"strong dose of mental hugging warmth"
Five years ago, Beryl thought she and Earl were forever.
However, now in Anchorage, Beryl knows he is going to
leave her soon. Somehow the magic vanished.
In California, Phoebe raises her five year old daughter by
herself, makes a living from the nursery she inherited
from Aunt Sadie, and fails to move past the death of her
beloved. Newcomer Andrew makes her very nervous because
he wants her.
Nance and James still seem in love and have everything at
least in the eyes of an outsider. However, both know what
is missing from their perfect lives. They want a child,
but all they have is miscarriages and a doctor warning for
no more pregnancies.
In Arizona, a dying David asks his friend Ness to help him
see the ocean one last time. She moves heaven and earth
to take him to California though her heart breaks to see
how ill he is.
They are returning to the farm where each found solace in
the land and in Aunt Sadie's words of wisdom from her
As with the previous Bad Girl Creek novels (see BAD GIRL
CREEK and ALONG CAME MARY), GOODBYE, EARL uses alternating
chapters to tell the tales of the four women and other
people in their lives. The story line provides a slice of
Americana as each of the protagonists deal with tragedy
but is helped by the love of friends. Series fans will
appreciate the return especially Aunt Sadie's sage advice
that in this violent world remains simple but worthy. Jo-
Ann Mapson provides a strong dose of mental hugging warmth.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 8, 2003