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Small Change: The Secret Life of Penny Burford Hardcover – September 15, 2002

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Yandell's Small Change is about a devoted housewife, Penny Burford, who scoops up her husband Roy's loose change and eventually puts together a substantial bank account. She uses the money for secret charities, of which the phlegmatic Roy learns only upon Penny's death. Why Penny did what she did the way she did it then becomes the story, and the reader must return to Roy and Penny's childhoods to understand it fully. Yandell is sentimental but not syrupy: Roy and Penny's marriage is realistically drawn, and the points she makes about the nature of charity are well taken. John Mort
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Yandell reaches out to touch the minds and hearts of couples everywhere with her sensitively moving little book. -- Youngstown (OH) Vindicator - Aug. 25, 2002
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing; First ed edition (September 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581823045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581823042
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Small Change is all about the human spirit and how a speck of ambition coupled with a little courage can make gigantic changes in many lives. Penny Burford didn't win the lottery, didn't have a job, didn't have an eduction and had never even eaten a hamburger because Roy, her overbearing and demanding husband didn't go to fast food places. Penny was the textbook wife to Roy, having and raising his children, buying the groceries on the strict budget Roy allowed her, cooking his meals and cleaning his house, including picking up the pocket change he annoyingly dropped on the dresser daily. Then, one day she dropped a stray nickel into her pocket. Penny Burford and all the lives she touched in her small Georgia community were forever changed that day.
A beautiful book that brings new meaning to "Its not what you have but what you do with it that counts."
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Small Change is a priceless treasure. If you like a story to read like a long talk with a close friend you will enjoy this conversation with J. Belinda Yandell. If you still believe in random acts of kindness and the power of small wonders, if you can believe in the magic of everyday lives, if you read to feel good, don't miss this book!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Everyone can relate to someone in this story. Heartwarming, funny, and very entertaining. You soon will not forget this story and will remember the lesson that could "change" your life!! I'm waiting for it to become a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movie!!! P.S. Hey OPRAH, this needs to be in your book club!!
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This audio book touched my heart and I have a list of friends I want to share it with. How little we know the people we live with everyday and what a shame secrets die with so many. I, too, expect this to be made into a warm Christmas movie. Hope this first publication will lead to more.
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By A Customer on May 2, 2001
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This is a really sweet story (without being drippy) of how one ordinary woman changes her life a nickel at a time. It points out a fundamental truth: having money of your own changes things. (And Penny's choice of a hiding place for her "change" -- a tampon box in the bathroom, because her husband would NEVER look in it -- is priceless.)
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This book was endearing and heartfelt. I liked it so much I gave it for christmas gifts. Very much worth the time (although it was only about an hour) it took to read.
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By A Customer on May 16, 2001
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This heartwarming story helped to remind me how easy it is to forget the value of the small things in life.
Eye-opening and inspiring.
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This book will warm your heart. Although it starts out slowly, it picks up and you can't wait to see what Penny does next. After reading it, I wonder how many women out there do things their spouses never know they did. And it could work in reverse. How many men do things their wives never knew about? I know there are the negative things we always hear about but I am thinking about all of the good things. A big thank you to the author for a wonderful book.
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