Carolyn Brown comes to the blog with a story of hope and healing, filled with laughter, heart and generosity in
The Banty House
Three sisters, lifetime residents of the small Texas town of Rooster, a pregnant teenager without family and a history of life in the foster care system, and a retired veteran caught between depression and guilt. You’d be more than correct in thinking that this premise doesn’t scream heartwarming, funny uplifting read. But you haven’t accounted or the pen and skills of Carolyn Brown.
In her hands, the sisters are eccentric, childish, generous, open and loving women: each one hiding secrets and longings for years, but determined to see that the child they’ve taken into their home stays, and will go to great lengths to ensure it. From giving Grace the experience of family, to pushing her together with Sloan, grandson of a friend and their ‘employee’ for weekly chores like washing their classic car, helping to plant the corn one sister needs for her moonshine, mowing the lawn, even hiding the decorated Easter eggs for their own annual hunt. Yes, the sisters are eccentric, perhaps even caught in past lessons from their mother, and wholly open to opening their home and family to more people.
And laugh, sigh and smile is what you will do while reading. From the teenage-themed spats between the elderly sisters, to Grace’s revealing her own story to them and to Sloan, and the gentle confidence that Grace shows to Sloan, making him face and understand his own guilt and grief. From dust-ups with other residents, to the never-ending small town gossip, and realizing that family isn’t always ‘blood’ but does always expand to include ‘heart’, Sweet and gentle, the story is the perfect antidote to the frustration, fears and cabin fever in these times, and will have you redefining (and perhaps realigning) your own sense of ‘family of heart’, as you get to know the folks in Rooster.
Title: The Banty House
Author: Carolyn Brown
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship
Published by: Montlake Romance
Published on: 26 May, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 1 minute
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A homeless young woman finds an unexpected family in beloved New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s novel of healing hearts and new beginnings in a small Texas town.
In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depression-era brothel. For more than seventy-five years, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have called their mama’s house a home. The three eccentric sisters get by just fine with their homemade jams and jellies, a little moonshine on the side, and big hearts always open to strangers. Like Ginger Andrews.
An abandoned teen with a baby on the way and nowhere to go, she’s given a room to call her own for as long as she wants. The kind invitation is made all the sweeter when Ginger meets the sisters’ young handyman, Sloan Baker. But with a past as broken as Ginger’s, he’s vowed never to get close to anyone again. As a season of change unfolds, Ginger and Sloan might discover a warm haven to heal in the Banty House, a place to finally belong, where hope and dreams never fade.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.