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Cakewalk (Runnymede #5)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  438 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Continuing in the exuberant tradition of Six of One, Bingo, and Loose Lips, New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown returns to her much-loved fictional hamlet of Runnymede, whose memorable citizens are welcoming both the end of the Great War and the beginning of a new era.

The night a riot breaks out at the Capitol Theater movie house--during a Mary Pickford pictur
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Bantam (first published October 15th 2016)
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Erin
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brown returns to the town of Runnymede which straddles the Maryland/Pennsylvania border and the Mason-Dixon Line to revisit the Hunsenmeir girls as they come of age in the 1920s, all under the shadow of World War I and it's aftermath. However, one needn't have read the first books in the series ( Bingo set in present day and Six of One) to enjoy this one. The book focuses on sisters Louise and Juts Hunsenmeir and their mother's employer (and the girls' benefactor) Celeste Chalfonte. All of thes ...more
Liz
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

I understand this is part of a series written by Rita Mae Brown. But no worries, you don't need to have read the prior novels. The setting is Runnymeade, literally on the Mason Dixon Line between York County Pa and Carroll County Maryland. Having lived in both locations, I can attest that Brown has gotten that small town attitude just right. The book might take place in 1920 but the attitude remains the same. The one misstep is the idea that there would be a group of The Daughters of the Confede
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Donna Davis
Dear heaven.

Brown has had a long and auspicious writing career, and right about now she can do whatever she pleases. I came to this title thinking that it was a stand-alone novel; thank you, Net Galley and Random House Ballantine for the DRC, which I received free in exchange for this honest review. The book is available to the public October 18, 2016.

For awhile I wasn’t sure just what to make of it; there are some wonderfully wry moments, and then there are others. I’ve since learned that this
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Sheryl
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delight! I'm so happy to add three more series to my TBR list. If only I'll live long enough to finish all her delightful books.
Ann
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Louisa Mae Browns books. I love her Sneaky Pie and Aunt Jane books to death. This historical series set in rural Runnymede at the close of WWI is different from most of her other books. Sisters Wheezie and Juts star in Cakewalk and their relationship with Miss Celeste their mother's boss. A unique look into life in the 1920's.
Ellen
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Rita Mae Brown before. Took some getting used to! The lead female characters are appealing: clever, surprisingly frank, blessed with a zest for life and love. The novel may seem a bit of a fluffy thing on its surface, but in this tale of a town divided- literally- values, social customs, judgments, which long have and still do divide us, are no match for the universal urge toward connection, empathy, kindness... and love and joy.
Rachel
I think I was really not in the mood for southern US nostalgia.
Jill Meyer
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is great fun for a reader to revisit characters and places in a series book. Rita Mae Brown, in her new novel, "Cakewalk", brings her loyal readers back to Runnymede - a small town perched directly on the Mason-Dixon line - and the wonderful characters, including the Hunsenmeier sisters (Juts and Louise), their mother, the beyond beautiful Celeste Chalfonte, and the others we grew to love in "Six of One", "Sand Castles", "Bingo" and "Loose Lips", Brown places "Cakewalk" in the very important ...more
Kathryn
So, if you've never read this series, know they are not written/published in chronological order. If you like a straight timeline, it sort of goes like this:

Six of One (though this one hops back and forth)
Cakewalk
Loose Lips
The Sand Castle
Bingo

I'm giving this 3.5 stars. With this finished I have read all of Brown's Runnymeade stories. I didn't enjoy the last two published, Loose Lips and The Sand Castle, and I thought I had come to the point where I wouldn't read any more. There's something about
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Lauren Glowacky
Not a fan of this book. Too many characters to keep track of. Went back and forth witj all of them and I had a hard time figuring out what was going on. Story did not flow smoothly.
Phair
Picked this up because I like stories set in post WWI era. Apparently Brown has written several books set in this small town (Runnymede) straddling the Mason/Dixon line but they are all set in different eras and are not in any chronological order. It was a little slow getting into but once I became more acquainted with the many characters I really came to like them or at least to become interested in them if they were not particularly likable. Celeste was my favorite character but I also enjoyed ...more
Susan
Nov 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Rita Mae Brown I've read, this one not strictly a mystery although there is an uninvestigated arson, and an unsolved murder in the past. One of a series, god forbid, about the fictional town of Runnymede. I just don't get it. The writing is clunky, the characters all speak with the same voice, the plot makes no sense. It's all live-and-let-live unless you're the one girl in town whose mother is pressuring her to marry well and everybody hates her for it. I was seduced by a cut ...more
Christine
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RMB gives her usual dose of social commentary in this book, but it is not as on the nose as in some of her work. In Cake Walk she dives all the way into female sexuality and mores.

I particularly enjoy the way she weaves the message into the quotidian lives of those in Runnymede. She uses history, personal experience, and common sense in characters whose motivations and actions we know from our own lives.
Toni
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine book had you read the previous books in the series first. In my haste to read this, I totally missed that important fact. My mistake!
Thank you Netgalley for approving me, and for clearly trying to tell me.
B
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a lovely, unbelievable world. Too perfect. Nothing bads ever happens.

Continuing in the exuberant tradition of Six of One, Bingo, and Loose Lips, New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown returns to her much-loved fictional hamlet of Runnymede, whose memorable citizens are welcoming both the end of the Great War and the beginning of a new era.

