Velma Still Cooks in Leeway

Velma Still Cooks in LeewayVelma Still Cooks in LeewayVelma Still Cooks in Leeway by Vinita Hampton Wright by Vinita Hampton Wright

The title alone would never have compelled me to grab this book. Neither would the description (I’m such a genre fiction fan that general fiction rarely calls my name). What did convince me to give the book a try was that it was a popular pick for my book club, before I was attending it. I wanted to see what I’d missed!

This was an unexpectedly delightful book – I loved Velma as a character, and loved her distinctive voice. The story-telling was so strong, and even though I guessed one of the events that occurred late in the book (no more details for fear of spoilers), it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the book. And it didn’t prevent me from crying, but maybe that was just pregnancy hormones. (probably not though)

Recommended, and now I’m looking forward to trying another book by the author. This one was such a treat.

Publisher’s Description:
As the town’s chief cook and part-time janitor for Jerusalem Baptist church, Velma Brendle has never done anything more outstanding than putting on a good meal at Velma’s Place, the one restaurant in Leeway, Kansas, but she takes good care of her customers, neighbors, and friends. However, in the midst of these two jobs, Velma’s husband stops talking, Cousin Albert comes to live with her, and she finds herself dealing with the town’s problems. As memories of past troubles plague her, she grows weary from even the tasks she loves the most. Old Sunday School lessons take on new meanings, and new problems illuminate trials Velma thought were long over. In sudden leaps of faith and moments of tragedy, Velma and all those she loves journey toward facing their sins and finding forgiveness.

Book Details

Title: Velma Still Cooks in LeewayVelma Still Cooks in Leeway by Vinita Hampton Wright
Author: Vinita Hampton Wright
Category: Fiction
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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  1. I have a great-aunt Velma… she lives in Kansas… and she is an amazing cook! I think I need to read this one for sure. =)

  2. I’m so glad to see you enjoyed this book! I LOVED this book (and I am NOT usually a fan of fiction with a Southern bent). I actually included it in my blog post of my favorite life-changing reads. I read it when I lived in NYC, and it spoke to my heart in that season of life more than I think it would’ve otherwise. I’m reading one of Vinita Hampton Wright’s nonfiction books, and LOVING it: The Soul Tells A Story: Engaging Creativity with Spirituality in the Writing Life. Just saw that she also released a book on spiritual writing last fall (The Art of Spiritual Writing) that I’m looking forward to reading next. (She actually recommends reading ‘The Soul Tells A Story’ 1st in the forward of her newest book.) Love your posts, as always! 🙂

    • I’m not either, which is why I know I’d have never picked it up if it weren’t for the trusted recommendation. I was so surprised by how much I loved it.

      And I am thrilled to hear such good things about her nonfiction – will have to look for it!


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