Thursday, February 16, 2017

When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna

With the heart and humor of Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes and Rebecca Wells’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, author Marci Henna introduces you to the Cranbournes—a mostly lovable and undoubtedly nutty family who’ve had more than their fair share of hard times.
A beautiful blend of tears and laughter, When We Last Spoke tells the tale of sisters Juliet and Evangeline, who are dropped off by their Broadway-bound mother at their paternal grandparents’ Texas ranch in 1967. After their cherished father is killed in Vietnam, the girls are orphaned. Still mourning their son’s death, grandparents Walt and Ruby accept their role as guardians, only to be surprised soon after by another permanent houseguest’s arrival—Walt’s kooky mother, Itasca.
Fast-forward to the present, where the warmhearted home in which the girls grew up is now just a faint memory. The estranged sisters are in need of a good dose of Walt’s famous stargazing wisdom: “You’ve got to look real close. Pay attention to what’s around you in this life. You’re liable to miss something important if you don’t.”
Packed with plenty of quirky characters and hilarious escapades, this must-read novel also digs in deep to the things that matter most—family, friends, love, and forgiveness.

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Marci HennaAbout the AuthorMarci Henna is a novelist living in Austin, Texas, with her husband. She holds a BA in literature from the University of Texas and spent many years serving as a trustee on various nonprofit foundations, several of which attended to children’s needs. Although she’s resided in Texas and New Mexico for most of her life, Henna has also lived in Kenya with the Wakamba.

Here is what I Thought......

I got this book because the plot really intrigued me. I like family stories and this one sounded like one that is enjoy. I was a bit disappointed in it though. The description was not quite right. The book actually spends most of its time in the past. Almost all of the book is spent telling about the sisters when they were younger. There were also several spots that felt like they edited and didn't replace it with anything. Almost like a random thought that didn't go with the story. The biggest negative for me was the bad language. I don't usually read books with bad language especially when children are the ones using it. I liked the storyline and plot but overall this book was a miss for me. I wouldn't discourage others from trying it, it just wasn't for me. I received this book from FlyBy for free. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own. 

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