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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

In 1861, Scarlett O'Hara is the belle of Georgia. Young, passionate and full of life. But when war comes, she is faced with hardships that she never even dreamed possible.

"Hardships make or break people."

Follow Scarlett O'Hara and her family through the destruction and despair of the Civil War and the years that followed in Reconstruction. With the old way of life dead and gone, will she wilt away along with many others of her previous status and class? Or will she find the gumption to press on and strive for survival, no matter the cost? Her love for one man blinds her to the truth about herself and those around her. After everything she has been through, will she lose the one thing she desires above all else?

"After all, tomorrow is another day."

**If you are not familiar with this story please be aware of a few minor spoilers**



I have grown up watching Gone With the Wind, but somehow, I never got around to reading the book. I am happy to check this one off of my "Bucket (Reading) List". Very long, (hence my relative blogging silence) but worth every word. Margaret Mitchell's descriptions are so detailed! I could feel the Southern sun upon my skin and could smell the scent of the magnolias growing around Tara. If you have seen the movie you will know that this is not a happy tale. But there are very valuable lessons to be learned. After reading the last page today, I was thinking about what I wanted to say in my review. And I think that what stood out to me the most, is that sometimes we are so blinded by what we think we want, what we have idolized for so long, that we can not see true happiness when it stares us in the face. There have been times in my life that I wanted my life to go in a particular direction, but the Lord changed my course. For a time it was challenging to see the good in the situation. But I would come to the realization that if I had continued down that path, I would have been miserable. Instead, I am exactly where I need to be and am continuing to learn to put my trust in God, knowing that He knows best and that He is guiding my steps. For all of her faults, Scarlett is a woman I can admire. No matter what life threw at her, she would not let herself be beaten. Her determination for survival drove her to extremes. But survive she did. 

I checked out Gone With the Wind from my local library. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Published by Scribner Publishing

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If you enjoy Gone With the Wind take a look at Susan Meissner's new book: Stars Over Sunset Boulevard. The setting is the filming of Gone With the Wind and the story revolves around a particular curtain hat from the set.

"To what lengths would you go to make your deepest desires come true? For Audrey Duvall and Violet Mayfield, the lines of reason are blurred. Will the bond of true friendship be enough to hold them together?" Read More




2 comments:

  1. O, isn't it good?!?!? It's been some time since I reread my copy. I think this is one of those times that the movie really lived up to the book. The book is amazing! One of it's kind and I'm glad it's off your "bucket reading list". Are you going to try the sequel by Alexandra Ripley, "Scarlett"? Definitely you can tell it's by two different authors, but not too bad. If Gone with the Wind is 5 stars, then Scarlett is about 4.

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    1. I have seen "Scarlett" around. I may have to give it a try, because I have always wondered what happens to her "tomorrow". Thanks for stopping by!

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