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Miss You Most of All

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Few things are as lasting as the bond between sisters. In her poignant debut, Elizabeth Bass explores the lengths one cobbled-together family will go to for each other, and the power of a connection that never fades. . .

Sassy Spinster Farm is a place to find solace. At least, that's what it's become since Rue Anderson and her sister Laura transformed their childhood Texas

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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2010)
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Ivy Lake
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
So sad!
Gina
A cute family related chick lit novel that moved a little slowly at times. I loved the relationship that grew between Rue and Heidi but the way Laura acted got boring and silly. She was a grown woman who had all these stupid resentments about people in general especially her ex- stepsister, Heidi, who returned to Sassy Spinster Farm to flee from some mobster type ex-boyfriend. Laura was extremely rude and mean to her throughout the book and it got old very quick. The backstory of Heidi was also ...more
Marianne Stehr
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I got about 100 pages into this story I felt as if I had figured everything out that was going to happen and truely I did for the most part, however the shocking thing here is that I styed with this book, read the whole thing even sure I knew what was going to happen. Equally shocking is that I highly recommend this book dispite the predictablility I felt it had. The characters are so well developed and the setting is calm, the story just pulls you in. You get so involved with the character ...more
Kathleen
An author new to me, Bass has written a novel in which its themes engaged me more than some of the characters: “agritourism,” working farms that host paying guests to learn more about farming to keep certain finance disaster from their gates…the dynamic between sisters and the changes that follow when a much despised step sister surfaces after many years…past and impending loss (emotional and physical) and the healing that can occur…the role old movies play in the farm’s life as well as the sist ...more
Jodi
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rt2010, kindle, 2016-read
Sassy Spinster Farm is a bit of a misnomer. Rue was married, just to the wrong guy, but she has a super 11 year old daughter to show for it. Her younger sister Laura is anything but sassy though she's definitely a spinster. The two run a farm that ekes out a living by taking in agritourists. Laura hates every second of it. It gets worse when their former step-sister, Heidi, arrives in desperate straits. As kids they were not friends. Laura and Heidi were actively enemies. Rue, on the other hand, ...more
Valerie
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Laura, Rue, and Heidi - two sisters and one ex-step sister, all on a farm/bed and breakfast type place - the Sassy Spinsters Farm in Texas - what a ride! Heidi's on the run from a small-time mobster; Laura's on the run from love as well as herself; and Rue's on the run from the big C - cancer. As these ladies learn to reconnect with one another and deal with small-town life, reality rears its' ugly head in the form of illness and they must all put aside old wounds to deal with an uncertain futur ...more
Liz Fichera
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
MISS YOU MOST OF ALL follows the sometimes simple and sometimes complicated lives of the sisters who run the Sassy Spinster Farm in Sweetgum, Texas. I love stories about sisters and settings in the American West so this book interested me from the get-go. The writing is beautiful, the characters were authentic, and the dialogue tugged at my heartstrings while at other times made me laugh out-loud. This book had me from "Ricky Ricardo's in the freezer." I loved the story from start to finish.
Nancy
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had 10 minutes to spare before my train left to pick out a book at the library. I wanted to see if there was a Linda Barnes book I hadn't read. There wasn't. But this book was on a nearby shelf and the title caught my eye. The dust jacket blurb sounded interesting so I took it out. So glad to log on to Goodreads and see all the positive reviews!

Loved this. Will it stand the test of time? Maybe. Was it delightfully entertaining? Most definitely. Wonderful slice of life with some interesting cha
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Erica
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Ok, this stupid book made me cry. It's a sweet story about two sisters running a farm in Texas, dealing with love, commitement issues, an old accident, confusing adult relationships, a tween daughter, cancer, a step-sister in trouble, etc. It wasn't a fast page turner, but I had to finish it all the same. I wish things had ended a little differently, but I'm a sap like that. -e
Big take-away: Don't be a bitch.
Sam
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely a right book, right time scenario. A contemporary fiction that follows a family who run a farm in Texas was light, fun, and unexpectedly emotional. The dialogue and characters weren't great but if you enjoy contemporary fiction that focus on a group of women, I'd say give it a try. It's not the best book in the whole world but it was definitely a nice, light read.
Laura Jean
I don't deny that this is a good book. It's well-written and a very powerfully emotional story about family, particularly sisters. Sadly, I spent 3/4 of the book VIOLENTLY hating several characters. So I didn't find it as enjoyable as I might have. Even so, I still spent the last 10th of the book sobbing. I did enjoy the classic film references.
Jana
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jodi
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I would give this 4.5 stars. I loved the story line, even though it was heart wrenching at times. It was definitely worth reading.
Valerie
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story—moved very quickly. Made me cry. Loved that it was set in East Texas!
Megan
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get into
Robby
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
It has taken me days to read this book. At first, I considered putting it down. I couldn’t really get into it, the characters or the narration. The story just wasn’t reeling me in.
But I told myself to read just one more chapter, to just see if it got any better, and it did.
In the end, by the end, I loved this book.
Miss You Most of All is Elizabeth Bass’ debut novel. It is a beautiful story of sisters and family and the qualities that we all share as humans.
First of all, there are more primary ch
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Anita
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rue, Erica (daughter), Laura (sister), Heidi (step-sister), Webb, Sassy Spinster Farm
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a debut novel filled with humor, love, and a family that readers will not soon forget.

