The novel is a coming of age story that follows a boy and a girl as they struggle to find their way emotionally and physically in a small southern town in middle 1970s.
Reviewer: A reader from Richland, MS USA
This novel is a fantastic cross between J.D.Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" and John Grisham's "The Client" and it'll keep you wondering about the multi-story outcome to the very end! Great book! Kudo's to Mr. Reeves! I'm ready for more. -Will
A Fantastic Read!!! A Fantastic Ride!!!, September 5, 2002
VELVET SKY is a fast, deeply felt emotional ride set in central Mississippi in the 60s. The writer pulls you in from the first page and carries you on a journey that you won't soon forget. It is an amazing effort for a first novel. Bravo!
A Modern Southern Masterpiece, June 24, 2003
Rusty Van Reeves is 10 days younger than I am. He describes the childhood and coming of age of young people in a small Mississippi town in the early 1970's. This town could be anywhere in the south, the children anyone of a group of forty-something people. I felt so many of his descriptions in my heart, and deep in my memories. He could have been describing any number of days and summer nights from my growing up.
The main characters are all very different, yet linked in many ways. Patrick is a young man who is being pushed by his father to become a prize athlete. Chase has been his best friend since grade school and is struggling with a secret he feels he must keep or risk losing everything he holds precious; Chelsea has a secret of her own that is so horrible it could slowly destroy her. Kelley is a beautiful, yet kindhearted girl who cares deeply about everyone.
These characters are slowly drawn together when Chelsea's secret comes to light when a horrible murder is discovered. The characters in this book are very believable. The reader grows to understand and care about each and every one.
The book progresses from the early ages of 9 or 10 until the characters are graduating high school. The mystery of the two young people's secrets and the growing love between the other two keep the book interesting and rapidly moving forward. All in all, Velvet Sky is a wonderful read and I would gladly recommend it. ~Susan Johnson /reviewer
Great summer read!, June 13, 2003
During the summer I like reading books that remind me of my childhood and growing up in the south. VELVET SKY is the perfect book to transport you back in time (1960's/1970's) to that magical era. The novel shows you the frustrations of first love and does a wonderful bit of storytelling that keeps you flipping the pages. I loved it!
Must Read - Trip Back in Time to the 70s!, November 12, 2002
This novel, VELVET SKY by Rusty Van Reeves, is a multi-story effort. This guy knows how to cook on all cylinders. Once this book sets up the main characters it thrusts them into the fire and you find yourself (the reader) being pulled in from every direction.
The book has a few minor grammar errors and a typo here and there but it takes NOTHING away from this multi-harmony