Review: Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale
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