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WHIMSEY: A NOVEL by [Barley, Kaye Wilkinson]
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About the Author

WHIMSEY is Kaye Wilkinson Barley's first novel. She lives with her husband, Don, in the North Carolina Mountains along with their Harley Doodle Barley, the Wonder Corgi. You can follow news about Whimsey here - http://www.kayewilkinsonbarley.com/ Kaye is Blog Mistress of Meanderings and Muses, which you can follow here - http://www.meanderingsandmuses.com/ She also steps in as "Oh, Kaye! once a month at Jungle Red Writers - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/ She was a contributor to two Western North Carolina regional anthologies - "Clothes Lines," and "Women's Spaces Women's Places." Both edited by Celia H. Miles and Nancy Dillingham

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  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BC3GZJ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dean Koontz said, in a recent article where he gives seven tips to new writers: "Minimalist writing, in the tradition of Hemingway, has been taught for so many decades that much of what is published these days lacks character and color. Metaphor, simile, all kinds of figures of speech have evaporated from much modern fiction, and many new writers have no interest in using the language in vivid and inventive ways."

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.
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Whimsey is an island and also a place in your heart, and in your mind. It is the story of the many people who live on Whimsey and how they support their lives. They overcome hardship and old hurts to become what they are best suited for. There is humor, heartache, commitment, and yes some magic that helps these rather lovely people find the happiness they seek. This is a charming parable like story of what finding your truth and making your dreams a reality. As I said, I want to be there.
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Whimsey, A Novel has a cast of unforgettable characters. The Wicked Women of Whimsey, a naughty little pixie, kindly ghosts and, notably, Aunt Zoe. Romance abounds and secrets are afoot. I found this novel enchanting, entrancing and absolutely delightful. I was sorry when it ended and I'm hoping for a sequel. A wonderful read.
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I began this book, Whimsey, not sure of what exactly to expect. I knew that without a doubt, it would be a trip. Never did I imagine that it would be such a great one!
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!
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This feel-good story was so much fun to read! The action takes place mostly on Whimsey, a Southern island off the coast of Georgia, a special place with a touch of magic that helps artists thrive.

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!
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