Book Review: Stones in the Road (Sugar Tree, #2) – Nick Wilgus

Stones In The RoadPublished January 30, 2015
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: LGBT  Romance, Family Drama, Homophobia, Death, Drug Addiction
Length: 300 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook ISBN: 9781632167293
Characters: Wiley Cantrell, Jackson Ledbetter, Noah Cantrell

I’ve finally decided to give this a go after finishing its sequel Got Tell it on the Mountains. I find this too heartbreaking because once again, I am reminded of how lovely Noah was, mostly his relationship with his dad yet when I started reading it, I just can’t seem to stop until I turned its last page. I’ve also read this backward just like its third book ( I know, it’s weird – will come up on a different post soon). I don’t know why I didn’t feel comfortable reading it from the start – I guess I just want to know first that everything was okay. Upon finishing it though, I figured that it won’t make that much of a difference because this book is just freaking good. The first book, Shaking the Sugar Tree was too heavy for me but I still liked it. In Go Tell It on the Mountains, I was able to really appreciate Nick Wilgus’s writing style. This one just reinforced my admiration towards the author and the series. It’s just overall lovely and it’s crazy to think that it’s just now that I was able to read it. Well, mostly because I thought it’s too heavy a book for me but truth be told, it is not. It is more enlightening in such a way where you will yet again witness how Wiley’s love for Noah is so great that it’s almost unreal. You’d want to lit some characters on fire and you’d want to just keep Noah in your pocket and make everything safe and happy for him.

I didn’t really think that Nick Wilgus will be able to come up with a wonderful sequel because at times, the premise of the first book although full of humor seems a bit harrowing but this follow-up showcased how the author has masterfully crafted the wonders of storytelling particularly when fleshing out the ways of the great South. I cannot recommend this enough, though, it is a must for you to read the first book before heading into this one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Nick Wilgus is the author of the best-selling romantic comedy SHAKING THE SUGAR TREE about a gay single father raising a deaf child in the South. His other novels include STONES IN THE ROAD, GET YOUR SHINE ON and BILAL’S BREAD.

He is also the author of the Father Ananda murder-mystery series: Mindfulness and Murder, Sister, Suicide, Killer Karma, and The Curious Corpse. His works have been translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish.

He also wrote the script for the award-winning film Sop mai Ngeap, based on Mindfulness and Murder, produced by DeWarrenne Films in Bangkok, nominated for Best Screenplay by the Thai Film Association.

Under the pen name Sulayman X, he is the author of several novels, including TEARS OF A DRAGON and KING OF STORMS. Under the pen name Jerome Wilde, he is the author of BOY CRUCIFIED: A THOMAS NOEL MYSTERY.

Wilgus sold his first short story, The Boogeyman in the Closet, to The Horror Show when he was 17.

He lives in Tupelo, Mississippi.


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