May Book Club Selection

 

**Update: entry in May’s giveaway has been closed. We will select winners this weekend. As always, thank you SO much for participating and we hope you stick around in June. We’ve got a great novel lined up for you, along with some exciting giveaways!!

Science is pretty clear that there are two defining chromosomes: X and Y. But, having been married to a Texan for eleven years, I propose that there is a third, even stronger chromosome that trumps all others: TX. Texas. My husband would be the first to tell you that he’s a citizen of Texas first and then the United States. My parents, both Texans, would agree. Years and years ago I dated a man from New Zealand. When I told my grandmother (a third generation Texan) she sniffed and replied, “Don’t go dating any dern feriners. And anyone not born in Texas is a dern feriner.” (She made an exception for me out of necessity–I was born in New Mexico)

All that to say, I have a deep fondness for those with the TX chromosome. So when I heard about Lynda Rutledge’s debut novel, FAITH BASS DARLING’S LAST GARAGE SALE, I knew it was a book I had to read. Charming, quirky, thoughtful, and deeply Texan, it’s a novel that I immediately loved and wanted to share with you.

The talented and generous team at Amy Einhorn Books  has sponsored this month’s giveaway. In honor of Faith Bass Darling we’re giving away a Texas-themed gift basket from New Canaan Farms. Simply leave a comment on this post to enter. I do hope you’ll buy a copy of this heartfelt story and join us this month and we discuss it on our online book club. There is no cost to participate and no long-term commitment. However, everyone who joins us this month will be entered to win a signed copy of Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale. Every comment on the forum equals another entry.

And now, a bit more about Faith Bass Darling and her eye-popping garage sale:

May Book Club Selection

ON THE LAST DAY OF THE MILLENNIUM, sassy chain-smoking, 70 year old Faith Bass Darling decides to have a garage sale. Why is the richest lady in Bass, Texas, a recluse for twenty years, suddenly emptying her mansion and selling off her dearest—some even priceless—worldly possessions?

Why? God told her to.

As the townspeople grab up the heirlooms of five generations of the town’s founding family, a crowd gathers to witness the sale or try to stop it. Faith’s estranged daughter, Claudia, is summoned home, but after spending half her life running away from Faith and the day everything changed forever, she’s not sure she can face them all again. Bobbie Blankenship, the town’s antique shop owner, who spent her childhood dreaming of life in the big Bass mansion, can’t believe her luck—but will her conscience get in the way of making a killing? Deputy Sheriff John Jasper Johnson, who owes Faith his life, knows he’s got to save her from herself, but can he find a way to stop the sale before everything is gone? And the one person Faith actually calls for help, Father George A. Fallow, is having a crisis of faith.

Before the day is over, they will all examine their roles in the great Bass family saga, as well as some of life’s most imponderable questions:

 Do our possessions possess us?

What are we without our memories?

Is there life after death?

Or second chances here on earth?

And is Faith Darling really selling that 1917 Louis Comfort Tiffany lamp for a $1…???

You can read an except of the book here.

A fifth generation Texas, Lynda Rutledge has hopped across literary and geographic boundaries in her writing career. She’s been a freelance journalist, travel writer, ghostwriter, restaurant and film reviewer, copywriter, college professor, book collaborator, and nonfiction author while living/ writing/ studying in Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans, Madrid, and lots of other heres and theres around the globe.

Currently, she is behaving herself in front of her computer screen in the hill country outside Austin, pursuing those pesky literary pretensions as she enjoys the debut of her novel with Putnam’s Amy Einhorn Books. [Pause for a deeply-felt Hallelujah here.]

 

(*Sensitive readers will want to know up front that is some emotionally-driven adult language in this novel.)

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

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171 Responses to May Book Club Selection

  1. Melinda K Taylor May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I think I would enjoy this book because I have helped clean out older people’s houses and I realize they are giving up some of their indepence. While trying to give away and sell my mother-in-laws things she would say “I don’t want to give these things away I worked hard for them.”

