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Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar

(The Adventures of Agnes Hopper #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Summer's steamy haze coats North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, but feisty Agnes Marie Hopper discovers the heat isn't the only thing causing her blood to boil. After a kitchen fire destroys her home, Agnes moves in with her daughter, Betty Jo. Three months later they come to an understanding: neither can tolerate living with the other. So on a sultry August morning, Bet ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 22nd 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
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Ruth Pople
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for anyone who loves Senior Citizens who are full of spunk! I loved the look at retirement living and the thoughts and outspoken remarks of Agnes Hopper, who finds herself moving from her home to her daughter 's home to a retirement home. First reaction is a plan to get out until she finds all kinds of things not measuring up and she's on a mission to do some work to get things in order. Being a natural lover of Senior Citizens having a Mom who is also full of it, so to speak ...more
Louise
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought it was cute, the storyline was predictable. The writing was just ok. It had a nice sweet ending. I will not read any others in the series. EASY read
Wendy
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Summer's steamy haze coats North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, but feisty Agnes Marie Hopper discovers the heat isn't the only thing causing her blood to boil. After a kitchen fire destroys her home, Agnes moves in with her daughter, Betty Jo. Three months later they come to an understanding: neither can tolerate living with the other. So on a sultry August morning, Betty Jo drives Agnes and her few belongings to Sweetbrier Manor, a local retiremen
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Kate
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun book! I really enjoy books that are set in senior's homes/care centres: likely because I had the wonderful opportunity to work in one before I got married. My memories from that time are very fond and precious ones.
Not only did this book bring up those happy memories, the characters were FUN! Agnes was a hoot and a half: I especially liked how she kept up a conversation with her dear, departed Charlie. Smiley was a dear, and Pearl, William, Francesca, Lollipop, and Alice rounded out t
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Diana
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A feisty lady is moved to a retirement home. Agnes does not want to be there. She wants a place where she can live happily with her pet pig. But her daughter has moved her here. The bright side to this is that she runs into he best friend from childhood, but Pearl doesn't seem quite right. Things are not quite right. It seems ike every one n this lovely little rest home is crazy or not quite right in some way. As Agnes stays, while planning her escape, she befriends the other residents and seems ...more
Cindy Huff
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Carol Heilman’s look at an elderly woman in a retirement home was both humorous and disturbing. Humorous to view the old folks home through Agnes Hopper’s eyes and disturbing as Agnes discovers things aren’t as they seem. She is quick-witted and determined to do things her way which leads to some hilarious consequences. Carol handles the subject of aging with respect and grace. We see Agnes come to grips with this unwanted change in her life and discover maybe she doesn’t know what’s best for he ...more
Ann Wirtz
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Agnes Hopper is an engaging, independent, spirited character who ends up an unwitting sleuth at her new residence, the local retirement home, Sweetbriar Manor. She uncovers embezzlement, abuse, and intrigue and deals with this deception-beneath-the-decorum as only she could: with humor, intelligence, and determination. The reader will revel in the flow of "southern speak and southern manner" and be encouraged that more "Agnes" books are in process, as this heroine is one to be enjoyed and follow ...more
Judy Dearing
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Written with a Southern flair, this book is a captivating story about eccentric and irresistible characters who weave their lives together. Set in a small-town retirement home this book is filled with laughter, suspense, and wisdom. You will find yourself curled up with this page-turner, unable to put it down!
Leanna Sain
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A perfect mixture of smooth Southern style and gentle fiction that will have you laughing, crying and cheering at the end.
Terri Wagner
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved Agnes and can't wait to read more of her adventures!!
Betsy Duffey
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A feisty book that entertains and satisfies. Get a cup of tea and settle in for an engaging visit with Agnes Hopper.
Rhonda Jones
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers Below

