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Well now, hold the phone!!! There's a new kid on the block who has successfully ignored all the old rules about Keeping It Simple, and for her debut book takes us back to a time and a place that, like Brigadoon, never really existed except in some minds, but is wonderful to think and write and read about. Kaye Wilkinson Barley obviously had fun writing this book, and because of that, I had fun reading it.
The world she has created is so much more than it looks like at first glance because it is a world we all wish we could live in, where days are slow, you have time to sit and watch the sunrise over the ocean in the morning, and everybody loves everybody else. In Whimsey, there is no street crime and the folks all take the time to speak in complete, complex sentences, because in Whimsey, there is all the time in the world to do so. This is the world of the Old South and it all rings true.
Rather than take you through the whole plot, I'm going to tell you about some of the things that charmed me, once I got the hang of the slower manner of the Whimsey folk and began to love them for it. That would be about three or four pages in, when I was hooked for life and sat back to enjoy this read.Read more ›
Whimsey is full of a cast of characters as unique as the island upon which they live, work, and love. The very same island for which the book is named. It's an artists retreat, home for generations of artists to nurture and develop their talents of all types. From painting, pottery, weaving, and photography, and everything in between, the island is brought to life by the people that inhabit it and share their talents.
The main character, Emma (don't call her Emmaline!) has left the island of Whimsey to follow her husband. We are dropped into her life, and her unique head, after that marriage has failed. She's despondent with her life, unsure of who she is and where she belongs. Her aunt and an old friend visit her in Atlanta, to tell her of a new venture they want her to participate in. But she doesn't have the heart to tell them that her jewelry designs just don't have the life they once did.
Suffice it to say, we follow Emma on her journey to rediscover herself, where she belongs and where her heart has always been. She's aided in this journey by her lifelong friends, "The Wicked Women of Whimsey," the ghost of her Great Aunt Elizabeth, and her Aunt Zoe. There is even a little pixie magic to help her along the way as well.
The island of Whimsey is a place where eccentricities are not only accepted as the norm, but encouraged and nurtured. I'd like to find the island of Whimsey for myself!
There's so much to like in this book: the heroine, Emma, a jewelry designer who is trying to get her talent back, and the other Wicked Women of Whimsey, all artists of one sort or another. One of my favorite characters is Emma's great-aunt Elizabeth, who bought the island to set up as an artists' colony, and who, back in the 1940s, wrote a "scandalous" series of novels under the nom de plume Samuel Eli Whimsey. Supernatural characters include Elizabeth, who is still around in the present day in ghostly form, and a mischievous pixie named Earlene. And let's not forget Fred and Pyewackett, corgi and black cat, respectively.
Plus, I enjoyed the references to Willie Nelson, Lee Child/Jack Reacher, and Adele. And the food, yum! Not long after I started reading, I found myself craving apple turnovers, hearty homemade vegetable soup, and steaming cornbread slathered with butter. And, oh yes, there's a complicated romantic situation to be resolved too.
To sum up: This is an optimistic, positive, upbeat tale, with intelligent, creative, likable characters that the reader will enjoy getting to know. Even the villain of the story turns out to be not all that bad!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I truly loved this book. It was filled with all the elements I like in my favorite novels, such as, strong characters, moments of suspense, a place that is magical and makes you... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cynseer Booklover
Fun and light read. Nice twist with having the little magical touches. I would definitely read more by the author especially if set in Whimsey.Published 11 months ago by Marge Muccilli
Wonderful story that I read almost beginning to tend. I was forced to sleep in the middle. Would love to see Emma's grandchildrenPublished 13 months ago by Christmas Carol
I love books that are set in the south and I love fantasy books. This book combines those 2 elements in a very enjoyable read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by E. Todd
I didn't know if I was going to like this book when I first started reading, but the more I read the more intrigued I became. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Paula K Wagaman
I enjoyed the book very much. It was an easy read. The characters were well thought out. And it ended on a happy note. A little something for everyone.Published 14 months ago by Bobbie Lutz
I am sorry to say I thought much of the book was very boring. I kept reading it because I thought it would get better but it didn't so I just skipped alot of the boring stuff. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jean m holzapfel
I want to live in Whimsey! This book proves not only can you go home again but that you should. Emma tried to leave Whimsey in the past but when things go wrong in her life and her... Read morePublished 18 months ago by MissSusie66
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