- File Size: 783 KB
- Print Length: 35 pages
- Publisher: Tracy Heath Publications; 3 edition (June 22, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 22, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008E8KF6Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bum Steer (Country Misadventures Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book is aptly named for my favorite true tale of a very naughty bull. Other stories delve into the mysteries of chickens, snakes, cats, dogs, and desert adventures. The action takes place in Oregon. Like who knew Oregon has a desert? I didn't. Actually, coming from the other side of the country, I don't know much about Oregon at all except that I think it has a border on the ocean. Hence, besides some good chuckles I learned something!
This warm, funny book by Tracy Heath proves something I have always said. Everyone has a story. Fortunately for us, she has several. It's all about a girl growing up with a wonderful family in Oregon, wherever that is. It's about the funny things that can happen to a family that obviously loves one another and aren't afraid to try new things. Like...chicken ranching, for example. It is also obvious that the family would have been well served to read the instruction manual first. But, then, if they had, then this book would not be so funny!
Personally, this is yet another time that I regret not owning a Kindle. See, I use the Kindle Cloud Reader which means the only way I can read Kindle stuff is on my computer. IF I owned a Kindle Kindle, I would be handing it off to this one and that one saying, "HEY, read this!!! Haw haw haw!"
Heath's stories are suitable for Sunday School, and some of them should at least be read aloud to kids who think they know everything. The writing style is warm. The stories warm. All mostly funny with a little poignant tossed in for seasoning. It's the kind of family (mis)adventures you may have had or wished you would have had. Spoiler notice: Everything turns out ok in the end.
It's light reading that will leave you happy you made the purchase. Sort of like an expanded version of the old Reader's Digest "Life In These Here United States." It's also twice told tales, because you will want to share them with friends. Get this book!
From a reader's perspective:
Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard while reading this book I was glad I wasn't drinking coffee because it would've come spewing out my nose. While the characters are country, they don't fail to entertain. My favorite story was the one about the steer. I won't say more; you'll just have to read the book. When the incident with the cat up the tree happened, I almost peed my pants with mirth. A great collection of short stories that entertain and will keep the laughs coming throughout.
From an editor's perspective:
I didn't find any errors. This is a beautifully written indie book.
2 stars for making me laugh so hard.
1 star for original characters.
1 star for great length and flow.
1 star for zero grammatical errors.
5 out of 5 stars!
I highly recommend you pick up this book. You won't be sorry; for just $0.99, it's a steal!
I identified with her laidback country life as I, too, went shoeless as a child. She reminded me of those careless unstructured days of childhood. A good read altogether.
Tracy ... I just gotta know ... are you the barefoot contessa? Too funny, reminds me of one time my mom wore her big 'ol fuzzy slippers all the way (40 minute drive) to work before realizing it. But she had to go all the way back home to change into change into her steel-toed work boots!
Every story will have you thinking about your own fond and often hilarious family memories.
Although, I grew up in a big city, reading the stories in this book gave me nice window into what life growing on a farm is like.
The author has a very humorous and captivating style of presenting the stories creating a nice portrait of farm life.
I liked it so much that I'm going to check out her other books as well.
The one story that really hits home for me is "Taking the Joy Out of the Ride". I too had my own share of "car troubles" when I was younger. Only in my case I was about 2 years old and put the car in neutral, only to roll it into my neighbor's garage door, lol. Anyway, it's nice to see that I am not the only one.
Overall Steering Gone Awry is a great book and well worth the read. I really wish the stories would have been longer because they were so entertaining.
Tracy Heath weaves her own brand of humor into each of several country adventures. I enjoyed her break-dancing chickens, ornery steers, craaazy cats! If you have ever owned these sort of animals, you know assortment of personalities you can expect to run in to on a smallish farm. Tracy captures these personas with skill and leaves you laughing at the various exchanges of wit between man and beast.
If you like the rural scene and silly animal tales, get it!