If you have enjoyed Marie Bostwick's Cobbled Court series, you're going to fall in love with "Too Much", Texas and be thrilled that our beloved Mary Dell Templeton is back. We learn how her famous ancestors, George and Flagadine Tudmore settled the prime acreage now known as the F-Bar-T Ranch, long before Texas gained statehood. The Tudmore women are a sturdy, strong, savvy and sassy lot, and Mary Dell and her twin sister, Lydia Dale are no exception. They all have two things in common, (with the exception of Maiden Aunt Velvet), the love of their land and the "Fatal Flaw". Even though they had been warned, the Tudmore women's lust and longing overrode their hearts and heads, with some making poor decisions in the matrimonial department. Everyone has hopes and dreams. Mary Dell did too. From an early age, her talents in sewing were remarkable and she envisioned owning her own shoppe and selling "Her brand of fashions". Her designs are definitely one of a kind and, sometimes, something only she would have gumption enough to wear. Little did she know that her stitchery plans would take a turn and she'd end up at the altar, marrying handsome and kind Donny Bebee and thoughts of a home and family out shadow her thoughts of shoppe and career, especially when a beautiful blue-eyed baby boy named Howard enters their lives.
Meanwhile, her willowy, beauty queen, twin sister, Lydia Dale meets the cowboy of her dreams as well--only to be heartbroken and she succumbs to the fatal flaw, and marries someone no where near her equal.
With folks not really head-over-heels crazy for her fashion designs, Mary Dell turns to quilting and finds her niche in life and in love.
You'll chuckle at some of the family antics. You'll cry and feel Mary Dell's heartbreak then her stubbornness and determination, You'll want to hug Mary Dell as you identify with her dilemmas, as well as wanting to smack her Mother, Taffy upside her head then cheer as she gets the best of the Benton Clan Matriarch. Will Mary Dell achieve her long-awaited dream? Will Lydia Dale rid herself and her children of her lazy, "not worth his weight in spit" husband, Jack Benny? But, through it all, one thing stands firm, when the twins combine their talents, there's nothing or no one they cannot handle. Ms. Bostwick has pulled me into Too Much with her vivid descriptiveness and I now feel like part of the Tudmore family. I certainly hope we'll be reading more about Mary Dell and her adventures in the not to distant future. "One taste" was definitely not enough! Be sure to re-arrange your bookshelf and make room for this fantastic tale. You won't be disappointed!