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Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet? (Dearest Dorothy #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  795 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
For the legions of readers who enjoy books that celebrate life's simple pleasures, eighty-seven-year-old Dorothy Jean Wetstra and her beloved farming town of Partonville, Illinois, will become instant favorites. In this hilarious, touching series, Charlene Ann Baumbich introduces readers to Dearest Dorothy, who tools around town in a 1976 Lincoln Continental nicknamed The ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 27th 2004 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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May 03, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing
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Today I found the first book in an older series that entertained me immensely. 87 year old Dorothy Jean has lived on her 180 acre farm in Partonville (Pardon me ville), Illinois, for her whole life. Her husband and daughter are dead, and her two boys and grandchildren visit infrequently, but Dorothy lives a brilliant life amongst all of the folks in her small town. An old friends's daughter and grandson are coming to town from New York, to close out her aunt's home. And she hopes to get in and o ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it
In the small town of Partonville, Dorothy, an eighty-seven year old woman, is spunky and lively in her interactions with the community. Her big decision is whether to sell her large farm property and move to a smaller home. She relies on her faith and townspeople to help her make the decision. Along the way, the other characters are unique and funky. A quick read -- lots of dialogue and humor. This is the first book in the series of two.
Nov 01, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
I loved this book. The characters are real and believable. This is the story of a small town octogenarian, Dorothy, a woman of deep and abiding faith, and her "goings on." In this first in a series, we meet Dorothy and the "cast of characters" that inhabit the small town of Partonville where everyone knows each other and each others business. Dorothy is not your run of the mill "little old lady". Dorothy lives on the outskirt of town on a farm where she was born, spent her married life and now a ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Margaret rated it liked it
If you like reading about small towns and the characters who live there, stories about spunky "older folk", and gentle Christian fiction, then this one is for you.

The first of the Dearest Dorothy series introduces us to Dorothy Wetstra (like "wet straw without the w") as Dorothy is fond of saying. She is only 87 years young, lives by herself on the massive family farm, drives "The Tank" with wild abandon, believes in short, strong prayers and then letting things go, and she has a heart as big as
Jan 23, 2016 Rrshively rated it liked it
Jan Karon has an Episcopal priest, Ann B. Ross has a prim Presbyterian lady, and Charlene Ann Baumbich has a United Methodist old lady all living in small towns. Dorothy is well into her 80's and has had an offer on her family farm owned for several generations. What should she do? The quiet countryside is lovely, but her town needs jobs for young people. Katie comes to town with her son to settle up her aunt's home and see to it this aunt has a funeral. Will Dorothy and Kate's meeting be a part ...more
Etta Mcquade
Sep 24, 2015 Etta Mcquade rated it liked it
I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading about the spunky 87-year-old Dorothy, a former band-leader, who races around in her 1976 Lincoln Continental, belongs to the Happy Hookers Club, and is cheerleader for the aged softball team. But even though she is often outspoken, she is kind, helpful and prayerful. Maybe I like the book because of my age.
Jan 11, 2016 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What i think of Dearest Dorothy

This is such a GREAT book series! I HIGHLY suggest it to anyone who is looking for a good and EXTREMELY funny book to read! This is now one of my favorite book series's EVER! I have already read the entire series of books that are out so far (although when I looked at the page online it said she's coming out with a new one eventually) and I'm rereading the series because I loved it so much! I
Jul 22, 2014 Dailyn rated it it was amazing
I have read this entire series, and have fallen deeply in love with it. It has this innocence and sweetness to it; hard to describe. I really wish that the author had been able to finish the series as she wanted to, and I hope that someday I will be able to read the completion of this series.
Sep 01, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read

