If the Creek Don’t Rise – Leah Weiss

In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She’s been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy’s wife. – Goodreads.com

I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

If The Creek Don’t Rise is reminiscent of Grapes of Wrath, to me. It has that same sort of feeling – heat and oil, moonshine, poverty and abuse, rough living and the quest for the American Dream (rubble to riches).

Not only do we delve into Sadie’s story but we visit other characters in her community who have their own tales of religion, love, abuse and murder to tell. Secrets run rampant in this little town but how long can they be kept hidden or are they really all that secret?

With this fantastic mix of religion, magic, mystery and the realities of hard-living, If the Creek Don’t Rise is storytelling at its absolute best.

In my books, it’s a definite five.

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