EXCERPT: Change is a good thing.
Kate Carson wished she had the person who had first said that by the throat. She’d choke them until their face turned blue and then slap them for being that colour. She didn’t like change.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depression-era brothel. For more than seventy-five years, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have called their mama’s house a home. The three eccentric sisters get by just fine with their homemade jams and jellies, a little moonshine on the side, and big hearts always open to strangers. Like Ginger Andrews.
An abandoned teen with a baby on the way and nowhere to go, she’s given a room to call her own for as long as she wants. The kind invitation is made all the sweeter when Ginger meets the sisters’ young handyman, Sloan Baker. But with a past as broken as Ginger’s, he’s vowed never to get close to anyone again. As a season of change unfolds, Ginger and Sloan might discover a warm haven to heal in the Banty House, a place to finally belong, where hope and dreams never fade.
MY THOUGHTS: WARNING: if you are on a diet, DO NOT read this book.
The Banty House is full of comfort food; hot, buttery croissants, muffins, bacon, homemade jams and jellies….
need I go on?
This whole read is just like comfort food. It made me laugh out loud, it choked me up, and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy and with a wide smile on my face and a twinkle in my eyes. Reading The Banty House (how it got its name is a story on its own) is as comforting as a hot bath on a cold winter’s night, and as tasty as the first bite into one of those hot buttery croissants Betsy has just placed a plate of onto the breakfast table along with a fresh pot of coffee.
I just loved these three elderly, unconventional women who go to the hairdresser and return with a 19 year old, homeless, pregnant, woman named Ginger. Betsy, Kate and Connie may never have married, may have always lived in the same house, and what a history that house has, in the same town, but they definitely have lived. As I said, unconventional. We learn their interesting back stories during the course of the novel. These women are feisty, sassy and warm hearted with cores of steel. But don’t ever get on the wrong side of them. Just wait til you read what they do to Edith!
I loved The Banty House by Carolyn Brown, my first book by this author. It definitely won’t be my last.
‘…it’s just money. That ain’t nothing but dirty paper with dead presidents on it.’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!
Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.
I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter… all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.
I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list.
Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!
DISCLOSURE: A huge thank you to Montlake Romance via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of The Banty House by Carolyn Brown for review and for introducing me to this amazing author. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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