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Coconut cake, grits, poisoned turtle stew and bird-watching...the ladies of tiny Tea-Olive, Georgia, share a lot of interests, including murder.
Retired judge L. Hyson Breed, a Yankee, picked the wrong Southern woman to trick, bully and steal from. The members of the Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society plot revenge after the judge's marriage to their friend, Sweet, turns out to be a greedy grab for her land and for control of their town. To the rescue: Beulah, Zion, and Wildwood (all named after hymns, as is Sweet).
The only problem? The wannabe murderers are southern matrons from a more civilized generation. How does one remain polite even while planning to kill a man and get away with it?
Augusta Trobaugh is the acclaimed author of these southern novels also from Bell Bridge Books: Sophie and the Rising Sun, Music from Beyond the Moon, River Jordan, Resting in the Bosom of the Lamb, Swan Place and Praise Jerusalem.
©2005 Augusta Trobaugh (P)2013 Bell Bridge Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Debbie on 09-17-16

Infiltration from the North, Rescue from the South

In a tiny town in Georgia, where the women, old and young alike are all (but one) named after hymns, and everybody looks after their neighbors . . . everything starts to unravel when, Love Divine, one of the Bird Watching Society and library supporters passes away . . . when a stranger from "up north" starts looking at Love Divine's house and small farm and then decides to buy it, things start going downhill fast . . . one of their tight group of bird watchers, Sweet (by and by) takes a liking to the handsome retired judge from New York . . . and in no time flat, he is courting her . . . and to the chagrin of her friends, marries her . . . quickly . . . and NOT in church either . . . it doesn't take long for The Judge to show his true colors . . . and Sweet's friends realize that he is abusive and dangerous . . . this is a good tale of the closeness in a small southern town, the sadness of spouse abuse, and the power of those with money and social status over others . . . and it rings true . . . no matter where you're from . . . I love the different personalities of each of the women of the Bird Watching Society, their quirkiness, spunk, and perseverance . . . turtle stew and all!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dolores Hylkema on 09-15-16


Delightful from beginning to end. Augusta always delivers a sweet story. A page turner to boot. Thank you

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