THE STORY: For Rhoda Greenleaf gardening is all and the presidency of the local garden club her highest goal. But standing in her way is the incumbent, Lillybelle, who peppers her speech with French phrases and is a general pain in the neck. How to
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The Christmas holidays are just around the corner and Mrs. Julia McKenna, fondly referred to as Aunt Jewels, has stumbled off the curb and broken her ankle. Her niece Bea Winslow, a retried FBI Criminal Investigator turned Private Investigator, has admitted her Aunt to the Hodgekiss Hospital in Lafouchfeye County, Mississippi where she is immobile with a cast up to her thigh. While in 'bondage', as Aunt Jewels puts it, she observes shady shenanigans happening outside, from her hospital window, at the attached building named The Rogers Eye Clinic. When she attempts to have some acquaintances snoop around...she learns a few of her Garden Club friends have turned up missing, and...well, the fun begins! Throw in the discovery of a seven year old skeleton, some greedy manipulative people, identity theft, illegals crossing the border smuggling priceless artifacts and you have the makings of a Cozy Little Murder Mystery. Join Bea, her fianc Sheriff Travis, Captain VonBoater, Aunt Jewels' boyfriend, and a variety of their friends...and enemies, as they ready themselves for the upcoming holidays and try to bring peace again to Lafoucheye County.
A multidisciplinary study of rural women; specifically, how literary practices of older rural women lead to powerful work in their community.
A rollicking rhyming hilariously cheeky take on the tricky subject of table manners, providing a fun starting point to discuss with young children how manners do matter, but mealtimes should not be battles Your Majesty, could you advise me about eating and being polite? My mum says I'll never get on in this life if I can't get my manners just right. When Kate P Green goes for tea with the Queen, she gets more than she bargained for in this hilariously anarchic look at the tricky subject of table manners. Stunning illustrations and design perfectly complement this exceptionally funny rhyming story from a great new author. Although this award-winning book won't teach children perfect table manners it will provide a witty platform from which the importance of manners and also of enjoying food and mealtimes can be broached.
From the author of Truelove & Homegrown Tomatoes comes a heartwarming story of three generations of Southern women working to mend the rifts of the past and set paths for the future. It is summer in Euharlee, Georgia, and Imogene Lavender's garden is bursting with snap beans, okra, and tomatoes. The household -- made up of Imo; her daughter Jeanette and her new baby; and Lou, Imo's niece -- is about to grow as well. Imo's estranged mother, Mama Jewell, has begun to show signs of senility, and Imo has decided that it is her duty to take her mother in. Mama Jewell brings with her some secrets from the past, including the story of Lou's mother, a revelation that sends Lou in search of her ne'er-do-well father. For Imo, who is feeling the squeeze of being in the middle of the generations, Mama Jewell's temperamental nature stirs up long-buried memories of a difficult childhood. And much to everyone's surprise, wild Jeanette is so determined to find a husband that she joins the church choir to be closer to the handsome and enigmatic young reverend. 'Mater Biscuit is a wonderful evocation of small-town life in the South, a world where hard work and prayers unite the community. Life isn't always easy for Imo and her girls, but they have only to look as far as Imo's beloved garden to be reminded that all things change with the seasons.
“Lisa Jewell's characters are so real that I finish every book half-expecting to bump into one of them. Modern, complex, intuitive, she just goes from strength to strength” (Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of After You). Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible? Dark secrets, a devastating mystery, and the games both children and adults play all swirl together in this gripping novel, packed with utterly believable characters and page-turning suspense. Fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes will be captivated by The Girls in the Garden, the next unforgettable novel by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell.