I loved this book! What a delightful read! Definitely a 5 star read.
I want to go down to Plainview, Indiana, walk into Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, march right on over to the table by the window, sit at the girls' end of the table, and gossip with Odette, Clarice, & Barbara Jean! I loved the sassiness of Odette, the gentleness of Barbara Jean, and the dignity of Clarice.
The author captured with his words the characters of these women, the era, and drew us into the picturesque Leaning Tree area in Plainview. He also created some eccentric characters that you loved to hate, but how could you? Their antics were funny, and I just had to shake my head! There were many times in the book I laughed out loud, sometimes to the point of tears!
This is a lovable look into the lives and extended family of these three women. There were moments of sorrow, but the poignancy in which the author shared their heartache, wasn't one of feeling sorry for them, but drawing you in and feeling empathy for them and with them. It is a fine line to create that feeling, but it was done so expertly.
I look forward to reading more from this gifted author. And did I say, "I loved this book!!"?