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Dearest Dorothy-Slow Down Youre Wearing Us Out! (Welcome To Partonville #2) [Paperback]

By Charlene Baumbich (Author)
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Come visit Partonville, where the oldsters are young at heart, the trees have names, and the characters are just that - characters!

Welcome back to the circle-the-square town of Partonville, where everyday life is grand-that is, when no one's taken someone else's lunchtime counter spot at Harry's! And whether the fur is flying or the jokes are, one person who's sure to be in the thick of it all is retired former bandleader eighty-seven-year-old Dorothy Wetstra. If she's gunning her 1976 Lincoln, trying to catch crawdaddies, whipping up an impromptu dinner-party menu of left-overs, talking to the big Guy, making a wisecrack, or giving someone who needs one a big hug, she lives life flat out. Are the changes she's launching in her own life going to change her town forever-a town where not many people relish change the way Dorothy does? How it all turns out will surprise and delight you-and make you fonder than ever of Partonvilles's cast of characters, who will step right off the page and into your heart.

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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 27, 2004
Publisher   Penguin Putnam Inc
Series  Welcome To Partonville  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  0142004189  
ISBN13  9780142004180  

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More About Charlene Baumbich

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Charlene Ann Baumbich is the author of the previous three books in the Partonville series. A popular speaker, journalist, and author, for several years she has lectured to women s groups and retreats. Baumbich is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Today s Christian Woman, and numerous other publications. She is the author of six nonfiction books of humor and inspiration."

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Slightly heavier going than the first one  May 26, 2004
I was interested to experience Dorothy's family at last.

The religious aspect is less subtle than the previous story. Also, I couldn't get into all the angst about The Tank, etc. That sub-plot left me cold. The Katie - Jessica parts grew a bit tedious - although they were worth it for me in the end; I really hope that Katie continues to encourage Jessica's creativity.

The next one ought to be interesting. Katie and Josh's arrival in town was kinda rushed toward the end of this book (overshadowed by The Auction, etc.) I'd like to see more of the adjustments they've had to make.

This Enjoyable Series is Addictive  Mar 28, 2004
In DEAREST DOROTHY, ARE WE THERE YET? Baumbich introduced readers to the small town of Partonville, "a circle-the-square" town in the northern part of southern Illinois. In this delightful sequel, Baumbich continues her saga of small-town life and the mélange of whacky, loveable characters who inhabit Partonville. After 87 years, Dorothy Jean Westra makes her peace with leaving Crooked Creek Farm, her birthplace and lifelong home. She's sure she hears God whispering "Remember well all you see, for these splendid images will sustain you in the days to come." Taking Him at His word, she stores up memories to help her make the transition to Tess Walker's old place, right smack next door to her best friend May Belle and her mentally-challenged adult son Earl.

Most of the characters from the first book are here. The United Methodist Church's Social Concerns committee is putting together the Fall Rummage Sale, and as usual, Acting Mayor Gladys McKern is throwing her weight around, letting the ladies know who really runs things. Jessica Joy is juggling motherhood and work, nursing little Sarah Sue and feeling like "a wrung-out dairy cow." As she tries to keep the small Lamp Post Motel running while her husband, Paul, works long hours in the coal mines of southern Illinois, she also eeks out time to hone her artistic talent.

Jessica discovers an unexpected friend in city slicker Katie Durbin, who with her teenage son, Josh, has returned for a visit to Partonville. Although the town folks suspect Katie has bought Crooked Creek Farm as a real estate investment for possible development, Katie finds on her return to Partonville that "a quiet ache brewed within. For what, she wasn't exactly sure, but the words "blessed friends and family swirled around her. Tugged, prodded, beckoned." Katie finds herself yearning to become a part of the little community she once scorned as "Pardon-Me-Ville." After living life at dizzifying speed, Katie realizes it might be time to slow down.

Dorothy, on the other hand, is still moving at a brisk pace, earning her online screen name, "Outtamyway." Change is in the air, however, and some of it is bittersweet. Dorothy's "rusty-and-white" Lincoln, a.k.a. "The Tank," is showing signs of decline, and at 87-years-young, Dorothy is dealing with heart problems that threaten to detour her cheerful, optimistic approach to everything. But no matter what challenges she faces, the indomitable Dorothy's philosophy is "We better be living the life we want to live and not wasting our numbered days on what doesn't matter." Whether it's cheering on aging Pitcher Jessie Landers during the community softball team (pom poms in hand!) or playing bunco with the "Happy Hookers," it's a sure bet that wherever the action is, Dorothy will be there also.

How many risks will Dorothy take before she's taken one too many? When the disintegrating "Tank" is set to run in the demolition derby to go out in a blaze of glory, everyone wonders who the mystery driver is behind the wheel. Could Dorothy really be risking so much? Or is there another crazy driver in Partonville?

If you haven't read DEAREST DOROTHY, ARE WE THERE YET, you'll want to read it first. But be warned --- this series is addictive. You'll soon be hooked on the small town of Partonville and its cast of assorted characters.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby


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