I grew up in a time where family was right next door. Wait, not entirely they were a town away but we visited almost weekly, we got to know each crazy relative and their special-ness to our beloved family. I don’t know how I would’ve felt if I’d ever been abandoned by a parent and left with my lovely family. I couldn’t imagine the pain, the hurt, the unwanted feeling….rejection. To be dropped off and your own dad on his way to the Vietnam War, such a traumatic event of loss upon loss. Thankfully they had grandparents that loved them.
Summary of When Last We Spoke:
About When We Last Spoke (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.
Such a great cast of characters You can relate with.:
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, fabulous cook, and expert in the art of making 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?”
The characters in the story reminded me of some of my very own family members, which probably made this such an easy read for me. I kind of didn’t want to put it down. I loved reading about how they saw a beautiful love story between their grandparents but a crazy aunt that loved them dearly. The story about Ruby’s dishes and how the house smelled brought back happy memories of my own.
Secrets have a Way of Coming Out:
Have you ever wished you didn’t keep a secret? I don’t know about you but I did, so many years I held on to a secret as long as I could. Throughout my life I was told to keep certain things secret. Once was to save my sisters’ lives so of course I did until the one day I couldn’t. Thankfully all my fears were washed away, there was definitely a ripple effect in my family life though. It would take years before we would ever speak again. A few years after all the tragic events in my own family life came another secret, one I had to keep from my own grandmother in fear she wouldn’t be able to handle the truth. Throughout the rest of my life she would think the worst of me due to that secret for everyone was left to lie and she hated me for what she thought was the truth. To this day I wish we could’ve told her the truth because now she’ll never know. We have all kept a secret for whatever reason. But how would you have felt if that secret kept you from a family member and it was all because you thought you were doing something to save their feelings. Could you ever forgive?
About the author:
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.
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