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Bed & Breakfast

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,102 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Penguin is pleased to reintroduce readers to ?born storyteller? (The Washington Post) and New York Times bestselling author Lois Battle and her delightful holiday tale of Josie Taternall and her South Carolina bed and breakfast. After her best friend's narrow brush with death, Josie decides that life is too short to let old grievances stand in the way of family togethernes ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Penguin Group
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The Dusty Jacket
Josie Tatternall, military widow turned Bed & Breakfast proprietor, is about to reunite her thrown grown daughters for the holidays. Following a sudden medical emergency of one of her closest friends, Josie realizes the fragility and uncertainty of life and decides that there is no time like the present to bring her estranged family together after ten long years apart. But will her three headstrong daughters agree? Can the beauty and majesty of Christmas yield hope and forgiveness and unite this ...more
Sorry-- I just wasn't thrilled with this one, even though it's a local author and is set in Beaufort. A little too over the top for me with some (most) of the characters.

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Ten years of family secrets, misunderstandings, and recriminations have kept the Tatternalls apart - until Josie, a military widow suddenly alerted to mortality when one of her best friends keels over during a bridge game, impulsively invites her three grown daughters home for the holidays at her gracious Sout
Well, I did finish it but it's definitely dated the attitudes in the book are what I would call "small town". For instance, was it necessary to describe the valet at the restaurant as "a black valet"? Did that add to the story? No. There are several places in the book where race is pointed out unnecessarily but the author took pains to make Cam's best friend in NY an enlightened black woman, which I'd hoped would shake some enlightenment into the characters. It's a book written about an older wo ...more
Jan 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was hoping to take my mind off of the horrors of politics and negative news and such this week by reading a lightweight fiction on the plane.... Sadly, I'm afraid this was just TOO light-weight and empty for me...... the writer was wonderful at conveying a sense of place and drawing one in... Beaufort, NC IS a lovely place and I felt it..... but the characters were too shallow, vacuous, self-absorbed..... and very clearly terrified of anything non-Republican, though such a thing was never utte ...more
Oct 21, 2009 rated it did not like it

The back cover doesn't accurately portray the depression of this novel. If the novel’s purpose was to make one feel great about their family, it succeeded. I could not relate to the hateful, selfish, and rotten children in whom Josie places her hope. All Josie wants is a nice family Christmas and that is such a disaster that I am surprised she doesn’t die from heartbreak. I understand that families are flawed, but the only likeable character was Josie and I don’t know why she even bothered—she’d
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rather boring title refers to the B&B operated in a stately Southern home occupied by a military widow named Josie, who has always been a bit of a doormat. Her husband Bear was an alpha male who cheated on her and she mostly raised the three girls on her own. Now she invites her three grown daughters, all completely different and set in their own ways, home for the first big family Christmas in many years. Sparks fly when the three adult daughters meet again, and poor Josie is left to cope a ...more
Kathleen Payne
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I was looking for a pick up and read book and simply sit back and enjoy. Bed and Breakfast was an easy read, I enjoyed it, but I can't say that I'll remember reading it 6 months from now. The personalities of the daughters were a little too predictable and I was wondering, "are these book characters, or is the author writing about one of my girlfriend family with 3 daughters?" I'm West Coast, this book takes place in North Carolina, so, it must have been something I read in the book. Like I ment ...more
This was a bit dated (written in the late 90s) but it was still very enjoyable. The story revolves around Josie who operates a bed-and-breakfast in her Beaufort home. She's the widow of a retired military man and decides to bring her 3 grown daughters (and their families) home for Christmas. The daughters are each struggling with their own lives. The daughters are somewhat stock characters. There's Cam, the daughter who left for New York and is struggling with career and love. There's Lila, the ...more
Dec 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why is it that when I really dislike a book it is harder to organize my thoughts! I just have a jumbled mess of criticisms circling around in my head.

This book started off okay. A lady in her 70's witnesses her friend's heart attack, decides time is fleeting and decides to make all her children come home for Christmas. Her oldest daughter and she do not get along or talk at all and her daughter has promised to never come home again. The middle daughter lives down the road in a giant mansion and
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
In Beaufort, South Carolina, Josephine Tatternall - a military widow turned Bed and Breakfast proprietor - is playing bridge with four friends when she witnesses her best friend Peatsy's narrow brush with death. As everyone else around her sits frozen in shock, Josie retains the presence of mind to calmly yet quickly call for an ambulance. As Peatsy is rushed off to hospital, Josie further recalls that she had even wished the young lady who was the emergency dispatcher a very merry Christmas bef ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I usually devour books... Have been known to stay up late reading, to get second copies of my paper books on the nook or iPad just so I can read "in the dark" while Himself is asleep, and was repeatedly admonished as a child to "get your nose out of that book!"

