High Cotton Country

One woman's struggle to overcome the past and find peace with herself

Fiction - General
368 Pages
Reviewed on 04/27/2015
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Author Biography

Tale-spinner. Revealer of secrets. A dog’s best friend. Cornbread and fried okra country girl.

Leta McCurry grew up in Texas and California and presently lives on the beautiful Oregon coast. She enjoys writing, reading, a large fun-loving family, her Min Pin dog, Daisy Mae, good food, genealogy, and riding a Stallion motorcycle (trike) as a passenger. She likes to travel and some of my favorite destinations are Ireland, Hong Kong and Singapore.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite

High Cotton Country by Leta McCurry is an intriguing and endearing contemporary fiction read. A line from the book summary states: “Secrets. Hidden they can destroy from within. Revealed they can explode her world.” The story revolves around a woman named Cazzie Randle, who seeks to rise above the tragedy and heartbreak of her past. When Cazzie receives a message from her dying (and long-estranged father), she goes to him to not only say goodbye but also receive long needed answers for the past abandonment and betrayal from her own family. Cazzie’s journey is very thought provoking and readers will be turning the pages to find out if Cazzie can truly find peace and move on from her sorrowful past.

I found High Cotton Country to be a very introspective read. McCurry writes the characters and situations in such a real and raw way that instantly draws readers in and makes them feel the emotions of the story. Cazzie was a very likeable protagonist, I felt like she reacted and spoke in a realistic way based on what was happening around her (and what she experienced in her past). I thought the additional cast of characters around Cazzie were multi-dimensional and didn’t just feel like side characters supporting Cazzie’s journey. I think the story teaches readers that even when you are dealt a bad hand in life, don’t use that as an excuse, use it in a way to make yourself better. Rise above challenges and obstacles in life and be the best you can be, no matter what. Great read by author Leta McCurry!

Ronnie Haworth

I just finished your book. I'm no critic, but that was a wonderful read. It was a "page turner" and "can't put it down" all in one. I can't even fathom how the author was able to put together the storyline and develop all the characters. That had to have been a lot of hard work not to mention imagination and talent. By the end I felt like I knew them all as "real" people not just names in a story. It caught my interest right from the first chapter.

B. Benson

I had this book sitting on my Kindle since it came out and finally got around to reading it. I wish I hadn't waited so long. It gripped me with the opening chapter. The main character does struggle, but when she finds her power, she makes her life happen. I just kept cheering her on! I'm looking forward to the next book this author writes.

Kelly Hartog

Give yourself over to the tragedy and triumph that is High Cotton Country
What an incredibly powerful and moving story of one woman's struggle against all odds. Cazzie Randle is a heroine to root for from page one. There were times it was impossible to not cry at the hardships this feisty young woman went through, and the revelation at the end will have you nodding your head and slapping your forehead and saying "Why didn't she see this?" But of course, Cazzie has to go through a truckload of heartbreak before she can see the truth that has been before her all along.

Leta McCurry creates real, powerful, three dimensional characters. From the minor ones like Hink Bolton to the major players including Bama Tapp and the incomparable Nine, McCurry knows how to draw you in and have you holding your breath throughout the entire book. Her characters leap off the page and the emotions she generates stay with you long after the final page.

Alyon

Crazzie Randle was such a well developed character, I agree as well. This character felt real to me. This book caught me on the edge of my seat right away and it was hard to put down. I enjoyed the story line and the other characters that helped in Crazzie’s Journey. I think this author is a good one. *I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review*

Janice Clark

I had the privilege of hearing some of the beginning of this book read in a critique group, and was immediately hooked. McCurry is a consummate story-teller who knows how to keep her audience listening or turning pages. I ached for Cazzie the child, and cheered for Cazzie the driven adult who claws her way to success.

Joe Free

Really liked this book. I read a sample first chapter at the recommendation of a friend and by the time I was finished I had to buy it. It is well written, fast paced and like a good book should, makes you think. Looking forward to Ms. McCurrys next book.

Bobbie Bair

When I read the first chapter of "High Cotton Country", I knew I had to purchase this book. I felt so sorry for Cassie with the trials and tributations she went through but she worked herself through it. She went to proverty to being very rich. Although rich in money didn't make her happy but she finally found the man of her dreams and not only was rich but happy. So many surprises of what you think might happen and turned out totally different. I just couldn't put this book down!

Vicki

I'm not easily hooked into a book, but I was hooked in the first chapter and had a hard time putting it down. I really enjoyed the life lessons that came out in this story. To keep going no matter the adversity you are faced with. A story of tradgey, grit, determination and forgiveness. I'll be looking forward to the next book.

Tarnoon

"It made the hair stand up on the back of my arms". My experience was that the construction of the writing was very enjoyable to read. I found no long drawn out descriptions and I was never bored. I was truly captured by the description of Cassie and her life. Leta read the first chapter aloud at my book club meeting. The friend sitting next to me said, "It made the hair stand up on the back of my arms". When I started reading the book myself I thought maybe it was too wordy. When I looked at the sentences, phrasing and adjectives, I realized that every word was there to create imagery, characters and suspense. It is a long novel but, when you've finished it, you'll miss everyone that you met on your race to find out what happens in the next chapter.

Lori Green

Cassie’s childhood was remarkably difficult, even in my experience of learning about people through my practice as a psychotherapist. There was a lot of hardship, especially the leading up to and living through her first marriage and the challenges of raising her children alone and poor. Certainly the heartbreak of Hink had a very lasting effect on her life, and it was presented well.
I also found myself curious about Nine and her life. It appeared to me that the book was about Cassie. I would have liked to know more of the details about Nine that could have equaled the details about Cassie. That was also true of my reaction to reading about Cassie’s children. The book appeared to be mostly written about Cassie, in a sense, like an autobiography.

