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Shaking the Sugar Tree (The Sugar Tree Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Nick Wilgus
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Wise-cracking Wiley Cantrell is loud and roaringly outrageous—and he needs to be to keep his deeply religious neighbors and family in the Deep South at bay. A failed writer on food stamps, Wiley works a minimum wage job and barely manages to keep himself and his deaf son, Noah, more than a stone’s throw away from Dumpster-diving.

Noah was a meth baby and has the birth defects to prove it. He sees how lonely his father is and tries to help him find a boyfriend while Wiley struggles to help Noah have a relationship with his incarcerated mother, who believes the best way to feed a child is with a slingshot. No wonder Noah becomes Wiley’s biggest supporter when Boston nurse Jackson Ledbetter walks past Wiley’s cash register and sets his sugar tree on fire.

Jackson falls like a wet mule wearing concrete boots for Wiley’s sense of humor. And while Wiley represents much of the best of the South, Jackson is hiding a secret that could threaten this new family in the making.

When North meets South, the cultural misunderstandings are many, but so are the laughs, and the tears, but, as they say down in Dixie, it’s all good.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen READ IT, READ IT, READ IT!!!!!! 15. Mai 2014
Von Justme
Format:Kindle Edition

This book made me laugh, made me cry, made me laugh, made me cry, made me think and made me very happy.

Not just simply HAPPY.

And a bit sad too.

It is not your usual MM-romance.
It is not overloaded with testosterone as a lot of MM-books.
There are so many heart in every line!
There are so many truth in every sentence!

Who has to read it in the first place:

Every single STRAIGHT/GAY farther.

Every single mother.

All parents, straight or not.

People with heart.

People without. There is a big hope they'll get it back.

All good politicians who help to become gay marriage legal in every country and in every state.

Everybody who considers gay marriage is not a human right. There is a big hope you can change your opinion.

No, it is not a political book. Don't get me wrong.

It is a beautifully written story- I'm strongly believe that this book is very autobiographical- about a single father Wiley Cantrell who lives in Tupelo, Mississippi with his 10 years old son Noah,a meth baby with the birth defects(how can somebody not fall in love with this kid?!), has a difficult relationship with his religious family, except his crazy grandfather Papaw(he is hilarious!) and goes through ups and downs with his boyfriend Jackson Ledbetter.

It is about life and about love.

Excellent told, from my favourite first person POV, in a form of a personal diary.

A quote from the book:
" It was a love story about a father and a son. The rest was window dressing. As a love story between a parent and a child, it was universal.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen fun, sad, hilarious 2. April 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I loved this book it was written in a funny way although sometimes the Situation was everything but... I can't wait to read the next book but before that I must say I really loved the Main character how Heb just took everything like it is and how brave he was and little by little made all the bigots change... I wish it was that simple sometimes...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Lala 25. April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Das Buch ist okay, hatte mir aber mehr erhofft. Der Bruder homophob und plötzlich, ohne erkennbaren Grund völlig supportive und der Partner Medikamentenabhängig, aber dessen Entzug gar nicht erwähnt wird. Plötzlich war er clean. Aber der Grundgedanke hinter dem Buch war gut
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Just wow! 1. Februar 2014
Von lala-lately - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'm reluctant to leave a review--this book was so good that I don't know what to say! Funny, rich, and unpretentious. I adored this book, and the amazing characters. There's a real story, rife with current and very relevant issues, complicated family relationships, small-town prejudices, political and religious tensions, and personal obstacles. The author's voice is so clever--and so very southern. I grew up in the South and the dialogue in this book is spot on. I raised my brows, shook my head, and literally laughed out loud (repeatedly!) at Wiley and Pepaw. The descriptions are vivid; it was like sitting in the family room watching the story unfold. And good lord what a crazy family! I shed tears of humor true enough, but at many points, I found tears of compassion wetting my face. It goes without saying that Noah will steal your heart. I just wanted to give him all the love in the world. In fact, I think the most remarkable thing about this story is how real the descriptions of Noah's gifts and challenges are, and how every word written about that child, including the less than appealing moments, resonates with love. It's really very rare that a fiction writer can convey this depth of emotion so authentically and convincingly. Well-chosen words brought Noah to life.

I don't know anything about Nick Wilgus, but I feel as though I've just had a very honest conversation with him in which he used a lot of self-deprecating humor to point out that at the end of the day, despite flaws and imperfections on our part or theirs, there's simply no other way to love a child except with your whole heart.

I recommend this book without reservation. Great characters, great theme, great story telling...funny and poignant but not sappy. This book is so unpretentious. It's not like a Hallmark card and it's not attached to the shiniest or best-wrapped gift on the table--no, it's more like the homemade borderline inappropriate card making fun of those bland Hallmark lovers, and more likely to be taped to a newspaper wrapped box, which nonetheless holds the best gift of them all. It was an all around good time. I wish I could give it more than five stars. Kudos to you, Mr. Wilgus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow 1. Februar 2014
Von Jules - Veröffentlicht auf
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Nick Wilgus called it right a love story of a father and son. I just want to hug Noah forever, this little boy made me cry so hard, then he broke my heart calling for his ma. Having the characters come from such a dysfunctional family was brilliant giving so much strength to the storyline. Nick Wilgus is now and automatic buy and a terrific writer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome Protrayal of life in the Deep South 7. Februar 2014
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I was hestiant at first to read this book but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. This is the story of Wiley Cantrell and his son Noah and a cast of "characters" that are in their lives. There's his brother Billy ultra religious with his wife and family..His mama very Catholic if you will and then there is Papaw my favorite character in the entire book. Everytime he said something I laughed out loud. Papaw says what he says when he wan'ts to say it..It is vrey true that Southern People dont hide their "crazy" people they put them on display on the porch. Even with Papaw's rantings and ravings he had some pretty valid things to say.