  2. Robin Crockett May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    My family is from Texas, so I can’t wait to dig into this book!

  3. Renee Melius May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    It sounds wonderful. I am a texas girl thru and thru and I can’t wait to read this.

  4. Maegan d May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I have enjoyed all the book selections from you guys and am excited to try this new one. Looking forward to pursuing the question of if our possessions possess us.

  5. Geri May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I am not a Texan, but sure love to visit family who lives in Texas. I think this book sounds delightful and thought provoking! I am looking forward to reading it.

  6. Patricia B. May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I am a Texan by birth and feel very much the same way — I’m a citizen of Texas then USA. :)

    I know this is a great book and will connect with the story due to my history.

    Thanks for making this available!

  7. zibilee May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Loved this book! It was such an unusual tale, and told with so much humor, but also a great depth of sadness. Such a great pick for this month. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did!

  8. Amber May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    My husband and I were told by God to move to Texas from Portland, OR almost 3 years ago. It’s been both challenging and pleasant. I’m excited to read a Texan story, as I don’t think I’ve read one since coming here and living among the culture a bit. And since pursuing a career as a professional organizer, the topic of releasing possessions is near and dear to my heart. :)

  9. Carol May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds to me as if this book is one that take for a weekend away – to be enjoyed with several tall cook drinks!

  10. Kim May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great read!!

  11. Janet Hannah May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds fun!! I have a good friend who is an author, Alexandra Allred, and who has written two hilarious books about small towns in the United States of Texas!! Can’t wait to read this one!!

  12. Katie Seest May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Terrific ~ another fascinating sounding book to add to my summer reading list! Thank you for the post.

  13. Tammy May 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great summer read – I’ve got my copy reserved at the local library – hope to read it this weekend!

  14. Susan G. May 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    OMG! I want to be a Texan! I love Texas…and I haven’t even been there yet…although I have a friend who lived there…and my favorite President is from there… :) Count me in! :)

  15. Eyrline Morgan May 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds like one I’d curl up on the couch, read and dare anyone to bother me until I finish the book. As a miss-placed Texan, and former antique dealer, this is my kind of book. Thank you for your blog on She Reads.

  16. Mollie Coleman May 3, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I’m not from Texas but I am from the south and I can’t wait to read this book!

  17. Linda Anderson May 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m about half done reading this book and am enjoying it. I thought it might be a hard read for me, as my mom suffered with Alzheimer’s for 14 years. But it hasn’t been too bad.

  18. Trudie Logan May 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Even the short excerpt from the book drew me in and made me want to get my Nook and buy the book now, now, now!!!

  19. Kathy B. May 4, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I really enjoyed this book. It’s loaned out now, but when it returns, I plan to read it again.

  20. Gwen May 4, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a great read!!!

  21. Susan C. May 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I just finished this amazing book and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Rutledge has in store for us next….perhaps a continuation of Claudia’s and John Jasper Johnson’s saga.

  22. Kathy B. May 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    OOOh. i like a continuation!

  23. Ann May 7, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Interesting-sounding premise. Would like to read this!

  24. Evelyn May 7, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    sounds like a lighthearted read! Looking forward to it.

  25. marge michulsky May 7, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    HI, I picked up Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale this week. I can’t wait to get started reading. I am one of those who has said I will never have another garage sale.
    should be a really fun read. thanks for telling us about it.

  26. Jennifer Hutchinson May 7, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Love all things TX!!! Cannot wait to read the book:)

  27. karenk May 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    this sounds like a fabulous novel…looking forward to reading it :)

  28. Sue May 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  29. April May 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This ranks at the top of my book list for this summer!!!

  30. Janna May 8, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds intriguing! I have dear friends from TX, and would love to read this!

  31. Becky May 8, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I have helped with estate sales and garage sales, so I understand the emotions that go with those. I am intriqued with the plot of this book, and it is now on my “To Read” list in my purse!

