I received an unedited readers copy/galley for an honest review.
My copy said A Wuthering Heights Novel so I had very high expectations for this novel....moreI received an unedited readers copy/galley for an honest review.
My copy said A Wuthering Heights Novel so I had very high expectations for this novel. Wuthering Heights happens to be one of my 10 most favorite novels of all time and if this was supposed to be a retelling of the original story - it didn't quite measure up to the original. That being said, I did like Solsbury Hill: A Novel.
Eleanor Sutton Abbott travels to England to see her dying Aunt after she catches her life long boyfriend in bed with another woman. She discovers the Estate and its moors are the basis for Emily Bronte's masterpiece, Wuthering Heights. She is also shocked that her late mother had wanted Eleanor to visit Trent Hall with her. She starts seeing a young couple and a young woman while she walks the moors. She's even seen the young woman in her room. Yes, the ghosts of the real Catherine, Heathcliff, and Emily are present and have a message for Eleanor. And Eleanor may find out what she thought she knew about her late parents and her own life is in fact a lie.
At Trent Hall there is Mead - her Aunt's "surrogate" son. His name even means Heath and Cliff. He's handsome, intelligent, and wealthy in his own right. And Eleanor finds herself drawn to him, but there is the long time boyfriend. He's also traveled to England. He wants Eleanor back. But the most interesting story line is the ghost of Emily. She needs Eleanor to break the curse that has followed her family into the present day. And the ghosts of Catherine and Heathcliff play a role in the storyline.
For a debut novel Solsbury Hill: A Novel is worth reading. It's enjoyable and will keep the reader's interest. I'll admit that the writing is shaky in a couple of places and some of the dialogue was off. It just didn't read right in places and I was left scratching my head. But I did receive an unedited copy, so hopefully these minor problems will be corrected when the novel is actually released in April of this year (2014). The story lines intrigued me and when Susan M. Wyler was on her game - the writing was wonderful. I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read this book by the publisher's publicity department. (less)
Transfer of Power is an example of why Vince Flynn is my all time favorite Thriller author. The late writer's style is easy almost conversational. I can hear the author's voice in my head - breathlessly whispering, frantic at times. Flynn knew how to pace his story, and utilizing suspense at all times. I started the Mitch Rapp Series in the middle, so I am going back and read the entire series. I'm finding that I love the earlier Mitch Rapp books much better and the 2 prequels he wrote seem fitting as the first two books of the series. Flynn knew how to take headline news and turn a what if scenario in the War on Terror into an electrical ride for his readers. I read this in just two sittings. Food and sleep were forgotten.
Dr. Irene Kennedy and her Counter-terrorism Division snatch one of Hezbollah's spiritual leaders. The information that Mitch and a psychologist gets from him is stark and stunning. Saddam Husein has funded a terrorist attack right in the heart of America - Washington, D.C., the White House to be exact. When? Today!!!!!
Kennedy barely hangs up with a senior Secret Service agent before all hell breaks out at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He and 9 other agents just save President Hayes from a notorious terrorist named Aziz and whisk him to his new bunker. The bunker can withstand bombs and other nefarious things but it wasn't designed to withstand a drill. And that is what Aziz has planned - he needs Hayes by his side when he delivers his final demand. The White House is rigged with explosives and communications have been jammed by the terrorists. The Joint Chiefs, the Cabinet members, and all of the Alphabet soup people have lost all contact with President Hayes. Transfer of Power to Vice President Baxter is made and plans are made to end the hostage situation. But someone does not want the President rescued and uses the situation to his or her advantage. Under the guise of reconnaissance granted by VP Baxter, it is up to Mitch Rapp, AKA Iron Man and an elderly civilian to save the President and the rest of the hostages. The two men will become the hunter and the hunted as the Power struggle in the nation's capital rages. (less)
I found this novel by accident and squealed in delight as I read the book which is very easy to read. Erika Robuck has done her homework on Hemingway,...moreI found this novel by accident and squealed in delight as I read the book which is very easy to read. Erika Robuck has done her homework on Hemingway, Key West, and the Great Hurricane of 1935 in which 1000 veterans lost their lives while building the road that ties the Keys to the Florida mainland. She even has the great author's scathing essay "Who Killed the Vets" that appeared in The New Yorker. Full disclosure here: Ernest Hemingway is without a doubt my favorite author, and I've always been half in love with him ever since I read my first book by him. I can't ever get enough of Hem.
