Saturday, January 24, 2015

Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar by Carol G. Heilman


Back Cover Blurb:

When circumstances cause Agnes Marie Hopper to move into the local retirement home, Sweetbriar Manor, she ends up an unwitting sleuth, uncovering deception, embezzlement, abuse, and intrigue. Her independent and protective nature leads to confrontation and a moment of truth, even within her own heart.

Read an Excerpt:

Chapter One

After the fire and smoke cleared, leaving my house in a pile of ashes, I reluctantly moved in with my daughter, Betty Jo—along with my pet pig, Miss Margaret. I was grateful to have a place to lay my head but soon found myself testy with my daughter, treating her like the child she is, even though she’s pushing fifty.

“Are you going out?” I’d say. “What time will you be home? Take a wrap. Air’s got a nip to it.”

Betty Jo, when she spoke to me at all, used her normal, snippy tone. “I’m roasting in this house. Did you turn the heat up? Again?” And then she might add for good measure, “Stay out of the kitchen, Mother.”

Three months later we came to an understanding, and though it was a gradual, unspoken thing, it was a fact. Neither of us could tolerate living with the other. I needed my own place and she needed ... well, to be rid of me, and there was no use trying to beat around any bush.

So, on a sultry August morning a week after my seventy-first birthday, Betty Jo loaded my few belongings into her shiny, black Buick and carried me to Sweetbriar Manor, Sweetbriar’s senior-care alternative that, according to the brochure, offered a rewarding, enriching lifestyle.

“If you ask me, there’s nothing sweet about it,” I grumbled under my breath. But of course she didn’t ask me. Only dropped me off, wished me well, and sped away. Well, maybe I’m stretching the truth a little, but that’s how it felt.

Ten minutes into my stay at this place I knew two things. No, three. One, senior-care alternative was code for, “We don’t care what you do in your tiny room as long as you don’t ring the bell and bother the help.” Two, Sweetbriar Manor would own all my assets in six months if I stayed. And three ... oh, fiddle, I can’t remember the third thing, but if you’ll hang around for the rest of the story, I’m sure it will come to me.

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About Carol:

Carol Heilman, a coal miner's daughter, married her high school sweetheart, a farmer's son. She began writing family stories, especially about her dad's Appalachian humor, for newspapers and magazines. One day her mother said, "We don't have any secrets any more!"

Carol's book, Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar, was inspired by her mother's spunky spirit and her dad's humor. She lives in the mountains of NC with her husband of fifty-plus years. They love to play cards, go antiquing, hike, and visit grandsons on the east and west coasts

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CAROL is giving away a copy of AGNES HOPPER SHAKES UP SWEETBRIAR. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


cjajsmommy said...

Oh my -- this is going to be a FUN read! I need some fun and laughter. And I'm already picturing myself as Agnes Marie Hopper. Two of my kids say I can come live with them when dh passes (he's disabled but it has been 20 years since we heard "There's nothing more we can do" and he's still kickin', lol). But I've been checking out retirement communities for years "for my parents" (who am I kidding?) and have my plans made already in my head. I'd love to win this book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Robin Bunting said...

This sounds like a fabulously funny read. Love reading about older, I am there, people in retirement living situations. Thank you for the opportunity to get a copy.

susanlulu said...

The cover of this book just invites you to sit in a cozy chair and begin reading! Thanks.

Stacey Heilman said...

Nearing the end of reading on kindle... So in love with Agnes! She is such a great voice and character leading you through a page turning mystery! And her don't hold back, say what you mean commentary will make you laugh out loud! Carol Heilman is a great writer... Can't wait to see what adventure Agnes goes on next!

Library Lady said...

I would love to win Carol's book to give to my church library.
Janet E.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like fun from the excerpt you posted. I'd love to read more.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Deanna Stevens said...

I'd enjoy learning how AGNES HOPPER SHAKES UP SWEETBRIAR ! !

Chrissy said...

Oh Carol! What a delightful look at the nasty old folks home we all dread so much. I could see the humor already in the beginning of AGNES HOPPER SHAKES UP SWEETBRIAR, and I can't wait to read it all! My husband is the maintenance man at a retirement community, I am sure some of the story will hit home with him. Win or lose for me, I hope your book generates tremendous success for you! hermitmccormick@gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Hello Carole and thanks for the interview with Carol. She is new to me but the book sounds like a fun one. Please put my name in the drawing.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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