I'm not really sure how to write up this review. I mean, I really, REALLY wanted to love this book. I was so excited to receive, and then I started reading it. I just couldn't get into it. to me, it felt like it was all over the place with no real plot. No climax, no conflict, no resolution. Yes, I get the conflict part would be the sisters and their relationship, but that's pretty much it. It's like listening to family stories that concern people I don't know. The bulk of the book is spent retelling memories of Juliet and Evangeline growing up. The characters are very lifelike, and well developed. You do get a sense of "knowing" the family. You resent their mother for being selfish and not seeing the girls. At one point Juliet talks about how all she wanted was their mother to visit from New York. I grew to loathe her grandmother. Such a stark, nasty woman like that just annoys me. But the problem with the characters, is that there are just too many of them. There are so many stories, and the stories concern so many in the town, that I had a hard time keeping up with the additions and subtractions of the actors. The writing is good. I just didn't care for the storyline like I thought I would.
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.
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