The storyline is bracketed by the days shortly after Hemingway took his own life and the writing technique works beautifully. We readers flash back to 1935 Key West when Hemingway was at the top of his game as a writer and when he was in his prime as a man. Yes, he is a womanizer, a functional drunk, an accomplished fisherman and sailor - he can't get enough of his beloved Pilar. His marriage to Pauline is starting to crumble and he is beginning to loathe the lifestyle and affluence of the very rich. He fights and referees fights. It is here that he first sees our heroine - Mariella Bennett.
Mariella is just 19 in 1935. And she is beautiful and half Cuban half American. Her father has recently died; her mother is spirling into a deep depression of grief. She is worried for her two sisters: Estelle hasn't spoken much since Hal Bennett's death and Lulu is constantly sick with a mysterious fever. She needs money and goes to the fight that "Papa" is calling. She bets on a soldier and wins. She also finds herself attracted to both the soldier and the famous writer. She soon gets a job in the Hemingway household where she struggles with her attraction to Hemingway and by doing the right thing. And there is Gavin - the soldier that she also feels something for. Gavin and "Papa" are jealous of each other, and they both have something that Mariella needs.
The use of "Papa" Hemingway may not be accurate to 1935, but Robuck uses the moniker to advance the story. It is true that Hemingway always wanted a daughter and used the term "daughter" when addressing young women - hence the name of the novel, Hemingway's Girl. And yet Mariella may have been his girl. And Jake may be the famous writer's son. (Read the book to find out!)(less)
What a wonderful series. I really wish Cape Light, Massachusetts existed - I'd live there in a heartbeat!
In this installment the election is over and...moreWhat a wonderful series. I really wish Cape Light, Massachusetts existed - I'd live there in a heartbeat!
In this installment the election is over and Emily realizes she is smitten and maybe in love with Dan Forbes who seems more determined than ever to get on with his trip. He leaves the Messenger in his son's hands, but can't quite let go of his beloved paper. Wyatt isn't sure if he really wants the paper and asks his sister, Lindsay, to help him. Dan's little house is full - too full with Wyatt, Lindsay, and his son in law. Lindsay has her own dreams about the paper and doubts about Wyatt. Does she voice them? Will Emily finally find love again?
Lucy has had it with Charlie and takes the children with her to her mother's. Luke McAllister and Sara Franklin are also at a crossroad. Could her new boss have anything to do with that? Reverend Ben is also at a crossroad of sorts and what happens to his beloved wife, Carolyn, may change everything for the Lewis family. Digger Hegman gets lost again and is facing some health problems. But it is the Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons - miracles are needed and it seems like everyone in Cape light will need a gathering place. (less)
Has all of my favorite stories in it: The Nightingale, The Snow Queen, The Flying Trunk, Aunt Toothache, The Emperor Has No Clothes, The Ugly Duckling...moreHas all of my favorite stories in it: The Nightingale, The Snow Queen, The Flying Trunk, Aunt Toothache, The Emperor Has No Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Pixie and the Gardener's Wife just to name a few.
I love that Andersen always has a little moral to his tales - a Christian one too! I never did pick up on those Christian values when I was a kid.
Reading these tales brought my mom back to life, sitting on my twin, and reading me these stories before I fell asleep! (less)
What a beautiful, heartwarming story about a grandmother and her secret love and her granddaughter, Jennifer, who has experienced so much loss in a sh...moreWhat a beautiful, heartwarming story about a grandmother and her secret love and her granddaughter, Jennifer, who has experienced so much loss in a short period of time. Sam's letters to Jennifer had me in tears and smiles as I read Sam's story. Yes, Love never dies.(less)
I have fallen in love with the small village of Cape Light! Jessica Warwick and Sam Morgan are planning their wedding - Lillian will not attend nor se...moreI have fallen in love with the small village of Cape Light! Jessica Warwick and Sam Morgan are planning their wedding - Lillian will not attend nor see her daughter. There is tension between the happy couple.
Sara Franklin is almost ready to tell Emily Warwick who she really is, and finds the politics of Mayor Warwick lacking. She has to rethink her decision to tell Emily and stay in Cape Light - Emily's pedestal isn't as shiny and big as it was before Luke's big plans for the Cranberry Cottages. Plans that threaten to divide the small village. And is romance in the air?
Lillian Warwick is being more difficult than usual - no one can get through to her. Charlie Bates is running for Mayor and is being obnoxious as usual. His wife, Lucy, doesn't know what to do. Gus Potter is sick and Sophie may be forced to sell her beloved orchard. And Reverend Ben is worried that he won't be able to help his troubled flock, especially since he can't seem to mend his own family.
