Never Isn't Long Enough
by F. Diane Pickett

Uphill Publishing, 2014. ISBN 978-0-615-87659-7.
Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
Posted on 03/19/2015

Fiction: Historical

After the Civil War, the rebuilding of the South was realized through industrialization, urbanization and technological advances in rural American farm communities. Drawing from over three hundred years of her own family's Southern heritage, F. Diane Pickett offers an informative and entertaining look at the post-Civil War era South and takes the reader through the years of both World Wars. Pickett gives her readers glimpses of everything from the introduction of the automobile, moonshiners, the Roaring Twenties, to the arrival of movie theaters. All of these events changed how communities and individuals experienced life during these changing times.

Pickett's characters are at once quirky, humorous, and very real. Pick is a mountain man who answered "the call" and Faye is a young farm woman who longed for "excitement." The story of Pick and Faye takes readers on a roller coaster ride and introduces them to a host of quirky characters.

While this story is a narrative that is short on dialogue, it is rich in Southern charm and imagery. Pickett writes in such a style that her reader is transported to a different place and time. That ability to lure readers into another world is a gift that this reader relishes. There was the occasional distraction of an anachronism that jolted me back to my present location but that is easily overlooked when the tale is so delightfully engrossing otherwise.

Never Isn't Long Enough is sure to delight readers of both sexes and many ages. It will appeal to those who appreciate historical fiction as well as those who just want a great escape from modern day drama.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, F. Diane Pickett grew up in Northwest Florida and attended Florida State University. Her careers include medical executive, small business owner, and event planning. Through her leadership, there has been a revival of the historic Florida Chautauqua Assembly in DeFuniak Springs, Florida which is known as one of the premier cultural and educational events in the region. Visit her website.

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