Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Miss You Most of All
Author: Elizabeth Bass
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: General Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day, Sweetgum Texas
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Elizabeth's Website/Blog: None found
This is a debut novel filled with humor, love, and a family that readers will not soon forget.
Rue Anderson and her sister Laura turned their childhood home, located in the small town of Sweetgum, Texas, into an agri-business/vacation spot for people to come and relax; itís called The Sassy Spinster Farm. When people come to this tiny, out-of-the-way place, they come for relaxation, as they learn how to make home-cooked meals, tend the fields, garden, and, yes, even how to catch and pluck chickens. People can also sign up to receive a box of organic farm-fresh goods shipped to their home every week. Sounds a little perhaps mundane and drab, but these two sisters have managed to turn this farm into a very profitable enterprise.
Rue is a lovely woman who has gone through a divorce, and is recovering from cancer. She has a beloved daughter by the name of Erica, who comes to live at the farm for the summer because she is absolutely disgusted that her father is dating and now engaged to her schoolteacher. Rue isnít upset with her ex, she understands how hard it was on him when she got sick and he had to take over the care of pretty much everything, but she does let Erica come to the farm for the summer, hoping that she can lighten her daughter up about the prospect of her father remarrying.
Laura is the opposite of her sister. Laura is that woman who works the land hard, doesnít care what she says or how she says it, and literally despises most of the people who come and bother her during the summer Ė even though the money is worth it. Sheís been taking care of Rue for a while, and now that Rue is feeling better all Laura can think about is going out, shooting some pool, and drinking. In addition, she canít seem to stop thinking about Webb Ė a longtime friend who is now divorced from his own wife and working on her farm. Webb is one of the handsomest men to be found in Texas, and harbors feelings for Laura that he just canít seem to convince her are absolutely real and from the heart.
When a step-sister by the name of Heidi shows up in the middle of the night, Rue and Laura canít understand why this woman they havenít seen in twenty years would return to the place she once couldnít stand. She comes back with a secret, as well. Basically, Heidi is on the run from her banking establishment because of something one of her boyfriends may have done, and has chosen the Spinster Farm to regroup.
Every storyline is a joy to read in this book; each character is so brilliantly written that itís like you can hear them speaking these lines in your ear. Readers will love the fact that the dogs roaming the property are named after Montgomery Cliff and Shelley Winters, as well as the chicken, Fred, who is upset that Lucy and Ethel have disappeared, and Ricky is in the freezer waiting to be dinner. The spirit and creativity that IS Texas bursts through every page of this novel, and I, as always, am so thrilled that this book comes from a brand new author on the scene. I wish all publishers would take a chance on new authorsÖthey have SO much to say! Enjoy!
Until next time, Amy
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