Michael Phillip Cash’s The Hanging Tree

I received this book courtesy of Mr. Cash for the honor of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Arielle has a problem. Her parents have divorced, and nobody asked for her opinion. She doesn’t like her father’s newest lady, so why should she care if he likes her newest boyfriend? And what does he have in common with the town’s ‘hanging tree’?

Story Telling: Can urban fantasy work as a novella? Let’s find out.

Likes: Peter did his best by his daughters. Their mother did some pretty awful things, yet he never ran her down in front of them.

The girls’ Grandmother really stepped up as well.

And who would feel for Goody Bennett? She just wanted to do right by her town, and was misunderstood.

Dislikes: Goody’s nemesis, George Harmond–would be Reverend–, really needed to try reading the Bible, before he tried preaching it. He would have found laws against coveting, lying, murder, and even a special message from Jesus about doing good on the Sabbath.

And Arielle was a little too self-centered for my tastes. Sorry darlin’, but your parents’ love-lives do not revolve around your world. Nor can you insist that things stay the same. Life has an annoying habit of throwing change at us, and it’s not even the kind that can easily be spent.

Favorite Character: Peter Harmond.

Favorite Quote: “It was your own free will. The curse found you.” Goody Bennett.

Favorite Scene: The best part of the book was when Arielle had her conversation with Goody. That was perfect.

Conclusion: This was a good story. One that points out the results of your actions. Plus, I liked Goody’s definition of Hell.


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