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The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love (Ladies of Covington #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,195 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Cautious Grace Singleton, uncertain of her place in an intimidating world. Outspoken Hannah Parrish, harboring private fear that may change her life. Fragile Ameila Declose, shattered by devastating grief. Circumstance has brought these disparate women of "a certain age" to a Pennsylvania boardinghouse where three square meals and a sagging bed is the most any of them can ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published April 17th 2000)
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Kathryn
Jun 24, 2014 Kathryn rated it liked it
I have to say I was glad when this book ended as I thought it was a good 50-75 pages too long. And I wanted to tell those three ladies to GET OVER IT! and move on. Okay, I'm 58, not quite the same age as the characters in the book, but hello, my family will never "put" me in a retirement home - I will do that if I think I need it. The basic premis for the story was a good one and it is so nice to read about characters in my own age bracket and it did give me even more incentive to take good care ...more
Lynne Spreen
Jul 27, 2014 Lynne Spreen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midlife
My apologies to the many people who loved this book, but I had to force myself to finish it.

Grace, the main character, is extremely weak and a doormat. Amelia, scarred horribly from mental and physical pain, is self-centered and vapid. Hannah hides inside a hard outer shell. In what has become a cliche' (but maybe wasn't in 2000, when this book was first published), three women (one who cooks, one who does the handy-man work, and one artist - of course) move to an old, dilapidated but charming
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Judy Iliff
Jul 09, 2011 Judy Iliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love is what I would describe as a gentle read. Yes, there is tension; and yes, there is conflict. More than that, however, there is a sense of serenity and joy. I would even describe it as the ladies from Ladybug Farm 10+ years down the road.

Two older (and I use that term loosely since they are my age and a little older) have been shuffled into a rooming house by their children, and one chose to go their herself. The landlady is mean-spirited and believes that
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Garnette
Mar 05, 2008 Garnette rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
What I loved about this book is its location and its concept. What I gagged over what the writing. When is a book wonderful because of its characters, ideas, setting, resolution and feeling? And when does the writing intrude so often one longs to take a red pencil to it. Location, western North Carolina, near Mars Hill College which I attended long enough ago to be nostalgic about it. Near Hendersonville where most of my family since 1700 are buried. One of my favorite places on Earth. The conce ...more
Shauna
Apr 14, 2009 Shauna rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one more in the beginning and then a little less as it went on and on. Reminded me a bit of Jan Karon's books--very character and place driven, and these ladies of Covington are interesting girls for the most part, but I think Karon does a better job over all. Medlicott has a curious, almost unfinished writing style, and her sentences sometimes just don't work. And while I found myself invested in these characters right off, in their appealingly mundane ordinariness with a little ...more
Georgia Herod
May 29, 2009 Georgia Herod rated it it was amazing
I've been smitten with the Ladies of Covington, as well as her other novels. I've read them all!

Perhaps I enjoy them so much because of the life stage--since I'm approaching it. I appreciate that these women continue to grow, to learn, to love, to LIVE. Though I don't always agree morally with choices they make, I would enjoy these women as friends. I've appreciated Medlicott's bringing to the page mature women! I've also wondered if I could move in with two other women!
Nancy Madlin
Jan 23, 2014 Nancy Madlin rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book.... about three ladies in their 70's who become friends and move to the Asheville, NC area when one of them inherits a house there...I just find it so inspiring and hopeful and heart-warming to read about people who gain wisdom AND HAPPINESS as they age, who are moving on in life into their better and better years. Lovely.
Rita
Apr 29, 2009 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun book to read about three dear ladies and their move to Covington, South Carolina. Three ladies living in a rest home meet and decide to go it alone in a new city. They have their ups and downs and there are lots of interesting characters. I look forward to more adventures with these three.
Judy Mann
Nov 13, 2014 Judy Mann rated it it was ok
I have to say I am only about 70 pages into this book but so far..it's just so gooey. About these cozy goofy old ladies- that AREN'T REALLY IN THEIR HEART OF HEARTS ..SO OLD.
I'm sorry but it just seems like a Norman Rockwell painting of old ladies. I swear that I can smell my grandmother's talcum powder in these characters. I'm giving it 20 more pages and then I'm out of here. Too gooey. Too cozy. Too something or other for me. JM
Okay I finished.This woman-Joan Melicott is a good writer. I just
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Gloria
Mar 08, 2010 Gloria rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle-aged & Older women
Shelves: cozy-reads
This title begins a domestic fiction series full of likeable and relatable characters, the type you just might recognize among people you know. There is a faint Christian fiction feel to it, but it is possible that some Christian-fiction readers may not agree with some of the directions the story goes. The three main female characters between them are all working through tough, but common issues such as: physical changes due to aging, loneliness, domestic abuse, sex in the older years, financial ...more
Norma Jesus
I have several senior friends in the same situation as the women in this book--single and not sure if they can afford to live on their own. And not really wanting to be alone.

