If the Creek Don't Rise Blog Tour

Hey Everyone! As you can see, I am participating in a blog tour for the books, If The Creek Dn't Rise. This blog is hosted by the publishing company, Sourcebooks Landmark. They have kindly provided me with a copy of this book to review. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way.

The blog post will have the following format if you are interested!

  • Giveaway information
  • Book Links
  • Book Review
  • About the Author

Giveaway Information:

The following prize is what you could win (US ONLY)

  • 3x physical copies of If the Creek Don't Rise 

(there will be 3 winners who receive 1 physical book each)

You can use the following link to enter: 
This giveaway ends the 1st September 2017

Book Links:

Title: If the Creek Don't Rise
Author: Leah Weiss
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: 22 August 2017
Source: Publisher, through Netgalley
Format: Ebook
Pages: 320
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 04 August 2017 - 05 August 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

A strikingly sincere portrait of a town and its buried secrets from an outstanding new voice in southern fiction.

In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She’s been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. But when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy’s wife.

As stark and magnificent as Appalachia itself, If the Creek Don’t Rise is a bold and beautifully layered debut about a dusty, desperate town finding the inner strength it needs to outrun its demons. The folks of Baines Creek will take you deep into the mountains with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

A couple of months ago, I can't even really remember when, I requested this book through Netgalley. I actually think that it is the cover that made me request it. Because when I signed up for the blog tour months later, after I had received the book, I realized that this was far from what I read at the time. It wasn't even part of YA. But fast forward a couple of months, I am branching out and optimistic about this book and the story that it has to tell.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me with a copy for this book! I cannot wait to jump into this book. Just a small little disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. No money on my behalf has been spent in acquiring this book. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book was detailed and well paced. It wasn't overbearing or difficult to read. It was pleasant and easy to get into. I could envision the world clearly. I did feel as though there wasn't a lot of dialogue and that the point of view would switch a little unexpectedly sometimes. There was also not really a clear voice between the different point of views. They often ended up blurring together.

Plot Thoughts:

Whilst this book was not what I had originally expected, it was interesting to read about. But it did not really appeal to me. It felt more like something that my mother would like to read that I would.

Character Thoughts:

I didn't really connect with the characters but I thought that they were well developed and each had their own special quirks that made them different from the other.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I thought that this book was interesting. It wasn't bad but the story didn't appeal to me. It felt like something that my mother would enjoy. I think that people who are of an older generation would  enjoy this book. It definitely had some good moments but it also had some things that I didn't agree with or that just didn't work with me. In the end, I liked reading it. Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for sending the book my way! 

About the Author:

Leah Weiss is a Southern writer and novelist born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. Her debut novel, If the Creek Don’t Rise, will be released in August of 2017. Her short stories have been published inThe Simple Life magazine, Every Day Fiction and Deep South Magazine. She retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full time. 

Yours in Reading,

Melleny Smith


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