Reminiscent of the stories and styles of Harper Lee, Sue Monk Kidd, and Jan Karon, Pam Webber s The Wiregrass is an extraordinary tale about a magical time in an ordinary place full of lovable and unlovable characters Infused with laughter, tears, love, loss, and hope, the story follows fourteen year old cousins Nettie, JD Eric, and Sam as they navigate the summer of their discontent, struggle with the physical and emotional turbulence of puberty and disappearing childhood, feel the excitement of first love, and run for their lives after they uncover an evil secret hidden in the shadows of the small town they love Their story promises to stay with you a lifetime I was given this book for an honest review The Wiregrass by Pam Webber is a coming of age story written about a time when small towns were safe, neighbors were friends, and kids could wander around after dark safely However, this was also a time when evil deeds of men were not spoken about publicly or even whispered about softly When innocence was taken, it was taken brutally.Nettie, Lil Bit, Sharon, J.D., Sam, and Eric are all cousins who spend the summer with their granny and Ain t Pitty in I was given this book for an honest review The Wiregrass by Pam Webber is a coming of age story written about a time when small towns were safe, neighbors were friends, and kids could wander around after dark safely However, this was also a time when evil deeds of men were not spoken about publicly or even whispered about softly When innocence was taken, it was taken brutally.Nettie, Lil Bit, Sharon, J.D., Sam, and Eric are all cousins who spend the summer with their granny and Ain t Pitty in Crystal Springs, Alabama As is usual for these mischievous cousins they have their way of bringing a small amount of justice to their world with innocent TP in and other small pranks The cousins love their summers for the freedom and love they have for one another and their family However, the grown up world intrudes forcing the children to grow up quickly and discover their actions have consequences and they must find the courage within themselves to save one another and their friend.The Wiregrass is about a time that many will never experience except through reading Webber does an excellent job at providing detailed descriptions and emotions placing the reader smack dab in middle this gripping tale In a few weeks our feet would have some summer toughness, but until then we would need flip flops, amazing pieces of rubber that provided air conditioned protection for our feet and sound effects with each step Webber captures the authenticity of the time in speech, beliefs and actions and communicates them effectively Each character is lovingly developed connecting with the reader as the well developed plot plays out There is so much packed in this book, many will think about this well after reading it It is a classic coming of age but with twists and connections that one cannot help but love.One poignant phrase,than any other will be sure to come back to mind time and time again No matter what, choose happy This one message among many, Webber chooses to remind us that we have the power to choose.A definite do NOT miss I could not read this book quickly enough It took me to another time and place in my own life, back to hot, sticky summers spent with my own Ain t Pitty, Granny, and cussins The imagery in the author s writing took me right to the Wiregrass, and some of the southern references brought back fond memories I had not thought of in years references to angel biscuits and prune juice are just two that come to mind This book was filled with family, hope, love, sadness and tragedy, and the message I could not read this book quickly enough It took me to another time and place in my own life, back to hot, sticky summers spent with my own Ain t Pitty, Granny, and cussins The imagery in the author s writing took me right to the Wiregrass, and some of the southern references brought back fond memories I had not thought of in years references to angel biscuits and prune juice are just two that come to mind This book was filled with family, hope, love, sadness and tragedy, and the message was always clear, Choose Happy It was well written, a story I will cherish, and one I am sure I will re visit and share with my family Note I won this book in a giveaway, and all opinions expressed above are my own The Wiregrass was like no other place in the South, at least according to Momma Named for the spidery, razor blade like grass that thrived in the hellishly hot summers, the region was known for the uniqueness of its water Belowground was an enormous underground lake that supplied clear water to hundreds of creeks, lakes and swimming holes Aboveground, fierce thunderstorms frequently blanketed the region, flooding streets and pushing muddy water through the crisscrossing rivers toward the Gulf The Wiregrass was like no other place in the South, at least according to Momma Named for the spidery, razor blade like grass that thrived in the hellishly hot summers, the region was known for the uniqueness of its water Belowground was an enormous underground lake that supplied clear water to hundreds of creeks, lakes and swimming holes Aboveground, fierce thunderstorms frequently blanketed the region, flooding streets and pushing muddy water through the crisscrossing rivers toward the Gulf of Mexico.Nettie and her cousins have been spending summer vacations in the Southern Wiregrass region of Alabama for as long as they can remember It is an idyllic life for the cousins, who enjoy the love and care of Ain t Pitty who opens her home to them every summer They avail themselves of all that the Wiregrass has to offer fishing, swimming, good food, and the wild abandon of children out from under parental scrutiny.But the summer of 1969 is different for them and for the town s residents Strange goings on raise suspicion for law enforcement and residents alike Odd sightings by the cousins spark over active imaginations And for Nettie, a chance meeting with new comer Mitchell awakens feelings she s never had before.While the cousins enjoy life in the Wiregrass, not all of Ain t Pitty s neighbors enjoy the pranks they play on unsuspecting victims When they ramp up the antics, some neighbors are no longer unsuspecting With neighbors accusing them of being the culprits for everything that goes wrong, the cousins try to take the spotlight off of themselves while never abandoning their own pranking efforts.Webber has crafted a summer setting that is both magical and dangerous in this profound coming of age story I laughed out loud I held my breath I anxiously pressed on for just onepage page after page, after page and I cried She has touched me on many levels in this, her first novel Its ending has haunted me for days since finishing it It is a book I ll not soon forget.For this reviewer, The Wiregrass was reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Sawyer, and Of Mice and Men yet, all the while, it was its very own unique story written with a large measure of tenderness and grace What a privilege to have the opportunity to read this Advance Reader Copy of a book that is surely destined to become a best seller by Lee Ambrosefor Story Circle Book Reviewsreviewing books by, for, and about women The WiregrassPam WebberOh my goodness Pam Webber really grabbed my heart from the very first page and never let it go She had my emotions all over the place Once I started reading THE WIREGRASS it was very hard to stop The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Nettie and all the cousins I still can t believe that this is Ms Webber s debut She writes with so much heart and tenderness that you would think this was her tenth book, not h The WiregrassPam WebberOh my goodness Pam Webber really grabbed my heart from the very first page and never let it go She had my emotions all over the place Once I started reading THE WIREGRASS it was very hard to stop The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Nettie and all the cousins I still can t believe that this is Ms Webber s debut She writes with so much heart and tenderness that you would think this was her tenth book, not her first What an awesome story All of Pam s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work it out and be happy once again Once you start reading THE WIREGRASS it will be very hard to put down Pam sure knows how to put a new twist on Historical Fiction Nettie and all her cousins always go to their Aunt Pitty s for the summer in Alabama This summer will be like no other They are growing up and so many new feelings and experiences are waiting for them This year, they meet Mitchell, whom Nettie calls Pretty Boy because, well, his face is so pretty This summer is different as well because the town seems on edge They are warned to stay together and to be careful of certain mean people THE WIREGRASS is filled with faith, tragedy, second chances, love, as well as hurt and anger If you are a fan of Harper Lee and Sue Monk Kidd, this is a story you do not want to miss.The summer of 1969 brings big changes to all the cousins, but especially Nettie Mitchell brings out feelings in Nettie that she never experienced before My heart broke over and over again for Mitchell and how he had to live with his despicable father His life was just awful until he met the cousins They gave him the best summer he ever had THE WIREGRASS is without a doubt one of the best Historical Fiction books I ve read in 2019 so far I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters Pam Webber is such a wonderful and heart tugging author and she had me laughing and crying on the very same page She literally had me holding my breath and choking on a sob while I finished reading I can t wait to read the next book, Moon Water which just came out on August 20th