This book provided food for thought and an inspiration to think outside the box regarding living arrangements for seniors. I loved the idea of senior women facing their last years with vigor and new boldness.

I liked the beginning of this book best. I liked the way the characters were introduced and how the author examined
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Cheryl
Mar 25, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast, easy read. It takes you to a simpler place and time where life moves at a slower pace. I loved the detailed descriptions the author provided and by the time I was finished, I felt as if I knew the house, the area, and the ladies. Friendships like these are hard to find and maintain in such a busy world. I loved the characters, the whole concept. I remembered all my friends from Indiana fondly and thought of how we would do in in a similar situation. I think I just long for simpli ...more
Connie
Jan 23, 2014 Connie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book involves three women "of a certain age" that has lived very different lives, but become very best friends. They begin their friendship while living in a boarding house in Pennsylvania. Circumstances lead them to a very small town, Covington, North Carolina. Most of the book's setting is near the mountains, in western North Carolina, which is close to home. The three ladies come to life through the pages. Although I wanted to "hurry" some of it along, I did enjoy the book. If you enjoy ...more
Marti
Sep 20, 2013 Marti rated it liked it
Grace and Hannah have rooms in a retirement house owned by Olive, when Amelia comes to join them. None of them are really happy there, so when Amelia inherits a house in Covington, North Carolina, and money to fix it up, they all decide to live there together. Amelia is a photographer, and Grace teaches reading at a school where she meets Bob. Hannah has a greenhouse built for commercial use. Then, the villain shows up, a man who claims to have been the caretaker, with a will naming HIM. Amelia ...more
Calismitten
Jan 05, 2011 Calismitten rated it liked it
This was an honest book about growing older, friendship, and family. It is laden with religious subtext. Amazingly, the mentions of church and bible verses were not distracting because the characters seemed believable in their own challenges in life, love, and faith.

From the publisher's:

