As manager of an elementary school cafeteria, middle-aged Margaret Tuttle is objective and self-contained. She has no interest in emotions or attachments to those around her. But when Birdie Freeman begins to work for Margaret, things begin to change. With her childlike, unselfish, Christian love, Birdie touches everyone she meets. Soon, Margaret's heart opens in spite of her resolve to remain aloof.
Honest and unsentimental, this novel is a dramatic portrayal of the power of love and charity. Birdie's glowing optimism shines like a beacon throughout each chapter, and her gentle personality is captured in Cynthia Darlow's assured narration.
©2006 Jamie Langston Turner; (P)2007 Recorded Books
Jamie Langston Turner is one of the best authors I've ever "read." I'm still in the process of "reading" this book, but I can hardly wait to get back to it. I will tell you that this book is connected with the other 2 books. I hope Ms. Turner writes another book soon!
WOW. Where do I begin, of all the books I've listen too, thus far, this is truely the best of the best.
I was drawn into the story immediately and the narration was superb. And, although this story has religeous overtones, it was not preachy in the least. I also loved the fact that the author used real world events in telling this story, it made it more real.
I wish there were more people like Birdie in this world. As for me, I will strive to be more like her on a daily basis. I work customer service so I shall have lots of time to perfect the things that I learned from Birdie. There's something for everyone.
I have already started by buying the paperback version of this book for a dear friend of mine (she prefers to read). I truely hope she will enjoy this story as much as I have.
Final word: Don't pass this book by. I know I will listen to this book many times over. Again, A must listen.
From beginning to end, this engrossing story captured both my heart and mind. It tugged at my emotions and led me to search my own life for ways to emulate the lovely and rich character of Birdie.
There are few stories that have touched me as this one has. This is a must read (listen) for every lover of inspirational fiction.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The book is written in the first person. One of the other reviewers commented that "This author appears to have a distain for men and anyone from the south. Her imitation of southern accents is demeaning to southerners. She has a selfish disregard for others I was frequently disgusted with her degrading portrait of others." Unfortunately, the reviewer has misunderstood. It is not the author she is describing, but the protagonist, since, as I have said, it is written in the first person. If you re-read the publisher's summary, you will see that it says Margaret Tuttle is objective and self-contained. That, IMO, is to put it mildly. She is caustic and abrasive, and very difficult to work for. Because of negative events in her teen years, she has built a wall around herself that she will not allow anyone to penetrate. She has no friends, and a platonic relationship with her husband. And she wants nothing to do with God or church or religion, for reasons you will discover as the story unfolds. Then Birdie Freeman becomes a cafeteria employee, and Margaret's life changes. Yes, there is definitely a Christian theme here. But it is not preachy. I am very happy that I have this book in my library.
I love this book; I've listened to it a couple of times now; and will again sometime. It is in the typical style of Jamie Langston Turner in being quite wordy, and a Christian novel....so you have to be ok with that. But! the narration is great! I was rolling in my seat laughing half the time!. Then, watching the unfolding of "Margaret Tuttle," usually from right within her own thought processes, was amazing. I adore the sweet way Jamie allows the unfolding of Margaret's heart opening after an extremely painful early life. Beautifully done. I heartily recommend this book.
This book, both narrative and story, is excellent. The author has handled a tragic situation with grace. She has gently peeled away pain, involuntary disgrace, and the accumulated covers that we sometimes protect ourselves with and poured in God's love. In one situation I expected a physical reconciliation but the author did not focus on the physical but rather the all encompassing Spirit of God's love that is able to repair any damage. This is well worth the credit or cash.
I was not familiar with this author, but the 5 star reviews prompted me to listen. I was not disappointed. This will top the list of my all-time favorite audibles. The story is profound and Cynthia Darlow's reading brings the cast of unforgettable characters vividly to life. I'll be looking for more books by Jamie Langston Turner.
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
This book is a must. The characters are real,the story unforgettable .Birdie changes many lives she touches and Margaret finds love and forgiveness and is able to move on from a tragic childhood to a fulfilling marriage.. I have listened to this book several times over the years and this one of my favorites . Some of the characters in this book appear in future novels.Jamie Langston Turner is a fantastic author. This is a winner. I look fore ward to more of Her books on Audible !
My mind, my heart, my life has been opened by this audiobook. The narrator perfected the characters. It openend every emotion in me; fear, hatred, love, trust... The author envelopes proper language and the most improper social behavior to adhere the story to almost any reader. The most important piece, the Love of Jesus, is shadowed in most of the book. In the end the beauty of our saviour is shown in the enveloping and intertwining of all the characters. Beautiful!!!
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
For those of us who tend to be hermits, have chosen to hide ourselves away a bit from the fake and frivolous of the world, this book is quite the listen . . . at first I was taken back a bit by all the references of the wide library of books that the Margaret had read, until I realized that they were her only "safe" friends . . . if you get bogged down in the beginning, take heart . . . and keep listening . . . for the matter-of-fact, too harsh Margaret, little by little, has her barricades breached by slight, soft spoken Birdie . . . as another child who was once injured by a church body, I had some empathy for Margaret . . . and I was thanking God that He sent the hounds of heaven to hunt me down sooner rather than later, after hearing Margaret's tale . . . I thoroughly enjoyed the southern accents of all the ladies in the lunchroom and Margaret's and Birdie's husbands . . . I also appreciated that the gospel wasn't poked down Margaret's throat . . . but instead was lovingly spoon fed to her and most of all modeled by her friend, Birdie. God is ever faithful . . . and a tiny seed planted, no matter how many years has passed, is never wasted . . . Margaret's mother must've been smiling down from heaven . . .
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