Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge- A GREAT BOOK! I received this book on Wednesday. I opened it late Friday afternoon and read until I literally fell asleep with it by my side at 11 pm. Just finished it Saturday at 7:56 a.m. and am now writing the review.
Faith Bass Darling is the richest woman in a small Texas town. She believes that she has one day to live and on December 31, 1999, decides to throw a HUGE garage sale and empty her home of all treasures. Tiffany lamps go for a dollar and antique furniture worth thousands goes for $20.
During the garage sale, a host of unusual characters emerge, some to take advantage of Faith and others to stop the sale. Family secrets and tragedies come to light and long lost family members reappear. While the character development is superb in this book, the book also gives a realistic/startling view into someone with rapidly advancing Alzheimer’s. Rutledge does not tell us about the disease but literally shows the disease through Faith’s behavior. Via the garage sale, we learn of family tragedy, secrets, misunderstandings, legacies, etc.
“On the last day of the millennium, after a midnight revelation from God, Faith Bass Darling had a garage sale.”
” … it occurred to Claudia that maybe what she’d really been haunted by were a handful of hours, minutes, and seconds of a single day: the one long- suppressed ghost of a day watched from above.” “It was the day all the rest of my days have boomeranged away from, she realized, all the befores and all the afters.”
“Her mental deck of cards began a new shuffle.”
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author.
Penguin Books provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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