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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer

Nowhere but Home
by Liza Palmer
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-200747-6
Buy from Indigo

Description: A brilliant, hilarious, and touching story with a Texas twist from Liza Palmer, author of Conversations With The Fat Girl (optioned for HBO)

Queenie Wake, a country girl from North Star, Texas, has just been fired from her job as a chef for not allowing a customer to use ketchup. Again. Now the only place she has to go is home to North Star. She can hope, maybe things will be different. Maybe her family's reputation as those Wake women will have been forgotten. It's been years since her mother-notorious for stealing your man, your car, and your rent money-was killed. And her sister, who as a teenager was branded as a gold-digging harlot after having a baby with local golden boy Wes McKay, is now the mother of the captain of the high school football team. It can't be that bad…

Who knew that people in small town Texas had such long memories? And of course Queenie wishes that her memory were a little spottier when feelings for her high school love, Everett Coburn, resurface. He broke her heart and made her leave town-can she risk her heart again?

At least she has a new job-sure it's cooking last meals for death row inmates but at least they don't complain!

But when secrets from the past emerge, will Queenie be able to stick by her family or will she leave home again? A fun-filled, touching story of food, football, and fooling around.

The Good Stuff
  • Totally enjoyed just losing myself in this lovely story about redemption, family, forgiveness, prejudice and hope
  • Full of unique, yet believable and interesting characters
  • Wonderful character development 
  • Liked the plot line that involved Queenie being a cook for last meals at a prison - could lead to some very interesting conversations
  • Makes you think 
  • I cried - I consider this a good thing as you feel an emotional attachment to a character - that my friends is a sign of a good story
  • Loved the humour in this one 
  • The type of story you don`t want to put down - not that it is non stop excitement - its just the type of story that you care about what is going to happen to these richly developed characters
  • Loved the relationship between Queenie and Merry
  • The type of book you want to hug when you are finished
  • Made me wonder if I could grant the wish of a convicted murderer - he or she was a child once - what made them become who they were? - do they deserve forgiveness? - do they deserve to get a final wish? - so many thoughts
  • Must read more by this author - have a feeling that I will enjoy her other works
  • Sad that others could judge children based on what their parents actions - and you know this happens in real life
  • No preaching about whether the death penalty is the right thing to do
  • Could have easily turned into a stereotypical small town caricature type of story but the author is truly gifted and instead you get something real
  • Strong realistic female characters

The Not So Good Stuff
  • A tad repetitive - nothing horrible - just some stronger editing would have given this a 5 instead of a 4.5
  • Made me crave Southern Cooking - I am trying to stay away from that stuff it is not good for me (yes this is made worse because my hubby is cooking ribs for his work and it smells divine in this house)
  • a wee bit predictable - but in this case it is ok - because you are so invested in the characters
Favorite Quotes/Passages

`` Food that`s good, but not  great enough to tolerate someone `being kind of a bitch`` is surely sweeping the Irish culinary world.``

``Fine. Maybe I was going to point out the tragedy  of One-Minute Wes being your only sexual experience. I mean what kind of whore are you?``

``We`re finally sinking in is the knowledge that their opinions only reflections of themselves and how unhappy they are in their own lives. I should know. I`ve spent years snarling at people because of how lonely I am.``

Who Should/Shouldn`t Read
  •  Must send this this review to Jennifer Estep - think she would enjoy
  • Anyone looking for a good character driven story that leaves you with the feeling of hope
  • Perfect for a vacation read
  • Those who like `chick lit`with heart - I don`t take the term chick lit as a negative thin - but lets face it guys aren`t going to get the appeal of this
4.5 Dewey`s

I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review


  1. This sounds like my type of book, I love chick-lit but I find a lot of it is just all fun and happy, I want something with a little more to it. This is definitely a book I would love to have on my shelf!

    1. Yup its got some meat to it and just such a lovely book to lose yourself in

  2. What a pretty cover! And the book sounds very interesting. Personally, I love the books that give me cravings ... though, I hate it when they just sneak up on me and I don't have the food in the house!

    1. Its just delightful Kristilyn hope you check it out, yup nothing worse than craving something you cannot get -- nothing satisfies until you get it LOL

  3. I've never heard of this before but it sounds like something I would enjoy. And the perfect book to read while out in the sun this summer!

    1. Yeah me neither till I got the email. ANd yes it would be the perfect summer read!!