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Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Right Thing by Amy Conner

The Right ThingThe Right Thing by Amy Conner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just love Southern style writing, Southern style reading, Southern style accent that comes out in this book.
There is a certain "something" that takes you to a place in your mind with the Southern accent, don't ask me why, but it does.

This book had plenty of times where I was laughing out loud.

Annie the young 7 year old girl comes from a wealthy well to do home. Her Mother is well respected in the womens society until a day comes along when her society snobby friends are just the other side of the fence from Annie playing with her Barbie doll along with her new BFF Starr.

Starr comes from a very different background, her Father is a religious man heavily involved in the church......but he's a bit of a crook and they have to move.....often. The 'well to do' call them 'travellers' due to their antics, and on the social scale, they are well down at the bottom of people to stay clear of.

Starr had introduced Annie to a TV programme certain people can be named Queen for the day. The sadder the story, the harder the story, the anguish of a story, the more chances of winning.

So going back to the garden fence and the little girls playing with their Barbie dolls, they were re enacting a scene from the programme but Annie was using the names of her Mothers friends. It was hilarious when one of the women overheard herself being described in a not so tasteful way. Mimic is not what you do to upper snobs.

Of course, gossip ensued and Annie's Mother was snubbed, hence Starr was not accepted as a suitable friend.

We go ahead in time now, Starr is gone, and many many years go by until they meet up again. A lot of things unfold. About the past, AND about the present.

Doing the right thing can mean two different things, depending on how you look at it right?
Doing the right thing for YOU because you believe its the correct thing to do OR doing what is right because its right for the other person so you are doing it right for them.

This was a very enjoyable, thought provoking, humours in parts read.

*I would like to thank Kensington Books via Net Galley for providing me with a copy for my review and unbiased thoughts*

On a scorching August day in 1963, seven-year-old Annie Banks meets the girl who will become her best friend. Skinny, outspoken Starr Dukes and her wandering preacher father may not be accepted by polite society in Jackson, Mississippi, but Annie and Starr are too busy sharing secrets and playing elaborate games of Queen for a Day to care. Then, as suddenly as she appeared in Annie's life, Starr disappears. Annie grows up to follow the path ordained for pretty, well-to-do Jackson women--marrying an ambitious lawyer, filling her days with shopping and charity work. She barely recognizes Starr when they meet twenty-seven years after that first fateful summer, but the bond formed so long ago quickly reemerges. Starr, pregnant by a powerful married man who wants her to get out of town, has nowhere to turn. And Annie, determined not to fail her friend this time, agrees to drive Starr to New Orleans to get money she's owed.

During the eventful road trip that follows, Annie will confront the gap between friendship and responsibility; between her safe, ordered existence and the dreams she's grown accustomed to denying.

Moving, witty, and beautifully told, The Right Thing is a story of love and courage, the powerful impact of friendship, and the small acts that can anchor a life--or, with a little luck, steer it in the right direction at last

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