  32. Tammi T. May 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    The title is so “catchy”. I can’t wait to read it. I get a gut feeling it is going to be one of those books that I can’t put down until I finish reading it.

  33. Constance May 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I just returned from Austin and the hill country where Lynda writes. I can’t wait to buy this book and join the garage sale goers. Believe me garage sales can bring out the characters, I have had my share of crazy sale weekends too!

  34. Mrs. Hill May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    How wonderful to find this site! This definitely looks like a great read for another Texas gal! Can’t wait!

  35. Diane Shrull May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m sure all the ladies at the church library here in Dallas will love it!

  36. Dorothy Cowling May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to win this book

  37. Angie Rouse May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This book looks like a perfect summer read. And absolutely intriguing!

  38. Kim Mullin May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I am a cowgirl at heart so I would love to win this book. Sounds good.

  39. Beverly Klima May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    The book sounds terrific! Can’t wait to read it. There are so many untold stories in our ancestor’s keepsakes.

  40. michelle h May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    looks like a good read – i’ll add to my list. thanks for sharing it.

  41. Cynthia T May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Always look forward to the opportunity to discover a new author. Having lived in Texas for many years, I love the attitude found in long-time residents.

  42. Lina Hill May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    It is with misty eyes I read this month’s book pick and I intend to run to the bookstore to get it. My Dad died the end of March and we are in the emotional throngs of sorting out and selling a house full of stuff, sadly many without childhood memories attached on a lot of items. I am looking forward to this read for sure! I have always been an avid fan of estate sales always looking for treasures only now that I am about to have my own do they have a different and difficult meaning. I imagine this book will bring some joy to those thoughts…

    Lina

  43. Alisa May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Texas, garage sale and a sassy older woman, good ingredients for what looks like some good, fun reading.

  44. Paula May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Just got back from Barnes and Noble……looks like I will be going back! (Better to just purchase online…save gas!) Congrats on your release!

  45. Teresa May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I think this will be interesting from an end/beginning aspect. What do we leave behind? What do we see in these things, what do others? What will others see or cherish? Will the story it has already be a part of its story going forward?

  46. Rebecca Booth May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    My son and I love going to Garage Sales, Yard Sales, and Goodwill or Thrift stores! Really saves us money, since i am retired and on a fixed income and my grandson needs clothrs all the time, plus we love finding old items that are not of the usual kind!
    I would love to read Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale!

  47. Karen May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  48. David Coster May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Loved the book and can’t to hear what Ms. Rutledge has to offer next.

  49. Kristin May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m always looking for a good book and have been pretty happy with these selections. Can’t wait.

  50. Shelly S. Cantrell May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I have requested this book and hope to start reading it soon! I know I’m a little behind the crew who already started but I hope to join in the discussion soon! : )

  51. Pammy May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    What a blessing to have such wonderful fiction to read and enjoy!

  52. Trudy Den Hoed May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting book! :-)

  53. Trudy Den Hoed May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

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  54. Connie Douty May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    The time has come for me also to garage sale the clutter of three children who now have bigger houses than I and much better health. While reading the review of FAITH BASS DARLING’S GARAGE SALE,, SUDDENLY MY AH HA MOMENT CAME AS i RECALLED ONLY TWO DAYS AGO MY DAUGHTERS’S ANSWER AS i ASKED, When may I bring youR piano to you and she ansered, sell it! As I wept inside–the beautiful piano we bought for her, who najored in music and we denied ourselves new furniture so she could have the best piano.
    I need to know how to deal with that answer.

  55. Cynthia Quiroga May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    What a great book idea. We are in the process of moving so I am really look forward to reading this. Also, I have family in Texas!

  56. Tina May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds great!! I love garage sales!! Just recently had a benefit yardsale to help raise the remaining funds for my friends teen son to go to Haiti on a mission trip!!
    The thrill of the find is fun!!

  57. Theresa Reeise May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a fun read!

  58. Renee Lepley May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I will order this book from my local library. Sounds intriguing.

