Monday, February 8, 2016

The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade by Virginia Smith

About the Book:

In this first book of the Tales from the Goose Creek B&B, 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? Get lost in a novel that reminds you why you love reading.

My Thoughts:

Any fans out there for The Mitford series?  How about fans of Philip Gulley?  Have I got a treat for you!  Virginia Smith has captured the flavor of small town life with all of its faults and foibles, plopped a bunch of quirky characters into the city limits, and she crafted a winner of a series.

First I fell in love with the cover, and then I fell in love with the book.  Virginia has crafted a series about a small town with charm...and attitude!  Think Mayberry meets Mama's Family, and you've captured the essence of the book.

I adore Rufus, but I am so glad I can't smell him (did you know there is a veterinary term for a dog that eats poo?)  And I would love to make a reservation for the soon to be opened bed and breakfast.
The tightly knit community can be a bit intimidating to outsiders, and Goose Creek is no exception.

This story was very entertaining and the characters are very memorable.  I'm looking forward to my next visit with the Creekers!  And the prequel novella is a hoot as well!  My thanks to my friends at Harvest House Publishers for my advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Most definitely recommended.

Happy Reading!



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