I cried, I laughed, I smiled - I couldn't put down Wide Plank Porches. I am a southerner, though I was born and lived many years in the north as a Yankee; but in Wide Plank Porches I could see friends and neighbors and God's messages, and people in my church. It is a very true to life fictional story of the Parker family, Charlotte, Purdy and Janie. Purdy, the bossy sister, believes it is her duty to run the family and make sure everyone is doing the "right thing." Charlotte is the sister who must toe the line by always doing what Purdy says, whether she likes it or not. Janie is Charlotte's daughter, who has come home from college, pregnant and unmarried and wanting very much to have her baby. Each chapter is told through the eyes of Purdy, Charlotte and Janie, and we come to understand their feelings, hopes and dreams.
Wide Plank Porches is a family tale about following the rules of southern society; listening to and believing in God and having faith; love of family and true friendships. I would love to see this become a Hallmark movie or a TV show sharing life in Riverton, North Carolina with the Parkers, their family and friends. Laura Frances has written Wide Plank Porches about all of the important elements that make up a family, touching on both the good and the bad things that go on. I highly recommend this to all southerners and those wannabe Scarlet O'Hara ladies, and none will be disappointed.