Title: Shaking the Sugar Tree
Author: Nick Wilgus
Narrator: Wayne Messmer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Wise-cracking Wiley Cantrell is loud and roaringly outrageous – and he needs to be to keep his deeply religious neighbors and family in the Deep South at bay. A failed writer on food stamps, Wiley works a minimum-wage job and barely manages to keep himself and his deaf son, Noah, more than a stone’s throw away from Dumpster-diving.
Noah was a meth baby and has the birth defects to prove it. He sees how lonely his father is and tries to help him find a boyfriend while Wiley struggles to help Noah have a relationship with his incarcerated mother, who believes the best way to feed a child is with a slingshot.
No wonder Noah becomes Wiley’s biggest supporter when Boston nurse Jackson Ledbetter walks past Wiley’s cash register and sets his sugar tree on fire.
Jackson falls like a wet mule wearing concrete boots for Wiley’s sense of humor. And while Wiley represents much of the best of the South, Jackson is hiding a secret that could threaten this new family in the making.
When North meets South, the cultural misunderstandings are many, but so are the laughs, and the tears. But, as they say down in Dixie, it’s all good.
My View – Story:
I am not going to go into the story review as I think Caroline did a fine job in her review of the eBook version of Shaking the Sugar Tree by Nick Wilgus.
My View – Narration:
This was my first Wayne Messmer narrated title. I will say that he did a fabulous job. If I had tried to read this story in eBook format, I probably would have DNFed. The story itself was well-written, just not my style. Lighthearted romances just aren’t my thing; I guess. Listening to Mr. Messmer, however, was very entertaining. I felt like I was sitting in Mississippi listening to the tale being told. He had a deep, rich voice and kept the story moving forward.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
|This post may contain affiliate links.
|Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews. The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.|