Last Updated on May 29, 2023 by ellen
This past weekend, I had the chance to finish reading When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna. I love reading stories about people that I can identify with. It really lets me get into the story more when I can feel like I understand who they are and what they’re like. Since I’m a small town girl at heart, I find it easiest to relate to people who live in small towns too.
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When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna
With the heart and humor of Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes and Rebecca Wells’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, author Marci Henna introduces you to the Cranbournes—a mostly lovable and undoubtedly nutty family who’ve had more than their fair share of hard times.
A beautiful blend of tears and laughter, When We Last Spoke tells the tale of sisters Juliet and Evangeline, who are dropped off by their Broadway-bound mother at their paternal grandparents’ Texas ranch in 1967. After their cherished father is killed in Vietnam, the girls are orphaned. Still mourning their son’s death, grandparents Walt and Ruby accept their role as guardians, only to be surprised soon after by another permanent houseguest’s arrival—Walt’s kooky mother, Itasca.
Fast-forward to the present, where the warmhearted home in which the girls grew up is now just a faint memory. The estranged sisters are in need of a good dose of Walt’s famous stargazing wisdom: “You’ve got to look real close. Pay attention to what’s around you in this life. You’re liable to miss something important if you don’t.”
Packed with plenty of quirky characters and hilarious escapades, this must-read novel also digs in deep to the things that matter most—family, friends, love, and forgiveness.
If you’re looking for a book that will make you stop and appreciate the simple things in your life, When We Last Spoke is definitely it. It’s the kind of book you want to curl up with on a cold winter day and just lose yourself in for a few hours. The characters were so easy to identify with and several reminded me of people I know in my own life. Definitely a great weekend read!
There is a film in development for the book right now, and I had the chance to watch an introduction DVD based on the story. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing it when it’s released!
Buy When We Last Spoke by Marci Henna today: Softcover or Kindle
You may want to watch the When We Last Spoke movie.
Ellen is a mom of a 25-year-old son and 30-year-old daughter. She is Grandma to one adorable toddler. In what little spare time she has, she loves to read, watch movies, and check out the latest toys and games.