Monday, April 17, 2017

{Fiction Guild Tour} Some Small Magic (A Novel) by Billy Coffey

Book Description:  All Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past.
When Abel discovers letters to him from the father he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, after all. But not everything is as it seems.
With a lot of questions and a little bit of hope, Abel decides to run away to find the truth. But danger follows him from the moment he jumps his first boxcar, forcing Abel to rely on his simpleminded friend Willie—a man wanted for murder who knows more about truth than most—and a beautiful young woman they met on the train.
From Appalachia to the Tennessee wilds and through the Carolina mountains, the name of a single small town beckons: Fairhope. That is where Abel believes his magic lays. But will it be the sort that will bring a broken boy healing? And is it the magic that will one day lead him home?
My Thoughts:  I always have some trepidation about reading a novel written by an author I'm not familiar with.  To me opening up a new book and reading by a is like going to a new dentist. 😁  I know, I take my books and dentist seriously.
So, not knowing what to expect from Mr. Coffey I began reading Some Small Miracle.  And was intrigued.  
The story is fast paced, emotional and rather interesting.
What struck me most, though, was that this story is like reading about the South.  If you live in the South, you understand what I mean.  Southerners have a way of speaking and acting that is a whole different culture.
Abel, the main character, loves his mama.  And since money is tight he just wants to make life easier for her.  
When Abel finds letters from his dead dad he decides to run away.  the one town that stays at the forefront of his mind is Fairhope.  He knows if he can just get there, he'll find the answers he needs.
 When Abel jumps on that first Boxcar danger is his constant companion.  But he meets up with Willie who is simpleminded but knows more truth than most.  
A most unusual journey and a most interesting read!

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild/Thomas Nelson*
Meet the Author: I write about what I see and wrap a story around it, which often results in characters who realize stumbling through life is okay because it’s still moving forward. That seems appropriate, I think. In the end we’re all doing the best we can with what we have, smiling through the fear we face, and trying to find the beauty in life’s sameness. So I watch and I listen, and what doesn’t end up in a book will usually find its way to my blog, What I Learned Today.
Billy Coffey

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071808442X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718084424

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