Firefighter David Boyette’s soon-to-be wife dies in a flaming auto crash. David blames his policeman brother, Jeremy, who was on the scene of the crash and was unable to save her. David leaves town only to return home years later carrying a heavy load of secret burdens. David can’t believe anyone, especially his family, needs to hear his secrets. He doesn’t share his burdens with anyone until eventually he’s convinced God didn’t abandon him but he is the one who strayed. He must let those who love him help him with his burdens. But can he do that or will he leave town again?
Mississippi Nights is a tale of a southern family torn apart by tragedy. One brother has allowed that tragedy to define him, nearly destroy him, and now it's up to the other to decide if he wants to help bring him back from the brink. The characters in Mississippi Nights are well-drawn, each with his quirks, strengths and flaws--there are no stereotypes here. The secondary cast adds depth and richness. The beautiful Mississippi scenery is lovingly described, with each sense brought to life. It's obvious the author loves her home state. The work lives of the brothers--one a firefighter, the other a police officer, are written with astonishing accuracy, likely due to the author's reported experience as a volunteer firefighter/EMR, and add suspense and tension. But the strained--to say the least--relationship between the siblings is always center stage. It will be a long journey toward healing, and they won't be able to do it on their own, but with God's help, they can do it. If they don't give up.
D.M.'s characters are very real in this book, and she deals with the tough subject of alcoholism without shying away from it. Maggie was one of my favorite characters. Her penchant for all things pink, and her sweet nature balanced with a tough backbone was the perfect fit for David. I also loved the healing journey this book took you on, and the story of forgiveness for not only those around you, but yourself and ultimately God.