Tobacco Sun

Fiction - Southern
223 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2017
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Reviewed by Beth Katherine for Readers' Favorite

Set in the year 1947, Tobacco Sun takes place in the village of Tobaccoville, North Carolina. It shares with us the tale of two sisters who have been estranged for years, driven apart by their status in life—Sydra, the younger sister, a stunning but cold Hollywood star, and Jimi-Lynn, the older sister, a soft-hearted country girl whose face is marred by her port-wine stain birthmark. The sisters share a dark past that comes to a head on the evening of the day they held their mother’s funeral. Will the shocking events of that night finally bring the sisters together, or will all that remains be ashes, like burnt tobacco floating on the breeze?

Lorna Hollifield’s debut novel touched my heart and moved me to tears more than once. Tobacco Sun had me on the edge of my seat with tissue in hand. Hollifield’s bold decision to tell this story from multiple point of views surprised me, but was so artfully executed that, upon completion of the book, I felt that not only was it the right decision for her story, it was the best decision. She masterfully wove a beautiful, if not heartrending tale of hope. Because of Hollifield’s exquisite way with words, you will find yourself rooting for the best outcome possible for both Sydra and Jimi-Lynn, hoping that they will find the redemption and happiness that they both desperately need—separately or together. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for emotionally mature readers, especially those with an interest in the New Adult or Southern Fiction genres.


Tobacco Sun is so beautifully written, you can only assume that author Lorna Hollifield was an artist in her previous life. This book grabbed me by the "feels" and wouldn't let go!

Debbie Hilton

I love this book from the monment I open it until the read the last word on the last page. It is ricrh in southern culture. The characters in the book are so defined and are made to grasp your heart to find out what happens next. The depth of the feelings for each character is something you can relate to. The book has many twist and suprizes . I would recommend this book highly as a must read this summer you will not regret doing so.

Jessica O'Brien

Tobacco Sun is a scintillating tale of two estranged sisters bound together by love, loss and a deadly secret. This book is a real page turner that I just couldn't put down. This story takes you on a complete rollercoaster ride of emotions from euphoria and exhilaration to frenzy and intoxication and back again. This is a must read new release for anyone looking to get ahead of the curb on this summer's best sellers!


Tobacco Sun was an emotional ride through the history of two sisters. The web of events that bound them together was slowly untangled by Hollifield in a way that made me want to find out more. I'm not a Southern fiction expert, but Tobacco Sun had that same heaviness of life that I've experienced in the few Southern fiction novels I've read. You'll feel alternately sad, happy, and angry as the novel progresses and find yourself rooting for the characters to find the redemption they so desperately need.