Greetings and Blessings to you this Fall Season! Before we get too far into October, I wanted to be sure and let those of you who live in or near Louisville, Kentucky know about two exciting events!
There’s a brand-new, debut novel out by Angela Correll. Angela hails from Stanford, Kentucky, has been writing for local newspapers for years, and has now ventured out into the book world! Her book, Grounded, is quite the page-turner.
Angela will be doing a book signing at Carmichael’s on Frankfort Avenue, on Thursday, October 17th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to having the opportunity of meeting her, she’s bringing some of her mouth-watering homemade pies! Double carrot-dangler…
(For more information on the book signing, you may go to: www.carmichaelsbookstore.com )
My friend Nancy Sleeth, who wrote Almost Amish sent me Angela’s book recently. I was dumbfounded to discover Nancy has endorsed Angela’s book on the front of the cover, while my other writing buddy in Lexington, Jan Watson (author of her newest novel Tattler’s Branch) has endorsed it on the back!!! Two perfect reasons to read Angela’s book above and beyond its’ intrigue!!!
(An interesting sidebar comes this week from Nancy and Matthew Sleeth’s organization, Blessed Earth. Checkout their most recent newsletter written by Will Samson. www.blessedearth.org Much of what Will shares is akin to one of the themes of Angela’s book about creation care and community. Well done, Will! Fascinating seminar!)
I’m happy to report we got these Lexington authors and some friends together, minus Angela (she was at another book signing in Lexington), a couple of weeks ago for lunch. We met at The Café in Joseph Beth Booksellers and solved many of the world’s problems over a three hour–or-so-lunch!!! (More on that in another post about my exciting road trip to Lexington soon to follow….)
All that to say, I’m beyond excited to meet Angela. And I can’t say enough good things about her novel. You will love it. Her characters jump off the pages and I found myself totally tickled at the main character, Annie Taylor.
I’m afraid I relate to her a little too much. Watching her struggle with the country life after being in New York City is quite an activity. Coffee snob that I am (as is Annie), even the littlest details amuse. Parts of this book remind me of a favorite quote from Joan Rivers, “My idea of camping is staying in a hotel that has a regular bathtub, vs. a Jacuzzi.”
Annie’s feverish attempts to adapt to a small town in Kentucky while trying to reconcile her relationship with her Grandmother are mesmerizing. Will they reconcile? Is it possible? Ahhh, well you‘ll have to read Grounded and find out!
I’m happy to report the novel is not without romance nor suspense, either! These little threads build into a beautiful tapestry, complete with surprises I couldn’t have predicted.
Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore to grab Grounded. You’ll love it. And don’t forget to come meet Angela at Carmichael’s on October 17th!
(Checkout Angela’s website and learn about her and her Kentucky Soaps and Such Store as well as her restaurant, The Bluebird Café, all in Stanford, Kentucky!!! I feel another road trip comin’ on…. www.angelacorrell.com )
Additionally, for your calendar, don’t forget our next Branches Book Club Meeting on Monday, October 28th! We’re meeting at Middletown United Methodist Church, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Read more about Branches here….)
Calling all Karen Kingsbury fans!!! Yes, indeed, we’ll be discussing Karen’s newest novel, The Chance.
I confess I’ve not read Karen’s book yet, but am planning to do so ASAP with our meeting right around the corner on the 28th! Here’s a teaser for you from The New York Times: “Karen Kingsbury offers a heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives, and a long-ago promise that just might offer the hope of love for today.”
I know some of you Kingsbury fans have already read this and have given it a thumbs’ up. We’ll have fun with the discussion and don’t forget most everyone brings treats to eat! (Is there a theme here with the homemade pies to entice us to the book signing and treats at Book Club???!!!)
‘Til next time!