Cindy Crossley

I was engrossed in this book from the moment I picked it up, until the last page was read.
Cazzie Randle proivdes us with a snapshot of the power of a determined human spirit, and a confirmation that our past does not have to dictate our future.

Over coming obstacles and challenges in life is a common thread that binds us all together, sharing the journey that Cazzie travels is both painful and triumphant!
The characters in the book are vivid and powerful. Two of my favorites were Nine and Bama Tapp. Nine is the friend we all wish we had, and Bama is a tender soul whose life purpose is to make a difference in the world. As I read the novel, there were moments of tears, and moments of joy.
In the end, I was left with a sense that often the interpretation of events in our lives has a greater impact than the realities of the events themselves.

I highly recommend this book. Looking forward to McCurry's next book.

Patti Robertson

Love, love, love this book! This is the first piece of fiction I have read in years, and am so glad I picked it up! I was totally engaged from the first paragraph and actually sad to read the last page. The characters were so well described and developed, it was as if they became my personal friends. The story is filled with poverty, tragedy, tenacity, hard work, reconciliation and redemption. I'm so looking forward to Leta's next book!

C.S. Wismer

Great character development- especially Cazzie! Great story.

M. Turner

McCurry does a fantastic job of bringing the setting to life, developing sympathetic characters whose struggles are real and desperate. Cazzie (the main character) was well developed and I instantly cared about her. You experience her struggles and are invested in the outcome. The book grabbed my attention immediately. The writing is depictive and moves the story with powerful emotion.

Lisa

I don't have time to read very often and it is usually difficult for me to get "caught up" in a story line. I started reading this book and I would tell myself I'll read a chapter or two, but would find myself saying "just one or two more chapters..it won't take that long..." Once I started reading her story, I just wanted to hear more...more...more. As I neared the end of the book, I had mixed emotions of excitment to finally know "it all", and sadness, because it was almost over. Cazzie Randle took me on a journey that has changed my life. I enjoyed this book so much that I now want more adventures in reading.

Karen Childs

I loved the story line and the positive strong characters with values they developed and kept through their assorted adventures. My midwest family was very much like these characters.

Jaimie D. Corona

It was a wonderful journey vivid characters you will laugh and at times feel your gut twist. I was hooked from page one, there wasn’t a slow part of the book each page kept me wanting more, I found myself reading in the wee hours of the morning. The author wrote so well, I was there as a bystander, watching the story unfold, I laughed, cheered for Cazzie, and had tears in my eyes at times, as the other reviewer wrote, the characters are fantastic. I love books like this where I can immerse myself completely, it was an amazing ride, you won’t be disappointed it’s a must read. I look forward to the author’s next book.

Teri

Loved this book from the start! I did not want to put it down and was sad to see it end which is a GREAT book to me. The characters are fantastic. The writer makes you feel like you are right there seeing it and going through it with Cazzie and her delightful family. Thanks for the great read and am looking forward to your next book.

new2this

Loved it, could hear the southern drawl. Got to know Cazzie and her heart and could hear the swing crack on the front porch.

Leslie

I would love to see this book become a movie! It takes you on a journey ranging in setting from a poor, small, rundown home that is not much more than a shack, to the life of luxury in the sky scrapers of a big city, the beautiful open plains of a large ranch, and even as far as Hong Kong, and not to mention the roller coaster of emotions that comes with it! As a movie, the cinematography opportunities for this would be incredible. With the excellent story line to boot, it would be a must see, no doubt.

Steve Zamzow

I have very little time to read so if a book doesn't grab me right away I move on to another book. This book grabbed me right from the start and I had a hard time putting it down. It has a great cast of likable characters which the author does a great job introducing you to each one. Cazzie has a horrible hand dealt to her but through grit and determination overcomes all obstacles and makes the best of her situation. The story line and plot are enthralling and keep you on the edge of your seat (or bed in my case). It was a wonderful read and I would recommend it to all!

Rachel Cole

Crazzie Randle was such a well-developed character that you almost felt like you were her, or a very close personal friend. She became real to me while I was reading the book High Cotton Country and honestly, she's still real to me. I felt every feeling she felt. Not only was her character well developed but so were the other characters in the book like Bama and Nine. The way everyone and everything tied into Cazzie and her journey and personality was amazing! I also want to say that ordinarily I do not particularly enjoy reading. It takes a lot to grab and keep hold of my attention but I did not want to put this book down and I was so sad when I finished it! I finished it in 4 day when normally a book this size would take me a week or so if I was putting in a genuine effort. I'm defiantly going to read it again. Love it love it love it!!!

Joanne Tailele

Great timeless read for High Cotton Country. Cazzie Rae Randle was born in a small hill country town in Texas in the early 1930's. But her struggle to rise above the bowels of hell to become a successful business woman could be any woman in any state, in any time. Cazzie carried the ghosts of her childhood in her travels, "Nobody cared about making Cazzie's lonesome go away." It wasn't until she crossed paths with unusual characters like Nine Bellew and Bama Tapp that she found the strength to face her past in order to find peace.

I loved High Cotton Country because I quickly became invested in Cazzie and rooted for her along her way through the story. Surprising twists kept me on my toes and not foreseeing the next turn ahead. An excellent read with several lessons to be learned along the way.