"A delight to experience"
In Valentine, Oklahoma, Marilee James cannot believe
that she agreed to temporarily take over the Valentine
Voice until the new editor arrives. Marilee's life is so
filled with responsibility she has no time for herself or
her dreams. She raises both her child Willie Lee who has
special needs and an abandoned niece Corrine all by herself
so why did she promise Muriel she would run the paper too
even if she is the star reporter. Desperate, Marilee is
thinking of marriage to the nice local vet, not out of
love, but out of need for help.
Muriel's big city cousin Tate Holloway arrives in town
to take over the newspaper. Tate is BMW with a fiancee
waiting for him. When he reaches his new home, he finds
Willie Lee sleeping on his porch. Tate soon meets Willie
Lee's mom, his reporter Marilee and finds he wants to share
overriped peaches and cold tea with her and her brood.
Curtiss Ann Matlock takes readers on a drive back to
warm, humorous, and inspiring lessons of love and
relationships. The amusing story line never loses sight of
the plight of the single mother raising two needy
children. The audience will empathize with Marilee's
predicament and the emotional problems of Willie Lee and
Corrine. Tate adds to the mix by knowing what he wants and
not allowing two little responsibilities to deter him from
needing to sip tea with Marilee for the rest of his life.
Ms. Matlock digs deep into the soul of humanity with this
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 16, 2001