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MAY 3, 2016

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Burying the Honeysuckle Girls: Emily Carpenter

Imagine yourself as a five-year old little girl. Your last memory of your mother is a cryptic message about ‘The Honeysuckle Girl’. This is Althea’s story. Fast forward. Two weeks away from age 30, Althea walks back into her father’s house after completing drug rehab. Greeted by her politician brother, Wynn, & his politically correct wife, Molly Robb, it’s explained that their father has taken a bad health turn. Althea knew he had Alzheimer’s, but hadn’t expected him to be so sick so soon.

In his sickened state, he drops a bombshell about the women of their family. Apparently, mental illness is prevalent & they all achieve it at age 30. Finding solace in the arms of old boyfriend, Jay, Althea resolves to uncover exactly what happened to the women in her family. She needs answers especially about her mother’s early death. But, uncovering the truth is not something that she’s prepared for in the slightest. She’s about to embark on the scariest, sober roller coaster ride of her life.

Even though all families carry skeletons in their closets, not many families will stop at nothing to keep theirs locked away. What Althea finds is a generations long story. It will shake her to the depths of her soul, however, she owes it to the women before her to find out their true stories. With 30 around the corner, Althea is just about out of time.

Tackling any sort of illness in fiction can be touchy. Emily Carpenter takes on Alzheimer’s and various mental illnesses like schizophrenia. Althea is beyond flawed & that it what is so wonderful about her. When I began reading, I had no idea where the book was headed. At times, I fretted that we were going to dive into the supernatural, but when all is said and done, readers will quickly realize that everything had its place.

What is scary about the plot is that it is not just possible but probable that things occur in reality as Emily Carpenter has laid out in fiction. Fractured families and those who desperately cling to secrets decades old are not new material. The difference between this family & others (fictional or otherwise) is how tragically real this one seems. At times I found myself cheering for Althea and other times wondering if no one would help her. As for the ending, I was not expecting it. The novel as a whole is profound and incredibly well written. But, the ending chapters are that splash of cold water to the face that make readers go , ‘Wow!’. I give it 5 stars.

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How two: Have a Successful Relationship- Book Spotlight

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How two: Have a Successful Relationship
By Phil and Maude Mayes
Genre: non-fiction, self-help, relationships – adult romance
Publisher: Olive Branch communications, Inc.
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In “How Two: Have a Successful Relationship” Phil and Maude describe a simple step by step understanding that is easily accessible to everyone. They share their personal experience of how it’s possible to have a loving passionate relationship without conflict and alienating arguments, one based on shared core values and a complete acceptance of each other’s individuality. They have outlined an effective process for creating mutual solutions and a method of practice that they hope will help spread peace in the world, one relationship at a time. Their strong desire to make their direct experience available to all couples shines through their writing and will renew your faith in what is possible and attainable.
In this book you will learn:
* How to find mutual solutions to decision making and problem solving
* How to remain an individual within the relationship
* How to break the vicious cycle of anger and recrimination
* How to avoid the pitfalls that create separation and estrangement
* How to keep that original loving connection to your partner

This book is a gem. It’s short, it’s practical, it’s based on real life experience. If you want to improve your relationship, this is the book for you.
Author Bios
Maude and Phil Mayes live in Santa Barbara, California, having started in New York City and London, England respectively. They have been writing and speaking about spreading peace one relationship at a time for many years. They wrote the book Secrets of a Successful Relationship Revealed, and write a weekly relationship newsletter, as well as a weekly blog available on their website Phil and Maude are the producers of a number of relationship videos, as well as the series Kit and Kat Relationship Experts, all of which are to be found on their YouTube channel The Couples Project. They have been featured in a number of live interviews and write articles, both online and in print.

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Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors Own it on DVD 5/3! {Review}

This once-in-a-lifetime special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome a devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat — vividly described in the well-known song of the film’s title — that helped make Parton who she is today. Set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955, this poignant and uplifting family-friendly story follows the incidents in Dolly and her family’s life around the time she was nine years old.

Dolly Parton is synonymous with two things: GREAT singing and GREAT entertainment. Her newest movie special brings viewers both. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to watch it. My Dad was one of her biggest fans and never missed a chance to see her on t.v. I know he would’ve adore this one as well.
Most of us know the famous side of Dolly Parton. From her beautiful outfits to having her own Theme Park, she is definitely Country Music elite. However, we forget her humble beginnings and the tremendous, loving family that surrounded her. Jennifer Nettles & Ricky Schroder are fabulous in their role as her parents. As the lead singer of Sugarland, we know Jennifer Nettles can sing which she incorporates as Dolly’s loving mom. Ricky Schroder is spot-on as her tough but tender Daddy.
I don’t know who cast the role of a young ‘Dolly’, but that young lady is a star. Spunky and genuine, she is completely believable in her part. What a darling! In fact, all the children who play the roles of Dolly’s 7 siblings are terrific. They make you wish you had known the family personally.
As for the movie itself, it is an amazing, inspirational telling of heartbreak & redemption. Unapologetically real, the Parton family shows the power of faith in God, the love of family, and the healing that comes from forgiveness. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was brought to tears on several occasions as the family was devastated by tragedy. We watched as a family and our thirteen year old was as drawn into their story as the adults.
‘Coat of Many Colors’ has appeal to audiences of all ages. Absolutely family friendly, it is all the things we all wish movies had more of nowadays. If you come from a large family or from humble beginnings, too, you need to watch it. I’d also recommend it for small Church groups who will love the strong, Christ-centered, Church scenes. With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s the perfect thing to have on t.v. after having dinner with mom.
Wonderfully done, I give it a 5 star rating or 2 thumbs up ala Siskel & Ebert!

*We received the aforementioned DVD in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.