Home to Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap #4)
Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with the novels of the New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani. In Home to Big Stone Gap, she tells her most powerful story yet, full of humor and heart, wisdom and hope.
Nestled in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the town of Big Stone Gap has been home for Ave Maria Mulligan Machesney and her fa
The story takes place in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA. Ava Maria and her husband Jack both grew up in the area and have remained there all their lives. They have one child, who has recently married before finishing college and now lives in Italy. Ava Maria misses her dearly and does what she has perfected to a science - s...more
For those who read “Big Stone Gap”, you will enjoy this book immeasurably and for those who haven’t, it can be read as a stand-alone, however it would be best to read the first part so you’ll have an idea who is who and what the changes in this novel really mean.
Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney and her beloved husband, Jack live in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains of Virgi...more
Trigiani takes the reader back to Big Stone Gap for the continuing story of Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney and her family (book #4 in the Big Stone Gap series). Ave Maria is feeling a little down because her daughter has gotten married and moved to Italy. Then a stranger comes to town and this results in a break between Ave Maria and Iva Lou. Add to this the stress of Jack Mac’s health problems and the arrival in town of a coal company that plans to employ mou...more
A gentle read that takes us forward in time to 1998. Jack and Ave are older and miss their daughter Etta who married and stayed in Italy. Life and time is taking its toll on them both an...more
I'm on about page 200 and still waiting for a storyline to develop! The wri...more
However, I felt that this series of Stone Gap books lacked a certain flair, or even plot within the storyline. I understand that they followed the life of wonderful Ave Marie, and I enjoyed following it...but it never seemed conclusive. And then sometimes the chapters would fast forward time...from two weeks to two season to two years!
I did enjoy g...more
In the story, Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney is twenty years older than she was in the last one. Her daughter Etta is grown, she has lost one of her children in early childhood, and she is dealing with all kinds of losses.
Her daughter is living in Italy, which is too far away,...more
I have not read the previous books in the series but this book goes back and brings the reader up to date. I am glad that I did not waste my time on the previ...more
--A love that allows you to appreciate and respect the very core of the person you are married to: their soul, their heritage, their family, their perfections and imperfections.
--A love that sees a couple through death, through difficulty, through the most profound changes in self and in each other.
The characters felt trite and whiney.It started to become predictable. I knew Jack Mac would end up in the hosp...more
A very enjoyable story, I'l...more
I think it was time for the story to end, I have grown to really dislike the main character, Ava Marie. What a selfish person she is and I'm sick of hearing about her deceased son "Joe".
I will absolutely be reading some of Adriana Trigiani...more
This book definitely lacked the sparkle of Big Stone Gap. The characters were flat. The story lines surrounding the extra characters didn't add to the development of the plot. I didn't care for Ave Maria at all in this book. I found her delightful in the first book.
I didn't care for the addition of the recipes into the middle of the storyline...more
Her characters are so real with real feelings and faults and worries and desires. I wanted to be Ave Maria's friend and confidante, see the play, go to Scotland, just be part of her family. If that's not the sign of good writing, I don't know what is.
So pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea, and hunker down. But you should probably start with Book 1. J...more
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Let life unfold, say what you mean. You can’t always think about what you’ve lost, or what you don’t have, or what you didn’t get. Because when you do that, you’re missing out on the now. You can’t know if you’ll be here tomorrow or a year from now.”