Kinkade and Spenser write truly uplifting stories, and you'll just have to see how everyone's troubles are sorted out. I was not a big fan of Christian Fiction, but this series has made me one! (less)
A Jordanian Spy master approaches a CIA operative whom is coming back to the States in an airport. There is information of a terrorist plot r...more4.5 Stars
A Jordanian Spy master approaches a CIA operative whom is coming back to the States in an airport. There is information of a terrorist plot regarding America, but he wants to trade information; Why is the U.S, government sponsoring the Arab Spring? And is the kingdom of Jordan next? He has pictures of deep Black Ops meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan and every Arab country that fell during that time of destabilization and chaos. Lidia Ryan is stunned and takes it to her boss. Almost immediately after that meeting, she and another trusted friend/mentor are almost killed. What is going on? Ryan is determined to find out what her old team is up to.
Meanwhile in the United States, 5 people are kidnapped on the same night. These people are not random victims; they are the names on the short list to become the next Fed Chairman. And the body of one of those people has been found on Jeckyl Island Island - the birthplace of the Federal Reserve System. Harvarth is swiftly flown from Somalia to the States by the "Old Man's" new client - The Federal Reserve. Who would want to target the Fed and why?
Thor gives a good history of the secretive Fed. They act independently and are not accountable to anyone or oversight. They are not part of the U.S. Government as so many people believe. I personally believe the Fed's Charter needs shredding, and too big too fail or jail is passe. Even bankers can go straight to jail without having to pass go. That is a good thing. Of course anyone with sense knows if the monetary system is controlled, so is the government. How Thor ties these two plot lines together and Harvarth's investigation into the Fed and the high profiled kidnap victims is wonderful. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I wish I could have read this in one setting but could not since I'm getting ready to travel back home to Illinois for Christmas. Brad Thor is no Vince Flynn, but I'm definitely going to give him another look and read another of his novels. (less)
J.A. Jance is a fine mystery writer who knows how to build suspense whilst dropping a few small clues here and there. And that is very surprising to m...moreJ.A. Jance is a fine mystery writer who knows how to build suspense whilst dropping a few small clues here and there. And that is very surprising to me because she has authored several stand alone books and 4 series, staring 4 distinct protagonists; each with his or her individual voice/narration or if you will, flavor. Of those series, the Joanna Brady Series is my favorite.
Early one morning Jenny Brady is riding her horse and stumbles onto a body. She has found her missing school principal. The woman wasn't popular with some of the high schoolers and their parennts. Even Sheriff Joanna Brady had a slight run-in with the very private principal. Brady scrambles out of bed to the crime scene that is close to her ranch. Always protective of her children, Joanna sends Jenny home. Soon a reporter drives toward the crime scene already knowing the identity of the victim - a picture of the body has been uploaded to Facebook. Brady is dismayed; only one person could have taken that picture: her daughter.
While trying to locate the woman's next of kin, Brady and her detectives make another startling discovery; the principal isn't who she is. She had been using a fake identity. Witness protection? Identity theft? A domestic violence victim or someone with a more sinister past? Solving the murder won't be easy, and the links lead to another killing and to other death cases: D.H. Lanthop - Joanna Brady's father and a young miner, Sheriff Lanthop's last case. (less)
A fitting end to a career of writing wonderful stories about strong women and of Ireland. A Week in Winter is the story of Chickie Starr, an old spins...moreA fitting end to a career of writing wonderful stories about strong women and of Ireland. A Week in Winter is the story of Chickie Starr, an old spinster lady, and members of Chickie's family renovating an old family home to be a small hotel in western Ireland. Chickie hopes that Stone House and Stoneybridge will bring her guests some peace and quiet healing of what ails them. And most guests do experience a lifting of their spirits as well as Chickie and her family members.
