If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss

Pages: 320

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published date: August 8th 2017.

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Summary: A strikingly sincere portrait of a town and its buried secrets from an outstanding new voice in southern fiction.

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.

As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don’t Rise is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate town finding the inner strength it needs to outrun its demons. The folks of Baines Creek will take you deep into the mountains with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.

My Rating: 5 Stars!!


I am usually a straight and narrow reader. Meaning, I usually stick to romance novels of the contemporary nature. However, this book peeked my interest. You see, I myself,like the characters in this story, live deep in the Appalachian Mountains.

Set in the 1970’s in Baines Creek, North Carolina, the author Leah Weiss, tells the story of a small town, filled with people of different personalities.

First we meet Miss Sadie Blue, actually is most recently Mrs. Sadie Tupkin, as she just wed Roy Tupkin, It didn’t take her long into her marriage that she should have listened to her grandmother and stayed away from that no good Roy.

Once we learn of Sadie’s situation, we move on to the other’s that make up this small, gritty Appalachian town. Gladys Hicks, who is Sadie’s grandmother, knew exactly what Sadie was getting into when she gave herself to Roy. With one good look at the boy, Gladys knew his was of the sorry kind. She knew because she had made the same mistake long ago. But when she had taken all she could take she and Mother Nature, took care of her problem, her husband, Walter.

Within the pages, you will learn about the small town preacher who thinks he may be in love for the first time, his sister who is a spinster and is very mean-spirited. An old medicine woman with the help of her feathered friend, Samuel, who solves the towns lastest crime. You get to see inside the lives of Aunt Marris and the newcomer to the town, the school teacher, Kate and lastly, you will meet Roy himself and his best friend Billy.
This book tells many tales that all lead up to the conclusion, one that I didn’t see coming and actually had to go back and read the last page again to make sure I read it correctly.

Don’t miss this book. Read it.

“If the good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise”.


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