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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing (July 30 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623420334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623420338
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,437,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f0959b4) out of 5 stars 91 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ee873e4) out of 5 stars Good Ground, great read Aug. 10 2013
By hotbookgeek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The first few pages of "Good Ground" had me close to tears. Reading of Jim Hooper's tragic loss of wife and child and his raw emotions following their deaths was painful. And it should be. Tracy was able to beautifully describe true grief... and the anger that often goes with it. Then later, the healing that can come when we allow it.

The thing I loved (about both of Winegar's books) is the social/historical details. In "Keeping Keller" it was the backdrop of raising an autistic child in the '50s when the mindset was that such children should be institutionalized. I could taste the soda at the pharmacy and feel the restriction of Beverly Vance's wardrobe and lifestyle. In "Good Ground" Ellis and Clairey must contend with the social ideology that if your family's bad, then you're bad too; the apple doesn't fall from a tree. An ideology that each of us can relate to as we all have past regrets or skeletons we're running from. And I loved that it was set in Pickett County Tennessee, a place where many of my family are from, but which I've never seen. I got to experience the world my great-grandmother grew up in and it was lovely. Well, all except the overly-judgmental, unforgiving neighbors. Winegar does a great job writing the dialect of the era and area. It's all very believable and realistic.

And how could you not love Ellis and Clairey? I love the determination they both have to work hard at whatever it is that needs done and to be their own persons. I love that (eventually) they allow each other that same growth and development. Winegar did a great job developing the world of "Good Ground", but also the characters and the relationships. They were real. They made me sad. They made me laugh. They made me indignant and so frustrated that they were so thickheaded. I was completely invested in their story. So much so that I stayed up all night reading. Literally. I finished the book at 5 a.m. I couldn't stop reading. I had to know what would become of them.

I pretty much want to be Tracy Winegar when I grow up. She has mad skills when it comes to creating a world and people that you don't want to leave.

I will say, there was a brief spot near the last 2/3 of the book when I started to get antsy and felt like the story was dragging a bit. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that I was reading it at 3 in the morning? Honestly, other than that, I think it's brilliant and well worth the read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eceb63c) out of 5 stars Sweet, Inspirational, Lovely Book July 30 2013
By P. Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Lovely & sweet, this book pulls you in to the lives of two people who need each other more than they know. Set on a Depression-era tobacco farm, Good Ground makes you cry, and lets you hope. A really wonderful read.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f286ca8) out of 5 stars Good Ground Aug. 2 2013
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Loved this book!! The characters were so relatable and real, it left me thinking about them long after I finished reading. I am buying copies for all my friends so we can talk about it together. This would be a great book club choice.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ee35e58) out of 5 stars loved this book! Sept. 16 2013
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book not only told a story, and drew the reader to love each character, but it also shared life lessons on how to be your "best" self. For sure I would recommend this book to anyone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ece53c0) out of 5 stars Great book Sept. 9 2013
By Joyce H Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved the simple life they lived. I joy they found. There is so much abundance nowadays but are we happier for it? Life is easier but I'm not sure it's really better. It was also interesting to be reminded of the social decrease of things that we don't care about nowadays. I couldn't put this book down I loved it and look forward to reading something more from this author.

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