And this one starts out with a bang (and a bat), quite literally.
Definitely not a read for a young child.
In Twisted Tree, Kentucky, there used to be this distillery. Old Sam Bourbon. It was a booming business... that is, until the era of Prohibition started. That did in the family business. Barley, cleverly named of course, gave up after the prohibition had lifted to the idea of restarting the family business his father, Sam, had started. William, his son though, did not share the same idea. He initially wanted to be a writer. Samantha (Barley's wife) and William secretly wanted to.
Like life, they waited until the signs were strong. Who is Asher Keating? Why are a group of 12 people coming and worshipping his grave on the family farm and only staying for three days? And why in the world are miracles happening to those that come to visit and pray at this person's grave? That including Annie, Barley's daughter, when Johnny, the brother, prays for it the night before.
Why is the neighbour staying and still growing corn, oats, and barley in anticipation of the reopening of the distillery? He has hope.... Can Barley? And what about his mysterious past?
At first, this read was not one that I would normally want to do a few chapters in. Not because I didn't like the book overall, because I did, but because there is a lot of confusing and drawn out details that made things harder to understand until I went into the book more.
They spent a long time setting things up for the book, which while helpful, can also be a deterrent.
This book would actually make a really good movie too.
Something else I really liked about this book is the fact that it is an easy read. Some things in the book are an easier read but overall, you can sit down and read this book easily in a few nights and if you are a super fast reader, than in one night. Every time I tried reading it, it was at the end of my day so I kept falling asleep! That wasn't the book, just being tired!
What I liked about it is that you were kept guessing what would happen at each point of the book even though you were given hints as to what the next chapter would look like.
Overall, after getting more engrossed in the book, I had a hard time putting it down!
I give this book ☁☁☁☁ out of five!