Velma Still Cooks in Leeway 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.
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.
Title: Velma Still Cooks in Leeway
Author: Vinita Hampton Wright
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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