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Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale Hardcover – April 26, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Adult HC/TR; First Edition edition (April 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157196
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I never pay attention to the praise "blurbs" plastered on a book cover by "Best Selling Authors." I've worked in the publishing business and I know that a majority of the time, those authors haven't even read the book, they are simply helping each other out.
HOWEVER.
I'm quite sure the "famous" blurbs on Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale are true - because I, a very very very picky reader, opened the first page and couldn't put the book down!
I recently read a best selling author's most recent book and it really lacked a plot, was very character driven. While this does have a plot, it meanders, it winds slowly, however, in a wonderful, delightful awesome way. Like driving on the back roads to the beach on a beautiful summer morning and being struck by how green the trees are, how the sun drapes everything in a marmalade glow.
The characters are flawed, yet drawn in such a way that you instantly make a spot for them in your heart. The writing, Southern and luxurious with a bit of bite like a Kentucky bourbon pecan pie.
I can't remember being this excited about a book (more importantly, a new author) in a long, long time.
It doesn't matter what this book is about, because the author could probably write about walking to the mailbox and turn it into a masterpiece.
Do you get that I love this book?
It is about family, forgiveness, secrets, misunderstandings, friendships told in the course of a day during which aging but feisty Faith Bass Darling is practically giving away family heirlooms in an estate sale that she hastily put together on the morning of Dec 31, 1999.
As a Vine Reviewer, we have many, many, books to choose from. Most I end up choosing end up being "blah" as I'm hard to please.
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I just finished this book, and while I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, it was fabulously entertaining. One by one, a cast of characters from this little Texas town were introduced. Each with a distinct personality, each with a memory or a thought about the Bass/Darling family.

What starts out as an ordinary garage sale on the last day of the previous millenium, turns into a day of redemption and reckoning. We learn the truths of these characters in a way that makes us root for each of them and their own personal battles.

You will be intrigued to find out why Faith Bass Darling is emptying her mansion of antiques and selling everything for next to nothing. Spanish linin tablecloths - 10 for $1. Dining room table - $20. Four poster Chippendale bed - $20.

You will be interested to hear about Bobbi, who went to the mansion only once as a child, but it became her dream to know more about these treasures.

You will be fascinated by the elephant clock, a treasure of epic proportions, that is worth of a museum, not just a big ol' mansion in a small Texas town.

You will fall in love with the Deputy Sheriff who has a history and a deep dark secret and looks out for Mrs. Darling.

You will loathe Claude Angus Darling, the deceased husband of Faith, who was not kind to his wife, to his children, to his children's friends.

You will love that the water lily painting - through divine intervention - makes it back home.

You will love the feeling of coming home that was written into the pages of this book, no matter where you grew up or where you currently live.

You will want to purchase this book because the read is so worth it.
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Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale is a story of what happens at the end of a life. What are the things you keep, lose or give away...What happens when one day you wake up knowing this will be your last day?

If you are saucy 70 yr. old Faith Bass darling, the richest gal in Bass Texas you decide on the spur of the moment to have a garage sale and sell all the things you once thought were so very, very important to you.

Faith wakes up on the last day of 1999 confused and alone, knowing that tonight she will die but before she goes she must have a huge garage sale because God woke her up and told her so!

Her husband and son are dead, her daughter is estranged. She is alone with a house full of treasures. Her mind is failing and she is moving back and forth in time reflecting on the parts of her life, good and bad that she can still remember.

She reconnects with friends & neighbors she has not seen for years with her garage sale who are delighted with her high priced merchandise going for pennies!
There are some heartbreaking, funny and bittersweet moments in this book. It is a very good and satisfying read
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While the world braces for computer chaos on the eve before Y2K, Faith Bass Darling has a different priority. She is the sole occupant of the family mansion in Bass, Texas. On December 31, 1999 she decides she will die the next day. To prepare, seventy-year-old Faith dons her best white summer dress and matching sun hat. She pays teenage boys to carry her belongings out onto the big wrap-around porch and front lawn. Tiffany lamps, an antique French clock, and an heirloom wedding ring from 1870 are some of the "bargains" she tags for a garage sale. Her Alzheimer disease hides any memory of the care given to these heirlooms by generations of her family.

Faith's life is told in a series of flashbacks. Her family losses are moving and sensitively told. Her garage sale and bargain-pricing of invaluable items show she puts little stock in worldly possessions. What ultimately matters to Faith Bass Darling is freedom from her mind, which she constantly struggles to keep intact.

Ironic and interesting are the sections titled "Provenance" where the author values and explains the history behind the "priceless" items Faith sells for a pittance. The book draws a line between rich and poor and is an important message that wealth doesn't necessarily bring happiness. Well-written and original, Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale is a debut deserving of your attention.

Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
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