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Gardenias For Breakfast

Paperback|Jan 2005
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A sweet, southern novel about mothers and daughters - and the knotted ties that bind them. "Everybody has a story. You listen to their story, Honeygirl, and your story will come find you." Her Grand Lady spoke these...


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A sweet, southern novel about mothers and daughters - and the knotted ties that bind them.

"Everybody has a story. You listen to their story, Honeygirl, and your story will come find you."

Her Grand Lady spoke these words when Abby was just a girl growing up in rural Louisiana, surrounded by an extended, loving family. She's been listening carefully ever since.

Now Abby is raising her own family thousands of miles away. And even though Hawaii might seem like paradise to some, it's a long way away from those idyllic days she remembers, sitting with her grandmother, learning about the beauty and mystery of life. So Abby has just one wish: that her daughter Hannah might be touched by the beauty of her 92-year-old Grand Lady's stories, before it's too late.

But when Hannah finally does spend time with her Grand Lady, the old woman crushes her tender spirit.

A mother-daughter journey "home" becomes an adventure of discovery - about the importance of family and the healing found in forgiveness.

-Publisher

"Everybody has a story," said Grandma, "and if you listen . . . your story will come find you." Since childhood in Louisiana, Abby has been listening. Now in Hawaii, she wishes that her daughter, Hannah, could hear one of her great-grandmother's stories before it's too late---or does she?
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 223150
  • Product Code 0849944473
  • EAN 9780849944475
  • UPC 023755022646
  • Pages 320
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Jan 2005
  • Dimensions 216 x 137 x 21mm
  • Weight 0.318kg

Robin Jones Gunn

Robin Jones Gunn is the award-winning, bestselling author of over 60 books with more than 3.5 million copies sold, including the popular Glenbrooke series, the Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen series for teens. A frequent speaker at women's events, she lives with her husband, Ross, and their two teenage children near Portland, Oregon.- Publisher. .


Prologue


"Everybody has a story. You listen to their story, Honeygirl, and your story will come find you."


I was twelve the summer my grandmother gave me those words. She touched my flushed cheek with her small, soft hands and kissed the end of my freckled nose. We were sitting on her porch swing, listening to the lush Louisiana twilight being beckoned to our corner of the world by the crickets' persistent chitter-buzz.


I think I remember that moment so clearly not because of Grand Lady's words but because of her touch. For years she had given me words. Every year on my birthday she had sent me a book. Each Christmas she had sent me a handwritten poem along with a pair of pink slippers. But on this rare occasion when I sat beside Grand Lady and she gave me her soft touch along with her words, I felt blessed by some sort of beauty that was larger than life.


Last spring, my daughter turned twelve, and I had only one wish. I wanted Hannah to go to Louisiana, as I had when I was her age. I wanted my ninety-two-year-old Grand Lady to touch Hannah's face and to give her the soft words that would go inside and bless her. I wanted Hannah to know the same mysterious beauty that had filled a solitary place in my spirit with hope.


No one, not even my husband, knew about my secret wish. If I had told Tom, he would have tried to scrape together the money, and I knew we didn't have it. We own a small business on a small island. The island of Maui. Yes, we are blessed to live there. We realize that. Visitors from around the world come to our shop to rent snorkel gear and tell us if they lived here they would never want to leave. I didn't want to leave for good. Only for a week or so.


Then an unexpected twist caused my wish to come true.


The day school ended for the summer, Hannah and I took off on our adventure. We drove hundreds of miles with Arizona sunsets in the rearview mirror and Texas thunderstorms through the windshield. We arrived in Louisiana on a sultry summer's eve, and I felt as if we had stepped into a dream. Everything was familiar: the Big House, the cemetery, the Piggly Wiggly, even the pew where we sat beside Grand Lady on Sunday morning and I slipped my grown hand into hers.


Hannah shucked corn at Mr. Joe's fruit stand and ventured into the attic where she discovered Aunt Peg's sixty-year-old mothballed gowns. My sweet girl gathered gardenias by the basketful and wore them in her hair the night she lit up the evening sky with sparklers. We drank Southern sweet tea like hummingbirds and ate enough Louisiana black-eyed peas to last us for a good long while.


Then one afternoon, when I wasn't looking, Grand Lady touched my Hannah's face and gave her words that crushed her.


That was the day my story came and found me.

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