March is women’s month and to celebrate women the best way we know how, here is a great read for every single one of us amazing ladies who fight different battles on a daily basis. This book is a total tear-jerker. It will pluck your heart out of your chest and then smash it to pieces but the painful journey is all worth it. It will break you but it will also heal you. It is a story of love and sacrifice, of letting go and moving on and finally, of forgiveness and second chances.

We all can relate to the heroine in many ways possible. She has such a big heart, she’s tough and most of all, she works hard for her dreams. She may have crashed and burned many times but like the strong woman that she is, she stands up and fights again. She never lets any bad experiences deter her passion for life and even though her heart broke many times she couldn’t even count, she learned to forgive anyway. This book is for all of us who lost an important part of ourselves and courageously found it again. This book is for all of us strong women.

Sweet Gum Tree

by Katherine Allred

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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“To my surprise, Nick reached under his shirt and pulled out the half-heart pendant. With his gaze fixed on mine, he slid the chain over my head. “No one should have to go through life with only half a heart,” he whispered.”



Sweet tea, corn bread, and soup beans—everyday fare for eight-year-old Alix French, the precocious darling of a respected southern family. But nothing was ordinary about the day she met ten-year-old Nick Anderson, a boy from the wrong side of town. Armed with only a tin of bee balm and steely determination, Alix treats the raw evidence of a recent beating that mars his back, an act that changes both of their lives forever.

Through childhood disasters and teenage woes they cling together as friendship turns to love. The future looks rosy until the fateful night when Frank Anderson, Nick’s abusive father, is shot to death in his filthy trailer.

Suddenly, Nick is gone—leaving Alix alone, confused and pregnant. For the next fifteen years she wrestles with the pain of Nick’s abandonment, a bad marriage, her family and friends. But finally, she’s starting to get her life back together. Her divorce is almost final, her business is booming, and she’s content if not happy—until the day she looks up and sees Nick standing across the counter. He’s back…and he’s not alone.

Once again Alix is plunged into turmoil and pain as Nick tries to win her love, something she resists with all her strength. Only one thing might break the protective wall she’s built around her emotions—the truth about Frank Anderson’s death. But when that truth comes out and those walls crumble, neither Alix nor Nick is prepared for the emotional explosion that could destroy as well as heal.

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