This is a sit-back-and-sip-your-sweet-tea-and-meander-through-the-story kind of book. There's a lot of folksy wisdom in it, italicized and recorded by a Lauralee, who's making a book of advice for her young son. The language conjures South Carolina in the summer, and the alternating viewpoints, an Alabama native and a northerner from Maine, allow us to see it from both sides of the Mason Dixon line. The characters in the active present in the story are sweet people I enjoyed spending time with. I really enjoyed reading this book, and it just made me feel cuddly and cozy all over.
That being said, there were a few things that keep it from being a 5-star. Mostly that the author lacks, um, subtlety. Like there are flashing neon signs in the text: "Symbolism!! That was Symbolism!" or "Foreshadowing! Pay Attention!". The foreshadowing was so heavy that the entire plot is revealed by about 20% of the way through, so this is not a novel of suspense. Even though the plot is beyond your average, every-day believable. But honestly, that made me enjoy it all the more. It's not a mystery. But it's a good read. I was able to go slow and enjoy the language since I was pretty sure of what lay around the next bend in the road.