The night a riot breaks out at the Capitol Theater movie house—during a Mary Pickford picture, no less—you can bet that the Hunsenmeir sisters,
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Jacqueline
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love RMB. She, along with Julia Sugarbaker and Elinor Frutt (who is not Southern), taught me how to talk. How else could I, born just outside of New York City, teach my born-in-the-South friends to say, "That just tears my ass with boredom" "Have a fit and fall in it" and "Jigs for a Coke"? Welcome back to the town of Runnymeade, whose boundaries extend past Mason Dixon line on both sides of Maryland and Pennsylvania. In *Cakewalk* we once again meet the Hunsenmeir sisters (Juts & Wheezie) ...more
Julie
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brown-rita-mae
O really enjoyed this charming book placed in 1920's in a small town that straddles the Mason Dixon line. The first Runnymede book covers 80 years in the lives of two sisters who much like the two halves of the town, are constantly battling each other, but stick together when it counts. That book was a 5 star novel that explored life and love in many forms with lots of air and wisdom. It had several well drawn characters that I have enjoyed revisiting through the series.

Unfortunately, each of th
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Lisa Cobb Sabatini
I won Cakewalk by Rita Mae Brown from Goodreads.

Readers will settle in to enjoy life in a small town at the end of the Great War in Rita Mae Brown's funny and moving novel, Cakewalk. Runnymede, on the Pennsylvania - Maryland border, is a town readers will love visiting, filled with characters who are uniquely complex, yet so familiar. Readers are immediately engaged in the exploits of the townfolk, cheer their successes and comeuppances, and laugh at the dialog and prose as it presents a running
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Helen
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been too impressed by the Sneaky Pie series even though I am a cat lover and usually like cat detective stories so was not sure whether to read this book. The jacket cover sold me because it spoke of small town America in a simpler time then ours, and has a cast of quirky and different types of personalities. This book did have a bit of charm to it but didn't care for the character of Celeste. Beautiful rich older women with a past of many female lovers (her last marries and has a chil ...more
Vicki
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest in Brown's Runnymede series, this is set in 1920, right after the Great War. I've long been a fan of Brown's early works, including Six of One, the first book in this series. However, the series jumps around in time so it's easy to get lost or confused. It's probably best not to treat as a series but as books written at different times about the same people and places. As always, some of Brown's scenarios and characters are a tad too stereotypical or trite for me, and the details of p ...more
Jeanie
I had no idea that this was in a series of books, but now that I know I will go back and read the others, as I did not want this book to end. The Town of Runnymeade which straddles Maryland and Pennsylvania on the Mason Dixon Line in the year 1920 just after the Great War has ended. Celeste Clairmonte, one of the wealthy Clairemonte family, our main character, is dealing with her lover R of 13 years, who is now marring her younger brother in order to become the mother she has always wanted to be ...more
Cindy
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rita Mae Brown's use of language and perspective were always what makes these Runnymede novels worth the time - Juts and Weezie are just kids in this book, testing their adult thoughts for the first time. It's prohibition time, and the family is still mourning the son lost to war. Brown is at her strongest story telling point, and it is truly a joy to read her work without her frequent co-author, Sneaky Pie the cat, dumbing down her phrasing and vocabulary. Now, fans of Sneaky Pie and the series ...more
Nepeta
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I just want to step into the book I'm reading; this is one such book. Would I be Celeste, a beauty with pots of money? Cora, who keeps Celeste's household running smoothly and everyone else on track? Daughter Juts, trying to work out where she fits in this world? Seriously though, this is engaging storytelling, set in a small town community in 1920 USA. There's a lot of background - the world is changing after the first World War - the Great War, they call it, and say there will surely ...more
Martha Kuder
This is a pretty good book which should have been great. The characters are likable, funny, smart women with the exception of the youngest, who was portrayed as a way too young silly person...that simply ticked me off.
The fist fights are far too many and weaken the storyline.
The story is mostly about friendship, love, and marriages. It includes two women who are lovers but both end up with men...what's with that?!
I know this is coming across as me not enjoying the book, which isn't soo, because
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Sheryl Kirby
Honestly, this one is a head-scratcher. The cover shows four flappers on a beach with parasols, but the story is set in the early spring in Maryland in 1920. No flappers, no beach. Cakewalk is a prequel to Brown’s other books in the Runnymede series, but there doesn’t appear to be a central plot, other than plenty of excuses for teenage girls to get into smack-down style cat fights. Didn’t make me want to read the rest of the series.
Susan Kitchel
This book is about a small town that straddles the Mason-Dixon line in Maryland. It is set post World War I. The books consists of stories about several of the towns female residents and their adventures. Prohibition has been passed. One of the ladies is openly bisexual. One of the ladies wants to protect her precious hoard of alcohol. It is a sweet book that is an easy read. I think this would be an excellent beach book.
Rena Ackley
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without the references to women voting rights coming up for a vote, this book could be set in current day, not the 1920s. I loved the characters and it made me laugh and cry. The usual tension of teenagers and rivalries, love and broken hearts, many high jinx. Very different from Ms. Brown's murder mysteries but every bit as enjoyable.
Cynthia
I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This was a wonderful story, the writing was such that you could picture people in place and time that the story was written. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good read.
J.C.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn’t realize this was part of a series when I picked it up or when I finished it.  Meandering story line.  I felt no real connection to any of the people; there were many characters and no prominent heroine or hero.
Judy
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize that this book is part of a series (Runnymede #5). However, it was easy to enjoy this quiet, humorous book as a stand-alone. Life in a small town is pretty much the same, no matter what the location. A lovely read.
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Rita Mae Brown is a prolific American writer, most known for her mysteries and other novels (Rubyfruit Jungle). She is also an Emmy-nominated screenwriter.

Brown was born illegitimate in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She was raised by her biological mother's female cousin and the cousin's husband in York, Pennsylvania and later in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Starting in the fall of 1962, Brown attended the Un
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