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Review: Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale

April 13, 2012

Faith Bass Darling is a member of the founding family of Bass, Texas.  The richest woman in town, she suffers from Alzheimer’s and has rarely left her house in recent years.  On the last day of 1999, she pulls her priceless antiques out on the lawn and has the garage sale of all garage sales because “God told her to.”  When Bobbie, the local antiques dealer, gets wind of the sale she calls Claudia Jean, the daughter Faith hasn’t seen in over twenty years.  Claudia Jean rushes home but it might be too late; the one thing she was worried about is already gone.

Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale, by Lynda Rutledge, is a hard book to describe but it’s a real pleasure to read.  I was invested in the story right from the start and found it hard to put down.  It’s full of quirky, Southern characters that readers won’t soon forget.  Through flashbacks and conversations, the past slowly unfolds as the story progresses.  Readers can’t help but fall in love with Faith even as their heart breaks for her.  She’s feisty and strong and has always maintained the perfect outward appearance.  Things aren’t always as they appear, though, and Faith’s life hasn’t been an easy one.  I thought Faith, and many of the other citizens of Bass, were wonderful and have missed them since I finished the book.

The beauty of this book is the way it handles serious subjects, like bigotry, forgiveness, and the value of material objects, with a touch of humor.  Just as I’d be on the verge of tears the author would inject some humor and have me smiling instead.  This book tugged at my heartstrings and made me think about life and why things turn out the way they do.   On the surface, it’s a fairly light read but there’s a lot below the surface.   I’ve had this book on my mind since I finished it and I really like the subtle way Rutledge deals with tough issues.  Since it gives you a lot to think about, I think book clubs will find a lot to discuss in Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale.

Challenges: Amy Einhorn Challenge

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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42 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2012 4:32 am

    I had never heard about this title or author, but it sure seems like an interesting read. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  2. April 13, 2012 6:05 am

    This sounds like a great read – thanks for the review. I’m adding it to my list and look forward to it!

  3. April 13, 2012 6:38 am

    This sounds like a good one kathy. Thanks for bringing iy to our attention.

  4. April 13, 2012 6:54 am

    After reading Heather’s review yesterday and now yours, I’m very much looking forward to reading this one. A rare author that can take such serious issues and relate a story that balances seriousness and humor. Can’t wait.

  5. April 13, 2012 6:55 am

    I read another review of this one, but wasn’t sure I’d want to read it. However, after reading your post on it, I’m positive I want to kindle this book. It just sounds like it’ll be something I enjoy – plus, I think it’ll make a great summer read. Thanks!!

  6. bookingmama permalink
    April 13, 2012 7:24 am

    I’m getting ready to start this one shortly. Sounds like another great Amy Einhorn book.

  7. Beth F permalink
    April 13, 2012 7:33 am

    Not reading your review yet. I have this on my list for very soon (like Julie).

  8. sandynawrot permalink
    April 13, 2012 8:33 am

    Nothing bad going on in the Amy Einhorn category, ever. I just finished the audio of Jenny Lawson’s memoir, and didn’t know until the very end that it is AE too! Anyway, I trust implicitly in this imprint, and combined with your review, I don’t need any more convincing.

  9. April 13, 2012 8:35 am

    Oh this sounds good! Adding it to my list.

  10. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 13, 2012 8:41 am

    I put this on my list when I first heard about it on Twitter. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  11. booknaround permalink
    April 13, 2012 9:01 am

    I reviewed this today too. And I loved it as well.

  12. April 13, 2012 9:12 am

    I think I would really enjoyed this one as well. I’ll add this one to my wish list!

  13. April 13, 2012 9:35 am

    I loved your review, and have to agree that the tougher issues were handled really well within the lighter parts of the story. I am so glad to read that you loved this one, because I did too! It was a great book!

  14. April 13, 2012 9:38 am

    I love books with quirky characters – seems there are more in books about the south!

  15. April 13, 2012 10:09 am

    This sounds like such a neat story! I might have to bring this one to the attention of the book club also! Man, there are just too many books out there to read. Thanks for the review Kathy!

  16. April 13, 2012 10:13 am

    It sounds fun! NOw I am checking my Where Are You Reading map to see if I need Texas :)

  17. April 13, 2012 10:25 am

    Another one for the to-read list!

