Friday, March 28, 2014

Book Review: The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts





Caney Paxton wanted his cafe to have the biggest and brightest sign in Eastern Oklahoma-the "opening soon" part was supposed to be just a removable, painted notice. But a fateful misunderstanding gave Vietnam vet Caney the flashiest joke in the entire state. Twelve years later, the once-busy highway is dead and the sign is as worn as Caney, who hasn't ventured outside the diner since it opened. Then one blustery December day, a thirtyish Crow woman blows in with a three-legged dog in her arms and a long-buried secret on her mind. Hiring on as a carhop, Vena Takes Horse is soon shaking up business, the locals, and Caney's heart...as she teaches them all about generosity of spirit, love, and the possibility of promise-just like the sign says.

Another wholesome down-home novel by Billie Letts.  After reading Where the Heart Is, I started looking to read everything else she wrote.  The Honk and Holler Opening Soon shows off Letts' specialty; quirky, loveable characters.  They are all broken in some way, but manage to keep going.  The story slows down and plods along in a few places, but never enough that I wanted to stop reading. The book teaches about perseverance and that there are blue skies after the rain.

 I give this book 4 Bookworms.


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