19. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Memoirs, Tammy · Tags: ,

Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm by Jeanne Marie Laskas , 272 pages, read by Tammy, on 04/15/2012

Fun memoir of the author’s journey from a city dwelling, cat loving, mutt loving person who just casually dated to the owner of a fifty acre farm with multiple animals including a pure blood poodle with papers and a committed meaningful relationship. I will have to admit as someone who grew up in the country it was amusing at times to realize how unprepared the author and her boyfriend were for living in the country, and not just the farm, but the whole community. I’ve had the opposite kind of culture shock at different times in my life moving into a small town then into a city. So for me part of what made the story enjoyable was that she admitted they didn’t know something and she clearly expressed that these different lifestyles are both fine. You just have to find the one that’s right for you.

The author also shared her hopes and dreams, reaction to reality, then the realization that sometimes what you have, though nothing like you dreamed it would be, is better than you could have imagined.

23. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , ,

The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton, 318 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/04/2012

moonflower vineBeautifully written story of a family set in rural Missouri. Thanks for the suggestion Claudia!

This is the summary from the publisher’s website but I couldn’t describe it or summarize the story any better.

On a farm in western Missouri during the first half of the twentieth century, Matthew and Callie Soames create a life for themselves and raise four headstrong daughters. Jessica will break their hearts. Leonie will fall in love with the wrong man. Mary Jo will escape to New York. And wild child Mathy’s fate will be the family’s greatest tragedy. Over the decades they will love, deceive, comfort, forgive—and, ultimately, they will come to cherish all the more fiercely the bonds of love that hold the family together.