Review: A Poor Man's Supper
Book: A Poor Man's Supper
Author: Jim Gulledge
Curiosity Points: 8/10
Story: Two people, destined to love each other, but forever doomed to be apart…
Vancie Keller is trying to survive on her mother’s failing farm when her life is forever altered by the arrival of two men: Josiah Buckland and Jagger Hill. One, she will love, the other she will marry. She has a secret neither of them know.
Orphaned as a teen, Josiah Buckland came down from the rugged mountains of North Carolina to try to find work and possibly a home. He didn’t expect to find the love of his life.
Jagger Hill has secrets of his own. When he comes to town and starts to rebuild, nobody knows him for who he really is, but people will soon learn.
Some secrets cannot be kept forever…
My Impression: I found it to be a very compelling read. Not only does the book take you on an intriguing and emotional journey, it also leaves a profound impression. To be absolutely honest, I started out without knowing what to expect from this book because the plot, from what i assumed after reading the blurb, seemed to be founded on some classic tropes. I was pleased to realize that those tropes are both honored and experimented with which is why A Poor Man's Supper has scored high on my curiosity meter. I will reveal more in the details but here's what you need to know about my thoughts on this book: I read it, loved it and would read it again. Books that you'd want to reread are pretty special!
Story: The story is about secrets and is driven by them. Hence, I'm not going to clutter this space with spoilers which will in turn mess with your reading experience. I was drawn into the story right from page 1 and my interest never wavered. There are books that are great but you still end up not liking some parts of it. That didn't happen here. I was truly affected by the story and if I happened to be annoyed at any point is was because of my emotional investment in the characters and their actions.
Narration: Not much to say about the narration. It's written in the third person and that is definitely a good choice since there are three main characters. The reader is able to understand each character's point of view without being bombarded with internal monologues of which they might not manage to keep track. The description of nature and settings in general deserves a mention here because it plays a part in communicating the characters' feelings.
Characters: Vanice, Josiah and Jagger are all characters who are scarred and who are guarding secrets that could turn their lives upside down. They are different yet have something in common. Each of them appeals to the reader in various ways. They aren't monotonous or flat characters. The author has done a brilliant job when portraying their development.
Curiosity Points: Although thematically the book explores subjects that are timeless, it still succeeds in presenting them in a new light. I was curious about what's going to happen next each time the story hit a climactic high note.
Would I recommend it? Yes, certainly. It is an excellent work of literary fiction, but more importantly, it is one of the classics you'd much rather have in your shelf than in your hand!