Joan Medlicott writes lovingly about the complexity and tenderness of women. she writes with honesty about relationships, about love and passion, about commitment and friendship, as well as about the intricate
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Elsie
Jul 01, 2009 Elsie rated it really liked it
This author is from Barnardsville, NC which is only about 20 minutes from my home. Having been there and seen the school and the area she describes, her descriptions of the mountains and valleys put into words what I feel as I look at my beautiful surroundings. The characters in the story are near my age and I easily relate to their joys and problems as we reach those silver haired times. I will definitely read more of the books in her series about the Ladies of Covington. I already have the nex ...more
Janet McCord
Sep 15, 2015 Janet McCord rated it it was ok
I so wanted to like this book and the premise was promising. Especially now that I've passed the 60 mark it's enjoyable to read about women my age having adventures and experiences that I have, or wish I had. But this book disappointed on many levels. I don't know if the author was fleshing out the characters in the first book and will move the story on in later ones but there was way too much introspection and, if I must say, too much whining. Granted, each character had challenges, sorrows and ...more
Sheri
Feb 26, 2016 Sheri rated it liked it
It started out great! I loved the idea of inheriting an old farmhouse nestled in the Carolina mountains and even being left enough money to restore it. Dream come true. Three ladies, stuck in an independent assisted living home with a cranky caretaker, bossy kids, these ladies had given up, thinking old age has taken over. They're not even that old, in their sixties.
The book went on far too long and I am saddened, sick and tired of the gay agenda infecting most new novels I read. Not too many h
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Kate
Dec 25, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
"Cautious Grace Singleton, uncertain of her place in an intimidating world. Outspoken Hannah Parrish, harboring a private fear that may change her life. Fragile Amelia Declose, shattered by devastating grief. Circumstance has brought these disparate women of 'a certain age' to a Pennsylvania boardinghouse where three square meals and a sagging bed is the most any of them can look forward to. But friendship will take them on a startling journey to a rundown North Carolina farmhouse where the unex ...more
Ren
The Ladies of Covington is the story about three women, Grace Singleton, Hannah Parish and Amelia Declose
Every woman have theirs problem..
Grace is nice person but she afraid if everything will change amd she have issued with her gay son
Hannah had a problem with her knee, and with her family, she feel failed become a good mother and grandmother.
Amelia, she always use a scarf around the neck, afraid people will see her scar, the scar that remind her when she lost her child and her husband afterwar
...more
Terry
Oct 12, 2012 Terry rated it liked it
You have heard of chick lit. Well this is hen lit. The definition of hen lit is popular fiction that focuses on one woman or a group of female friends and the vicissitude of their lives as they turn 60 or so. The tone is generally warm, gentle, and optimistic above all humorous. Emphasis on family and friendship. Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons are two that were
mentioned that I had read and enjoyed. This book was not quite up to the standards of the other two. Another good
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Linda
Jan 15, 2015 Linda rated it it was ok
I was not fond of this book.It was an interesting story line and I took an interest in the three main characters, but I guess I did not like the author's style of writing. Only finished it because it was a bookclub choice. And that was a struggle for me.
Gina
Jun 25, 2016 Gina rated it liked it
Loved the 1st 1/2 of the book and thought I'd get the rest of the series- 8 books, I think, so far.
But then it was all downhill for me. The book dragged on and the subject matters didn't interest me.
Sorry, just not for me....
Cathy Kellers
May 10, 2014 Cathy Kellers rated it did not like it
I didn't actually finish this book. the characters are too pathetic for me. all they do is complain and are afraid to take on life. I realize that the start to but I can only read about all their aches and pains and horrible children for so long.
Marjorie DeAngelis
May 20, 2015 Marjorie DeAngelis rated it it was amazing
Was lent book 2 in this series and loved it, and have since read book 3, then returned to book 1 even though I was ahead of the sequence. A wonderful group of books. I will read them all!
Rosemary
Oct 12, 2015 Rosemary rated it liked it
Good story about three little old ladies living together and liking it. Kind of reminded me of the Golden Girls minus Sophia.
Deelighted
Mar 21, 2016 Deelighted rated it it was amazing
This novel was light and uplifting. Truly enjoyable read, and I look forward to the rest of the series.
Vicki Scullion
May 23, 2013 Vicki Scullion rated it liked it
We all wonder where life is going to take us, and sometimes we're surprised when we arrive somewhere unexpected. Once Hannah, Grace, and Amelia leave behind the depressing retirement home in Pennsylvania in which they expected to simply exist until they died, their lives become interesting, sad, exciting, happy, and sometimes even dangerous. Together, these three older women support each other through hard times, encourage each other to grow, and learn that life doesn't have to be boring and dep ...more
Debbie
Apr 30, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
This was a great book about three retired women who became friends and through an inheritance from a distant relative they were able to renovate and live in a charming country home together. I enjoyed the characters and their lives. I especially enjoyed the description of their emotions and the way the chose to cope with different challenges that entered their lives. It was a charming book that kept my interest. I wanted to become best friends with these women. It always brought me a warm feelin ...more
Cathy Keener
Mar 01, 2014 Cathy Keener rated it it was amazing
Good description go location. Enjoyed entire series
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