Touching, satisfying read

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Pete is a good, white Southern boy on the cusp of manhood when he loses his father. Isaac is a good, black Southern man who was Pete's father's farmhand, and a surrogate father to Pete after his dad's death. Isaac disappears, and based on the books' title, I thought that the plot would focus on searching for him. Instead, what follows is a touching coming of age story set in a tiny Southern town in the 1960s.

While characters are a bit cookie cutter, I quickly got caught up in the lives of these town's residents. Combining the mystery of Isaac's disapearance with the budding romance between Pete and a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it almost reads like a Hallmark movie...a bit predictable but fully satisfying in the end.