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Harlan Dairy Road


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Harlan Dairy Road

Calliandra 'Callie' Bessemer has lived a long life filled with joy and heartache, but she has made a point to look for the happiness life has to offer instead of dwelling on sadness.

 

And as her days grow shorter, Callie gets a chance to visit the small Georgia town where she grew up so long ago. And thanks to a kindness of a chauffeur named Joshua, she is able to walk among the memories the genteel Southern woman collected in a house she once called... home.


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lazarus67

There is something to say about getting old. Memory fades, but because I always look on the bright side of everything, I really enjoyed this wonderful story...again, as if I just read it the first time.
Thank you.
Laz

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L. Avery Brown

Thank you - very much. It is truly appreciated.

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Maria Thermann

I haven't quite finished it, but it's already in my Favorites, so won't get lost, for I really want to read all of it. Very much reminds me of "Driving Miss Daisy", with the wonderful Jessica Tandy. Loved that film. Hope you're going to write more of this, not just 10,535 words. It's so evocative of a lost world and I love the relationship between the young man and old woman, very well captured. A lovely, lovely story what... Show more

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L. Avery Brown

Thanks so much. I've always known that people would begin the book with that Driving Miss Daisy sort of vibe. But I think if you've not quite gotten to the point where the pieces of the puzzle start to fall in place - you'll come away thinking 'that is not what I expected'

I... Show more

Maria Thermann

The beginning is, however, very, very similar. Won't have time to read the rest until sometime this coming weekend.

Have just pressed the delete button for my Halloween book and two more of my kids' books. There's no point uploading anything with original artwork here at... Show more

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J.C. Laird

Going Home -- Beautifully done. Nostalgic and bittersweet, sad but joyful. A descriptive and entertaining story; highly recommended for anyone who's looking for a good read and yearns to breathe a sigh of satisfaction at the end.

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L. Avery Brown

Thank you. You've just made my whole day!

J.C. Laird

Let's see if we can boost the day a bit more. I just listened to your podcast. Again, beautifully done; the accent for Miss Callie certainly adds to the tale. And what amazes me is that you narrate the whole story so flawlessly. Someday, you're going to have to tell me how many... Show more

L. Avery Brown

Only once. Well, I did have to stop about 10 times to deal with other issues like dinner, taking the dog out, etc... And a couple of times to respeak a line or two, when I got distracted but other than that - I didn't really do much more than that. No joke.

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brandy83

Avery, your writing is very professional and it reminds me of the novels I read and in some ways my own writing style. I really like it. The story is engaging from the beginning to end.

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L. Avery Brown

Thank you very kindly! I shall have to check out some of your work as I tend to gravitate towards work that I have a familiarity with for the sheer fact that, to me, they're fun to read! (Not that I don't write in varying styles - it's just that I like the almost rhythmic way my... Show more

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RevkenR

I still love it. I wish I had just a touch of your talent. I am sure the people at Glimmer Train will fall in love with it too.

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L. Avery Brown

Thank you, Sweetie! You have beaucoups of talent...you just need someone to tell you over and over again so you'll stop doubting yourself! I'll keep my fingers crossed for the Glimmer Train...I hope the Porter will pick me up and punch my ticket so I can ride it all the way to a... Show more

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RevkenR

I loved it. I especially loved the ending when Miss Callie realized she had come home. You really have a way of making your stories come to life.

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L. Avery Brown

Thank you so very much, Ken!

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glenmarcus

What a lovely story of Callie's reminiscing. The vivid descriptions made me feel as if I was riding alongside with her and I simply loved the ending. It made me reflect on some of the memories of my past, and brought me a smile. Thanks, Laura!

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