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Jim and Louella's Homemade Heart-fix Remedy Hardcover – August 13, 2002
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Top Customer Reviews
Told largely in Louella's point of view, the reader will enjoy her sense of humor, her witty retorts, and her self-proclaimed "country" ways. The book has a wonderful cast of supporting characters that symbolically represent the good, the bad, the lost, and confused. Berry delivers a powerful message at the end, which we have come to expect as demonstrated in earlier works such as Redemption Song and The Haunting of Hip Hop. Her fans will not be disappointed because she is still on target with her keen storytelling ability and lyrical writing style. This little book is a keeper!
The story, to this point is very sweet, heart tugging and completely believable... but things get a little weird when both Jim and Louella realize that because of all their lovemaking, they now have the "gift" of reading people's minds. Between the two of them, they are privy to the secrets in the "downstairs" of the souls of everyone in town. To make things stranger still, Jim's long lost brother shows up, to explain how the "gift" is a family heirloom passed down from generation to generation, and that Louella has received the gift because of her loving relationship with Jim.
Armed with the "gift" the couple decides that they should help people find love. The walking wounded they try to teach to "walk in love" include a farmer with a hygiene problem who's wife doesn't want him any more, a dysfunctional librarian who distrusts people, a prostitute dying of cancer, and a crossing guard who molests children. All this mind-reading and reaching-out makes the Johnsons suspect among their neighbors and not everyone is happy with their do-gooding.Read more ›
Louella Parsons had certainly forgotten this, but very early on in JIM AND LOUELLA'S HOMEMADE HEART-FIX REMEDY, Louella is reminded. In an enchanting and enchanted dream, Louella is visited by her grandmother, her mother and her aunt, all voices of tried and true, down-home, country wisdom, tweaked with a dash of surprising spice. Louella explains to her predecessors her simple, familiar plight: married for twenty-six years to Jim, they have become complacent and their romance routine. Her female ancestors give her very powerful advice, promising her rejuvenation of body and soul if she can adhere to the basic rules they lay before her.
To put the spark back in the bedroom --- and, actually, every room in the house! ---they must spend three days limiting their sexual activities as dictated by Louella's long-dead kin. While taking advice from the dead and buried may seem bizarre, in REMEDY it's absolutely charming-and successful!
Written in a folksy, comforting and accessible style, the advice to Jim and Louella goes something like this --- on day one, they can talk about intimacy, but they cannot act. On the second day, they can touch, but they cannot taste. On the final day they are limited to tasting, but nothing else. These scenes are tantalizing, teasing, and enough to jumpstart anyone's libido. Berry builds a loving, sexual tension of great power, until, finally, on the fourth day, Louella and Jim can't keep their hands off each other.
But they don't just recapture their love life-they reinvent it.Read more ›
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