Regular price: $19.95
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $19.95
Any additional comments?
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
So glad I found this new series about the funny and endearing folks of Goose Creek . . . a Kentucky girl myself, I had to laugh at the antics and goings on, especially Little Norm and his shoddy job of painting the water tower and his father, Norman who is trying to strong arm the city council into giving his son the job a second time . . . the mayor gently maneuvering through the mess to request bids, while trying to keep the peace . . . the town veterinarian is retiring and selling the business to a young whippersnapper, Dr. Susan Jeffries, a woman, no less . . . and the locals ain't having it . . . no way, especially when Susan meets Mrs. Barnes and her big black cat, Arnold on her first day at the clinic . . . noticing that Arnold had six toes, Susan noted that it was a birth mutation . . . thus began the boycott of the the clinic and the rumor that Susan had threatened to cut off the cat's sixth toe! Millie Richardson, the part-time receptionist, takes Susan under her wing, gently helping her to get to know the people of Goose Creek and build her business . . . Millie and Al, who cannot see eye to eye on buying the old Victorian home that Millie has her heart set on . . . and the bargaining they do, both overtly and covertly . . . as those of us in long marriages can appreciate . . . ha ha . . . I am looking forward to more of the Tales from the Goose Creek Bed and Breakfast