Each chapter is told from a family member or guest POV. And their stories move the book along, seamlessly one vignette ends another starts as we learn of Stone House's first week in business. Maeve Bichy had a strong sense of her characters and that sense is strongly displayed here. These characters will stay with me for a while. I'm saddened that there will not be any more heartfelt and warm stories from Binchy, since she died last year. (less)
I had forgotten how well Ernest Hemingway wrote short fiction. I loved the two Big-hearted River stories. I'll have to dust off my copy of his The Nic...moreI had forgotten how well Ernest Hemingway wrote short fiction. I loved the two Big-hearted River stories. I'll have to dust off my copy of his The Nick Adams Stories. Nick Adams is always good to read. Another story that broke my heart was the one with the old jockey and his son.(less)
Renowned Art Restorer and sometimes Israeli Agent and Assassin is in Venice restoring a Benini Altarpiece when word comes to him that his friend and f...moreRenowned Art Restorer and sometimes Israeli Agent and Assassin is in Venice restoring a Benini Altarpiece when word comes to him that his friend and fellow Office Agent has been murdered in Munich, Germany. Beni is also the son of Gabriel Allon's boss, Ari Shamron. His mission is to sanitize Stern's apartment and find his killer. The killer is The Leopard - a man with no face, a mercenary for hire, a myth to most countries' Intelligence Services. He works for a super secret group within the Catholic Church - the Crux Vera - who is more powerful than the Pope, and their mission is to protect the universal Church from all of its enemies within and with out the Church, even the Pope himself. A few religious have already disappeared - 2 elderly priests and an elderly woman who left a cloistered Order after WWII. Something happened at that convent in Brenzone on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy that could destroy the Church. The Pope is going to Jewish Synagogue in Rome in a few days to announce that the Vatican Records of Pope Pius XII will be made open to scholars and to a Commission that will include high ranking Catholic and Jewish Prelates that will report to the world and Pope Paul VII its findings. Crux Vera can't let that happen, even if they have to sacrifice the newly elected Pope Paul VII. Allon must race all over Italy with a few side trips to France, London, and Munich to stop The Leopard and silence Crux Vera which one reporter has dubbed the KGB of the Vatican. But will he after he learns the Church's dark and shameful secret?
For decades the controversy of Pope Pius II silence on the Holocaust during WWII has raged on these 70 years. Besides the 6 Million Jews whom were killed by the Nazis, 3 Million Catholics were also executed - including both priests and nuns. Pius XII silence is quite deafening to say the least, and unfortunately there were Antisemitic Catholics living in Germany and Nazi occupied countries at that time in history. I've read books both supporting and denouncing Pope Pius XII. May be that is why he has not been Canonized and probably will never be in my life time. As both a Statesman and leader of a religion that has billions all over the in its flock, I can understand the Pontiff wanting to stay silent, but the morality of that silence is against the vary teachings of the Church. I don't know what to believe about this controversy like the historians who have researched this subject. Probably the truth died with Pius XII and only he and God know the truth. But it does make a good political conspiracy novel. Job well done Daniel Silva.(less)
Adam Dalgliesh, Kate Mishkin and her new partner fly in to a remote island frequented by the rich and famous to investigate a murder. A wealthy and re...moreAdam Dalgliesh, Kate Mishkin and her new partner fly in to a remote island frequented by the rich and famous to investigate a murder. A wealthy and renown author has been found hanging in the Lighthouse. There is no love loss among the island's residents and guests; the writer was a despicable man and no one but no one is mourning his loss. Dalgliesh and his team have a wealth of suspects as well as great digs. His boss wants the case contained - no press. But something else is present on this beautiful island getaway that could threaten each person, and it is deadly.
This was and still is my introduction to the novels of P.D. James. She is surprisingly easy to read and knows how to keep the reader turning the page. She is a master at building suspense and well developed characters. I thought what she used to contain the people on the island was slightly way over the top though. That said, The Lighthouse is a very good whodunnit!(less)
I didn't quite love my fourth foray into the Alexandra Cooper Series, but I did enjoy Cold Hit. This time I have to admit that a lot was going on in the novel. Open rape cases, a current case being prosecuted by Alex, and a new murder of a wealthy Gallery owner and Art collector. She has been bludgeoned to death. Her body tied to a ladder and found in the water off Manhattan. Evidence collected gets a hit - a cold hit - in the new DNA database. But the hit is of an unknown perp.
Alex, Mercer Wallace, and Mike Chapman are thrust into the Art World. And that world is not as beautiful as its paintings and sculptures. Denise's very wealthy (and connected) husband has motive to kill her, so do her two lovers, as does her ne'er do well Gallery partner. Another death is suspicious. And there is indications that the elderly renowned art restorer was murdered. Could the deaths be connected? And could they lead back to stolen Nazi Art or back to a great art theft that left those in that world gum-socked ten years ago? And some people want Alex and Mercer dead. Are the threats to them related to this new major case or to one or more of the cases The Sex Crime Division is currently working on? One thing is for sure is that one of three friends and working partners will be sitting on the sidelines for a while after this case is resolved.