  59. Kathleen May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    What a wonderful idea for a book. I love garage sales. Sometimes you find something really interesting.

  60. apple blossom May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    sounds like a good book thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  61. Patty Chadderdon May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    The book sounds great! Love the thrill of garage sale surprises.

  62. Jill D. May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like an intriguing book!

  63. Mary Rose May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I love good fiction books!

  64. Betty Martin May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I may have just found a recommendation for my book club!
    Thanks!

  65. Cindy May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to read!

  66. Debbie Groseclose May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds intriguing!

  67. Carrie May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This books sounds really interesting. I look forward to reading it

  68. Amy May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I love the premise! I’d be curious as to what my great-grandmother’s sewing machine could tell me – and teach me ….

  69. Shannon May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like such a good, fun read!

  70. Mary Patterson May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    sounds like an awesome book

  71. nylse May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    love learning about this country through the eyes of others.

  72. Kori May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Always enjoy the She reads book choices! Looking forward to this read, also.

  73. Susan Wilson May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a great premise for a book! I know I will enjoy reading this one!

  74. Heather Conrad May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds fabulous! I would love to get my hands on this read!

  75. Shelly Larson May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Love a good garage sale (full of treasures!)
    Love a great story. Can’t wait to read this one!

  76. Chris May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I would really enjoy this book! I love collecting old cookbooks and so many times I’ve come across recipes or personal notes the lady who owned the book first left in the book. I feel like the lady is almost speaking to me, letting me in small way peer into her world; the way things used to be.

  77. Sharon Gulley May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to reading this! Just finished a garage sale of my own, due to hubby’s new job and relocation. Some things are very hard to part with, but downsizing is also an issue. Did we sell anything valuable? I doubt it! (But we’d still love to sell the unused BowFlex that’s now in the garage!)

  78. Sharon Lee Fernberg May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    My parents are gone now but they loved garage sales, flea markets, and auctions. As a child it was a thrill for them to come home so my twin sister and I could go through the boxes, some purchased for 25 cents. Before my 3 children were born, I went to garage sales and purchased clothes, toys, and books for them, and as they grew older, they enjoyed trekking to those sales. My house is a home because so much of it is from those garage sales and I can imagine not only the stories behind each item, but if my treasures could, they’d also be smiling because they are used, truly loved, and will become family heirlooms. How do we part with those? I still have some original items, including comic books, that rather than sell, I’m going to give them to my grandchildren. It’s other items – not the doilies or bibbed aprons and glassware – but some that don’t speak to me that I don’t mind selling in one of my garage sales. I can’t wait to read Lynda’s book. It sounds like a treasure in itself.

  79. Kristi May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I love this recommendation !

  80. Raye Cage May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds wonderful! I’m spring cleaning now and find it surprisingly easy to let go of “stuff”. Years of clutter are being designated to the keep, discard, or charity box. Where there was once clutter in its place is a vision board, dream board, & what I want-to-be-when-I-grow-up board. I’m creating an environment/space for my new goals & dreams to flourish/breathe. Does Faith Bass let go of the past? Does she reunite with her daughter? How much does she make from the garage sale? Inquiring minds want to know… :0)

  81. Susan G. May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    It’s an awesome read so far…! Thanks Lynda! And thank you She Reads!
    I think my corner of Heaven will be a huge corner bookshelf! :)

  82. Mia Callahan May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to pick up a copy of Lynda Rutledge’s “Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale!” Sounds great!

  83. Judy Burgi May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a good read. Why is it so hard to part with our stuff! If we would have hung on to every toy we owned while growing up, we might all be rich by now!! Who would have thought down the road Barbie would be worth so much?!

    Blessings!

  84. Billie Brinkley May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    The joy of living eclectically is keeping those treasures that have lived lives here and elsewhere and not living in matchy matchy boredom. The joy of living simply is a life uncluttered with minimal posessions.
    This book sounds like finding that balance is worthy of a story.

