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Home to Big Stone Gap: A Novel (Big Stone Gap #4)

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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
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Published October 31st 2006 by Random House Audio (first published 2006)
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I finished the last book of the series and now I am very depressed, like on the day after Christmas when all that's left is the clean-up. I don't know if I'd have liked this book as much if I read it first without becoming acquainted with the characters and all their lovely human flaws in the previous stories. I always like books in which the characters are flawed and the message is acceptance. I think we just bumble through this imperfect life trying to do the best we can and then learn to see ...more
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Rebekka Steg
I was very very disappointed with the fourth (and final?) book in Adriana Trigiani's series. Compared to the previous novels, which all really touched me, this one seemed dull and tedious. I found myself not caring about Ave Maria or any of the other characters, which was surprising considering how much I had enjoyed the previous books. The issues are repetitive, and a large part of the book is spend repeating info from the previous novels. This might be good for the reader who hasn't read the f ...more
I loved this series - in fact its the only full series I have ever read as I am notorious for getting bored - I am the person who had only read the first 2 and a half books in the Harry Potter series and the 1st in Twilight so that proably proves that I am not a sticker! What I love about these books is that they are just really good stories - you feel like you are pulling up a chair with an old friend - there is nothing flash or massively thrilling about them - they are just really good tales o ...more
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Main character: Ave Maria. Does that sound stupid to anyone other than me? She is a pharmacist that does not seem to have the brains to be one. There is a side story in which she is going to direct the town’s holiday theatre production. A male friend from her HS days who has made it big in Hollywood comes home and works on the play. Sure!!!

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
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Wanted to rate it 1 ½, what happened to the author’s sense of humour? By book 4 this story is just worn out. The main character Ave Maria has aged into an weary bore, her husband & daughter now so one-dimensional you could care less. Granted there are still a few gems. When Freeta (the jaded old lady who works the diner) is asked if she’s planning to wear a veil at her upcoming wedding she responds pithily “Hell no, a veil at my age I’d look like a beekeeper” But lines like that are just an ...more
Fourth and final book of the Big Stone Gap series. This was my least favorite. I felt there was no strong plot in this one; just Ava and Jack trying to make the best of their lives in their empty nest. The strongest message I got was that if your marriage gets into a rut, you and your spouse need to find out what each of you want to accomplish, get out and find new things to do together. Spice and shake it up or else! As for the rest, I zoned out through several chapters, especially on the theat ...more
Danielle Chappell
This is the last book in the series and honestly, I thought I wouldn't finish it. It feels a little slow and I kept wondering why she continued the story of Ave Maria Mulligan for a fourth and final book. The first book in the series was excellent and then I felt like the story became weaker as the novels progressed.
Meinir Lloyd
I'm an avid fan of the first trilogy, I've only just read 'Home to Big Stone Gap' and was really looking forward to revisit the wonderful characters in the first three books, but I'm gutted to find a very trite and lightweight book in comparison to the first three. I wonder to myself whether Adriana Trigiana was forced into writing this book against her better judgement? I'm big on 'continuity' and it grated on me the ham fisted mistakes that happened. The first was Worley Olinger seemed to be n ...more
Diane Will
Having read The Big Stone Gap trilogy a few years ago and thoroghly enjoyed them I had forgotten I had this follow up one on the shelf. I was looking for a holiday read and this one filled it. It was lovely to be taken back to the old familiar characters, although it did take a wee while to remember some of them.

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
My sister and I are very similar. Knowing that she has enjoyed all of Trigiani's books I figured that I would also. Evidently, I wasn't as thrilled as she was.

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
It took me much longer than necessary to finish this book, and I only did so because I was becoming delinquent in returning it to the library. That being said, the reason is that I loved this series so much, I could not bear for it to end! As much as I near hated Jack Mac in parts of the previous books, and frequently became frustrated with Ave Maria, I absolutely fell in love with them, their relationship and all of the other wonderful characters in each of the four novels. Big Stone Gap was de ...more
What can I say? Another F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C book from Adriana Trigiani who never, ever fails to pen a novel that you’ll never forget!

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
I read this one out of nosiness more than anything else. I've read the previous 3 Big Stone Gap novels for the same reason. They are good reads and follow the life of Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney. When we met her in the first book she was the town spinster & pharmacist and now she's in her 50's, married and her own daughter has just been married. I've enjoyed finding out what was going on with Ave Maria the same way I would enjoy catching up with an old girlfriend from years past. Plus, I l ...more
I think this was my least favorite book of the bunch. There was nothing wrong with it, but it just didn't resonate the same way the others did. In this one Ave Maria goes through a period of estrangement with her best pal Iva Lou and I had a hard time really understanding it. I enjoyed their trip to Scotland and it actually made me want to travel there based solely on their descriptions. This book also had a smattering of recipes included in the text when various foods were mentioned. I can't re ...more
Home to Big Stone Gap is really very similar to other Trigiani books. There are surprises to the story, but not in the way the characters react to them. This installment finds Ave Maria worrying about everything middle age has to offer, but as usual, her friends and family help her find ways to enjoy the life she's living. While I love Trigiani's books, I'm always disappointed at how little the plot is really controlled. Rather than cutting quickly from one important scene to another, the story ...more
It was ironic that I finished this on my 15th anniversary, because the major things I gained from the entire series was this overwhelming appreciation for long-term, unconditional marital love.

