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The Banty House

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  9,221 ratings  ·  482 reviews
In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depression-era brothel. For more than seventy-five years, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have called their mama’s house a home. The three eccentric sisters get by just fine with their homemade jams and jellies, a little moonshine on the side, and big ...more
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Published May 26th 2020 by Montlake
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Change is a good thing.

Kate Carson wished she had the person who had first said that by the throat. She'd choke them until their face turned blue and then slap them for being that colour. She didn't like change.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depression-era brothel. For more than seventy-five years, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have called their mama’s house a home. The three
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a romance book. This book teaches you that family is not always people that shares your DNA. I really love the characters in this book. The Banty House girls where so funny, and I would have love to spend a day with those girls. Ginger and Sloan was everything they both needed in each other. I read this book so fast because I could not put it down. I am so glad I decided to request this book. If you love books with funny Grandmother characters and a character drive book then this is the ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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THE BANTY HOUSE by Carolyn Brown is a sweet, feel-good, poignant story that drops you into the lives of three elderly sisters in small town Texas who are about to have their lives changed forever.

Ginger Andrews has aged out of the system, has a baby on the way and no where to go. She dreams of seeing the ocean in California, but her bus ticket only goes as far as Hondo, Texas. As she is sitting on the bench outside of the hair salo
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It’s a feel good book about three older sisters living together in Texas. I love the banter between the elderly sisters! They have such big hearts and such unique personalities that really came across well in the writing. Each one had a personal history they shared that tugged at your heart. Their house, the Banty House, has quite a fun yet scandalous history. The little old ladies still follow their momma’s rules from decades ago and their bonds are impenetrable. They opened up their homes and ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
THE BANTY HOUSE is a slow burn contemporary story that I was pulled in to from the very first page. To be honest, I fell in love with the cover the minute I saw it. Don’t you just want to be laying on that lounge chair with your favorite book? I knew I would read it anyway, because I love Carolyn Brown, but the cover really pulled me in. I loved everything about this beautiful story and I’m excited to recommend it to my reading friends. Carolyn Brown always has a way of grabbing her readers and ...more
This book feels like a porch swing with a friend, a cold drink, and a summer night with stars above and fireflies out on the lawn. Carolyn Brown stories are full of country charm and down home storytelling. The Banty House is no exception.

The story focuses on three elderly sisters who have lived a full life and still do (Oh lawd, do they!) as they remain one of the chief sources of their small town's gossip. They are the daughters of a former brothel owner and their mama never married. But, thei
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brown-carolyn
This was such an adorable book and perfect to take my mind off all the craziness in the world right now. Three sisters in their 80's who live together in their family home that was once a small, exclusive brothel run by their mother before they were born on the outskirts of a tiny town in Texas. As you know, small towns have long memories and the sisters have lived with that "stigma" their entire lives. But, they handle it beautifully. One sister has perfected growing hi-grade pot and it flouris ...more
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3.5 Stars

“The past is gone. The future is iffy. That means the present is all we’ve got, so we’ll dwell on that.
I love Southern writing. I don't really know why but the humour gets to me every time. I have really enjoyed every book I have read by Carolyn Brown and would recommend her to anyone. This book was interesting and will enable you to keep reading, and never want to put it down. One theme is that when you fall in love with someone, and they love you back, stay true to your heart and
Loved this one!
Very good book about love, family, healing, and acceptance. Three eccentric sisters live in the tiny (population 95) town of Rooster, Texas. They've never married and still live in the house they grew up in. Betsy, Connie, and Kate live their lives according to their mama's rules, the first of which was "Never turn away a stranger."

Nineteen-year-old Ginger arrived in Rooster with no money left and nowhere to go. She's eight months pregnant and trying to escape the bad memories she left behind in
Jeeves Reads Romance
This was a solid read - it just wasn't a good fit for me. I always see Carolyn Brown's books on the bestseller lists, so it seemed like the right time to check one out. The writing itself is strong, the characters are interesting, and there are little bits of humor thrown into the story. But it was just too sweet and laidback for me, so I got bored with all of the heartwarming moments and slightly preachy tone. There's definitely an audience for it - I just don't think I'm the intended reader.

Edi McNinch
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three old maid sisters with little secrets and quirks, a homeless pregnant teenager and a retired military bomb specialist with PTSD make for a fun and interesting visit to Rooster,Texas. Mrs. Brown's descriptions of the town and all her characters put you right there as the proverbial, "fly on the wall". These sisters are more fun than the Golden Girls! The characters and conversations are very realistic and typical of our Southern small town talk. It will make you laugh and cry and laugh so ha ...more
Deanna Walker
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
Awww, such a sweet story and absolutely loved it!

The four sisters of Banty house and took Ginger under theirs wings..Ginger was pregnant until she first met Sloan until they’re both fell in ,ove with each other and had three kids on their was beautiful writing!

Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy...
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book charmed me from the start. I loved the sisters, loved their big hearts and how they lived their lives according to their own set up rules. It made for an unusual life for them, but it worked. I really liked how they would help out people as they needed it and how this brought Ginger into their lives. Ginger was so sweet and very appreciative of what the sisters were offering. The longer that Ginger stayed at Banty house the more that you could see how much everyone was changing. Even t ...more
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Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by Montlake
ISBN 1542018811 (ISBN13: 9781542018814)
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A homeless young woman finds an unexpected family in beloved New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s novel of healing hearts and new beginnings in a small Texas town.

