Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee

Book Blurb:
With its corrugated iron siding and cramped interior the Cherico Mississippi library is no Antebellum gem. But for young librarian Maura Beth Mayhew it's as essential to the community as the delicious desserts at the Twinkle Twinkle Café. It's a place for neighbors to mingle and browse through the newest bestsellers for the indomitable Miss Voncille Nettles to host her "Who's Who in Cherico?" meetings. The library may be underfunded and overlooked but it's Maura Beth's pride and she won't let the good ole boys on the City Council close it down without a fight.

Which is why Maura Beth has founded the Cherry Cola Book Club--a last-ditch attempt to boost circulation and save her job. Over potluck dinners featuring treasured family recipes the booklovers of Cherico come together to talk about literary classics. But soon it's not just Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee being discussed over chicken gumbo and homemade biscuits with green pepper jelly. Secrets are shared old dreams rekindled and new loves slowly blossom.

Southern charm wit and warmth combine in this delightful novel about great books true friends and the stories that give life its richest meaning on and off the page.

My Review
I liked this book.  It just reminded me of what life is like in small Southern town where the Good -Ole Boys Club runs the towns and you do not get in their way. 

Maura Beth comes up with this great idea to start a book club after talking with a new patron of the library.   I love that they are reviewing books set in the south.  You just get sucked into the stories and you find yourself totally absorbed in these characters lives.  You think you begin to know them and then one of them will do something or say something off the wall.   I loved the books they reviewed and how they changed up their book talks at the library.

I can totally see how the Good Ole Boys club was at work trying to convince her this scheme would not work and that the library wasn't something their town needed.  It makes it you want to go to library to show your support.  It will also make you hungry when you read this has some great recipes!!!!

1 comment:

Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) said...

Hopping over from the Foodies Read challenge...

Southern food and a library & a librarian & a book club. This one hits all the right notes!