THE BOOK OF CAROLSUE
By: Lynne Hugo
Published: August 25, 2020
Carolsue and Lousia are sisters that are unexpectedly going through widowhood together. Louisa was the first to lose her husband, Harold, and when Carolsue’s husband, Charlie, dies suddenly, Lousia comes to her side immediately. Louisa lives on her Indiana farm with chickens and dogs while Carolsue left the country behind for Atlanta. When Louisa convinces Carolsue to leave the city behind and come back to the farm, Carolsue isn’t quite sure if she made the right decision.
Carolsue’s arrival disrupts Lousia’s daily visits from Sheriff Gus and their afternoon “naps”. Louisa thinks she is keeping their relationship a secret, but Carolsue has figured it out. As you can imagine, there are some silly moments with all the sneaking around.
Louisa’s son, Gary, has been trying hard to get a church started in their rural community. But he has made a few mistakes and even though Carolsue is grieving, Gary gets her tied up in a secret that puts them all in a bit of jeopardy. But, don’t think this is a thriller or mystery. Instead, it is a light-hearted and sweet novel with quirky characters. The storyline was a bit predictable and a few situations were a bit over-the-top, but if you are looking for a quick read with delightful characters, this might be the book for you. This does appear to be a sequel to the book THE TESTAMENT OF HAROLD’S WIFE, but I was able to follow along without reading it first. A chapter was included to entice the reader to check out Louisa’s story.
Lynne Hugo is the author of ten novels. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient who has also received grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Born and educated in New England, Lynne and her husband now live in Ohio with Scout, a yellow Lab best known for playing skillful shortstop with a tennis ball and terrorizing squirrels in multiple states. For more check out her website, HERE.