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The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall: Omnibus Edition (Secrets of Marienstadt) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Valentine
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Book Description

Includes "The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall," a 2013 eFestival of Words WINNER for Best Short Story
* Contains all the stories from Volumes 1, 2, and 3 in one convenient edition. *
(168k - Cultural heritage / humor / mystery) The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall: Secrets of Marienstadt, a novel in eleven stories, is set in the fictional town of Marienstadt, a Pennsylvania Dutch community in the Allegheny Highlands. Marienstadt's vibrant, versatile characters include Father Nick Bauer, the priest who wants to revive local heritage; handsome, sexy Chief of Police Henry Werner; Gretchen Fritz, owner of The Calico Cuckoo Quilting Fabric and Supplies; lovely, elusive strudel artist, Lola Eckert; and the huge but reclusive woodsman, Oliver Eberstark. These stories will charm you with their wit, poignancy, and colorful supporting characters including a dance champion turned pig farmer, a nun who runs a snowplow, a shopkeeper building a guillotine, a 17-foot tall fiberglass woodchuck, moonshiners and hippies, woodhicks and chainsaw artists, ladies fighting over dumpling recipes, the multi-generational Winter family, secret identities and secret loves long hidden. Marienstadt and its citizens will tantalize your senses and warm your heart. (Also available in a single volume paperback.)
The Stories
1 - Peeper Baumgratz and the Sister's Snowplow
2 - The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall
3 - The Great Dumpling War and Dance Competition
4 - The Confession of Genny Franck
5 - Drugs, Alcohol, Bacon, Firearms
6 - The Day The Viaduct Blew Down
7 - Of Beautiful Strangers, Woodchucks, and Bearded Ladies
8 - The Legend of Father Cuneo's Grave
9 - The Reluctant Belsnickel of Opelt's Wood
10 - Wapiti
11 - A Long Day's Journey Into Light
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(Update - The Christmas Daughter: A Marienstadt Story, the next story in this series, is now available in paperback or digital.)


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          This an not just an entertaining collection of stories about a fabulously rich culture. Valentine is MEMORIALIZING her people, and her town. This becomes more than just a novel, but also a fascinating and educational look at a region and culture relatively unsung in American literature. THE WHISKEY BOTTLE IN THE WALL, VOL. I: SECRETS OF MARIENSTADT, promises that the entire collection will be more than just a slice of small-town America. It will be a tribute to a people and a place, the Pennsylvania Dutch, and their contributions to American history. With compassion and satire, and beautifully detailed writing, Valentine has delicately chiseled out of these seemingly ordinary lives, the unique, profound, and quixotic traits that make each character memorable, even epic. We are offered history as well as comedy and tragedy.
          With compassion and satire, and beautifully detailed writing, Valentine has delicately chiseled out of these seemingly ordinary lives, the unique, profound, and quixotic traits that make each character memorable, even epic. We are offered history as well as comedy and tragedy. So, please read these stories slowly, then read them again, because while we are reading about life, love, and birth and death, we are also learning the rich culture and traditions of one of the most fascinating communities in our United States.  I predict the entire collection of THE WHISKEY BOTTLE IN THE WALL... will become a classic. I can't wait for Volume II! Thank you, Kathleen Valentine. -  Kiana Davenport, author of Shark Dialogues and The Spy Lover

Product Details

  • File Size: 2914 KB
  • Print Length: 509 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Parlez-Moi Press (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6YESVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read with a large list of characters. July 17, 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book where you have a town of caring people, eventhough there are some real "characters" residing there. The flavor of a town where people help each other in need; though you have some villains residing there.

It doesn't hurt when your Sheriff if quite the "hunk" too. There is humor and pathos too.

I enjoyed having several generations still there and the history of the town.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ENTERTAINING STORY! March 17, 2013
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The characters are so real and the author describes the town of Marienstadt along with its history beautifully. Each chapter is a short story of its own coming together as a book! Great characters, well written and refreshingly quaint!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved these stories July 8, 2014
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I loved these stories. The characters seem like old friends and the twists and turns keep you wanting more. Great read! I wish I could live in Marienstadt!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen Valentine May 29, 2014
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She does it again and I am a touch critic. Awesome storyline, sense of place, page turner! I wish she also had her books on audio too!
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By sharj
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This could have been an interesting series of stories but she goes too vile for me to want anything to do with it...it's a shame.
Be careful in purchasing books in this series -- I bought all of this series only to find out three of them were nothing but repeats - there should be a warning about duplicates.. About four of the stories were okay but this author seems to like the low life. A town the size the stories indicates this one is would have several churches, however she only seems to want to bash the Mormons but it pushes the catholic church on nearly ever page. At least one has the vilest perverted sex. This author starts one story and then leaves it to throw in two or three other stories then back to the original story. I have removed this author from my list of authors I will purchase. Stick with Steena Holmes, Catharine Hyde, and Bette Lee Crosbyand several others.
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Kathleen Valentine is the award-winning author of four novels, many novellas & short stories, books of knitting patterns, & a cookbook/memoir about growing up Pennsylvania Dutch. She has been listed as an Amazon Top Selling Author in Horror and in Mystery/Suspense. As a writer her primary interest is delving into the psychology of her characters. Her stories are sometimes mysterious, sometimes funny, usually romantic, and frequently frightening. Her characters range from lost children and grumpy old folks, to mysterious men and women who are not to be trifled with.

She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport.

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