Having a blog of my own often I am asked to review products. Many of these are books. I try to limit book reviews to books that pertain somehow to homesteading, gardening, canning and occasionally quilting. Recently I was asked to review a new book out called The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore. This book really caught my eye because of the subject matter.
Here's an excerpt from the book :
A deeply touching Southern story filled with struggle and hope. Emmalee Bullard and her new baby are on their own. Or so she thinks, until Leona Lane, the older seamstress who sat by her side at the local shirt factory where both women worked as collar makers, insists Emmalee come and live with her. Just as Emmalee prepares to escape her hardscrabble life in Red Chert holler, Leona dies tragically. Grief-stricken, Emmalee decides she’ll make Leona’s burying dress, but there are plenty of people who don't think the unmarried Emmalee should design a dress for a Christian woman - or care for a child on her own. But with every stitch, Emmalee struggles to do what is right for her daughter and to honor Leona the best way she can, finding unlikely support among an indomitable group of seamstresses and the town’s funeral director. In a moving tale exploring Southern spirit and camaraderie among working women, a young mother will compel a town to become a community.
We have talked on this blog before about how my mama was a seamstress that worked in a sewing factory in Mississippi during the war.
And a southern story no less, I have to admit I was hooked. And the main character came from a holler. I agreed to the review and a week or so later got my book in the mail and Baby O and I laid down on the floor laughing. The book came with a pack of tissue. Really!!
Well ladies we have all read those books. You know the ones! You pick it up off the stand and something catches your eye. Some little thing you can relate to and it pulls you in. The next thing you know it is 2:00 am and you are sitting in the recliner with a pint of chocolate ice cream and a paper back. Yes crying your eyes out. But after all what did I expect. It came with tissue. Every girl... even us old ones need a good cry every so often.
This is a great story and a great read. Believable characters and even christian based. I ran through every emotion you can imagine with this story. I laughed, I cried, I was angry and sad and when it was all over I just wanted to hug her.
If you are looking for a good book to curl up with on a snowy winter afternoon then this is the book for you! It's not about gardening, or canning, or homesteading it is just about life. It's about being a woman and a mother.
The publisher will give away one copy to one of my lucky readers.
To win it leave a comment below on the last book that made you cry. Or maybe the best.
Friday Sept. 27th I'll draw a name from the lucky readers to win.
Please leave a valid email address and once I notify the winner they have 48 hours to claim their prize and send me a mailing address to pass along to the publisher. I will email and post the winner on this blog. After 48 hours if no one comes forth I will draw another name and the first will be disqualified. US residents only.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!!
Blessings from The Holler
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