Thursday, January 28, 2016

Home to Cedar Branch

Happy National Kazoo Day!  The kazoo was conceived by Alabama Vest from Macon, Georgia in 1840.  Alabama had Thaddeus Von Clegg (German clockmaster) make/carve it for him to his exact specifications. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813 on January 28!  Other events that happened on this day:  Northwestern University becomes the first chartered university in Illinois in 1851, in 1915 an Act of Congress creates the United States Coast Guard, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff in 1986 (with the first teacher in space on board), and Elvis Presley makes his first television appearance in 1956 (filmed only from the waist up because of his swiveling hips).  

Home to Cedar Branch by Brenda Bevan Remmes is a Quaker Café novel (second book in series). The book starts in March of 1994.   Katy Devine is married to Hank, her abusive husband and has two children, Savannah and Dusty.  Katy is getting sympathy (euphemism) from Dr. Lawrence Attwuld in one his exam rooms when nosy kids fall from a tree (they were peaking in the exam room) and through the skylight right into the exam room.  People (staff and patients) rush into the room and they see Katy and Dr. Attwuld in all their glory.  The news quickly spreads through the town (gossip spreads quickly in a small town).  Katy takes her two children and hides before her husband returns home (he is a trucker).  Hank, the abusive husband, returns to town (he is a trucker and was on the road.  His brother, Ray, radioed him to tell him the news) and starts looking for Katy.  When he cannot find Katy, he goes after Dr. Attwuld.  When Dr. Attwuld opens his front door, Hanks shoots him. 

Do to the scandal (the affair and shooting), Katy decides to move back home to Cedar Branch and live with her brother, Sam.  Sam (he is a crop duster) and the residents of Cedar Branch welcome them with open arms. Katy gets a job at the Quaker Café in town.  But there will be a few bumps in the road for the family (the trial, a potential lawsuit, and, of course, Hank and his evil brother, Ray).  The town of Cedar Branch will be there to help them.  Read Home to Cedar Branch to find out what happens.

Home to Cedar Branch is a sweet novel.  I enjoyed everything except the ending.  Home to Cedar Branch is easy to read and interesting (can you imagine kids falling through while you are having illicit sex).  Home to Cedar Branch can easily be read without having enjoyed the first book in the series.  The book has a good pace until near the end when it slows down.  I give Home to Cedar Branch 3.5 out of 5 stars (it was a 4 until I read the ending). 

Home to Cedar Branch is available on Kindle Unlimited (you can try it for free for thirty days). The first book in the Quaker Cafe Novel series is The Quaker Cafe.  You can follow Brenda Beven Remmes on Amazon to get updates on her latest releases. I received a complimentary copy of Home to Cedar Branch in exchange for an honest review.

It has been a rainy twenty-four hours in my area (just keeps raining).  Perfect day to stay in and read!  I am currently reading An Amish Market (four novellas by four authors).  I hope you have a good Thursday.  Drive carefully, stay dry, and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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