TWELFTH CHILD

TWELFTH CHILD

JUST LOVE THE WRITING OF BETTE LEE CROSBY!  BEEN WORKING THROUGH THE WYATTSVILLE SERIES BUT THIS BOOK DEAL CAUGHT MY EYE.  BETTE LEE MAKES YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH ABIGAIL ANNE LANNIGAN WHO ENDURES A LIFE TIME OF STRUGGLE TO FIND HAPPINESS.  CROSBY ALSO BUILDS DISGUST FOR ELLIOTT, A DISTANT RELATION, WHO ONLY VISITS TO REQUEST MONEY.  THEN DESTINY ARRIVES AND SHE TRULY BEFRIENDS ABIGAIL, NOW IN HER ELDER YEARS, WITH NO WISH FOR HER MONEY.  WHEN ELLIOTT BRINGS DESTINY TO COURT TO GET HIS RIGHTFUL SHARE OF ABIGAIL’S ESTATE YOU REALLY LOATHE HIM.  YOU’LL BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT  WHERE ABIGAIL’S MILLION ENDS UP!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

From a USA TODAY AUTHOR OF WOMEN’S FICTION BEST SELLERS comes an uplifting tale of trust, love and friendship.Abigail Anne Lannigan searched for these things all her life, now, when she is at the tail end of her years, she teams up with a free-spirited young woman. A nobody from nowhere, who suddenly moves in across the street. Their unusual friendship comes under suspicion when a million dollars goes missing and a distant relative, claims embezzlement. Abigail knows the truth of what happened but, unfortunately, she’ll never get the chance to tell.Reminiscent of Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes” the May-December friendship of these two unforgettable women is sure to settle in the soft spot of your heart.The Twelfth Child, told in the timeless tradition of Southern Fiction, is a novel rich with emotion, humor and tenderness. A Historical Mystery set in the 20th Century, this is a story of love, friendship and one woman’s struggle to survive America’s Great Depression.This Award Winning book is the recipient of the FPA President’s Book Award Silver Medal and the Royal Palm Literary Award for Women’s Fiction.

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GUMBEAUX

GUMBEAUX

GUMBEAUX IS A TALE OF NEW BEGINNINGS.  MARY FAIT MAY BE WEALTHY BUT SHE HAS BEEN ORPHANED AND LEFT IN THE CARE OF A LECHEROUS, ALCOHOLIC UNCLE.  FEELING TRAPPED IN A DEAD END SITUATION SHE DEVISES A PLOT TO ESCAPE BY CHANGING HER NAME AND APPLYING FOR A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP SINCE HER UNCLE WILL NOT GIVE HER ANY MONEY TO LEAVE HOME.  MARY (VERONICA FEY) DOES GET THE SCHOLARSHIP AND BEGINS HER NEW LIFE IN LOUISIANA.  HER DIARY ENTRIES TELL US OF HER COLLEGE LIFE,  FINDING LOVE,  GETTING A JOB AND EVENTUALLY, A RELEASE FROM HER PASTJOIN MARY IN HER ADVENTURES GROWING UP IN THE SOUTH.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Where do you go when you disappear? For young heiress Mary Fait, the answer is New Orleans. After the death of her parents, she is placed in the care of her alcoholic uncle. For years, she assists her uncle in growing the family empire, all the while plotting his demise and / or her escape. A college scholarship gives her the opportunity to break free of her life to start a new one – under a new name. Follow Mary and her often hilarious misadventures in the early 1990’s while attending college in a small town in Louisiana. The story reads as a series of diary entries which chronicle the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of the main character during this time in her life. The novel’s title refers to a cajun restaurant in which the main character works as a waitress. The colorful descriptions of the town of Bayou Bend, the college, its inhabitants and the surrounding areas paint a vivid and amusing tale of life in the South.

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LOWCOUNTRY SUMMER

LOWCOUNTRY SUMMER

I enjoyed the story but it wasn’t as “poignant”  and “compelling” as I thought it would be.  Caroline, the main character, is actually kind of a flake but she is a stone on the outside.  It is her daydreams and inner thoughts that capture her true identity.  She is tough on her teenage nieces who are acting out in typical ways feeling it is her responsibility to straighten them out!  The teens have seen their father separate from their mother because of alcoholism and a new woman has moved into their father’s life with the prospect of marriage in the near future.  The new woman is the enemy and all the girls’ anger and resentment is focused on her.  I guess the end is the best part of the story where a tragedy actually brings the family back together and the importance of family rings true.

Here is an excerpt from the library:

Dorothea Benton Frank is a native of the South whose novels vividly capture the wild beauty, laid-back atmosphere, earthy characters, and charming eccentricities of life in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Written with compelling honesty and emotional depth, her stories have touched readers from coast to coast, and propelled her to the top ranks of bestsellerdom nationwide.

  • Now this remarkable writer revisits some of her most unforgettable characters in this enchanting new story sure to make you laugh and cry. Return with her to Tall Pines Plantation in this long-awaited sequel to her beloved bestseller Plantation. . . .When Caroline Wimbley Levine returned to Tall Pines Plantation, she never expected to make peace with long-buried truths about herself and her family. The Queen of Tall Pines, her late mother, was a force of nature, but now she is gone, leaving Caroline and the rest of the family uncertain of who will take her place.In the lush South Carolina countryside, old hurts, betrayals, and dark secrets will surface, and a new generation will rise along the banks of the mighty Edisto River.Wonderfully evocative, infused with humor and poignancy, and rich with the lyrical cadences of the South, Lowcountry Summer is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank, a deeply moving novel you’ll want to savor and share.

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SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT

SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT

THIS WAS SUCH A SWEET STORY ABOUT FAMILY, LOVE AND LOSS, AND UNDERSTANDING LIFE.  Women continue to be strong against adversity to uphold family values and beliefs.  “Pick your battles in life as well!”

Enjoy!  Here is what the library has to say about the book:

Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah’s perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie’s all- knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman’s sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, “packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart.” It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

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