Little Joe - Book Review

I was privileged to get an ebook copy of this book from the publishers and read it during the past week.

Little Joe


When Little Joe Stout survives the car accident that took his parents’ lives, he is sent to live with his maternal grandparents in the small town of Round Rock, Tennessee. Orphaned and missing his Texas home, Little Joe is reluctant to adapt. But his grandparents, especially his grandmother, are up to the challenge of raising him despite their own struggles. Soon, childhood friendships are forged in the oddball duo of Sugar and Bobby, and—with the help of a new canine companion—Little Joe begins to see that his new home offers the comfort and love he thought was lost forever.

Set against the drama of World War II and the first sparks of the civil rights movement, Little Joe’s new home is a microcosm of America in the 1940s. A frightening incident with a Chinese motorist traveling on the wrong side of town, the migration of troops across the countryside, and a frank discussion of Jim Crow laws are just a few of the local events mirroring the radio broadcasts that bring the news of the day into his grandmother’s kitchen.

Little Joe begins a four-part series from Michael E. Glasscock III that explores the intricate social cloth of Round Rock, Tennessee.

My Thoughts

Well the first thing I need to say is that to start with I thought this was not really my type of book but wanted to read something a bit different from usual and so I was prepared to read this over a longer period of time than normal and probably read another book at the same time but boy did I get a surprise.

                I was hooked from the first few pages.

This was so well written and descriptive that I was in that farm alongside them, loving the characters and laughing at the events that took place. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

The book brought real life to life, not skipping over the sad areas of life and not making everything work out perfectly but showing the true love of family for each other and care and responsibility towards friends and neighbours.

I read it in just 3 days, and would have finished it all in one day except I did have other things that needed my time.

I am already looking forward to the next book in the series and will review that later too.

Go on and try it, its a relaxing and enjoyable read but at the same time will make you think about life today.

Little Joe  by  Michael E. Glasscock  III

Book 1 in the Round Rock Series

Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press    

Released in June 2013


  1. Sounds like a good book! I'll have to check out.

    1. Hi there nice to meet you, yes do give it a try.

  2. To me it sounds like a fascinating read ~ nice review ~ Happy Reading ~ ^_^ ~ Fun post for J

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

    1. True Carol, it was happy reading and easy to write about

  3. Anonymous21:05

    I'll have to read this. Always looking for good books to read.

  4. Thanks! I love a book where I can feel like I'm actually in it.

    1. Thanks, then this is definitely one for you to try

  5. This sounds great!

    I am going to order it for an airplane read! It sounds perfect!

    Thanks for sharing just a wonderful sounding book for the letter J.


  6. Love when books surprise us, this is why I'm always up for stepping away from my normal genre. thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  7. Thanks for the review. Ill add it to my list! #readwithme

  8. This sounds like such a great book , it is not the type of book I would normally read but I have found that I am wanting to read all different kinds of books lately xx

  9. This sounds like a great book. I really enjoy Historical Fiction

  10. Sounds like a great book. I have slowly but surely been easing myself back into reading. I’m always about books that hook me in within the first few pages.