Rue Anderson and her sister Laura turned their childhood home, located in the small town of Sweetgum, Texas, into an agri-business/vacation spot for people to come and relax; it’s called The Sassy Spinster Farm. When people come to this tiny, out-of-the-way place, they come for relaxation, as they learn how to make home-cooked meals, tend the fields, garden, and, yes, even how to catch and pluck chicke
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Cyndy Aleo
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Elizabeth Bass' debut novel, Miss You Most of All , is described as poignant, and -- spoiler -- the ending certainly is. But along the way, it hits notes that are anything but.

Rue has moved back to the family farm, which she runs with her sister Laura and their old friend Webb, who's not-so-secretly in love with Laura, who pushes him away at every turn. To keep the farm afloat, they've renamed it Sassy Spinster Farm and take in agrarian tourists who want to learn how to farm themselves. Rue is
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Amber Ivers
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am going to do this trying not to spoil it.

Miss You Most of All is a heart wrenching story about a family in crisis. Laura, the unlikeable but somehow 'feel sorry for' character struggles with her family farm. Her attitude doesn't help much. But, Rue, her level headed and nice sister manages to offset Laura's rudeness to allow the temporary guests, that pay for the farm experience, happy enough to keep coming. Heidi, the ex step sister, comes to visit amidst her own trials. She is in hiding
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Aleisa
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
*spoiler (kinda) alert* Well, if I check out a book called "Miss You Most of All" I only have myself to blame, really. You can pretty much guess, by the title, that someone is going to die. And since people in books only die of cancer (for some disturbing reason)it was pretty much a given that I would spend the last 60 pages bawling my eyes out and thinking about my dad.
I still loved this book about two grown sisters running their own agri-tourism business and dealing with their often amusing l
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Elizabeth
Aug 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book plumbs the depths and complexities of sibling (and step-sibling) relationships and the stresses and inspirations of joining together to meet challenges. Rue Anderson and her prickly sister Laura have joined forces to open their family ranch (Sassy Spinster Farm)to paying visitors in an attempt to handle their financial problems. Their characters are warmly and vividly developed and portrayed so that I wished I could visit this friendly-sounding place and get to know them both.

Rue's ca
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Joan
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
The plot may have been a bit corny - take two sisters, one cranky and the other super nice, running a farm in Texas, add in an ex-step-sister they haven't seen in 20 years who is being pursued in connection with a crime in New York - plus a pre-teen daughter going thru normal 12-year-old struggles while also coping with a mother who has had cancer - plus several unhappy love affairs and marriages (I don't think there was a single happy marriage in the book, but there were plenty of unhappy ones! ...more
Stephanie Ziegler
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
While reading the book, I did not understand why it was titled "Miss You Most of All"...until the very end and it was not what I expected. I really enjoyed this book. There are many different stories happening in this book that intertwine and form an amazing story. In the beginning I wondered why there were these stories because they did not seem central to the plot, but towards the end, everything became clear. The author really needed to know a lot about farming to write this book, but she bri ...more
Jackie
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure quite what to expect from this book, knowing that it was Ms. Bass' first novel. And perhaps, it was a good thing: going into the reading with no expectations or hopes.

As it turned out, I quite enjoyed reading this book. It took me several days, reading in-between-life, but somehow I never was anxious to get to the end, nor did I think the book was too long or needed to be "tightened". I just enjoyed it.

Sure, there were cliches, and cliched characters. And the editing wasn't perfe
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Kristen
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I read the book Miss you most of all by: Elizabeth Bass
Two sister, Laura and Rue own Sassy Spinster Farm. Their farm brings in tourists from all around. They show them how to farm and produce their own vegetables. Laura and Rue are like no other sisters they work together as a team and get along well. One night on the farm Heidi Bogue, their stepsister shows up. She is looking for a place to hid, she needs help. Laura and Rue dislike Heidi very much but they humble themselves to help
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Annmarie
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
This novel had me at "Sassy Spinster Farm". I'd give it 3 1/2 stars really. The farm is run by two sisters in their thirties who cobble together a CSA (community supported agriculture) and agri-tourism B&B to make ends meet at their family farm in Texas. Laura is the very cranky, tart tongued sister, and Rue is the sweet tongued one with a heart of gold and a preteen daughter who is adjusting to her mom's recent divorce and bad bout with cancer. When an old family member turns up unexpectedl ...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read this author before but enjoyed her writing. This was a beautiful story about loving family unconditionally...and loving those that become part of our family even though they are not blood. In fact, it reminds me of the saying that family is not one of blood but of love and mutual respect for each other's lifes. So true!

There was part of the story that was predictable but it was one of the special places that brings out deeper thinking and appreciation for each day that we have to
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Jennybug
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I was trying to decide between 2 or 3 stars. When I found out it was the authors first novel I ended up going with 3 stars. I was really torn, the book was well written yet the story was slow, yet a little sensationalized. I know, completely contradictory. Any way even though the main character Laura made me laugh quite a bit, I just couldn't quite connect with her. I wanted to like her but she was just so mean. The whole time I wanted her to make the connection that her little neice was the sam ...more
Erin
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
The best part about this book is the characters. Bass creates them so vividly that it feels like they could jump off the page, grab you by the hand, and take you into their world. That, paired with the fact that the book is titled "Miss You Most of All," practically ensures a tear-filled ending. Which it definitely was for me. But there's a good mix of humor, a little romance, and even a little suspence before the tears hit, so it's worth it. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because ...more
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Elizabeth Bass grew up the youngest of four siblings in rural Texas, where she spent summers watching old movies and dreaming of living in a town big enough to have an Icee machine. She now resides in Victoria, BC with her husband.
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