Item description for Sugar And Grits by Diann Mills, Martha Rogers, Janice Thompson & Kathleen Y'Barbo...
Overview Berta Dixon wants to attend a school in Biloxi to fulfill her dream of becoming an opera singer. But God has other plans and romance is on the way. Widow Dottie Jean Weaver is heading toward her fifty-fifth birthday, but love is standing in the background when she encounters an old high school flame. Sassy Hatchet, a widow in her fifties, is known for her peculiar temperament. She thinks she has life all figured out until God does something unexpected in her life. Sue Ellen Caldwell is living out her dream as a hairdresser at the RhondaVous Beauty Shop. She and the town's deputy sheriff have been friends since their school days, but does God have something else in mind for them?
Contemporary Romance: Berta Dixon wants to attend a school in Biloxi to fulfill her dream of becoming an opera singer. But God has other plans and romance is on the way. Widow Dottie Jean Weaver is heading toward her fifty-fifth birthday, but love is standing in the background when she encounters an old high school flame. Sassy Hatchet, a widow in her fifties, is known for her peculiar temperament. She thinks she has life all figured out until God does something unexpected in her life. Sue Ellen Caldwell is living out her dream as a hairdresser at the RhondaVous Beauty Shop. She and the town's deputy sheriff have been friends since their school days, but does God have something else in mind for them?
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Studio: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.1" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2007
Publisher Barbour Books
ISBN 1597895822 ISBN13 9781597895828
Availability 0 units.
More About Diann Mills, Martha Rogers, Janice Thompson & Kathleen Y'Barbo
DIANN MILLS is an award-winning author who launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. She currently has more than forty books in print and has sold more than a million copies. A few of her most recent books include "When the Nile Runs Red, Breach of Trust," and "Awaken my Heart." She is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader s Choice award for 2005 in the Long Contemporary and Novella category and is a favorite author of Heartsong Presents readers. DiAnn and her husband have four adult sons and live in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.diannmills.com."
DiAnn Mills currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Sugar And Grits?
Unique characters & entertaining storylines Aug 25, 2007
What a fun set of stories! While interwoven, each story stands out well on its own. All four heroines are unique and likable in their own ways. I enjoyed the opportunity to become a temporary member of Calista while getting to know Berta, Dottie, Sassy, and Sue Ellen. SUGAR AND GRITS is a wonderful weekend read!
Fun and Fancy Jun 23, 2007
Mississippi Mud: DiAnn Mills
Berta Kate Dixon, Bert to her friends, figured her luck was going downhill when she ran her bulldozer into a hill of rattlesnakes. Not exactly a fun experience. Then she met Mathew Jordan VanMichael III, and life got a lot more complicated. Bert owns Bert's Dirts, the only bulldozer owner in Calista, MIssissippi. Matt has hired her to clear the ground for his new house and she's raking in a hefty fee for doing so. She plans to use it to fulfill her dreams of becoming an opera singer. But Matt isn't exactly what he appears to be, and Bert's plans get bulldozed by romance. As usual DiAnn Mills tells an engaging story with fun characters.
Not On The Menu; Martha Rogers
Dottie Jean Weaver is a good cook, and her restaurant, The Catfish House, is the best place to eat in Calista. She's doing well financially, and life is good. One day Fletcher Cameron walks in and Dottie Jean remembers him all too well. Back in high school, he was popular and she was from the wrong side of the tracks. Fletcher sppears glad to see her and seems attracted to her, but Dottie Jean has a hard time letting go of old memories and past hurts. A tender, compassionate story about two people who have a lot to overcome on their road to happiness.
Gone Fishing: Janice Thompson
Sassy Hatchett owns Sassy's Bait Shop, is a dedicated fisherwoman who says exactly what she thinks. Her forthright manner has scared off most men in Calista, but Wendell Meeks isn't one to run. He sees past the flamboyant front Sassy puts up to the marvelous, loving woman she really is.
Sassy Hatchett isn't the usual heroine one usually finds in romance stories. She's a lot of fun, even if she is opinionated, hard headed, and well, sassy. Janice Thompson's Gone Fishing is an entertaining story with the kind of characters who grab your interest and never let go.
Falling For You: Kathleen Y'Barbo
Bud Briggs may be a deputy sheriff, but he's just plain tongue tangled around Sue Ellen Caldwell, owner of the Rhonda-Vous House of Beauty, the best beauty shop in Clista. When Sue and Bud were young they used to buy chocolate shakes from The Catfish House and go fishing. They're grown now, and she's so pretty Bud doesn't have the nerve to ask her for a date. The boys down at Gus's gas station are pushing Bud to ask her to go to the Cameron's New Year party with him. He's nervous, but he decides to just do it. After all, maybe she will say yes.
