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The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush (The Darling Dahlias #5)

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National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert takes readers back in time to small-town Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s—where the Darling Savings and Trust has just closed and the women of the Darling Dahlias’ garden club are betting their bottom dollar there’s going to be trouble…

It’s the spring of 1933 and times are tough all over. The only businessman not struggling is
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Berkley
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Joyce Brown
Dec 04, 2015 Joyce Brown rated it really liked it
It’s 1933, and the little town of Darling, Alabama is running out of money. Its only bank has closed, and depositors are out of luck. Businesses can’t meet payroll commitments. People can’t buy necessities, let alone luxuries. Shops, even if they could extend credit, can’t restock their shelves without funds. Only Mickey LeDoux, supplier of moonshine while folks await the end of prohibition, seems to be doing okay—for the time being, anyway.
Who is to blame for the bank’s closing and the town’s w
Shirley Schwartz
Oct 01, 2014 Shirley Schwartz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-5-star-reads
This is a such captivating series. I love the Dahlias, and this series keeps getting better and better. Susan Wittig Albert has a natural talent when it comes to creating fictional worlds inhabited by fictional characters. Her books and the people in them are just so darn real! She's got a great sense of time and place, so whether I'm in modern-day Texas with China and her friends, or in 1930's Darling, Alabama with the Dahlias, I feel right at home. Her wonderful characters are truly dear ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Smitten rated it liked it
Originally post on Smitten by Books Blog

For fans of: Ann Purser

It’s April of 1933 and the country is in the grips of a crushing economic depression. The people of Darling, Alabama are barely scraping by, so when Darling Savings and Trust closes without warning, leaving its customers with nothing but the cash in their pockets, panic ensues. The bank’s owner has retreated to his house, and while the institution’s new vice president supposedly has a top-secret plan to save the day, the townsfolk ar
Sep 09, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok
The ladies of the garden club that gives this series its name are involved in various ways with the bank holiday that threatens the town's well-being. There's a lot of basic economics explained, as the new bank vice president proposes using scrip to substitute for money. One of the most popular young women in town is jilted; a woman who has long dismissed romance from her life meets a man who might melt her suspicious heart, and one of the Dahlias reunites with the love of her life. There are ...more
This is the most informative of the series. In the previous book we had the bank fail and now Darling is having to deal with that problem. There is a suggestion that the bank could issue scrip, which would help locally, but suppliers wouldn't be willing to accept payment that way. Because this is a very small town it is possible for the author to lay out the whole economic situation very simply and clearly. She does it very well and leaves the situation ready for the next book in the series in ...more
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
This series typifies the type of cozy mystery I enjoy reading every now and then. Appeal factors: the Great Depression era, a southern small town and folksy, yet believable characters. No graphic violence. Charming indeed, and since I seem to have missed a few of the other Darling Dahlias titles, I'll order another one from the public library soon. I must add that the author's mother was once a library customer who frequented the library where I worked. I can still picture Mrs. Albert. She was ...more
Eleanor Jones
Mar 10, 2015 Eleanor Jones rated it it was amazing
Another five-star book by Susan Wittig Albert. This series just keeps getting better and I can't wait till the next excursion to depression-era Darling, Alabama. There's history here (always, always, always learn something new) raw emotion, a marvelous cast of characters, and the author's usual marvelous, in-depth writing. I feel like this series is just getting started and I hope it continues for several more books. Light but deep, fun but real. The next book looks like it's going to take an ...more
Nov 13, 2015 Sallee rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Once again Susan Wittig Albert takes readers back to the little town of Darling, Alabama in the 1930s and things are getting tough even for the richest people in the community. The Dahlias are still going strong and helping their town by preserving the rhubarb and anything else they have in their gardens. They are also helping each other by looking after each other in times of not only financial, but emotional crisis as well. It's always a pleasure to read these stories that are rich in details ...more
Jun 07, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
The Depression is at peak and F D Roosevelt has just been elected president. Many banks have closed all the nation including the Darling Trust and Save. Moonshiners are active and the still in Darling has not been found by the revenuers. Mr Duffy is now the bank's president and a has plan to print Darling dollars to start business moving again. The Dahlias are all busy with their lifes and gardens to supply food to those in need.
Carol Brouwer
Oct 27, 2014 Carol Brouwer rated it it was amazing
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Mar 05, 2015 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
According to the book jacket this was about the disappearance of some money and how the Dahlias solved the mystery. The money didn't disappear until pg. 180, took up about 10-5 pages total of the book and the Dahlias had nothing to do with printing it or solving the mystery!
Sep 29, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it
These are so enjoyable to read and was an excellent distraction on a day when technology was not my friend.
Debbie Lester
Sep 03, 2014 Debbie Lester rated it really liked it
Susan Wittig Albert takes readers back to the small town of Darling, Alabama in the 1930's in her latest book, The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush. Albert gives readers a delightful set of characters that are both eccentric and daring in their own way. This a cozy mystery with tons of historical background, as well as, and intriguing mystery that has the Dahlias scrambling to find out what happened to a batch of homemade money! A great addition to the series!

