The Sweet Gum Tree Review



The Sweet Gum Tree
Katherine Allred

Reading Time: 1 day

Important Note: I got this book recommended to me by Smitten over at Smittens Book Blog.. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!
Sweet tea, corn bread, and soup beans—everyday fare for eight-year-old Alix French, the precocious darling of a respected southern family. But nothing was ordinary about the day she met ten-year-old Nick Anderson, a boy from the wrong side of town. Armed with only a tin of bee balm and steely determination, Alix treats the raw evidence of a recent beating that mars his back, an act that changes both of their lives forever.

Through childhood disasters and teenage woes they cling together as friendship turns to love. The future looks rosy until the fateful night when Frank Anderson, Nick's abusive father, is shot to death in his filthy trailer.

Suddenly, Nick is gone—leaving Alix alone, confused and pregnant. For the next fifteen years she wrestles with the pain of Nick's abandonment, a bad marriage, her family and friends. But finally, she's starting to get her life back together. Her divorce is almost final, her business is booming, and she's content if not happy—until the day she looks up and sees Nick standing across the counter. He's back…and he's not alone.

Once again Alix is plunged into turmoil and pain as Nick tries to win her love, something she resists with all her strength. Only one thing might break the protective wall she's built around her emotions—the truth about Frank Anderson's death. But when that truth comes out and those walls crumble, neither Alix nor Nick is prepared for the emotional explosion that could destroy as well as heal.


So where to begin with this book. I think I'll start with I LOVED IT!! I don't think the author could have written a more beautiful story. I'm just in awe. The characters were so beautifully written, story was heart touching and the overall feeling I got left me with warm fuzzies.

Alix at such a young age was always there to save someone and armed with such a simple day to day product Alix begins on a journey of falling madly and deeply in love. Oh Bee Balm =)
“Do you want to know the real reason I came back, Alix?” It was because of you. You’re my roots. Wherever you are would be home to me.” 
I am so thrilled and joyful with how this book is written. Its told from the point of view of Alix as if she's telling a story. She's been writing in this journal for years and it felt like a pleasure to know the inner workings of her life. This life she leads was not easy and at some parts I almost cried! Going from being so extremely happy to unimaginable grief was extremely hard! I wanted to cry for Alix and Nick and I cheered them on right from the very beginning. I cannot say it enough of how much I loved this book!
“He was the most gorgeous hunk of male it had ever been my privilege to stare at, and darn his hide, he knew exactly what I was thinking. 
His smile turned to a smug grin to so full of satisfaction, that I couldn’t help myself. I laughed.”
One of the most amazing things about this book is the slow build up to the relationship of Alix and Nick. Starting of as friends to slowly blossoming into a beautiful romance filled with passion and warmth I couldn't help feel like every relationship should be like theirs. It was created with such strong emotional connections that to see them go through their hardships ripped my heart apart. Their relationship tested time and other obstacles that to see them prevail was my only goal.

The whole time reading this book left me with such emotional turmoil over what would happen next  had me reeling. How could these two amazing people make such stupid decisions and I mean that in a good way. They did what they thought was right and unfortunately they weren't always right, but it felt to me that what they did was real. For the time that they were living in, they took the path that had me completely and totally believing in them.

“You can’t turn love on and off like a light switch, no matter how hard you try. All you can do is wall it off, one brick at a time, until you’ve created an impenetrable fortress around your emotions. And once that fortress is built, you camouflage it so well that even you can’t see it anymore.” 

I was not able to put this book down for the life of me. When I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it. Feeling this strong connection to fictional characters makes me want to spread their story. Please if you love a classic, romance for the ages, please run to the book store or buy it on your e-reader. I promise you will not be disappointed. **Just don't forget to message me so I can please gush about it**. I want to scream at the top of my lungs that this book is one of the most beautiful story I have ever read!! One that will carry on with me for a long time to come. I also probably wont be able to pick up another book for some time. Just want to stay with these characters just a little bit longer :)
“I promise you this. I’ll love you until the day I die even if I have to live without you. And if it’s fifty years from now, you come home, Nick Anderson. Do you hear me? I’ll be waiting on you.”
BTW I am sorry for this review being super gushing but that's what this book did to me. It has turned me into a love sick puppy that makes me want to re-read it again. Share this story with me, you will not regret it!! Just truly amazing!!
“He always was someone. Because the core of the sweet gum tree never changes. Like Nick, the deep red wood stays true to its nature. Strong, and steady, and pure.” 

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