Women's Fiction / Historical
When We Last Spoke
A Fireside Texas Novel
by Marci Henna
-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, a local radio personality and owner of a whimsical kitchen gadget store, and her sister Evangeline, a fruit tree geneticist 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?
This Book received a 4 Bark rating.
When We Last Spoke is a moving tale of the messiness of life, of love and loss, sacrifice and forgiveness, and growing up. Told through the eyes of a little girl, now grown up, we meet a quirky family who never give up through tough circumstances, a family that is broken but hangs onto the most important thing of all, Love.
I really enjoyed the way Marci Henna so authentically told the story through the perspective of young Juliet. The style of writing drew me into the late 1960's world of small-town Texas and into the way Juliet perceives those, and the world, around her.
I'll quickly say that, to me, the true heroes of When We Last Spoke were Ruby and Walt. Through loss, difficult times, the hard work of Texas ranch life, they hold onto their deep love for each other and for family. The poignant moments when Walt and Ruby teach Juliet and Evangeline about life are truly moving.
There are a few instances of mild language but they were not off-putting in the least. It only made the story seem more accurate to me.
All in all I liked this step back in time to 60's small-town with author Marci Henna. The story was an enjoyable and I hope to see more stories about Fireside, Texas.
DVD: The booktrailer on this DVD is just lovely. I watched it before I started the book and now that I've finished I think I'll watch it again with new eyes.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna a 4 Bark rating.
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.
It's Time For A Giveaway!
When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna
and the accompanying intro DVD