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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
As the seasons unfold in the sleepy, picturesque town of Springfield, residents prepare for the fate of their beloved Mighty Oak. The memories and emotions surrounding that giant tree in the center of town make the decision to fell the beloved tree more than difficult. Adelaide Alfresco, owner and proprietor of the charming floral shop, Fioré Alfresco, cannot imagine a day without viewing this magnificent town landmark. Danielle White, entry level associate at Liberty Group, a PR and Marketing firm, has no family memories to share, but is sensitive to the town’s emotions concerning the tree. Her biggest concern is to be the perfect employee to Willow Richard, vice president of Liberty. Willow presents a public stone face, but is actually heartsick over the removal of Mighty Oak. Upon meeting her husband’s new intern at the law firm, Willow begins to suffer from feelings of unease. Tom Sterling, a handsome young black man, is ambitious, charismatic, and rather mysterious; factors which are causing undo concern amongst the small-minded residents of Springfield.
Swaying is an exciting undertaking for co-authors Marissa Williams, Amber Anderson Smith, Rachel Rankins, and Alexis Walters. Working with an assortment of writing voices, these women succeed in presenting a tightly crafted narrative story that continuously brings the characters full circle and interwoven in a strange kind of community. The dialogue reflects human emotions as well as a realistic perspective on small town America that brings this story alive to the reader. The detail given to each character and circumstance invites the reader to join the town of Springfield.