Norma’s Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Brenda’s Sisters Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow! This was my first book by Taylor Brown and I was totally blown away with how vividly descriptive and enjoyable this novel was! This book quickly went into my favourite reads shelf for 2018!
I LOVE that cover!!
GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN by TAYLOR BROWN is a gritty, dark, intense, and compelling historical fiction novel that had me totally engaged, entertained, and interested throughout the whole book. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish!
TAYLOR BROWN delivers a multi-layered story here that is so well-written, atmospheric, and so vividly descriptive that I felt like I was right there along with them in the mountains. The characters were all so memorable and well-developed and I especially loved Granny May & Rory.
To sum it all up it was an engrossing, interesting, unforgettable, and an enjoyable read with a wonderful ending. Would highly recommend!
Publication date: March 20, 2018
Thank you so much to my fellow Traveling Sisters for another wonderful reading experience!
Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Taylor Brown for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!
Brenda’s Sisters Review
I read Gods of Howl Mountain with six of my Traveling Sisters and this one turned out to be a very interesting sister read as we were split into two very different coulees with very different views on this one.
For five of the Traveling Sisters including Norma they were lost in the dewy meadows of the lush coulee while one other TS and I were lost in the looming darkness of the rocky dry coulee looking for some of that moonshine to tie us over for this read.
Gods of Howl Mountain is a dark, gritty, atmospheric southern family drama with beautifully written vivid descriptions of place and time. This was the biggest difference between the two coulees as some of us were drawn into the wordy imagery while the rest of us found the descriptions so lengthy and it bogged down the story for us. The TS in the lush coulee found this one fast-paced with plenty of action while the TS in the dry coulee found it slow-paced with not much interesting happening.
We all agree that Taylor Brown does a great job creating some interesting and likable flawed characters here with Rory and Granny May who both are haunted by their past. We get glimpses into their past and see what hidden secrets haunt them and what ones Granny May needs to reveal.
At times we could feel a storm rolling in along with the roar of those stock cars revving up that created some excitement and tension for Norma and some of the TS with the racing cars scenes. For me and my remaining TS we were left content finding cover with our moonshine. Norma and I still highly recommend this one as we think that our TS sister and I will be staying alone in our dry coulee.
Published on March 20, 2018
Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Taylor Brown for the opportunity to read and review this books.