Posted 2008-05-25 12:05 PM (#9555 - in reply to #9548) Subject: RE: Fool's Puzzle - Ch.'s 1-5
Isn't that the truth Pat!! Jess read the first page to me over the phone from the book store when she first started planning this project and I almost fell off my chair laughing. Gotta love a book that can make you laugh out loud in the first paragraph!! Can't wait to dive into the book further and will certainly take it with me to College Station next week.
Posted 2008-05-27 6:52 PM (#9697 - in reply to #9555) Subject: RE: Fool's Puzzle - Ch.'s 1-5
I've read the first two chapters and I must say that I really like the character of Dove very well too. I think it was you Pat who said she was your favorite character. Well so far, I think she is mine too.
Posted 2008-05-28 3:18 PM (#9752 - in reply to #9532) Subject: RE: Fool's Puzzle - Ch.'s 1-5
Location: New England
Oh, good ... we are starting to discuss the book ... !
I think Earlene Fowler really is an excellent writer when it comes to showing character traits and development through actions and scenes. Some lesser writers are inclined to tell us what we should think about their characters instead of letting us draw our own conclusions.
Dove is my favorite character. On her webpage, Earlene tells us that she based this charcter on her own Arkansas grandmother, Gramma Webb, of whom she says,
"She is tenacious, strong, stubborn, loyal and has a great sense of humor."
Link to "Fool's Puzzle" webpage here, where I found this quote and where she talks a bit about how she started writing and a gives us picture or two about the setting of the novel: http://www.earlenefowler.com/FP.html
(If you read only this page there are no "spoliers."
In the first couple of chapters you can find plenty of clues that this is her character:
Dove is tenacious ... she tries several ways to get Benni to take in her Aunt Garnet and she sends Benni looking for her cousin Rita.
Dove is strong ... she was a farm wife who raised four sons and two daughters and is a widow. When need arose, she left her home in Arkansas, taking her youngest son with her, to California to live with her widowed eldest son and raise her motherless grandaughter.
So Dove is also loyal ... as further indicated by her and obviously has instilled this chracteristic in her offspring as they come from all over the western half of the country every Thanksgiving to see her.
Dove is very humorous ... that first lively phone conversation is what got me reading the book. I wanted to hear more from Dove and her unique manner of speaking.
She is also very caring ... her attempts to get Benni home for Thanksgiving and to have houseguests is clearly in part because she does not want her grandaughter to be lonely. As a widow herself, she is well aware of what Benni is experiencing.
I think you can tell, though, that Dove supports Benni's attempt to make a new life for herself after her husband's accident.
Now ... I have also said that I think that Benni shares many similarities with her grandmother and will age to a woman much like Dove ...
Posted 2008-06-04 12:09 PM (#9944 - in reply to #9532) Subject: Re: Fool's Puzzle - Ch.'s 1-5
Pat, I agree with you on Dove, I would just love to meet her (I know she's not real) but step into Benni Harper's world and meet Dove. It's also easy to see Dove raised Benni she is fiesty and kind of a 'smart butt', but then so am I.
Posted 2008-06-05 10:58 AM (#9969 - in reply to #9944) Subject: Re: Fool's Puzzle - Ch.'s 1-5
I think Dove is a very interesting character for several reasons. The author makes her out to be quite pushy and demanding in the first chapter. She is a take charge kind of Grandma and yet she leans heavily on Benni I believe. I have to agree that Benni will have more and more traits that remind us of Dove as the series goes forward.
I have known a few Grandmothers that were this way. My own Grandmother raised 11 children and always seemed to know what was going on with each of them and her 29 grandchildren at any given point in time. She was indeed the center of the family as I feel Dove is in Benni's family.
Being a smart aleck is legal in the state of Texas once you are over the age of 70 isn't it???
Miki, so glad your book arrived and that you have already devoured it. Jacqui, I know it won't take you long to get hooked on yours as well!!
Posted 2008-06-05 12:49 PM (#9976 - in reply to #9532) Subject: Re: Fool's Puzzle - Ch.'s 1-5
It's difficult for me to comment too much as I finished the book and have read three other Benni Harper books. It was for a reading group, we jumped all over and with several authors all quilt related.
This will help me step into Benni's world stay a while and enjoy. Reading more about Earlene Fowler adds a great touch to the project.
a little off topic: Has anyone seen the commercial about reading groups? The woman says I joined a reading group I was so excited, discussing the book, the author...only to find out they don't actually read the books. I don't even know what the commercial is about?
Posted 2008-06-05 10:08 PM (#9996 - in reply to #9532) Subject: RE: Fool's Puzzle - Ch.'s 1-5
Location: Music Capital of Texas
I loved the first chapter of this book, you could tell from Dove and Benni first conversation that they had a very special relationship. I thought it was interesting how they bantered back and forth you could tell that they are both very stubborn and strongwilled but have a great love and respect for each other. I get the impression that Dove knows when to step back and let you think you have won, but something tells me in the end she will always have the last say!!!!!
Posted 2008-06-07 10:24 AM (#10067 - in reply to #9532) Subject: RE: Fool's Puzzle - Ch.'s 1-5
Location: New England
Anybody want to venture a guess as to WHO DUN IT?????????
At this point in ther book I had no clue
All I know is that Benni saw them going that a way ...
and she is on their tail ...
of course the new chief of police is showing a very personal interest in taking her statement
and her Aunt Garnet is going to be on her case if she does not find Rita ...
and Dove is sure to straighten them all out ...
Hmmm ... the plot is thickening ....
just have to read to more to find out ...
It has been long enough since I read these early books that I can really enjoy them again ... I am finding that I missed a lot when I first read them ... it is nice to take my time and enjoy the little details ...
Like the scene where Benni is walking down the main street on her way to the bookstore talk and she talks about seeing all the holiday decorations and such and you realize how this is her first Thanksgiving and Christmas without Jack ...
I missed the first time I read this just how many signs of depression that Benni is evidenceing here ... I think I initially saw her "smart aleck mouth" and not her kindness and sensitivity ... although I could see her backbone from the opening pages ...
Posted 2008-06-24 10:52 AM (#11094 - in reply to #10331) Subject: RE: Fool's Puzzle - Ch.'s 1-5
I've finally finished the first five chapters and I must say that I am terribly intrigued by the new Chief and his budding relationship with Benni. While it is a bit stereotypical that they start out their relationship with conflict, it is interesting how different their personalities are. They are exact opposites and I have this picture in my mind of Benni's place with clothes strown around on the floor and dishes in the sink and I can picture the Chief's place with everything neat as a pin right down to his sock drawer!!
Hope I get to read a bit more later this week as I'm anxious to see how this relationship moves forward. At this point that relationship is almost more intriguing than the who done it!!