Sugar and Grits: Fou entertaining romances by four of the best writers in the business. These ladies dish up a hearty helping of fun, faith, and love. This one is a winner.
Uplifting stories of love and devotion to God May 25, 2007
Reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Reader Views (5/07)
This charming book is four stories by four different authors. The women are friends that live in Calista, Mississippi. Two of them are older and two are younger, but despite the difference in their ages they are always there for one another.
"Mississippi Mud" by DiAnn Mills -- This is Berta's story. She owns a business called "Bert's Dirts." She works alongside the Crawford brothers and their big job is to clear land for Matthew Jordan Van Michael III. At the completion of this job Berta will have enough money to go to New York and finish her Master's in music. However, God had different plans for Berta. She learned of Matt's plan to build a home on the land she was clearing to house elderly friends of his grandmother's. The home they were in was being closed and Matt did not want them parted. Meanwhile Berta has to deal with Bubba Crawford's crush on her. She doesn't want to hurt him, but has to let him know that she only loves him like a brother. The road to happiness is paved with pitfalls and misunderstandings as Berta struggles with a decision to go to school or stay at home. Was Matt her destiny?
"Not on the Menu" by Martha Rogers -- Dottie Jean Miller grew up on the wrong side of town. Her mother used to sew for the fashionable ladies in town and would make Dottie Jean clothes with the leftover fabric. When she grew up, Dottie Jean married Hank Weaver. They moved to Calista and helped run the family business; they also opened a restaurant called "The Catfish House." After Hank's passing, Dottie and her daughter Jenny ran the restaurant together. One day Fletcher Cameron was driving through Calista and saw "The Catfish House." His son had said he stopped there and the food was good. So, Fletch decided to give it a try. Fletch was taken aback to see Dottie Jean Miller standing by the counter. She saw him too and decided to go and speak. They ate lunch together and caught up on their lives since high school when Fletch was in love with Dottie, but she didn't know it, and Dottie had a crush on Fletch and he didn't know it. Fletch invited Dottie to a fundraiser; it would be formal so Dottie would have to get a new outfit. The night of the dinner Dottie was confronted with several girls that she had known in high school. In the bathroom, with Dottie listening, they made catty remarks about her being with Fletch. Dottie was heartbroken and left to go home. Would Fletch be able to convince Dottie to take a chance on them?
"Gone Fishing" by Janice Thompson -- Wendell Meeks had it bad for Sassy Hatchett. Sassy thought of Wendell as a friend, but that would not stop him. Whenever Sassy needed anything fixed, Wendell was there. When she wasn't running the Bait and Tackle Shop, Sassy could be found on the pier fishing. It was where she could think and talk to God. One Saturday night Sassy got pulled into the river, just then Wendell had come along and fished her out. She was so embarrassed that she could not go to church the next morning. She could not face Wendell or take all the giggles that were sure to come her way. However, when she got together with her friends Dottie Jean, Berta, and Sue Ellen the next Tuesday, none of them said a word. Sassy kept waiting for the shoe to fall and finally said something herself about her fall. They told her that Wendell had not said a word to anyone. Sassy then started to look at Wendell in a different light. Could Sassy give up her grouchy ways and be happy with the mailman?
"Falling for You" by Kathleen Y'Barbo -- Sue Ellen Caldwell moved back to Calista and bought out Rhonda Vous' hair salon. She had enough of the big city and wanted to be close to her grandpa Gus. When she was growing up her best friend was Bud Briggs. Bud is now a deputy sheriff in Calista. They see each other around town and say hello but that's about all there is to that. Then Dottie Jean and Fletch Cameron decide to throw a New Year's Eve party and Bud is goaded into inviting Sue Ellen. While they are waiting for the ball to drop they get to talking. Bud tells Sue Ellen that she needs to watch what she eats and exercise. Sue Ellen tells Bud that he needs to lighten up like he was when they were younger. Bud has applied to the FBI, but before he leaves he vows to get Sue Ellen in shape. Will Bud stay in Calista or go to the FBI? In each of the stories the hero and heroine are faced with a problem. How do they overcome it? They ask God for guidance and in each case he answers. The faith these four women have shines through each story. They are uplifting stories of not only love but of devotion to God.
Each story was enjoyable in its own right. I would highly recommend "Sugar and Grits" to anyone who is a reader of inspirational fiction.