They say you should never judge a book by it's cover, and whoever "they" are, I guess they were right this time. When I first picked up Cold Sassy Tree, it looked like a moldy old classic, and that's what I thought the story would be like. However, this book surprised me and turned out to be very good.
The story starts out in the town of Cold Sassy, Georgia in 1906, where young Will Tweedy's grandmother has just died. Before she's even cold in the grave, his grandfather marries Miss Love Simpson, a woman at least 30 years younger than he is. All the residents of Cold Sassy, Will's family included, are scandalized and think Miss Love is out to get his grandfather's money. When he gets to know Miss Love, Will's opinion of her begins to change and he starts to accept her in his life after he realizes that his grandfather only married Miss Love so that he could have a housekeeper, and not to replace his grandmother. But as it usually goes, Will's grandfather and Miss Love do fall in love. After several mildly predictable twists at the end of the story, Will's learned some important life lessons and grown up some since the beginning of the book.
Once you get past the Southern jargon every time a character opens his or her mouth and the strange way Will's grandfather makes toast, Cold Sassy Tree was a very enjoyable story.
I give this book 3 1/2 stars.