Stella's mama never should've put Stella on the church prayer list. With Stella's 27th birthday coming up fast, Nancy desperately wants to see her daughter married and giving her grandbabies. Petitioning heaven seems like a surefire way to get it done. But in Cadillac, Texas, where the gossip's hotter than the city's famous jalapeño peppers, it isn't long before all hell breaks loose.
Heather, the bossy leader of the church's Prayer Angels, thinks a summer ball will get Stella and the town's other single gals paired off. But nobody can tell redheaded spitfire Stella what to do - not her mama, not Heather, and not even the sexy beau Stella's been seeing in secret. Together, Stella, her best friends Charlotte and Piper, and the loyal customers of the Yellow Rose Beauty Shop hatch a good old-fashioned scheme to sabotage the ball. But will it wreck Stella's relationship with her mama forever? And what will the church folk think when Stella reveals the identity of her mystery man?
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"Disappointing, could have been much better"
The story is good but it could have been told better and I did not care for the narrator. Every other word is damn, hell or shit which was completely unnecessary. In addition, all the cursing did not fit with the setting of a small, southern town in Texas. The story centers around the ladies of the town church. I feel like the book was written by a novice author.
"love her books!"
This is the third book I have read by this Author- love these books. Characters are always great, make you laugh out loud.
"Great southern romance but lose the song lyrics"
Find my Daughter a husband, this is the sign at the local church that gets put up after a prayer request. Needless to say things did not go as planned, daughter was upset with her mama and good intentions were quickly turned into bad ideas. This story was filled with good old Southern charm, the narrator did a great job keeping us in the southern mindset. I think the main reason I enjoyed the book so much was due to the narrator, when I focused on the actual wording of the book it lost some of it's charm. I think the author tried to hard to throw in all the cliches possible. I also hate when song lyrics take up most of a chapter, oh how he sang to her.... It's not your work, I have no problem with a song line being thrown out there, or a song title but lets not loose an entire chapter to a song.
"Tough to even finish"
Story and characters lacked depth. Predictable, simplistic and boring. I had a hard time finishing the book.
I understand that the narrator was trying to give the characters authentic dialect and accents, but it was painful. It was irritating to listen to and the improper use of grammar drove me nuts.
Disappointment. Poorly written drivel.
Sorry, but for me this is a load of fluff. No real story line, silly characters, and the narrator was only marginal. People actually gave this a 5 star?
"Okay, but I was expecting it to be better"
I had high hopes for this audio book. It was predictable without any surprises. The reader was excellent and saved it for me, otherwise, I may not have finished it.
"Insulting book to Christian women."
I've been around Christian women all of my life. The profanity used in this book is out of place. I heard more profanity in this book than a lifetime of being around women. And a Christian pastor would not deceive a board of elders to get hired. This author is clueless and insulting. The book would have been passable if she had not centered it around a church.
did not the print version
I loved the comparison to steel magnolias.
first time for Ms . Merlington's reading I thought she captured the voices very well. My parents were from a small Texas town and my mother never lost her twang.
The name was just great would not change a thing.
laughed and cried and had a glorious time with all the characters in the story.
This is a funny, heartwarming story. Easy to listen to, especially on the beach. If you're looking for something light and easy. Have a listen and enjoy.
"I want my credit back!"
This book was a real disappointment. The premise had the opportunity to be very entertaining, but the execution was lame. Any comparison to "Steel Magnolias" is an insult to Robert Harling.
The borderline-heretical theology in this book is disturbing and undermines the believability of the story. It makes me wonder whether this author knows anything about church or church goers. Not one of these characters displays any actual faith or devotion to God.
There is no way that a responsible minister would allow a parishioner to behave the way Heather behaves -- or allow her to claim to be doing what she does in God's name. With such a fallacy at its foundation, the entire story becomes hard to swallow and the leading man, Preacher Jeb, becomes hard to respect.
The effort to make the character of Agnes like the "Steel Magnolias" character of Weezer is forced and insulting. For all her outrageousness, Weezer at least had a little class. Agnes is just Carolyn Brown overreaching in an effort to duplicate that loveably cantankerous character.
As for the quality of the writing, this book is at least 3 hours too long. It is repetitive, redundant (am I repeating myself) and makes a big deal about things that aren't a big deal. Cussing in front of a preacher? Big sin! Everybody in town heard when she lost her virginity because the boy bragged about it? That only follows a girl around if she choses to let it. Gossip travels fast in a small town? Well, maybe unrealistically fast in this book....but everything about gossip in this book is unrealistic.
Don't reinforce Carolyn Brown by buying this book. I will not be wasting credits on another of her other titles.
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