Item description for Dearest Dorothy, Who Would Have Ever Thought?! (Welcome To Partonville #4) by Charlene Baumbich...
Overview In the fourth volume in the series featuring the irrepressible inhabitants of Partonville, as residents are preparing for a festive Thanksgiving dinner at the local church, everyone works to ignore bossy acting mayor Gladys McKern, Jessica Joy deals with an unexpected crisis, Katie Durbin weighs another real-estate project, and Dearest Dorothy provides loving advice to all. Original.
Charlene Ann Baumbich has won a loyal following of readers with the first three books in the Dearest Dorothy series, featuring the amusing and touching adventures of the townspeople of Partonville. Now Charlene Baumbich uses her wonderful gift of storytelling to celebrate the simple pleasures of life in this heartwarming and hilarious story. The fourth book in the series finds the residents of Partonville preparing for a festive Thanksgiving dinner at the local church. Amid assigning duties and preparing recipes, everyone tries to ignore bossy acting mayor Gladys McKern. Meanwhile, Jessica Joy struggles with an unexpected turn of events, Katie Durbin considers another real estate project, and Dearest Dorothy doles out advice and love in equal amounts to everyone.
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Ingram Advance - 08/01/2005 page 39
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.7" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Welcome To Partonville
Series Number 4
ISBN 014303619X ISBN13 9780143036197
Availability 0 units.
More About Charlene Baumbich
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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Dearest Dorothy Who Woould Have Ever Thought?! Jan 16, 2006
The "Dearest Dorothy" series is wonderful! You will fall in love with all of the characters and you'll really care what is happening to and with them.
Engaging, entertaining, and inspiring Dec 1, 2005
This is Book 4 in the Welcome to Partonville series, which started early in 2004 with DEAREST DOROTHY, ARE WE THERE YET?
I'm new to this series. I jumped in at this late juncture, yet I was quickly hooked. Though the book would be more intriguing to readers who have previously come to know the characters of the fictitious town of Partonville, Illinois, WHO WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT?! stands on its own as engaging, low-action entertainment and inspiration.
Judging by the books' titles (including DEAREST DOROTHY, HELP! I'VE LOST MYSELF!) Dorothy Westra --- who turns 88 at the end of this installment --- is meant to be the series's leading lady. But in this particular book, Charlene Ann Baumbich gives a large cast of characters nearly equal billing. Eight key women, spanning three generations, are members of the Happy Hookers, a group originally formed to meet once a month to hook rugs but now to play bunco, "a raucous, mindless dice game that offered a great opportunity for gab, prizes and dessert."
The book recounts the Partonville goings on for most of a month, after the October Pumpkin Festival, leading up to three events: the November Hookers meeting, a first-ever Thanksgiving Day community dinner --- organized by the Social Concerns Committee of the United Methodist Church in conjunction with St. Augustine's Catholic Church --- and Dorothy's birthday celebration.
Though the November Hookers hostess, Jessie Landers, isn't a churchgoer, many of the others are Methodists who comfortably break forth into silent or audible prayer, for the sick among them, including young Jessica whose severe nausea portends an unplanned pregnancy, and the much older May Belle, who is in bed with a bad back.
Baumbich deftly threads several story lines together. For fellow Hooker, middle-aged grocery-store employee Nellie Ruth McGregor, romance blossoms with a local handyman. The Landers welcome houseguests who stay several weeks. That Thanksgiving dinner gradually gets organized, with or without the help of Acting Mayor Gladys McKern. The new-to-town city slicker and commercial real-estate developer --- Katie Durbin --- mellows and grows to appreciate the small-town (with a population fewer than 1,500): its people, its values, its property.
The narrator's voice is important to this book: a touch of humor; a gentle revealer of heart-secrets (Nellie Ruth has never been kissed); a friendly, unidentified overseer, rallying in support of small towns everywhere that are in danger of being lost to encroaching suburban sprawl.
Like Miss Read, Barbara Pym and Jan Karon, Charlene Ann Baumbich transports you to a place that lingers in your mind, nudging your desire to return.
--- Reviewed by Evelyn Bence
Dearest Dorothy You are Great Oct 10, 2005
I so look forward to getting home from work, finishing dinner and then crawling into bed to read more of Dearest Dorothy's high jinks. It is the type of book that keeps your interest but does not assault your senses. You can relax with Dorothy. Susan Keane, Rockville, MD