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Every once in a while, a book comes along that really draws you into its pages and makes you feel a kinship with its characters. When We Last Spoke did that to me!
When We Last Spoke
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.
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.
Heidi Says . . .
I truly enjoyed this book. I loved each of the quirky characters, both in spite of and because of their quirkiness. I especially enjoyed the main character of Juliet and seeing the world through her child’s eyes in the late 60’s.
This book is an amazing story of love and loss. Juliet and her younger sister have suffered amazing losses for children so young – first having a mother than abandoned them, and then losing their father to the Vietnam War. But, their grandparents graciously accepted the girls in their home and their hearts, never once complaining even though times were tough.
I just loved their relationship with their grandparents. Walter and Ruby were fun and loving and made a great home for the girls – a home that Juliet still lives in to this day (which is where the book both begins and ends).
Really, if you like a good work of fiction, I’d highly encourage picking up When We Last Spoke. Since this book is touted as “the first in the series” of Fireside, Texas novels, I’ll be anxiously awaiting the second installment!
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