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Making Arrangements by [Robinson, Ferris]
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Length: 319 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gently seductive, moving and often humorous, Making Arrangements proves an extraordinarily beguiling fictional debut for Robinson. With a theme that naturally leans towards the maudlin, it's richly layered and purposefully paced. There are laugh out loud moments, and then quiet moments when we're touched by the enormity of events in Lang's life. On this level, there's a duality to Robinson's story as she confidently explores difficult emotions and life decisions, but it's in moments of levity that her novel really connects and illuminates her characters. With a deft narrative and melodious dialogue, she brings them to life. They're polished, intelligent and well-pitched without feeling overly intrusive, and in this way Robinson gets to the crux of Jack's secret and the legacy of his death. Drawing her readers in with a plot that is both well-conceived and intriguing, she not only delivers a beautifully crafted story, but one which encourages more than just passing reflection along the way. Robinson touches on notes of longing, middle-aged foibles and the realisation that it's often the unexpected things that are beyond our control that bring us the moments of greatest clarity. 
An altogether absorbing read and a highly notable fiction debut, Making Arrangements is likely to have broad appeal and is recommended without reservation.
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If you are looking for a mixture of heartbreak and humor, delve into Ferris Robinson's Making Arrangements, a beautifully written family drama sprinkled with scenes of hilarity. Every character is fully developed, and by the end of the book I knew I was going to miss these newfound friends the author had created. The main character, Lang, is battling cancer and has written letters to her husband to be read on holidays, birthdays and anniversaries after her death, but nothing works out as she had planned. She unearths secrets, battles and betrayals, and wonders if she can ever find forgiveness. When I came to the end of the book I found myself in tears, hurting and rejoicing at the same time.
Alice Smith, author of Rhythm of Stillness and A Place Where Secret Shadows Shine

Author Robinson knows how to make things complicated, and in this case, that's a good thing. The main character, Lang, is having trouble coming to terms with her impending demise when something even worse happens. A series of messy complications follows one right after the other. Will she work herself out of the quagmire of health, financial, and family problems? And what will happen to her sweet grand daughter? Robinson kept me guessing, and I could not put this one down.
Janie Dempsey Watts, author of Moon Over Taylor's Ridge and Return to Taylor's Crossing
Making Arrangements has made a lasting impression on me, and I'm enjoying thinking about it. The author conceived such great characters -- characters we all know but haven't defined as humorously and thoughtfully as Robinson did -- the tacky, striving (yet loving) friend, the grasping and greedy child, the philandering husband, and best of all -- the emerging woman, confident in her own identity. Too, I loved the kind man who has learned to appreciate a good woman. I can see a screenplay or script for a play being made of the story. I can see it enacted now!
Anne Rittenberry, 2016 Signal Mountain Community Guild Woman of the Year

About the Author

Ferris Robinson lives in a beautiful part of East Tennessee with her husband and two dogs. The mother of three grown sons, she delights in the fact that her dogs obey her - more or less. A former columnist for the Chattanooga Free Press, she is now the editor of the Lookout Mountain Mirror and the Signal Mountain Mirror. Her work has been published numerous times in The Christian Science Monitor and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She is a columnist at chattanoogan.com. The author of several cookbooks, including Never Trust a Hungry Cook, which she wrote in college, Simplify Supper and the Gorgeless Gourmet's Cookbook, Ferris was featured on the cover of Woman's World magazine. Promoting her easy but healthy recipes, she made numerous television appearances and sold 10,000 copies of the Gorgeless Gourmet's Cookbook, pre-Internet. Subscribers from every state subscribed to her newsletter, The Gorgeless Gourmet's Newsletter. She also wrote Dogs and Love - Sixteen Stories of Fidelity, and Authentic Log Homes, featuring hand-hewn log homes. "Making Arrangements" is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2314 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Kindle Press (July 5, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 5, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EZ4B0UK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you are looking for a mixture of heartbreak and humor delve into Ferris Robinson's Making Arrangements, a beautifully written family drama sprinkled with scenes of hilarity. Every character is fully developed, and by the end of the book I knew I was going to miss these newfound friends the author had created. The main character Lang is battling cancer and has written letters to her husband to be read on holidays, birthdays and anniversaries after her death, but nothing works out as she had planned. She unearths secrets, battles betrayals and wonders if she can ever find forgiveness. When I came to the end of the book I found myself in tears, hurting and rejoicing at the same time. What a heartfelt story! Thank you Ferris Robinson!
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This is a beautifully written story with characters so wonderfully developed that I felt that I knew them, and I found myself identifying with their every trait, good or bad. The way the author expresses love...the way a woman loves a man, a child or a friend...is amazing and I found myself deeply moved in every chapter. The story has many twists and turns and makes a riveting and exciting read. I am looking forward to reading more from this writer.
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What an absolutely delightful story. Although it is centred around a main character who is going through the dual suffering of having cancer and losing her husband unexpectedly, overall this was a story that made me feel good about appreciating life and the people in it. There were a few moments in the story that made me a bit tearful, but really this book is very much a joy to read. Great writing by Ferris Robinson - and congratulations on your Kindle Scout success!
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I have just finished reading this lovely novel by Ferris Robinson. With grace and a deft touch, the author draws out of each character a multifaceted reality, and with each turn of the plot, I was more and more drawn into their world. I fell in love with this book and was sorry to see it end. Highly recommended!
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Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of Making Arrangements, a delightful and well-written first novel by Ferris Robinson. I could not put it down and retread it immediately after finishing it the first time. Well done, Ferris! Please rest up and do it again!
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I literally could not put this down! I read a lot and many different types. I would put it up there with some of the best sellers that I have recently read. " Girl On A Train" comes to mind. It lends itself to a series and I hope that the author will continue. The characters are well written to the point that they feel like family. Unpredictable twists and turns that keep the reader's interest. Well worth the time but my suggestion would be to read on a weekend or a night when you don't need much sleep because it will keep you captivated.
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The repartee between the characters was witty and quick, and the story was heartwarming at the same time. Author did a wonderful job making the reader truly know the characters. They felt as real as any characters I've read. And I liked all of them - would love to have a beer with AJ!
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This is a good book with an imaginative theme. I liked her main character, Lane, who holds a grudge against her mother for not "being there" when she was being raised by her grandmother. You find out towards the end of the book why her mother wasn't around during Lang's youth, and I would have liked for the author to expound on that more and bring a better resolution between daughter and mother. Lang has return of her cancer, which you learn about on page 1 of the book. I don't think the lack of medical treatment is realistic. Overall, this author has a wonderful writing style and I definitely look forward to reading her next book and where her imagination takes her.
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