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Finding Home by [Weger, Jackie]
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"This is the funniest book I have ever read- get it on KU or buy it-you won't be disappointed!" ~ TX Booklover.

"This was an awesome read. The characters are fantastic and you can't help but love them...The dialogue is just awesome. Loved It!" ~~ eva aldridge, avp

"This book had me laughing out loud so hard I got mad that I couldn't stop to continue reading. So glad I didn't miss this one." ~~ toots, avp.

"What a gem of a story. Interesting, witty, heartwarming, charming, and just plain lovable. If all romance novels were written this well and this entertaining I would do nothing else in life beside read. Loved every character crafted and the timeless setting they are carved out of. Read the author's reluctant biography for a treat, I'd love to meet her--I'm sure we'd be fast friends." ~~ chickenscratch, avp

From the Author

As a rule major characters in every novel have a back story. Back stories are essential to a character's personality. It defines how they think, move, speak and interact with other characters before they ever step on page. Back stories seldom find their way into a simple romance novel because they slow the pace of the story. In truth, a back story is only essential for character development. Yet, back stories are the very essence of a character. Here is Phoebe Hawley's back story.
 
Phoebe's ancestors migrated and set up tiny secluded homesteads deep within the Okefenokee Swamp and Suwannee River basin in Georgia and North Florida. Her people came from England--many were runaway indentured servants from the colony General Oglethorpe brought to Georgia. For over two hundred years her ancestors existed as a secluded tribe of swamp people. They were the purest Anglo-Saxon stock in America, and their speech, undiluted by contact with modern America for over two hundred years, was Chaucer's; Elizabethan. The swamp settlers were wild, wary, witty, fiercely independent and shrewd. They hunted and trapped every wild creature from deer, bear and wild boar to feed and clothe themselves. They fished, grew their own food and herbs, spun their own cotton, tanned leather for shoes, and carved canoes to navigate the swamp. They didn't hold with government and laws that poached on independence and pride. Excursions to the outside world were few and only to sell alligator hides and trade that cash for sugar, flour, salt, kerosene and perhaps a bolt of sturdy denim or sewing needles.
 
Isolated deep within the Okefenokee, two-hundred years of progress, wars, and the Great Depression passed them by until 1942, when Roosevelt, gearing up for war and needing wood from the massive swamp forests of cypress and pine, forced the people out.
 
The people didn't go far, only to the saw mills at the edge of the swamp and when the saw mills closed, they went to work in the paper mills; when the paper mills along the coasts of Florida and Georgia 'dragged up', they migrated into mill towns. And here, for the first time, the former swamp women came into their own. They put away their spinning wheels, their quilt-making, their cast-iron soap-making pots and went to work in cotton mills spinning thread and filling bobbins. Years went by. Then cotton mills across the South began to close and the people began to migrate once again. Living as 'outlanders' had acclimated them to 'Ameriky' and most had lost much of the Elizabethan dialect, but the rhythm of the language hummed on, as did their elemental code of independence and moral rightness. If anything, six generations of living as outlanders had sharpened their intelligence, hardened their pride and increased their independent spirit. Yet, one thing never changed--when practical choice allows the privilege, the descendants of those early swamp settlers gravitate to land and water. 
 
Which is why Phoebe Hawley, an out-of-work-mill girl, six generations removed from the Okefenokee Swamp, and on a mission to find her family a home, aims her old truck South--toward the coast and finds exactly the right place in the tiny fishing village of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, where a half-dozen great and small rivers and canals flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Phoebe recognizes G.G. Morgan's kissing lips, but is more impressed with the calluses on his hands--a working man's hands. Moreover, she is instantly enamored of G. G. Morgan's land, long before she's enamored of the man himself.
 
 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1910 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jackie Weger; 2 edition (December 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D7WKQRA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The first thing that struck me in Jackie Weger's Eye of the Beholder was the brilliant dialogue, and by brilliant I mean realistic and true to life. I'm not from the South, but I've lived South of the Mason-Dixon line for the last 20 years, and Weger captures the rhythm and dialect of a proud but poor Southern woman, Phoebe Hawley, with verisimilitude. I reckon I could listen to Phoebe talk all day, and today, I did. I read Eye of the Beholder practically in one sitting.

And for me, that's saying a lot. I don't have much time to read. Moreover, I don't usually read romances, but I'd heard great things about Weger's work, so I decided to give this novel a try, and I'm sure glad I did.

