Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Title: The Litlle Giant of Aberdeen County
Author: Tiffany Baker
Reading level: All
Paperback: 341 pages
ISBN #:9780446194204
Received From: author
Publisher: Grand Central
Group Genre: Fiction
Cover: C
Overall: A

"When Truly Plaice's mother was pregnant, the town of Aberdeen joined together in betting how record-breakingly huge the baby boy would ultimately be. The girl who proved to be Truly paid the price of her enormity; her father blamed her for her mother's death in childbirth, and was totally ill equipped to raise either this giant child or her polar opposite sister Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. When he, too, relinquished his increasingly tenuous grip on life, Truly and Serena Jane are separated--Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town on the farm of the town sadsack, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation at the hands of her peers. Serena Jane's beauty proves to be her greatest blessing and her biggest curse, for it makes her the obsession of classmate Bob Bob Morgan, the youngest in a line of Robert Morgans who have been doctors in Aberdeen for generations. Though they have long been the pillars of the community, the earliest Robert Morgan married the town witch, Tabitha Dyerson, and the location of her fabled shadow book--containing mysterious secrets for healing and darker powers--has been the subject of town gossip ever since. Bob Bob Morgan, one of Truly's biggest tormentors, does the unthinkable to claim the prize of Serena Jane, and changes the destiny of all Aberdeen from there on. When Serena Jane flees town and a loveless marriage to Bob Bob, it is Truly who must become the woman of a house that she did not choose and mother to her eight-year-old nephew Bobbie. Truly's brother-in-law is relentless and brutal; he criticizes her physique and the limitations of her health as a result, and
degrades her more than any one human could bear. It is only when Truly finds her calling--the ability to heal illness with herbs and naturopathic techniques--hidden within the folds of Robert Morgan's family quilt, that she begins to regain control over her life and herself. Unearthed family secrets, however, will lead to the kind of betrayal that eventually break the Morgan family apart forever, but Truly's reckoning with her own demons allows for both an uprooting of Aberdeen County, and the possibility of love in unexpected places."

This was such a good book. It was heartwarming in a weird way if that makes any sense? The author brings together a sense of found family and a view on death that is so refreshing. She takes hard topics and flips them inside out in a way that will make you continue to read and build an attachment with each character. I really was impressed especially since this is the authors first novel. What a creative imagination and so much talent. Normally I'm not just a straight fiction fan but this book had the essence of fairytale qualities that kept me enamored. And the characters where to begin? You love them and hate them as if they were family. These are people you can relate to set in rural America just trying to live life (or die peacefully). I found that this novel felt like coming home and getting a big Truly sized hug! After finishing the book all cozy in my snuggie (hehe) I smiled and was just perfectly relaxed and happy. And all I have to say is do you like to smile, do you need a feel good moment because this book is just that! This Was Such A Good Book!

LOL=Lots Of Love


  1. I've been wondering about this book for a while. It seems like a lot of people have been reading it lately, but I knew nothing about it. Now I'm intrigued and adding it to my TBR list! :)

  2. Little Giant is the book I'm currently reading! How ironic that I found you through the blog hop & here is a post on Little Giant. :) I'm sure I'll be visiting again, we seem to have similar taste in books.


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