  85. Pam May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Oh my goodness, I simply cannot wait to read this book! And I think my mama will enjoy it too! Excited about passing the title along to her.

  86. Karen May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Howdy from TX! I would love to read this!

  87. Celeste May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I am looking forward to pondering the whole “possessions owning us” concept. We are the hostages of several family heirlooms which really makes me wonder…

    I’ve enjoyed the previous books, this one sounds like another winner! Thanks!

  88. Michelle May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    As we are currently dealing with my MIL’s possessions, I know I will love this book! Can’t wait to read it!

  89. Beth May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to read this book!

  90. Lisa May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Looks good! So happy to have a great read to look forward to!!

  91. Sandra May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds likes a great book that I can’t wait to read.

  92. Barbara Duncan May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    My book club and I are so excited about this new release!! We cannot wait to read it!

  93. summer May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds fabulous!!!!

  94. Amber May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like an a very thought-provoking book. I would love to read it. :)

  95. Galinda Barefoot May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a great book, I love garage sells, and Texas, what a great combination. Looking forward to reading the book.

  96. Galinda Barefoot May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a great book, I love garage sells, and Texas, what a great combination. Looking forward to reading the book. Have a great day.

  97. Barbara Roth May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    OOHH! I love the sound of this book,and it sounds like my kind of garage sale too!! Can’t wait to read this one.

  98. Katherine May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Oooh, sounds like a novel with heart. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  99. wanda May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading Faith Bass Darling’s Garage Sale. Maybe can get some hints to having a garage sale myself.

  100. Barb S. May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds really good!

  101. Kathy May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to curl up with that book today!!

  102. Robyn J. May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    My book club is reading this book now!

  103. Michelle T. May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Please enter me in the drawing. Have a blessed day. Can’t wait to see what this book holds.

  104. Wanda May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    WOW! This book sounds like it’s just for me. I am in the process of becoming depossessed by my possessions. It is so freeing I can’t begin to tell you. Can’t wait to read the book.

  105. Connie May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like an excellent book!!! I love antiques and garage sales so I can’t wait to read it.

  106. Michelle L. May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I am reading this book now and loving it! I wish I had the time to do nothing else but read it to the end in one sitting.
    Although I am not a texan, the lifestyle appeals to me and I am a lover of all things vintage and antique.
    This book has all the ingredients I need for a satisfying read!

  107. Vickie Stilwell May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I LOVE garage sales. Bet I’d love this book as well.

  108. Lynn D. May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a wonderful book – can’t wait to read it!

  109. Carol May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    So funny, as I read the storyline this morning, it quickly brought back a conversation from church last night . . . memories so strongly attached to things or places. Would love to win the basket.

  110. Susan May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I live in Texas and was intrigued by the excerpt. I can almost imagine people who would qualify to be in the story!I love New Canaan products. Thank you for representing Texas well(I’m originally a foreigner(outside TX myself).

  111. Cathie Martin May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This looks like a fabulous book and I would love to win!

  112. Jane Coward May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Cant ever go wrong with a book based in TEXAS!! Can’t wait to read it-

  113. Sheila Horne May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This is a subject I have been toying with lately with all of my children now Adults. But alot of their belongings we have in our possesssion. ???? I don’t want to dwell on things in this life, instead of the precious memories. When we were transplated here in Texas 14+ years ago. There were alot of things we had to leave in Ohio or give away. But God always supplies what we need and sometimes the things we desire. God Bles you all

  114. Carol May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Almost finished the book on Mother’s Day weekend – food for thought!

  115. Debbie Manthe May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to win a copy as well. Great summer read for me as I don’t usually have time for fiction during the school months (which are the same months I am involved in Bible Study Fellowship, BSF).

  116. JoyAnne Williams May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This is a book I want to read!

  117. Karin Melvard May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I love garage sales, and I love possessions that speak of times past (especially when they’re connected to my family). Looking forward to reading the book!

