Thursday, February 2, 2017

When We Last Spoke - A Review and a Giveaway

When We Last Spoke - A Fireside Novel -  by Marci Henna

About When We Last Spoke (from the back cover):
            "Humor, heartbreak, and triumph are served with whipped cream and lots of local nuts in this heartwarming tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness in Fireside, Texas.
Meet Juliet Cranbourne, local radio personality and owner of a whimsical kitchen gadget store, and her sister Evangeline, a fruit tree geneticist who works for Oregon State University.
When a rift due to their orphaned past affects their sisterhood, Juliet convinces Evangeline to come home for Christmas and choose headstones to honor grandparents Walt
(a tenderhearted, good looking rancher) and Ruby (a blue-ribbon fiddler, fabulous cook, and expert in the art of making family feel loved).  As they cruise through Fireside in Ruby's
Thunderbird, Juliet hopes that healing memories will somehow smooth rough roads ahead.
Does the tremendous love that marked Walt and Ruby's lives still have the power to renew their sisterhood and help them find their place in the world?"
Page count: 232

Retail price: $11.38

About the author:
            Marci Henna was born in Austin, Texas and lived as a child in Kenya, East Africa with the Wakamba tribe where her parents managed a medical research station. She later moved to the Hill Country ranch which has been in the family since the 1800's and currently lives in Austin.

My Thoughts:

I rarely find time to read, and when I do, it is usually non-fiction.  Ways to do better at "this" or ways to better understand  "that".  It is rare indeed that I find the time to read fiction just for the satisfaction of reading a good story.  But when I read the description of this book, I was intrigued and decided that I would like to read and review this book.  Maybe it was my southern roots, my love of all things Texas, or that my grandmother was also named Ruby.  Whatever the reason, I needed to read this book.  And so I did.  

And it was so much better than I even expected.  I read way too late into the night, because every time I hit the end of a chapter, I just had to know what happened next.  I immediately identified with Juliet and fell in love with her grandparents.  Everyone deserves a grandmother and grandfather like Juliet had, but unfortunately too few grandparents fit the bill.  The southern girl in me is about ready to pack up and leave New York to head for Fireside Texas.  

So what are some of the highlights?  
1. Family. Families should love each should stick together, no matter what.  A person can't truly learn to be themselves, if they are afraid that the ones they love may walk away.  

2. Forgive.  We have to be willing to forgive, even if the offender isn't sorry.  We can't truly grasp our future, if we are still stuck in the pain of our past.

3. Memories. On our lowest and darkest days, a pleasant memory from the past can serve as the sunshine lighting our path, giving us the strength to press on. 

Social Corner: 

Would you like to purchase the book?                                                                             

*****Marci will be giving away a FREE Kindle          
version from Feb. 20-24 on Amazon.*****

   Trailer on YouTube (Movie now in production)

GIVEAWAY: On February 9th, I will choose one reader to receive their own copy of this fantastic book.  Just leave a comment on this review or on the Facebook post.  Residents of the continental U.S. only.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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