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.
When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna is a timeless story full of love, heartache, laughter and forgiveness. Although it was nothing like I thought it was going to be, this book was very enjoyable and a great read!
When We last Spoke starts out in the modern day with Juliet, who lives in Fireside, Texas, where she grew up. She’s waiting for her sister, Evangeline to come to town to help her pick out a gravestone for their grandparents, Walt and Ruby. It is very easy to see there’s been some “distance” between the two sisters for quite some time. That’s when the real story of this book begins as Juliet begins to think back over their lives in Fireside.
Juliet and her sister Evangeline are two young girls ages 9 and 7, only 22 months apart. They are being raised by their Texan grandparents, Walt and Ruby, after their father went off to fight in the Vietnam war and their mama decided she needed to leave the girls to go to New York and pursue her fame. Walt and Ruby are able to provide a stable home full of love for the girls and they do their very best to protect them and raise them well after basically being abandoned by their parents.
As everyone knows, sometimes our family is not the one we are born into, but instead it is our family of choice or, like in this case, it is made of those people who step in and love us no matter what. As Juliet and Evangeline grow up, they argue and fight, they make bad choices, and Walt and Ruby discipline them with love no matter what. To make matters a little more chaotic, the girls’ crazy great-grandmother joins the family for a time. But Juliet and Evangeline have some happy memories with their grandparents.
When We Last Spoke then comes back to modern time as Juliet hopes that Evangeline’s visit to pick out the gravestone will offer a chance for healing and building a new relationship with her sister.
This book was a really great and quick read, the writing was easy to read and I breezed through this book in one sitting and really enjoyed it. I was provided with a beautifully packaged DVD with a short intro of the book. Lucky for you, it was also on YouTube so I am able to share:
Great news for everyone reading this too! I’ve been authorized to do a giveaway for a copy of this book along with the introduction DVD so one of you will be able to enjoy this book (and DVD) too! The giveaway starts today, February 10 and ends on February 17 at 8pm EST. You can enter the giveaway here:
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And if you miss out on the giveaway here, you can head over to Amazon where Marci will be doing a giveaway for a FREE Kindle version of her book from February 20-24!!!
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.
Ms. Henna 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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