"A warm and fuzzy tale"
The three sixty-something friends (Grace Singleton, Hannah
Parrish and Amelia Declose) share a farmhouse in Covington,
North Carolina. The trio also once shared the belief that
life is over except for waiting to die for the geriatric
set. However, the farm provides a cleansing and renewal of
spirit for the threesome. Amelia turns to photography and
shows plenty of talent. Hannah creates a thriving
greenhouse. Grace turns to cooking.
However, not all is perfect. Hannah's daughter Laura
barely survived a hurricane that destroyed her boat home
and left her severely injured mentally and physically. She
moves in with the three elderly women while she struggles
to recover. Grace learns she suffers from diabetes, but
cannot yet cope with that knowledge. Amelia knows her
troubles pale in comparison, but her new thirst for life is
in jeopardy as she frets that no one seems to want her
photos beyond her immediate friends.
Fans of the Covington novels will enjoy the third tale
though in many ways it is repetitious of the previous plots
in which the three women confront age with its problems by
renewing their lives with so-called youthful undertakings.
The story line is fun while providing the message that no
one is old if their young at heart, clearly encouraging the
audience to do not act as spectators as someone else's life
flashes by. FROM THE HEART OF COVINGTON is a well written
modern day novel that showcases Joan Medlicott's ability to
dramatize people's plights while inspiring readers to live
life filled with zest and to the fullest.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 21, 2002