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The Lilac Bouquet

Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,568 ratings)
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Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas - a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

Seth isn't happy about it, either. The eighty-two-year-old doesn't want a "babysitter" - much less a Massey - something he makes clear when Emmy arrives at his house, an empty mansion built for the woman who broke his heart. But as Emmy stays and the two eventually open up to each other, she learns the reason behind a feud between Seth, Tandy, and Logan's grandfather Jesse Grady that goes back six decades. She also uncovers a secret that forever changes how she sees her past and her future...

©2017 Carolyn Brown (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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I loved this book!

Carolyn Brown is becoming one of my favorite authors. This story had me hooked from the first few minutes. Brittany Pressley did a terrific job with this book!

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Another Gem!

This is my 4th Carolyn Brown book and I love all of them! I giggle and shed a tear! So enjoyable!

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Carolyn Brown has done it again!

A feud lasting over decades is ended when one sweet person melts the hearts in a small Texas town. I love Carolyn Brown. She has a tue gift for story telling. Be it a series or single standing. I await every story. Thank you Carolyn for every enjoyable moment

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

This audible book was full of twists and turns, spice and vinegar. I loved envisioning the image of Seth's character when it was mentioned that he looked like Sam Elliott! This book made me laugh out loud, cry and even make comments when I thought a character was heading in the wrong direction. You will enjoy this book. This is my 2nd Carolyn Brown book. "The Ladies Room" was my first and I enjoyed that book so much that I spent an entire day listening until I was finished. Looking forward to listening or reading more of her books.

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 10-24-17

Good story - iinteresting and touching

A story of a small town and big people. Emma Jo is working a special job to earn enough money for a big wedding. She wants to break the Massey family curse of women having children out of wedlock. Therefore, she wants to invite the entire town to her wedding so they will know for sure that she is married. During the period before her wedding Emma Jo is also trying to get to the bottom of the mystery of the feud between her grandmother, Tandy, the man Emma Jo works for, Seth, and her fiance's grandfather, Jessie. The characters are vivid and the story caught my attention from the very first. The narrator is good.

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Heartwarming and delightful!

I love Carolyn Browns books. this one was as cute as ever! ! thoughtful and sweet about forgiving and forgetting! . A true love story!

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Okay for $5.

Good idea for a story. Corny dialogue. Can't imagine anyone talking to each other that way. Not sure if the narrator made everyone sound ridiculous or if it was just the material she was given. All the men sounded the same.

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  • Karen
  • Chatsworth, GA, United States
  • 10-18-17

What an enduring story!

I fell in love with the story from the beginning. I cried tears of joy at the end. Forgive others and yourself and live for today and sometimes you just have to let go of the past to do so!!! Please listen and enjoy.

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  • W.
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 09-21-17

The Lilac Bouquet

I found this book in the Comedy section. The narrative throughout the book suggest a serious non-comical theme of a young woman whose goal it is to have big wedding so that she will be the first girl in her family to marry before having children. Her lifestyle does not support this goal. Only by God's grace does she attain it. There are other moral, or biblical, issues which are lightly addressed in the book but I found the constant contrast of the character constantly saying one thing and doing another a little confusing. The deliverance did not seem to be comical. Perhaps a satire?

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This is a lovely read/listen.

Young lovers preparing to wed must find a way to reconcile their feuding families. My rating 4.5 Story and Audio.

Emmy Jo Massey is a young woman who comes from a family of unwed mothers. Emmy is determined on getting married to her fiance, Logan Grady, so the whole town will know about it. The problem is that their great-grandparents are part of a long time feud, which includes the town recluse, Seth Thomas. These three won't be in the same room together, much less speak to each other. Emmy takes a job as a home health provider to Seth over the objection of Her great-grandmother, Tandy. Seth isn't thrilled with having a Massey in his home either. Emmy is intent on earning the money to help cover her wedding costs and now she is intent on unraveling the secret of the animosity of the people she wants to share her joy with.

Emmy is a lovely character and her determination and sunshine break down the walls of the frozen, bitter hearts around her. The secrets of the past are slowly revealed and evoke emotions of anger and sadness at the wasted years. There were choices that were made and some terrible treatment, even, or especially, by some so-claimed Christians. There are Biblical themes gently shared through the story. The story was an easy read/listen with engaging twists that kept it interesting. It addresses more family, people issues than just a romance. I hope to read more by Carolyn Brown.

Audio Notes: I was very comfortable with the narration by Brittany Pressley. I can't speak to the accuracy of the accents but I enjoyed the voices for the characters. The narration added to my enjoyment of the story.

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  • 09-10-18

Excellent

Oh my , following the trale of heart aches back some 60 years to try settle old family feuds , I actually cryed for the wasted years .

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  • Miss M Morrison
  • 08-03-18

Simply beautiful

A lovely story and beautifully written. I completely fell in love with The characters and will be looking out for more by this author... I even went to YouTube to listen to ‘The Lilac Bouquet ‘. Biggest grin ever when it finished.. thank you.

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  • Suzy GM
  • 08-29-17

Loved it!

This was a very well written story and well thought out, beautifully narrated by Brittany Pressley. Looking for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-17

Live the dream!

A book to bring joy to the heart and soul. Forgiveness will set you free!