In this first book of the Tales from the Goose Creek B&B series, you'll fall in love with a small town that feels like coming home. Its quirky characters and their many shenanigans will make you laugh out loud as they touch a place in your heart.
Even though retirement is still three years away, Al Richardson is counting the days. He anticipates many enjoyable years in which every day feels like Saturday. But Al's wife, Millie, has different plans for their retirement. When she learns that a Victorian-era home is up for sale, Millie launches a full-blown campaign to convince Al that god's plan for them is to turn that house into a B&B.
But a B&B won't be the only change for the small Kentucky town. A new veterinarian has hung up her shingle, but she's only got one patient - the smelly dog belonging to her part-time receptionist. And sides are being taken in the issue of the water tower, which needs a new coat of paint...but no one can agree who should paint it.
The situation is coming to a head. Who could have imagined a town protest over a water tower? And who would believe it could culminate in an illegal parade?
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Fun "Mayberry" tale of small home town life!
The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade is a fun first book in a new series called Tales from the Goose Creek B&B by Virginia Smith. At first I thought this book was going to be part of a cozy mystery series, but instead, it is truly just a tale from a small hometown in rural America. While Goose Creek is set in Kentucky, it could be set in any one of the "red states" where almost everyone knows everyone else's business, or at least their mother, father, grand parents or cousins. Having grown up in West Virginia, I could easily relate. It also reminded me bit of the fictional town of Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show from the 1960's with how quirky some of the characters are and how a few of their actions just made me roll my eyes and shake my head.
The story pretty much revolves around a controversy of who should paint the town's water tower. Many locals feel it should be painted by a local resident, while others want to accept bids for the job and pick the one that will be of a higher quality paint job than the last one. From the title, one can easily surmise that the situation culminates in a town protest over the water tower and an illegal parade through downtown. Two of the main characters in the story are Al Richardson and his wife Milli. Al is close to retirement and looking forward to feeling like every day is Saturday. Milli is currently a part time receptionist for the town's veterinarian, and she wants to buy an old Victorian-era mansion and turn it into a B&B. Like most of the folks in Goose Creek, Al is reluctant to accept change and tries to put up road blocks to buying the old home, but his attempts are thwarted at every turn.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Becky Doughty who did a wonderful job. Becky had great intonation and pace, and she had differing voices for both male and female characters. I'd gladly listen to another audiobook narrated by her. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for a unbiased review.
Very nice little listen
- golf girl