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It’s December 31, 1999 – and Faith Bass Darling has heard the voice of God, who has told her to divest herself of all her stuff – priceless antiques, Tiffany lamps, collectible coins and all. She’s a ... Read full review
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What I thought was going to be a light humorous page turner ended up turning into one of my favorite books of the year. Combine an elderly woman (Faith Bass Darling) with Alzheimer's, a minister who ... Read full review
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"Actually 3.5 stars. I liked this book about Faith Darling's last garage sale. She woke up on the last day before Y2K (remember that?!?) and started dragging priceless antiques out onto the lawn to ... Read full review
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This book was recommended by a LibraryThing friend who is always spot on when it comes to knowing book that I would enjoyed. The bittersweet story of Faith Bass Darling's last garage sale is one of ... Read full review
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I loved this book. it reminds me of a Fannie Flagg novel and the Help, southern charm on the surface but meaty issues just lying in wait. the characters were well developed, I look forward to rading more from Lynda Rutledge. Read full review
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I just LOVE it when I discover an incredible new writer. With a title like that, I had no idea, but now I see the playful "why" behind such a title and that's been the experience throughout. There are ... Read full review
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Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale is a story of what happens at the end of a life. What are the things you keep, lose or give away...What happens when one day you wake up knowing this will be your ... Read full review
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Lynda Rutledge’s debut novel, Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale, is a novel that touches the reader’s heartstrings on many levels.
The story opens with Faith Bass Darling and her midnight revelation from God. His message was clear. December 31, 1999, would be her last day on earth. Her time had come to leave, but not before she disposed of five generations of Bass family legacy.
In the small town of Bass, Texas, a magnificent turn-of-the-century mansion stood proudly at 101 Old Waco Road. Granted, the last decade had taken its toll on the unkempt lawns and gardens. It wasn’t easy for an eccentric and hermit-like widow, Faith Bass Darling, to manage or even care much for the grounds. What was once the envy and awe of all the townspeople was as tired as its owner. With the help of some of the neighborhood boys, the grounds in front of the stately wrap-around porch began to fill with priceless heirlooms—armoires, oriental rugs, sideboards, secretaries, china cabinets, and chest o’drawers, but not the Louis XV Elephant Clock.
Thankfully, Bobbie Blankenship, owner of Yesteryear Antique Shop, had caught wind of the crazy goings on at Waco Road when Mrs. Hackmeyer happened into her shop with a nineteenth-century armoire she had picked up for $20. Certain it was worth more, she decided to see what Ms. Blankenship would give her for it. When Bobbie learned what Ms. Hackmeyer paid for the piece and where she got it, she wasted no time flipping the open sign to closed and racing out to her blue minivan; hoping and praying she wasn’t too late to resurrect a lucid moment in Faith. At the very minimum, she would rescue some of the priceless antiques. Before arriving at the mansion, Bobbie connects with Faith’s estranged daughter, Claudia Jean. Having not spoken in nearly twenty years, Bobbie is shocked to learn Claudia had been living in Houston for the past ten years and couldn’t understand why her childhood best friend never reached out to her. While the notion was perplexing, it wasn’t important at the moment. Bobbie needed Claudia’s help in stopping the madness that was escalating.
Once at the mansion, Bobbie is completely unprepared for the shark frenzy of polyester, Saturday morning yard-salers crawling over every inch of the mansion’s lawn. The alarming image was like a colony of ants at a honey festival only these ants were carting away regal antiquities for less than pennies on the dollar. Thankfully, she was able to head off nosy neighbor Mrs. Quattlebaum before she absconded with one of the priceless Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps. There was no comfort in this moment, however, because the day was quite young and shenanigans was putting it mildly toward what would unfold on that last day of 1999 at 101 Waco Road.
Lynda Rutledge has written a story that touched this reader deeply. The fact that Faith Bass Darling has capitulated to Alzheimer’s in her later years did not discourage the author from painting a woman who was still elegant and regal in spite of the debilitating disease. This is the essence of a writer who knows how to direct her plot. She surrounds Ms. Darling’s character with heart-wrenching realities by infusing tragedies of death and dysfunction and how the circumstances heartlessly ripped the fortitude and strength away from a once-cohesive and quite bonded family. There is laughter among the pages, but there are tearful moments as well. Ms. Rutledge easily tapped into a myriad of my emotions simply by how well she crafted her story. Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale is a novel that will remain with me for many days to come because of how deeply it resonates with life as we know it. Well done Ms. Rutledge. I look forward to your next novel because it is impossible for me to think such a gifted writer has only this one story to tell.
Quill Says: It may be the Last Garage Sale, but Ms. Darling will live on in memory long after the last Tiffany has been sold.
(Reviewed by Diane Lunsford for Feathered Quill Book Reviews)
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This was okay. I read it on vacation in just a few days. Read full review
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A story of the past and all that it encompasses. Choices,actions,people and possesions all surroudied by faith and how it leads us home. Read full review