I never would have read this book had someone not given it to me. It's a story about a family in the early 1900s written through the eyes of a young man. Very good! Some history too.
This is an exceptional book. Not a run-of-the-mill churned out cute little story for women. I don't think the review given when you click on the cover does it justice. It IS a tearjerker, however. Its a love story between an old widower and a young woman, told through the eyes of the man's grandson. All the characters are well written. It's also about small town life and family relationships.
Humorous novel about a boy growing up in a small Southern town early in the 20th century. Good characterizations and a fun read.
A good book with old time characters, it was also made into a Hallmark movie, but the book is well worth reading.
A glimpse of life in a small Georgia town, at the turn of the last century. A delightful read, from the first page to the last! Colorful characters, and a story full of humor and poignant moments.
A story of a small town in the early 1900's and all the exciting events that happen to the people living there.
Fun and entertain read. Age has nothing to do with love.
I love this book!
A beautifully written book full of rich substance. I give it 5 stars. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter when Grandpa Blakeslee announces to his family, only 3 weeks after the death of his wife, that he plans to marry 33 year old Miss Love Simpson. Is it for love, sex, convenience, cooking & cleaning, &/or companionship?
Burns makes these characters, who live in a small, religious, southern town in the early 1900s, come alive. It tells the story of the Georgia town Cold Sassy Tree, its inhabitants, and one particular family. The story centers around the transformation of 59 year old Grandpa Blakeslee and his 14 year old grandson Will Tweedy. It examines coming of age, love & death, spirituality and religious ideas and prejudices, morals and mores, and modernization.
I highly recommend this book!
Hard to start but worth the wait
One of the best books about the small town South I have ever read. I spent a number of years in a very small town in Florida and cherish the friends and time I spent there. Olive Burns has so accurately captured the language used by the "Crackers" I knew and loved that I found myself reading the book out loud to myself just so I could enjoy hearing the words and the expressions I heard back in the 30's as a child. It is a true shame that Ms. Burns did not live long enough to give us more of her wonderful stories. A wonderful book. A treasure about small town life. Genny Sikes
In 1906 an older widower elopes suddenly three weeks after the death of his wife, and to make matters even more interesting, his new wife is half his age. This sets their small town to life.
One of my favorite books. It is sweet, funny, and sad. I highly recommend it.
In the spirit of "Fried Green Tomatoes". A good,fun read.
The lives of residents of a small Georgia town. When the prominent store owner marries his store clerk 3 weeks after his wife dies the town people are shocked. This is a great adventure story of life in a small town where everyone knows everyones business.I couldnt put it down and hated to come to the end. Great Book!!!!
Hilarious and heartwarming book about a recent widower (three weeks) who mariies a woman half his age--and a YANKEE. Great southern fiction
Very much worth reading! Excellent story!
Cold Sassy, Georgia, had never been a whirlpool of excitement. If the preacher's wife's petticoat showed, the ladies could make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson--a woman half his age and worse yet, a Yankee! On that day Will Tweedy's adventures began and an unimpeachable pious, deliciously irreverent town came to life.
Hated to see this one end....
It has been so many years since I read this book, I can't give you a review. I enjoyed it enough that I kept it, thinking I would reread it soeday.
The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around - fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson - a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward - the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds' chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather's second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel - about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy's passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style.
Cold Sassy, Georgia, had never been a whirlpool of excitement. If the preacher's wife's petticoat showed, the ladies could make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson-a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day Will Tweedy's adventures began and an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town came to life.