Wow, I never expected to be so caught up with a character like Dorothy! Getting to know the folks of Partonville has been a pleasure. Can't wait for book 2. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story of small town intimacy
Oct 23, 2015 Lacy rated it really liked it
This first book in the Dearest Dorothy series was so fun! I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this cozy community. I love seeing the ordinary everyday life situations come alive with such interesting characters and interactions. This is a wonderful series to read when you want something wholesome and light, but also makes you reflect on the joys of life.
Patricia Rockwell
Sep 29, 2010 Patricia Rockwell rated it liked it
Has all the charming characters of a cozy mystery but no murder. The mystery is will Dorothy sell her farm? Dorothy is an eighty-something dynamo who drives a car known in town as "The Tank." She is surrounded by a bunch of delightful small-town characters with their own unique personalities. Into this mix, through a big city realtor who must come to the little village to close down her elderly aunt's property after the aunt dies. The question is, "Will this sophisticate's heart be warmed by sma ...more
Sep 02, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing
What a refreshing read. Dorothy is so spunky for an 87 year old lady, and sure has fun in what she does. She is gutsy and tells it like it is and befriends Katie and Josh. I hope you enjoy Outamyway
Dorothy as much as I did.
Rachel Eldridge
Apr 19, 2015 Rachel Eldridge rated it it was amazing
This feel-good book took me less than a full day to finish. I got completely pulled in. I could hear their voices and smell the food. The town and characters made me think of those in Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show.
Sep 26, 2014 Caitlin rated it really liked it
The next in my series of "women's lit", this book chronicles the life of an octogenarian on the cusp of a difficult life decision--whether to sell the family farm. Dorothy and her friends in the town of Pardonville, IL don't have much new going on until a neighbor passes away and the relatives come to take care of things. Katie is a (former) high-powered realtor and never cared for her Aunt Tessa, but she's the last living kin and has to do the job. Her son, Josh, fits in around town right away, ...more
Nov 27, 2014 Shadoshard rated it liked it
This is a sweet romp about a sweet heroine and her small town. Not exactly as good as Fanny Flagg's work and it gets a bit preachy, but its refreshing to read about someone over the age of twenty something.
Apr 22, 2015 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone loves Dorothy and her big "Tank" car! Someone wants to buy and develop her farm, but luckily she befriends someone who can outsmart the big bad developers.

Cute, easy read. Nothing to write home about.
Beth Yeary
I just checked this book from the library this afternoon, and couldn't put it down until I was done with it. A fun read for sure. The characters in the book were unbelieveable. LOL Loved it.
Mar 31, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book because I felt like I was reading about my grandma. So many good memories. The characters feel like people I know. I finished smiling. Thank you for a sweet, fun book.
Helene Slowik
Feb 06, 2015 Helene Slowik rated it liked it
Shelves: oprf-book-club
Loved the characters. Short, easy read but fun. Dorothy befriends a young woman who returns to "Pardonville" to settle her aunt's estate and both lives are changed.
Tessa Palmeri
Sep 09, 2015 Tessa Palmeri rated it really liked it
I've read pretty much the whole series & like it a lot. I love the take on the elderly main character.
Mar 16, 2015 Yvonna rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books, kindle
I've come to love these characters and their spiritual growth. I'm surprised that my favorite relationship is between Dorothy and Josh. The growing story between these characters and the town will be interesting.
Phyllis Kohn
Nov 22, 2015 Phyllis Kohn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: my christian friends
Recommended to Phyllis by: kaye kahl
a great series an 86 year old woman with faith and a sense of humor plan on reading whole series
Fun book. Small town, quirky characters will make you laugh and feel good all over.
Aug 05, 2012 Vanessa rated it really liked it
I liked Dorothy alot! I liked all the characters in Partonville. The place is similar to places I have lived...but not always that fun. The faith Dorothy shows is amazing and has been an encouragement for me and my faith.

It took me a long time to read. I don't know why. I think the writing is not very smooth. I enjoyed the book and the story, but for some did not flow well.

Liked the book. Wanted to read it enjoy more parts of it. Couldn't. Still going to read book 2: Slo
Mar 18, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
This is a sweet, easy to reed book-some villainry, and a very feisty little old lady!
Jun 23, 2015 Jane rated it liked it
Lovely depiction of a -family-.
Sam Barrett
Jun 07, 2015 Sam Barrett rated it liked it
Great series!
Feb 20, 2016 Danni rated it liked it
Cathy Houston
Dec 11, 2015 Cathy Houston rated it it was amazing
we all need to have a friend like Dearest Dorothy
Sep 03, 2012 Nadine rated it liked it
I can't decide if I want to read more in this series, or not. Very down to earth. Dorothy is a real 87-year-old CHARACTER. Drives like crazy, speaks her mind, but is very caring.The main question throughout the book is should she sell the family farm (now, before she dies) or not. Lots of prayers go up to heaven. The question is happily resolved by the end of the book, but unlike her driving, it was a pretty uneventful ride. Lots of character development.
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Author, Speaker, Humorist. Seventeen books under her belt (including the Dearest Dorothy series and the Snowglobe Connections series), Charlene is still going strong, finding writing (including grocery lists and brainstorming sessions and eCards to her grandgirlies) more enjoyable than ever. Visit her website at for more information."

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