--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.
Too contrived for me. One example: Would a wife of 30 (+-) years really not know about her husband's beloved childhood dog?! It was convenient to the story but unconvincing. I didn't read the prequels to this book and maybe you have to, to buy into certain things about the character of Ave Maria in particular. She was accused of being judgmental but I saw no evidence of that. For me, the quarrel with the friend didn't ring true. Additionally, I laughed at the lack of skepticism at the end about ...more
Jennifer Brown
I read the first book in this series on recommendation from someone I work with. I thought it was only a trilogy and enjoyed the way it ended. Upon finding this book, I figured I had to read it since I read the other three. I didn't enjoy this book so much as the others. I felt like it was a woe-is-me and just got bored with it. There's death, problems, wisdom and happiness. I mean, wasn't she supposed to "grow up" in the other books? If I find out the author adds another to this series, this gi ...more
I believe this is the last of a series of four, and I'm kind of happy to be done with them. While I enjoyed them enough to keep reading, they are not the most well-written books around. There too much reminding the reader what had happened before, which really got redundant in this last book.

And I truly couldn't believe that the author spent a page telling us what the Sound of Music plot is. Really? Is there anyone who would read this book who wouldn't know the plot of the Sound of Music???
While I didn't love this as much as the Shoemaker's Wife, I think Trigiani is a good story teller. This time she focuses on a community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Through the voice of Ava Maria MacCHestney we explore relationships, past and present, as Ava directs the community musical and entertains long time friends. The conflict is minimal, but the relationships well constructed. This was a good vacation read.
Joan Roll
This is the final book in the Big Stone Gap Series. Characters from the three previous books find themselves in new and interesting situations and a few new characters are introduced to further augment the plot. Ave Maria and Jack find themselves adapting to life without Etta who has married and is living in Italy. The story becomes not only that of Ave Maria but one of life in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

The book brings a satisfying conclusion to the series. Even so, t
Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani is the final novel in the Big Stone Gap Series. For me this was an introduction to some great characters. I certainly hope that you will enjoy them too!
Ave Maria has recently returned from Italy and her daughter’s wedding. How will life continue now that the nest is empty? Memories resurface about her son Joe who died of Leukemia. All of sudden she receives a call from her husband’s work stating he has had a heart attack. Ave Maria rushes to th
This closeout novel to the Big Stone Gap series was a little disappointing. It seems like the storyline is just worn through by this time. There are still good parts, points of value, and even a few belly laughs but unfortunately when you hold this one up to the first two it just can't compete. Each book in the series got just a little weaker but the characters are so lovable and dynamic I kept hoping for a return to what made me fall in love to begin with. Sadly this one never quite gets there. ...more
Loved it. The main characters little girl has grown up and begins her life as an adult.

This one I found great also because the female main character (I forget her name now) is now entering into the next phase of her life. She is watching her little girl (who is now grown up and wants to marry) on the path to starting her adult life and fretting about if her daughter is making the wrong decision, etc, etc., just as we all have. We never know if we're making the right or wrong decision; all we can
Rajesh Kurup
I had a roommate from Big Stone Gap my first year in college. Paul told us all wild stories about running moonshine through the mountains of SW Virginia and into Tenn. Paul never went out because as an 18 yo first year, he had seen so much of life that college life would only be a let down and he needed to chill out so that he wouldn't get into serious trouble now that he was away from BSG. So, I picked up Trigiani's book partially as an a homage to Paul and because I will read most Virginia-cen ...more
My favorite part of this book was the cover. Ave Maria and I need some space apart for a few years.
A lovely ending to the series! Thought it might have had a sad ending - so glad it didn't!
Understood the story even though I did not realize it was part of a series. Loved the incites into thinking about life and relating to others. Really related to the feeling of hurt when others know about her best friend Iva Lou and it is all a secret to her. Amazed how her husband could deal so well with ex-boyfriends, the loss of their son, that she did not know the wish list of her husband, and the nice things he did like bringing family members to her. Recipes were not ones I would make but g ...more
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Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for 15 bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; Rococo; and the Valentine series. She is also the author of the Viola series for young adults and the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table. She was an award-winning writer/producer of The Cosby Show and A Differen ...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.”
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