Release Date: June 9, 2015
Genre: Coming of Age / Family / Fiction
Series: A Fireside Texas Novel, Book One
When I first picked When We Last Spoke up, I wasn’t sure what to think. I’m so glad I did because it’s a beautiful coming of age story told through the eyes of young Juliet Cranbourne. The Cranbourne’s are a lovable and interesting family that have had their share of hardships. Plus, it’s in development for a television movie!
Oh! And stayed tuned until the very end because I’m giving away a copy of When We Last Spoke as well as a DVD copy of the book trailer to one lucky winner!
About When We Last Spoke:
(Taken 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, a fabulous cook, an expert in the art of making the 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?
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When We Last Spoke is a beautiful tale that everyone will enjoy. It begins in modern day with Juliet who is still living in Fireside, Texas. Her and her sister, Evangeline, have allowed a rift from their past to come between them for years. To really understand how this happened, Mrs. Henna takes us back to when the two sisters were children being abandoned on their grandparents’ doorstep by their mother. She wanted to live her life performing in New York City. Their father was away defending our country in the Vietnam War. The girls were only nine and seven.
The girls are loved by their grandparents, Walt and Ruby, who become their permanent guardians when their father dies. Life becomes even tougher when the girl’s great-grandmother move in with them. Despite the harshness from their great-grandmother, the girls had amazing memories with their grandparents.
Eventually, Juliet learns the truth about her mother and doesn’t tell Evangeline because she thinks she’s protecting her. Years later, she’ll come to realize that this is the reason that kept the two girls at odds with each other.
It’s a beautiful story about growing up, forgiveness, family, friendships and smalltown Fireside, Texas. Ruby and Walt are wonderful grandparents who loved the girls like their own. The characters are relatable and lovable.
Fireside, Texas is the kind of small town where everyone knows everyone and genuinely cares about their residents. They go out their way to make newcomers welcome. It’s a fictional town, but it sounds like the perfect place to live.
I loved this book so it’s highly recommended! It’s not overtly a Christian novel, but the contents are clean and wholesome for the whole family.
However, I do have to note, that while I don’t think it’s a huge issue, some may not enjoy some of the language. “Durn”, “dammit”, and “damn” were used many times throughout the book. Their grandparents do discipline the girls for using these words.
I’m super excited that this is in development for a movie. I imagined it as a movie the entire time I was reading it.
About Marci Henna:
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.
I’m giving away one physical copy of When We Last Spoke as well as a DVD copy of the book trailer to one lucky winner! To enter, just fill out the rafflecopter below. Entries will not count otherwise.
Giveaway will end at midnight on February 15, 2017. I will contact the winner by email shortly after the giveaway ends.
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