But this book languished, like a bag of chips in a flavor that wasn't as good as I'd hoped, repeatedly pushed aside in favor of something sweeter/saltier/grittier. I devoured about 4 others between the day I read the first and last pages o
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the story overall, but since I am the grammar police, I hard a hard time with all the typos.
Sheila Shaw
Mar 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't care for this one, because the characters weren't very likeable. ...more
Kevin Kern
An interesting story about a dysfunctional family at Christmas.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Too bad authors such as Lois Battle, Belva Plain, and Maeve Binchy are no longer with us. Reading the type of books these writers authored is to fall in like with the characters and feel as if you are in the community of the novel. I began to understand characters in this book that I didn't initially like. I felt as if I was swept along in a miniseries. Maybe some parts of the book drag on a bit -- the Christmas Eve church service comes to mind. But some of the suspense aspects and outcomes were ...more
Valerie in Nebraska
This is the story of Josie, a Southern woman of a certain age, and her complicated relationships with her military husband, three daughters, and extended family. This novel is relevant even though it was written 23 years ago.

There are many characters in this novel, some we get to know well, others just there for plot points. Most take actions that are contrary to my nature, but that’s why I enjoy reading - to explore life through another lens.

If you enjoy Southern fiction with a strong sense of
Debbie Roby
This is an engrossing family drama---a Southern family----with a mother and three grown daughters who are all very different from one another and estranged from one another, based on past family drama and perceived insults. Now it is Christmas time, and their widowed mother is hoping to have them all together again in her home in Beaufort, SC to relive memories and ties that are warm ones. This family was interesting to read about, and the story goes in various ways unforeseen by the reader. Ent ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Began at Christmas and ended the next Christmas. The setting is mostly at a South Carolina Bed and Breakfast. Read it in 2001 but didn't write anything about it because so many things were going on at my work place and in my private life but since it is still on my shelves I'm going to put it with my books that take place at Christmas and rate it "OK". ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading one book after another, as we are in the virus stay at home chapter in our daily lives which means that I am getting characters confused. It took me about one third in to the story before I
understood who some of the characters were. Just a bit confusing at first, but when my brain got in gear, this was a good. read. A bit predictable, but still very good. Anything from LoisBattle is worth the time.
Jo Ann
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These were people I related to: family, women who wore aprons and white gloves. 1960’s life.

The novel gave insights into family - the childhood hurts that change us, the various kinds of marriage commitment or failure to commit, sibling rivalry, the terrible Christmas when it all came unglued.

The characters were real people - genuine and flawed. I really enjoyed this novel.
Rachael Mellen
This book reminded me of Jan Karen's but in the secular world. The story centres on Josie, a widow running a B&B in South Carolina, and her extended family. Enjoyable though slightly rambling. I enjoyed the older characters best, could have skipped the adventures of the younger generation. ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! The story line was great, the characters portrayed as those you knew them. Family dynamics pretty much like most families. Set in the south, the accuracy of customs was right on. Read'll love it! ...more
Rebekah Carter
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tend to read some fairly heavy hitters. Needed something light but not tooo light if you kwim. Fun read with wit, insight, and a flashback to the early '90's. I'm now saying "I remember when" and this is a perfect reminder! ...more
Lorraine Campbell
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This appeared to be a heartwarming Christmas reunion story. However, each character is so self-absorbed, bitter, and vain who all seem to be enjoying their perpetual pity parties. No real character changes, no humor to break up the whining, just annoying women who are jealous of each other.
Dee Reed
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josie Tatternall, the owner of a Bed and Breakfast, decides it's time to get all of her family together for the Christmas season. The author gives us a look at the different characters lives and makes it interesting. ...more
Mary Lou
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story about the interrelationships between family members.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Struggled and didn't finish. ...more
Nira Turquand
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Los Battle book I've read. Loved it! Will read all her other books. ...more
Debbie Aruta
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
a book about family , duty, and love. it’s so well written it will have you rooting for a happy ending!
Alexandra Harrington
Light, fluffy and entertaining enough. I enjoyed the main character, Josie, if not all the others.
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