Fairstein is a great story teller. Her prose is easy to read. She has a knack to build suspense one chapter after another. She still uses the final Jeopardy question as a comic relief - and I love that signature trait of her novels. And she knows how to skillfully twist the plot in directions that surprised me. Yet, as I stated earlier, Cold Hit has just a tad too much going on in it, but don't let that stop you from reading it. It is quite enjoyable from start to finish. (less)
Pat Conroy tells the story of his year as a teacher on a small island off the coast of South Carolina. The people are very hard working but yet poor....morePat Conroy tells the story of his year as a teacher on a small island off the coast of South Carolina. The people are very hard working but yet poor. They are black and are very distrustful of the new teacher "Mr. Conrack." Racial tensions burn in this memoir. And I'm glad to say that some of its brutal flames were extinguished at the book's end. This is non-fiction, but reads like a novel. Conray has a natural gift of wonderful literary prose.
A very insightful read into how The Factor host developed into the man he is and why he holds the views he has. I was struck by some si...moreSolid 3.5 Stars
A very insightful read into how The Factor host developed into the man he is and why he holds the views he has. I was struck by some similarities to my own upbringing. I laughed quite a few times, too. (less)
I was a Senior at Spring Hill College and working for the CBS affiliate in Mobile, Alabama when this occurred. I was undergoing a transformation in my...moreI was a Senior at Spring Hill College and working for the CBS affiliate in Mobile, Alabama when this occurred. I was undergoing a transformation in my politics also at this time. Having met and listened to Ronald Reagan for over 3 hours in September of 1976, I fell in love with both the man and his ideas; I became a Reagan Democrat turned Republican, and never turned toward the left again. I voted for the former President in the 1976 Republican primary rather than Gerald Ford. I proudly cast my vote for Reagan again in 1980, mainly because of this hostage situation and the feckless handling of this situation by the Carter Administration. My schoolmates and station friends were constantly discussing the hostage situation among ourselves. Uncle Walter words were repeated ad nauseam as I recalled. I wasn't surprised than the hostages were freed as Reagan took his Presidential Oath of office. Leaders of nations understood that a new sheriff was in D.C. and were afraid as they should've been. We cheered in the studio as the News Bulletin aired.
When I first read this book a couple of years ago, I was horrified by actions of the hostage takers. It is still horrific to read, but this time I was also repulsed by their actions. I was very surprised by how ineffectual Carter was; there is never guarantees that military action will succeed or be doomed to fail. Everything must be on the table and everything must be tried to save American lives - i.e. Benghazi in 2012. Carter was more involved with the decision making than I believe he should of been, but Mark Bowden gives readers much more details of the Washington front than the network news departments did in 1979 - 1980. And I found that fascinating. Bpwden retells stories of bravery, endurance, and resistance from the survivors. There's even a traitor in their midst.
I can't believe that I haven't read The Prince of Tides before now, nor have I seen the movie. I seriously doubt that I will watch it too; it could ne...moreI can't believe that I haven't read The Prince of Tides before now, nor have I seen the movie. I seriously doubt that I will watch it too; it could never do Pat Conroy's literary masterpiece justice. Conroy paints each scene with such exquisite detail, none is too small nor too big. His character development of Lowenstein, Bernard, and the whole Wingo clan was absolutely superb. I hated Lila and Henry from the start, but Henry did redeem himself in my eyes somewhat at the very end. Savannah is a truly despicable human being - lunacy not included. I found her to be a very manipulative bitch like her mother, Lila. I absolutely loved Luke - the Prince of Tides. Grandpa Wingo was wonderful and even Tolitha had her moments. But, Tom Wingo? I can't really decide about him. He is feckless and strong at the same time, He is average with no false presumptions about himself. He both cares and feels deeply. He is an island unto himself and he is the lone survivor of the Wingo "family loyalty." Hell, just surviving the Wingos is a huge victory.
