There are times when you read a book so touching that it stays with you long after you close the back cover. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns is one of those books. I checked the Cold Sassy Tree audiofile out of my local library. Listening to Tom Parker (aka Grover Gardner, who read Mark Twain’s autobiography) I was mesmerized.
Mr. Parker’s voice carries to to Cold Sassy in July, 1906. The voice may be Mr. Parker’s, but the story belongs to 14 year old Will Tweedy. As the story begins, Grandpa Blakeslee has arrived at Will’s house with some news. Everyone is worried about Grandpa Blakeslee, as it has just been 3 weeks since his wife, Mattie Lou, died. Since he won’t let his daughter’s take care of him and he won’t hire anyone, he has an idea. Grandpa intends to marry Miss Love Simpson – his store’s milliner and a Yankee to boot! Needless to say, this causes a ruckus that drives the story all the way to the end.
This book will make you laugh and cry. If you listen to the audiobook, you’ll be at the edge of your seat. Mr. Parker’s voice is perfect for a story that takes place in Georgia in 1906 and he lulls you along, believing that you know these people. The story is well thought out and written by Olive Ann Burns.
It isn’t often that a book does this and I don’t say it lightly, but this book has renewed my faith in God and humanity. It touched me that much.