  18. April 13, 2012 10:30 am

    I saw this book reviewed on Heather’s blog yesterday. Before that I hadn’t heard of it, but it sounds like it gives the reader a lot of food for thought.

  19. April 13, 2012 12:07 pm

    Must put this one on my tbr list, sounds really good.

  20. April 13, 2012 12:22 pm

    This book just went on my TBR list. Great review. Thanks!

  21. escapingjourney permalink
    April 13, 2012 12:48 pm

    Wow – sounds wonderful, if you are still thinking about the characters after you’ve finished it, I know it’s one I want to read.

  22. April 13, 2012 1:07 pm

    Well I added this when I read Heather’s review. I enjoyed your review too, and I’m looking forward to it more. Remind me to bug Heather so I can borrow it…:).

  23. Amy @ My Friend Amy permalink
    April 13, 2012 1:43 pm

    aw, I just read Heather’s review yesterday now I really want to read this!

  24. April 13, 2012 1:57 pm

    Kathy, this is the second “glowing” review of this book that I’ve encountered. I will definitely keep this book in mind. :)

  25. April 13, 2012 2:10 pm

    Sounds so good. Great review.

  26. April 13, 2012 2:30 pm

    I saw this awhile back and thought it sounded interesting, then forgot what the title was. Love your review, will be adding it to my TBR list!

  27. April 13, 2012 3:00 pm

    I can’t imagine having a yard sale on December 31st, but maybe it is warm in Bass TX? Or maybe it supports that the protagonist isn’t all “there.”

    In event, this sounds like the kind of quirky story I would enjoy.

  28. April 13, 2012 3:12 pm

    I noticed this book in your sidebar this week. The title and the cover raised my curiosity. I had a hunch it would be full of good characters. I’m looking forward to reading it myself.

  29. April 13, 2012 3:14 pm

    I loved this book too. There were so many layers to it.

  30. April 13, 2012 3:27 pm

    Sounds like another good one.

  31. April 13, 2012 4:55 pm

    I told another blogger that this book was not for me but now I’ve seen two reviews, both from trusted bloggers (you being one of them) and now I’d like to try it.

  32. April 13, 2012 5:09 pm

    It does sound like there is something about the book. And I wonder what that secret thing was

  33. April 13, 2012 5:21 pm

    I work with seniors who have Alzheimer’s so this aspect of the story caught my attention. The fact that the book stayed with you long after you finished it says a lot about how the author made her characters and their situations memorable.

  34. April 13, 2012 5:28 pm

    I think this book sounds different and captivating. I love that the author uses humor while talking about some very serious subjects. Faith Bass Darling sounds like w onderful character, too.
    Terrific review. I definitely want to read this book! This book is going on my wishlist!

  35. boardinginmyforties permalink
    April 13, 2012 7:14 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful read Kathy. I can’t help but think this would make a really great movie too.

  36. April 13, 2012 7:29 pm

    You and Heather have both made me want to read this one! Thanks for a great review.

  37. April 13, 2012 8:20 pm

    This sounds like such a wonderful book Kathy. I hadn’t heard of it until now but it’s going on my list!

  38. April 13, 2012 8:25 pm

    I refused to read Clyde Edgerton’s Walking to Egypt for a long time, because I’m constitutionally resistant to small-town Southern charm, but that one won me over, and maybe this one would too!

  39. April 13, 2012 10:09 pm

    This sounds like a yard sale my parents would love to go to, they’re always looking for great deals on priceless antiques. ;-) Seriously though, this sounds like a great read. I actually love it when a book seems kinda fluffy on the surface but has much more to offer once you start reading it.

  40. April 14, 2012 12:11 pm

    You have made it sound like a must read…I love books like this!!!

  41. April 14, 2012 8:14 pm

    I think maybe I had a lot on my mind when I read this one, because I can’t say I liked it as much as you or Heather did. There was something about it that made me keep wanting to read it, and I liked Faith, but I didn’t care for some of the other aspects of it.

  42. April 17, 2012 11:34 pm

    This looks fantastic! I love quirky characters and the premise looks rife with possibility. Thanks for recommending it, Kathy!

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