It is the Southern way to not speak of unpleasant things, unless that thing can bring down another person down a notch. The South places real value on Honor, God, family, and where one belongs in society. Conroy explores each of these in great detail. His description of issues like child abuse, rape, and mental illness is heartrendingly beautiful as it is sensitive. The reader feels like he or she is sitting on Tom's shoulder all through the novel, an invited interloper to the devastation of Colleton, S.C. and the Wingo family. But what rises from the ashes is glorious and this reader wanted to shout in pure joy with Savannah, "Do it again, Mama." (less)
I love Cedar Cove. I'd love to live there. In this installment, we follow Sheriff Troy Davis mostly. He still has yet to identify the skeletal remains...moreI love Cedar Cove. I'd love to live there. In this installment, we follow Sheriff Troy Davis mostly. He still has yet to identify the skeletal remains that were found by Shaw and Tanni Bliss in the cave. He's still pining for Faith Beckworth and is determined to get her back. But someone wants Faith to leave town, but why? Her home, garage, and car are vandalized. The mayor has a dust up with Gloria. Mack is living next door to the girls he loves with all of his heart. James Wilbur is back in town. Teri Bolcher is ready to pop. She's having triplets. And poor Rachel, her step daughter Jolene is causing some difficulties with the newlyweds.
I love Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Series, and I wasn't sure if I'd like this new series. I did. But I miss my favorite characters from Cedar Cove. J...moreI love Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Series, and I wasn't sure if I'd like this new series. I did. But I miss my favorite characters from Cedar Cove. Jo Marie Rose is very likable - just enough sadness to make her vulnerable and a wonderful, warm heart. Her Inn will indeed be a place of healing for all of her guests (and Rover too.) I picked up this edition because it contains the novella When First They Met to get a clear idea of who the young widow is. Jo Marie and Paul's story brought both smiles and tears to this reader, as did the novel.
After Paul Rose was killed in Afghanistan, Jo Marie quits her job at the bank and moves to the other side of Puget Sound. She has bought a locally established Bed & Breakfast and renamed it Rose Harbor Inn after her husband and the peaceful feeling that his spirit is with her. She has found a peaceful harbor. And the Inn has several surprises - one of which is the handyman she has hired to make a new sign and garden for the B & B.
Jo Marie's first guest arrives at her inn with conflicted emotions. Josh Weaver's step-father may be near death. The two have never got along, and Richard threw Josh out of their home soon after his mother's death. Weaver hasn't been to Cedar Cove since his step-brother's funeral and only wants a few things that belonged to his mother. With the help of a childhood friend, Josh discovers that it is never too late for forgiveness and love. But his step-father apparently disagrees.
Her other guest is Abby Kincaid. She left Cedar Cove 15 years ago with a hefty weight on her shoulders. She was driving the car when the accident happened. She lived, her best friend did not. While recovering from the accident, Angela's parents and others in Cedar Cove blamed her, and she has been stuck in her grief and guilt all these years. The only reason she is back here is her only brother is getting married. Can she finally leave her guilt behind her when she leaves Cedar Cove this time? And will its citizens forgive her for driving rather than Angela on that dark, icy December night?
Macomber does allow a few cameo appearance of some favorite characters like Peggy Beldon, Olivia Griffin, Brace Harding, and a few others. I wanted more old faces, but I realize this is a new series. And a wonderfully warm series it is going to be. (less)
I love Dorothea Benton Frank. She always writes wonderful stories with very strong women characters and Plantation is no exception. Millie is wonderfu...moreI love Dorothea Benton Frank. She always writes wonderful stories with very strong women characters and Plantation is no exception. Millie is wonderful with her fiery personality and her Gullah dialect and her potions. She is a great sidekick to Miss Lavinia, the Queen of Tall Pines. Miss Lavinia is eccentric as they come. She rules her little world with a strict discipline - Miss Manners must be proud. She is irreverent. She is funny. She is warm when she wants to be. And she loves to have fun and loves her men. And she is dying. It is at an inopportune time - she is just discovering her two children, Trip and Caroline and her grandson, Eric.
Caroline Wimbley Levine has returned to Tall Pines to see about Mother. That is what she tells herself. Miss Lavinia could not be "off her rocker," could she? There is more to Trip's story that meets the eye - why does he need money so frequently and more importantly why does he want to remove Miss Lavinia from her throne at Tall Pines? Her marriage to Richard is shaky - good gawd girl, what were ya thinkin'!?! Plantation is Caroline's and Lavinia's stories in the last months of the Queen of Tall Pines' life. It is the story in which Caroline becomes Miss Caroline of Tall Pines with Miss Lavinia, Millie, Miss Sweetie, and Miss Nancy all helping.
But I only have one complaint about this delicious book - Frances Mae! What a work she is - an always pregnant piece of redneck trailer park white trash! Ohhhhhhh my Southern is showing! (less)