Wiley meets Jackson Ledbetter at this Food World job one night and they fall instantly in like with one another. Jackson has to gt used to the way things are done down in Mississippi because in Boston things are done entirely different..

Wiley's son Noah is a meth baby but he seems very intelliigent even though he had a rough start to life. What's it really like to be a gay dad rasing deaf boy since he was a baby.. Read this book to find out. I laughed and I cried (mostly laughed). Well written by Nick and I felt like I was down there in the heat of Mississippi..
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly recommended! 12. Mai 2014
Von Nic - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
“What was I writing exactly? Romance? Drama? Slice of life? Romantic comedy? Would there be an audience for such a book? Watching Noah sit down, chomping on his Pop-Tart, I realized it was none of those things. It was a love story about a father and a son. The rest was window dressing. As a love story between a parent and a child, it was universal. Didn’t matter that I was gay, that he was deaf, that we didn’t fit in, that we were outcasts in our own way. God, fate, the universe, luck–we had been thrown together in this thing we call life for reasons we couldn’t fathom. As Mrs Humphries would say, The Lord gon’ find a way–and He had.”

This is the story of Wiley Cantrell and his son Noah. Their life isn’t easy – it is largely the two of them against the world and they sure have been dealt with more than their fair share of things to overcome.

Noah is a special little boy. Born addicted to meth and deaf, from the very moment of his birth he has struggled. Emotionally he is also very fragile and has craved the love of his mother who left him at birth. But Noah is blessed with the love of his father.

Wiley has reached his thirties and struggles through life. As a gay single father of a child with difficulties, he is on minimum wage and deals with people continually judging his lifestyle and deeming him an unfit parent. Even Wiley’s own family judge him.

“I had no career to speak of, no future, no money in the bank, no man to go home to and make love to and be with, no chance in hell that I would ever get gay-married and live happily ever after. I don’t often through myself a pity party, but I threw one for myself that afternoon, sitting there on the bench staring into space. I couldn’t help but feel that maybe Bill and my mother were right, maybe there was something really wrong with me. Maybe I didn’t deserve happiness. Maybe there was no room in the Magnolia state for souls like mine. Maybe I was really born at the wrong time, in the wrong place, living a life that fit me about as well as Elvis’s sideburns or Honey Boo Boo’s baby fat.”

Sad and heartbreaking, it is also inspirational to see such love and such sacrifices made by a father for this child. But the standout is the writing and how this tale is told – even in the depths of feeling Wiley’s pain, I was laughing at the total, hysterical craziness that accompanied every visit Wiley made home to see his family. Papaw is definitely a character I won’t be forgetting in a hurry!

“Mr. Light-in-the-Loafers is here,” Papaw announced. “And he’s got a little F**** friend. He’s also a little light in the loafers, if you know what I mean. They’ll probably both be dead of some venereal disease by Christmas so I wouldn’t get attached.” What a wonderful way for your new boyfriend to be greeted by your grandfather!

Yes, there is a love story. Jackson enters Wiley’s life and so begins the first relationship Wiley has had in years. They are wonderful together and I loved their easy banter and teasing and how their relationship worked around Noah. It’s not smooth sailing (you wouldn’t expect it to be) and Jackson has some problems of his own. I would have loved some more insight into Jackson’s struggles, to understand how he got to be in the situation he was in and his emotional journey to win Wiley. But the focus of this story stayed with Wiley.

Sadness, happiness, life, religion, homophobia, violence, tolerance, family, forgiveness, humour, love – this book pretty much packs it all in and is highly recommended reading!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Wanted to like it more but... 3. Februar 2014
Von Bookfan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
The writing was good and I liked the kid, Noah. My problem was with both main characters, especially Wiley.

So through most of the storyline Wiley whines he wants someone to love, no one nighters, a husband. Than why when he meets Jackson, knows it could be special, admits he is his boyfriend, than proceeds to cheat on him. For no reason than the guy is hot.
Next when Jackson proposes, Wiley suddenly decides he can't marry him because it's not legal in that state. Auggghhhh!!!! He wanted this the entire book, now he changes his mind??? This guy just ended up getting on my nerves.
He didn't even seem sorry about cheating, sorry he got caught. Then it was brushed over. I guess Jackson just got over it.
Jackson had to be on drugs. He couldn't just be a regular guy. And he was able to quit easy too.
The way Wiley just cheated ruined it for me. This is fiction, and if I am paying my money I want faithful MC's. I wish I had known I would not have wasted my money.
I wanted to give it one star, but that would be unfair. It could have been a great book.
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