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Sandy Todd
Oct 06, 2016 Sandy Todd rated it it was amazing
Susan Wittig Albert never disappoints when writing her Darling Dahlia series books. I always am entertained by the characters and the storyline. An added bonus is the history lesson within the text.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Darling Dahlias and The Silver Dollar Bush is set in the 1930’s, a time of the depression, bank runs and moonshiners. The little town of Darling,Alabama is dealing with all three and more. The Darling Dahlias are always there to help those in need in their close knit community. When the only bank in town closes and stays closed, things look grim. Some of the town leaders come up with the idea of printing their own mon
Oct 09, 2014 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-reads-2014
The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar is the fifth book in the Darling Dahlias Garden Club series. The location is Darling Alabama and the time is 1933. Franklin Roosevelt has been newly elected and the country is in a deep depression. Banks have been closed through out the country and there is a lack of money. Payrolls can't be met and people lack the funds to buy the basics. The Darling Savings and Trust Bank was closed and then reopened. Then it is mysteriously closed again and the town ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Jan rated it liked it
Shelves: read-on-kindle
Great next installment in this series. Really depicts the desperation of the small towns during the great depression
Lisa Kelley
Sep 01, 2015 Lisa Kelley rated it really liked it
I just took my first trip to Darling, Alabama in the 1930’s. I had a delightful time, so I’m going again! But I’m getting ahead of myself.

THE DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE SILVER DOLLAR BUSH, was my first book in this historical mystery series, but not my first book by author Susan Wittig Albert. I started reading her China Bayles books a few months. Wittig Albert is an exceptional writer. Her words seem to flow effortlessly from her pen/keyboard. At least, that’s how they read to me.

I enjoyed getti
Jul 19, 2016 Katherine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Life goes on in Darling, Alabama during the Depression. FDR is in the White House but just barely. The Darling Bank has closed and a bank in New Orleans has purchased it, sending one of their men, Alvin Duffy to sort out the records and get it set to reopen if possible. But, the people in town, or most of them and the merchants, too, are rapidly running out of cash. Duffy and several of the other men in town are pulling together a temporary fix, scrip printed on colored paper to be used locally ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Pam added it
Shelves: alabama
AUTHOR: Albert, Susan Wittig
TITLE: The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush
DATE READ: 11/18/2015
RATING: 4,5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Mystery/2014/Berkley/276 pgs
SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #5 in the Darling Dahlias
CHARACTERS AUTHOR: Members of the Darling Dahlias -- garden club in Southern AL
TIME/PLACE 1930's/Southern AL
FIRST LINES Earlynne Biddle sighed heavily. "Well, I for one don't know how any of us are going to manage, now that the bank is closed."
COMMENTS: Another very good en
Susan Pola Staples
Susan Wittig Albert's DARLING DAHLIAS series is a look at Southern life in a small town during the Depression. Each book depicts the plight of everyone and what they do to overcome it, plus solving the murder. The Dahlias are resourceful, intelligent and have grit.

The latest book is about how and by what means towns, counties and ordinary citizens were able to get by when banks closed for days, weeks and of course permanently. It seems that Darling Savings and Loan has been sold to a New Orleans
Sep 24, 2014 Kat rated it really liked it
It was a little slow-going at first but the story picked up as it went along. Having read this series before, the characters were like old friends being re-introduced. As I followed the different storylines, I found myself being drawn in and I started caring what happens to each character.
Darling, Alabama is a sweet, small town with an interesting mix of characters. It is going thru a tough time in the spring of 1933. The townspeople take care of one another and pull together as I am sure many t
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
I really enjoyed this book. It really captures the world of 1933, and what it was like for folks in a small town dealing with the uncertainties and challenges of surviving the Great Depression. At the same time as this story shows how precarious life was then, it also shows how life goes on and people find ways to be happy and support each other through this extremely hard crisis. I also love the recipes, as always, and all the little details about how making calls using switchboards worked, how ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Thanks to Susan Wittig Albert for putting me in the world of my childhood, as I was born in the early 40s right after the serious U.S. depression. Ms. Albert shows this frightening time through the lives of the Dahlias, scattered through with a little gardening information and by some budding romances. The potential of the closing of the local bank made it easier to understand the frugality of both my husband's parents and my own, and why my mother was so emotional when her daughters started ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Marci rated it liked it
In the tiny town of Darling, Alabama, it is the spring of 1933 and the bank has closed its doors, without any information about whether it will ever reopen. The disaster that this could spell for a small town in those days is clearly spelled out, and the resolution to this situation forms the main plot and the tension for the novel. The subplots concern two romances in different stages, mirroring the main plot. It's a clever use of foils and a terrific way to develop the characters of the ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
"Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush" is historical fiction set in the spring of 1933 in Alabama. This story didn't spoil the whodunits of the previous four novels, but this novel is one you'll want to read in order. There was no mystery (unless you count Script going missing for a few hours with it being obvious what happened and easily tracked down). So this story is mainly for fans who want to know what happens in the personal lives of The Darling Dahlias with a backdrop of revenue ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it
I read this out of order so I felt as though I was filling in background that had been touched on (fairly heavily) in The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'clock Lady. The mystery aspect wasn't great but the author once again did a fantastic job of sending her readers back to the early days of FDR's first term as President. Her attention to detail really creates a vivid picture of living through the Great Depression. Again while not a great mystery, this was an enjoyable read that brought even ...more
Mar 29, 2015 April rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed Albert's early 1930s mystery set in the small town of Darling, AL. Albert serves up a dose of small town life, small town romance, and small town banking, all in one book. I particularly liked the way she explored the idea of creating your own town legal tender while the town bank has been closed. As always, the characters in the Darling Dahlias are indeed darling and varied enough to create lots of plots and subplots that are fun to follow. In this one, Albert explores ...more
Linda Brue
Nov 15, 2014 Linda Brue rated it really liked it
I love this series set in the small town of Darling, Alabama during the 1930's. It rings so true to the time and place it is set. The series follows a group of women belonging to the "Darling Dahlias" a group of gardeners who work hard to beautify the town, one flower bed at a time.

The book opens to the spring of 1933 and times are tough. Small banks are failing all over the nation, and many have closed to be audited, never to open again. Then Darling's only bank is taken over and closed--no one
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