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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
Sins of the Parents: A Shady Corners Tale by K.C. Sprayberry is an absolutely delightful coming-of-age novel set in the small Georgian town of Shady Corners. Luci and Skye are cousins, who remarkably look like twins and were born on the same day. They have been inseparable from birth and do everything together. Just as they are about to graduate from middle school and look forward to the excitement of attending high school together, their collective world falls apart. Skye's and Luci’s parents are grifters whose expertise has always been phony and failing investment schemes that invariably leave the investors broke and destitute but enrich the parents. When they pull just such an investment scheme in their hometown and bilk the locals out of their shirts, things turn nasty for Luci and Skye. Everyone wrongly believes Luci and Skye must have been part of the elaborate scam and with their parents conveniently disappearing, they turn en masse against the girls. Without the pair’s loving and respected grandmother, things would have been unbearable for the two. Even with her help, the cousins find themselves separated on opposite sides of the country, lost and bereft without each other, feeling a deep sense of unfairness, knowing they had done nothing wrong to deserve this terrible scenario.
Sins of the Parents was a truly delightful read for me and I am as far removed from author K.C. Sprayberry’s target demographic as one can get. Initially, I thought this would be just another tale of teenage angst and perceived injustice but it was so much more than that. The author did a wonderful job of developing the depth of character in these two young girls and dragging the reader along with deep empathy and rooting for their success, despite all their travails. I particularly enjoyed the character of Gran, from the deep South, a strong, fearless, and commanding figure, who nonetheless had to admit to having had a blind spot, especially when it came to bringing up her two boys, Luci's and Skye’s fathers. The plot was at times predictable but had enough little twists in it to keep any reader interested. What shone through the most in this story was the determination of the two girls not to allow the actions of their parents or indeed the unfair ways they had been treated, especially by the town, to cloud their moral judgment or to influence their unwavering resolve to return what money they could to the poor citizens of Shady Corners and to wherever possible help out those less fortunate than themselves. This is a wonderful story, full of great moral lessons and a real pleasure to read for any age, not just young adults. I can highly recommend it.