I reviewed Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham (release date June 19) for Library Journal. Here is the review as it appeared in the May 15, 2012 issue, reprinted with permission.
Meacham, Leila. Tumbleweeds. Grand Central. Jun. 2012. c.480p. ISBN 9781455509249. $25.99. F
In 2008, Trey Don (TD) Hall calls an old friend who hasn't heard from him in 22 years. TD and John Caldwell were once best buddies. The third member of their tight-knit group was Catherine Ann Benson, orphaned at 11, and sent to Kersey, TX, where the two boys took her under their wings. In their teens, the boys were football stars in a town that lived and died for football. The three remained inseparable until an unexpected illness, a teen prank gone wrong, and misperceptions changed the courses of their lives. Now, TD plans to reveal the secrets that tore them apart.
VERDICT: Meacham's (Roses) second sprawling novel is as large as Texas itself. The author skillfully manipulates multiple themes of friendship, loss, guilt, and the possibility of redemption. Readers who love epic sagas that span a couple of generations will enjoy this soap opera tale of young love, betrayal, and living a life that might not have a happy ending. - Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