothing releases October 22nd and you are going to want to pre-order a copy! Please click here.