Very well written, a tad on the drama side of the genres. I was expecting something a bit more humorous or whimsical based on the cover. While there were moments of levity, for me the book was very sad. Agnes's daughter packs her up and takes her to an assisted living center. While mother and daughter constantly sniped at one another, and it was just as much Agnes's fault as her daughter's fault, the situation felt terribly sad to me. Then at Sweetbriar there are several what in my
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Ingrid Manderson
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amusing book provided an insight to what some older individual encounter in their twilight years, an unexpected or unwanted trip to a nursing home. It was interesting to read the Agnes' reaction followed by how oblivious her daughter was to the feelings of her mother. I wish it there was more character development. For example, she keeps having conversations with her dead husband, Charlie.
Several traits that were an immediate benefit are proactive, curious, and caring. In her youth,
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Leta McCurry
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read about a group of quirky senior citizens led by Agnes who refuses to go quietly into elder-hood when placed in a senior care home against her will. Inspired by Agnes and aided by some equally quirky non-seniors, these oldsters find their courage and take back their voice. It is a fun read but underlying the frolic is the serious and often ignored issue of seniors being discounted, neglected, and even abused. The characters are well defined and the writing reminds me of Fannie Flagg. I ...more
Eirlys
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agnes Is Wonderful

I liked Agnes who is a feisty woman. Her daughter put in a home and she is determined to escape from there and get a little house of her own. Agnes soon smells a rat and fights for the rights of the residents. The characters are well crafted and very believable. They evoke emotions in the readers, which is the sign of a good writer.
Chris Mallett
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agnes Hopper Shakes Up SweetBriar ( The Adventures of Agnes Series) by Carol Heilman

A wonderful read! I enjoyed this book so much that I can't wait to read the next book by Carol Heilman. I loved reading this book by you. I suggest it for all readers. Thank you Author Carol Heilman!
Quanita
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agnes Tests The Rules

If you're looking for a clean mystery with no foul language and a feisty senior, this is your book. Agnes brakes all the rules of Sweetbriar because she hasn't read them. In one week at the senior residence she brings down a crooked money scheme that has been cheating the oldsters.
Sharon M. Turner
To be (here) or not to be!

Agnes is forced into a retirement home because of a fire and the incompatibility of living with her daughter. The first minute in the home she decides that this is not the place for her. Within a few days she finds that something isn't quite what it should be. Read to find out what is going on. Agnes will become your favorite older person.
Pam E Kirven
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Senior citizens break the case.

After being put into a retirement home, Agnes sees all is not as it seems. Her wit and stubborn personality takes over and she digs until everything is exposed. A good guide on how to enlarge your family of friends.
Lynda Knapp
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How cute!

Agnes was one terrific lady. She and the crew from Sweetbriar Manor were just great. I totally enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author. I definitely recommend this book.
pam moore
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet read

I enjoyed this book. I found it to be full of emotion, but funny as well. Really made you think how the elderly are treated, but also how much they have to offer. Looking forward to more adventures with Agnes and her friends.
Pamela Saylor
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun read, it is sad as well

The book was humorous, yet sad at the plight of the old folks in the home. They should have been honored because of their age instead of ignored, cast aside, and even terrorized.
Tamar Wilson-steele
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book loved the main character and the touch of mystery. Would have like to have read more about the pig. Looking forward to the next one.
Ann Huffman
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old

State look into old age with a loving touch but not a sugar coat . A good story and a possible one.
Janet L.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting characters and the interaction between them all is fun. Look forward to more of Agnes' adventures.....
Lucretia Ward
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great feel good book. I am so ready to read the next book and catch the next installment of Agnes and friends. Who says oldies aint still got it.
Teri
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

Took a bit to get into this story but once I did I was hooked. Agnes is a spunky lady and the gang at the home are great. Entertaining good read.
Sandra Osborn
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet story.
Karen
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
January Reading Challenge - A book that starts with the letter "A".
Kristi Cramer
This book came to my attention through the Beach Reads Bonanza 2016 (a Facebook event) and I bought it because it sounded cute. Amazon gave me the option to add the audio version for a couple extra dollars, so I did.

At times silly and heartbreaking, Agnes' story was also often poignant and heartwarming. Agnes herself is a perfect storm of happenstance and tomfoolery. I was transported to Sweetbriar Manor and listened to her adventures with bemused enjoyment.

My only quibble with the story is th
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Carol Heilman, a coal-miner's daughter, married a farmer's son, her high school sweetheart, over fifty years ago. She and her husband live in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Their children and grandchildren live near the east and west coasts where they often visit. Carol enjoys traveling, reading, writing, hiking, and cooking for friends. She is a recipient of two Carrie McCray Awards for ...more

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