by Luanne Jones

January 2006
ISBN: 0-7783-2282-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Trade Paperback

Charma Deane has just been summoned back to the Aunt Farm, her familyís spiritual center. She had spent her summers there with her cousins Bessie and Minnie.

She does not want to go back there, too many demons for her to handle at once. But she knows she will go. Her cousin Bessie has the nerve to kick out the aunts, Fawnie and Shug. Bessie has come back to die. She wants Charma there to heal some old wounds, Charma realizes she needs this too. The one person Charma canít bear to see is Guy Chapman, he is the man to whom Charma was almost married to, but wasnít. He left her at the altar. It becomes evidently clear, he had his reasons doing what he did.

The reader is treated to Southern hospitality, all the charm which is notably southern. We are transported back to when Charma, Bessie and Minnie were teenagers in the 1950ís when they visiting the family home. We learn why there is such tension between Bessie and Charma.

It was wonderful to see family try to resolve old wounds and forgive each other even though there is a shadow of death over them. There is laughter, tears, family secrets which come to the surface and new understandings between the characters.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Pat.

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