By Fannie Flagg
3 out of 5 stars
I enjoy Fannie Flagg’s writing. I enjoy the simplicity of the towns she writes about. I enjoy the feeling of being almost in an old Hallmark card. In her latest book, we follow the town of Elmwood Springs, MO from it’s meager beginnings to it’s not so distant future. It all begins with Lordor Nordstrom and a little group of Swedish and German immigrants. When Lordor’s mail-order bride Katrina arrives, we have the start of many generations to come. They build homes and businesses. Soon, their little town grows with the times. And so do the families. Their love and friendship is apparent in every word. Eventually as people die, they gather in the cemetery on the hill, never really leaving their little town. They are all surprised that they aren’t in heaven but still outside their home. As time goes on and more people arrive after death, they learn just what has happened to the place they all started. Do we really every leave?
Fannie Flagg has written about a lovely little town. Some of the characters are really a hoot, especially Elner. I loved Elner. She didn’t care what anyone thought and lived her life to the fullest. We should all strive to be like Elner. And I loved going through how things in history shaped everyone’s lives. After a really great start, I did find the story to drag at times and I found myself wanting to flip through to see what happened to who. The ending was different and I am still trying to figure out exactly how I felt about it. All in all, you will enjoy this little town and the people who shaped it. It is a simple story and don’t you just need to have that sometimes? Especially in this day and age.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.