Twelve-year-old Della Kelly has lived her whole life in Maryville, North Carolina. She knows how to pick the softest butter beans and sweetest watermelons on her daddys farm. She knows ways to keep her spitfire baby sister out of trouble (most of the time). She knows everyone in Maryville, from her best friend Arden to kind newcomer Miss Lorena to the mysterious Bee Lady.And Della knows what to do when the sickness that landed her mama in the hospital four years ago spirals out of control again, and Mama starts hearing people who arent there, scrubbing the kitchen floor until her hands are raw, and waking up at night to cut the black seeds from all the watermelons in the house. With Daddy struggling to save the farm from a record-breaking drought, Della decides its up to her to heal Mama for good. And she knows just how shell do it: with a jar of the Bee Ladys magic honey, which has mended the wounds and woes of Maryville for generations.She doesnt want to hear the Bee Ladys truth: tha...
|Title||:||Where the Watermelons Grow|
|Number of Pages||:||245 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Where the Watermelons Grow Reviews
I just had a feeling that I was going to love this and I was right. The writing is stellar, the story is moving, and the author doesn't shy away from the hard things. All of that coupled with the southern summer setting and I was just really in love with this book! I highly recommend. Definitely pre-order worthy.
“... looked out the window over the sink and wished, more than ever, that the sky would just open up and cry all the tears I couldn’t.”
12 year old Della watches her mom struggle with sickness while also worrying about if they will lose the farm. How will she handle everything? #BookVoyage
I had the pleasure of reading this book before it got a book deal. It is gorgeous. The words will floor you. They are lyrical and beautiful and packed full of emotion. The feelings are raw and real. An important book. Loved it.
This book will break your heart a little and piece it back together, as the best books do. The writing is lush, the setting vivid, and Della's voice shines, shines, shines. I loved it.
I read one of the very early versions and loved the story from the beginning. The story is well told and deals with real life problems. Not just for those in similar circumstances, but for everyone from all walks of life because we all have things out of our control to figure out how to deal with in our lives. I can't wait to read it again in it's final version.
This was a very difficult book for me to read because I have a mother who suffers from mental illness. So of course I personalized everything. All the memories that I had carefully buried and had tried to move past resurfaced and it felt like I was reading with a brick in my stomach.
That said, I am happy this book was written and Cindy did a beautiful job capturing what it feels like to live with someone who is suffering from mental illness. I think mental health needs to be talked about and no ...more
I'm not a Contemporary person––give me SFF over all other genres any day. I tried and did not finish six contemporary arcs, when finally I clicked with this little gem. This is such a beautiful debut. 12-year-old Della Kelly, and the way she deals with her mama's illness, will most definitely steal your heart❤😭. The setting is always present and hot and alive. The characters are all so nuanced and realistic. You're going to really adore Della Kelly! Her voice is absolutely perfect, as is she. Ba ...more
Della is a sweet but spunky twelve year old who is trying to navigate growing up under the umbrella of her mom's intensifying mental illness. Della just knows if she can find a way to heal her mom, everything will be okay again. This book was rich in heart, atmosphere and voice. I felt like I could hear Della in my mind and that I was transported to a humid North Carolina summer in every page of this book (and lets not talk about how I read an advanced copy of this book at the end of winter when ...more