  118. Rebecca Long May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a good book for summer! Can’t wait to read it!

  119. Jan May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Made In Texas! – born and raised, I can’t wait to read this book. Thank You!

  120. Shirley B May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Garage sale and Texas caught my eye right off the bat. My daughter and family moved there last year and so have started going to Dallas area for vacation. The idea of a garage sale with treasured relics sounds and all who will be affected by the outcome sounds like something I want to read.
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  121. Martha May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Our possessions hold a lot of memories – good and bad. I look forward to reading this book – it has already touched a chord within me, though I haven’t done more than read the intro you have provided.

  122. Kristi Deitrick May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win the basket! I am a 4th generation Texan living in Walla Walla WA. I’ve always referred to myself as a Texan from Dallas above all else. My hubby is a New Yorker (I know what you’re thinking!) whom I met at UT-Austin while working on our Bachelors. It was soooo hard to leave Texas the first time many years ago, but we have since lived in about 7 or 8 cities outside of Texas. I was shocked to learn that my new neighor is from Houston – it has been like meeting an old friend!

  123. Jean H May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I think I would like to buy that 1917 Louis Comfort Tiffany lamp for a $1…

    I am seeing as my husband’s parents start to consider moving into a retirement home that there are heirlooms that are precious to them… yet they are thinning things out saying, “we just have too much stuff”…

    Oh how I am one who has a hard time to discard possesions… maybe a cleaning out and thinning out of my own home would be good for my soul too?!

  124. Linda A. May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I have finished reading the book. It’s very good. Was a little hard for me because my mom suffered with Alzheimer’s for 14 years before she died. But I loved the info about the antiques. I can just see one of those Tiffany lamps sitting on an end table in someone trailer house. :)

  125. Din T May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a perfect book to start the garage sale season with.

  126. Janet R May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Every time my husband and I return to the States from a volunteer missions assignment, we are struck by how much STUFF we have and don’t need! I’d love to win this giveaway – and I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  127. Linda May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Love garage sales. Always interested in the whys of the sale. Love the stories that go along with a bought item. Looking forward to reading this book.

  128. Teresa May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Great book choice for the start of garage sale season! I can’t wait to read it!

  129. Miki May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I’ve often wondered what my possessions would say. Would they complain about being in storage units or in boxes? Would they complain about the rough rides in moving vans, cars or rented trucks? Would they be annoyed with my cats sniffing, pawing or lying on them?

    We’ve heard it said, “If this book, desk, etc., could talk, what would it say?”

  130. CarolAnne May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi! This was just reviewed by our local bookseller, Betsy from Otto’s, A Booklovers’ Paradise! Sounds like a good read…

  131. Carol May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting book. Being a life-long Texan I am looking forward to it.

  132. Terrell Delgado May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to win… being a fellow Texan… love ya and the site… Terrell

  133. Kayla May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a delightful read!

  134. Brenda May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I have a little trouble parting with things that have memories attached. This book sounds like it has alot of intrigue and would be a great one to read this summer!

  135. michelle glenn May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the chance to enter this drawing. I am looking forward to reading this book.

  136. Connie R. May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I love “meeting” new authors. And winning some goodies is also a good thing!!

  137. Imoomie May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This books looks so good! What I like most about “She Reads” is that I find terrific new authors! Thanks!!

  138. Mary@The Calm of His Presence May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Oh Wow! I don’t have a lot of time to read these days, BUT, I think I must get this book to save for a day this summer when I do have time to read.

  139. Susan H May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a great book! Can’t wait to read it!

  140. Jan Faught May 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    My eyes need to be reading this new book!

  141. Michele May 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I look forward to reading this month’s selection. Best wishes to you all.

  142. Mary Tullila May 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This book reminds me of my experiences of becoming widowed and going through the years of EVERYTHING meaning something as my fingertips touched the things that reminded me of him. I believe I’ll see myself in the pgs of this book..
    Very excited to read this one!