Phoebe is a hotheaded, hard-working redhead who is desperate to provide for her siblings. Desperate to find a better way. She ends up running into (quite literally) a similarly-hardworking, proud widower, and from the very first moment Phoebe and Gage Morgan meet, they argue like crabs tossing around in a boiling pot. Eventually, they quit fighting, because this is a romance, but it's also one with a conclusion I found believable.

I'd be amiss if I did not comment on two more things: the writing is as solid as the plot is well-constructed. And the editing is professional, both on a developmental level and a copy edit level.

An enthusiastic five stars from me.

E.L. Farris
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Eye of the beholder is a book with plenty of southern charm and whit. Phoebe Hawley is a woman full of pride, loyalty and the owner of one heck of a smart mouth. Generally I am not a big fan of romance novels, and while that opinion still stands, I cannot deny that I found phoebe to be a breath of fresh air as far as female romance novel characters go. She stood strong throughout the story and portrayed many traits I myself have been known to have...hello stubbornness! The author was lovely in her descriptions of the area in which the characters reside in the story. I was easily able to picture in my mind the home of the Morgan's, the little church, and even the slightly too inquisitive people of the town. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable read and made it through the book in a matter of days. I would certainly recommend this book to any lovers of romance novels ( and don't worry there are plenty of steamy adult scenes), as well as people who want to give romance a try for the first time. It should be noted that this book is definitely one of an adult nature and is not recommended for younger readers. Now go out and get yourself some Hawley pride!
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Out of work and down on her luck, Phoebe takes to the road in a rusty old truck with two of her siblings in tow. She wasn't looking for love. Gage owns the junkyard, a hardened heart and a suspicious nature. Children play a major part in this story, as an energetic asthmatic 5-year-old boy, a mascara-yearning tweenager, and a lonely little girl learn the rewards of hard work and the value of family.

The author gifted me a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I read it in one sitting because I could not put it down. This book is written in dialect and might not be for everyone, but it didn't make me no nevermind. The characters are well drawn, the love story realistic and the humor shines right through to your heart.
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This wasn't just a great love story, with characters you get to know so well and feel so much for, it was an amazing work of art!! I was thoroughly impressed by the authors ability to really convey the realism with her use of language.

It takes a lot to impress me with writing, and I must say, this is one of the best!! Very original and had me hooked pretty quick!

Five stars all the way!!!
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I would give it 10. What a story, what characters! What a sense of humor this lady has. OMG I belly laughed and was sad and it ran the gambet of all my feelings. If you don't read this, you will have missed the best book... the most interesting characters and the best love story I have read in some time. Phoebe is a sweet, sour, hot headed red head but boy is she stubborn. In a good way. Gage is so bullheaded and when these two get together, the fun begins. You will laugh, guaranteed... I definitely recommend.
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Phoebe is a headstrong girl who has a lot of moxie. Jackie Weger weaves a heartwarming tale of love that is fun and inspiring. A great read!
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Phoebe is looking after her brother and sister (Willie-Boy and Maydean), but not as well as she'd like. They're pretty close to rock-bottom when she literally backs into trouble with a capital T. The man emerging from the truck she'd just hit looked rather terse, and he talked a good game too. She'd have to pony up seventy dollars or she could say goodbye to her bumper - license plate and all. Since that's seventy dollars more than she had to her name, it wasn't gonna happen anytime soon.

Phoebe just needs to find where he's taken the back end of her truck and get it back. She gets some help from a policeman - whom she told that G.G. Morgan was her cousin. She has pride, but pride isn't gonna get her on the road to find a place for her family. She finds Gage's house in the middle of his scrapyard, and to her surprise, a daughter that is being tended to about as good as the grounds upon which she lives.

If Gage won't give her the bumper without payment, well then - she can work with that. She does all the things he's been ignoring since his wife drowned a year ago. Like cooking, cleaning, making sure Dorie stays out of trouble and gets human company. Gage may not like that Phoebe has insinuated herself in his life without his consent, but he can't argue that she hasn't done some good around the place.

Even though she's gangly and terribly naive, he knows she's a little too sly for his liking. So when Gage starts feeling attracted to her, he pushes it away as fast as he can. He knows better. However, Phoebe doesn't know anything about the things she's starting to feel for Gage. All she knows is that she wants to get closer.

The thing is, she definitely hasn't been completely honest with the man she's fallen in love with.
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