In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depr
The Banty House, my first novel by Carolyn Brown is a slow burn contemporary story that had me captivated from the first few chapters.

Nineteen-year-old Ginger Andrews has arrived in Rooster, Texas, penniless and with nowhere to go. She's eight months pregnant, trying to escape the bad memories she hopes to have left behind in Kentucky. Three sisters, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson live in the Banty House, their childhood home and live by the rules of their late mother. Handyman to the Carson si
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest review

The Banty House by Carolyn Brown was truly a delightful, feel good, story. We first meet the three sister's of the Banty House and they are hilarious, I wish I had aunties like them. We then meet Ginger who is a down on her luck pregnant teen mom, who has been living from foster home to foster home until she is systemed out. Ginger is an old soul who's luck is about to change in a big way after she meets the Banty house sisters. Sl
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you never read another book this summer, you must pick up this book and read it. Carolyn Brown has given us another wonderful book about family, friends, love, loyalty and a sense of home.

Three sisters have lived in their home in a small town in Texas for more than 70 odd years, that has almost become a ghost town. But a chance meeting with a young pregnant teenager outside a beauty salon and all of their lives will change for ever.

Kate, Betsy and Connie bring Ginger to their home, that was
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The thing I love about a Carolyn Brown book is the down-to-earth realness of it. She gives us beloved characters who are simple yet complex. Characters with all of their flaws, pain and vulnerability displayed in a way that only endears them more to the reader.

She writes about real life, with all of its struggles and pain, yet leaves our hearts happy and satisfied with an uplifting, joyous ending. To borrow from a cliché, she begins with lemons and then, step by step, takes us through making th
This is a hopeful, uplifting, satisfying story and I highly recommend it.

The book takes place in the small town of Rooster, Texas and centers mostly around the Banty House. The Banty House is still notorious in the town and surrounding areas because it was operated as a bawdy house in the 1930's. The main characters are the sisters Kate, Connie and Betsy (the youngest is 75) who live in the Banty House, their handyman Sloan, and Ginger, a young woman the sisters happened to meet and persuaded t
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The basic plot: Ginger, a young pregnant woman passing through a small Texas town is taken in by three older women, sisters, and they develop a strong bond while taking care of Ginger. At the same time, she also starts taking care of them. The sisters reveal long-held secrets and are brought even closer together. In the meantime, a local young man also takes an interest in Ginger and they develop a friendship. I really enjoyed the characters in this book - the sisters are a HOOT, and are what ma ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was an entertaining ride for sure. Following 3 widows who take in a young teen with a baby makes for a great second chance story. The widows were all a lot of fun to read from, and the second chance this young woman gets is truly heartwarming.
Though I do prefer Carolyn Brown's cowboy romances to these, I love the sense of community that these books bring across. If you are interested in the concept, I recommend picking it up and giving it a try. The romance is sweet, along with the com
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best feel good book I have read in a long time !!! It will grab you on the first page and not let you go even after you finish. Three old sisters, Kate, Betsy, and Connie, living in an old brothel, making moonshine, raising weed and taking care of every misfit they come across. Throw in a young pregnant unwed mother and a ex-solder and you have a wonderful book. Reading this book is like taking a vacation and it will make you want to live in Rooster Texas and be part of their clan !!
Thank y
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Julie Eichelberger-Ford
The Banty House is a heartwarming, entertaining, enchanting story about three elderly sisters who take in a homeless, pregnant teenager and show her that family doesn't have to share blood to love one and other. They have also sort of adopted the young man that lives down the lane who is suffering from guilt and PTSD. Ginger grew up in foster care, never knowing family or love but now she is experiencing the overwhelming emotions that the sisters and Sloan bring out in her. Sloan is afraid to ge ...more
Pamela Duarte
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ginger, a pregnant homeless teenager. Three elderly eccentric spinsters – Kate, Connie, Betsy – living together in the family home, a former brothel. Sloan, their handsome, single but troubled neighbor / friend / handyman. Rooster, Texas, a town of 95 inhabitants, with all the scandals and frictions of a much larger town.

Doesn’t sound like a fun story, but it is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time. I kept finding myself smiling at the antics of the sisters and their friends
Nicki Presby
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a heartwarming story about family, loss, tragedy and love. Carolyn Brown pulls the reader in and makes them feel as though the are sitting alongside the Carson sisters, rocking on the porch, sipping moonshine or taking in a walk along the lane with Ginger. She pulls at your heart with Sloan's struggles, his PTSD and his pure love for the Carson sisters and Ginger. And then there is Ginger, a young girl failed by the system and everyone she encountered in her short life stumbles upon Kate ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books that I can identify with and characters that are familiar to me. The Banty House by Carolyn Brown isn't that book. I wish it was!! This story is better than good. It's a must-read! I can't identify with three old ladies that grow pot, make moonshine and have "toys" hidden in their bottom nightstand drawer. And, as for a pregnant, homeless girl with a depressing past, I wouldn't know about that. After reading The Banty House I feel like i have missed out. From the first page to the e ...more
Margaret Yelton
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Banty House by Carolyn Brown is a book where you can definitely fall in love with the characters and identify with each one of them. Three elderly sisters, a pregnant single mom, and a former military man suffering from PTSD. For me to give a book 5 stars it has to be able to pull all my emotions to the surface. There were tears, laughter, heartache and joy. I think we all would love to have aunts like the three sisters. I received an Advanced Readers Copy from the author and this is my fair ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
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