This is much more than a coming of age story. The challenges faced and overcome by the protagonist are so complex that few adults could rise above them. Although it takes place in a small town in Georgia, I could see it in a small farming town in the Midwest. Some of the food might be different but it would be plentiful and have the same meaning.
I could certainly identify with the main character, Catherine Grace, in this story. Sometimes we get so caught up in our dreams we don't see or appreciate what we already have. For some of us we realize in time and for others it's too late.
No matter what your religious affiliation, belief, or non belief, this book is worth reading. Good life lessons no matter where you stand on the spiritual or religious spectrum.
Having been "raised", as we say in the south, in a town like Ringgold and very near Ringgold, this book was like coming home. I don't know if other people will find it as interesting and comforting as I did because of its familiarity. But if you like Southern coming of age stories like "The Secret Life of Bees", then this book is one you will love.
Don't bother with this one, a real waist of my time!
Good book. Slow beginning but great end!