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Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2019
First of all I apologise in advance for the length of this review. I am from the South and I grew up less than 2 hours away from Atlanta Georgia, in my house there were always two books on our coffee table at all times, The Bible and Gone With The Wind. I've read Margaret Mitchell's classic so many times I know it cover to cover. I've known about this sequel for quite a few years now, but I never felt inclined to read it partly bc for a long time I wanted to leave Rhett Scarlett and their world where the creator Margaret left them. As I've gotten older, I've returned to Gone With the Wind periodically and i finally decided to give this book a try. I told myself if I wasn't into the story by the end of the first chapter I would put it down and in all honesty, I didn't expect to like it at all. I didn't think anyone else could continue such a legendary story other than the original writer. I was pleasantly surprised and glad to have been proved wrong Ms. Ripley does a fantastic job of curbing her own writing style to match Margaret's and she perfectly captures the spirit of Scarlett and of Rhett. It did not feel like a book written by someone else. It simply felt like a continuation of the story.
I cried. I laughed. I bit my nail to the quick and I truly could not put it down. I personally got an immense amount of satisfaction in seeing these characters I hold so near and dear to my heart evolve and become deeper and more layered and I appreciate that she chose to pick up the story's timeline right where the original book left off, it helped close the gap between the two books and made you really feel as though one person had written both. I won't ruin the story with spoilers but I will say that the story takes Scarlett and Rhett to places physically and emotionally that you'd never expect and although the old south will always be a huge part of this story no matter who is writing it, Ms. Ripley also manages to take these characters you love so much to new heights and better places. It will never be the original and it isn't meant to be, it's meant to continue the story as if Margaret Mitchell was writing it herself and she accomplished that and so much more.
This is a fantastic read, easily the best book I've read in years. I'm only sorry it took me so long to finally give it a chance.
I find that my deep love for the world of Gone with the Wind is shared with tons of people and many people grew up with it on their coffee tables just as I did. If that's the case and you too don't believe this sequel will do it justice I'm here to tell you, it goes above and beyond expectations. If you've ever wished the story of Scarlett and Rhett had continued, please read this. It's absolutely wonderful. Happy Reading!