  143. Esther May 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I have trouble parting with my possessions.
    This books sounds like a good read.

  144. Joy May 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh, the garage sales my parents could have! I need to read this book soon.

  145. Linda N May 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a great book and I would love to read it. If I do not get win this book, I’ll be buying it to read..

  146. Melanie May 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    So look forward to reading this! If I don’t win it, definitely will download to my kindle!

  147. Beth Ann May 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Married to a Texan – check.
    Overwhelmed by possessions – check.
    Always wondered what stories antiques could tell – check.

    Sounds like a great book to me!

  148. Linda Kish May 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds great!

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  149. Michele May 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I have learned in my time on this earth, that “things don’t matter, you have the memory and no one but God can take it away”. I would love to read this book, as I am in the process of moving and donating, getting rid and setting aside for garage sale!!
    Please enter me, need a laugh…very stressful this moving thing!!

  150. faith hope & cherrytea May 20, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    some powerfully emotive reactions just reading the plot! looking fwd to the book and it’s outcome.. characters sound intriguing too!
    a time and a season for everything under heaven…
    faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.*com

  151. Rita May 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    The blurb on the e-mail I got sounded like THE book I wanted to read. The Bible study I have been leading is about possessions and I told the ladies in my groups (all in their 80s or older) about it. I ordered it and started reading it. I was greatly disappointed and now realize that I should have gone to the website and read more, especially the disclaimer about emotionally driven adult language. I’ll be more careful next time!

  152. Vonda May 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to read this book.

  153. Karen Babb May 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Esther, I also had trouble parting with any of my books. Each one was a best friend! I recently ran out of any space anywhere to store another book, my husband solved this problem for me by giving me a Kindle Fire for Christmas. I had thought I would never like not holding an actual book in my hands, but the Kindle is great, and once you buy one you also have accesibility to many free books to download from Amazon.com

  154. marge michulsky May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I thoroughly enjoyed Faith Bass Darlings Last Garage Sale. Amazing life lessons !!!

  155. cammih May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Finally finished the book and really enjoyed it!! I recommended it to my relatives and friends! Thank you for finally choosing a good one. :)

  156. Maggie May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Eager to read this one!!

  157. Stephanie B May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a book I can definately sink my teeth into.

  158. deb whis May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Can this book possibly be better than the family-relationship novel, PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM? I look forward to the opportunity to find out!

  159. Kate May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds very intriguing…

  160. Chris F-F May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This is one for my reading library! This woman sounds like the woman I plan to be!

  161. Carla Stewart May 30, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    This definitely sounds like my kind of book. And since I grew up in Texas, it makes it even more intriguing. LOVE the title!

  162. Tahma Nash May 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I am intrigued by the episcopal priest losing his religion, or having Faith put into words his own struggle with faith. Texas does get in your blood, either by birth or by transfusion – after you’ve lived there long enough – it seems to run in your veins. Born a Carolinian myself, but gave birth to a Texan. Like many, I got there as soon as I could. Would love to read your book!

  163. Esther May 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    This is one book I want to read!

  164. Crystal May 31, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    After reading about the book in my She Reads email, I saw it at Books-A-Million this past weekend on my date with my hubby! Wow! I sat down in one of their chairs and read the first three chapters there on the spot! I wasn’t able to pick it up then, but cannot wait to finish the story!

  165. Annette Davidson May 31, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    What a wonderful book. Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale truly made me think about many things, my own faith was only one of them.

  166. Cindy Molder May 31, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I love gentle reads…

  167. Heather Terhune June 1, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I am fully enjoying this book. It is keeping me on the edge of my seat and up at night with several moments of pause as I lay the book on my chest to ponder what I have just read.

  168. Gerri Wetta Hilger June 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I belong to 2 book clubs, and this looks like a terrific pick for a bunch of teachers on summer vacation or permanent retirement! Can’t wait to read as I am the garage sale queen!

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