Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge
Published by: Amy Einhorn Books
Published on: April 26, 2012
Page Count: 304
My Reading Format: ARC sent to me by the publisher for consideration
Available Formats: Hardcover and eBook
Faith is an elderly widow living by herself in Texas in her family’s mansion. Since the death of her son and her husband, Faith has rarely ventured from the home filled with precious and priceless antiques. Her daughter Claudia has long since left both town and her life. Soon it will be the year 2000. She hears the voice of God. He is telling her to sell everything she has. People say everything is big in Texas and Faith Bass Darling, who simply is clearing her house of absolutely everything, is having a whopper of a yard sale. Antiques, collectibles, furniture, and Tiffany lamps all being sold for whatever the buyer can afford. While many people are happy to take whatever gems they can find off of the old woman’s hands without looking back. There are those who care about Faith and her family who are determined to discover just why this is happening on New Year’s Eve.
My maternal grandmother and my mother both have had life long passions for going garage sale-ing. When my parents took us on family trips, my mom would frequently tell my dad to stop because she saw a garage sale. Whether he did or not was dependent upon a lot of things, but my mother was always on the look out. Up until recently, my grandma always gave us a Christmas present and a GS present. GS standing for garage sale, of course. Those were always the most fun packages to open. Although I don’t get as involved in garage sales as my grandma and my mom, you can say that it is in my blood. I absolutely had to read this book.
Lynda Rutledge wrote a novel set in Texas that made me feel so close to home in Michigan. No, I’m not the run away daughter of a wealthy heiress (God knows I daydreamed about running away and being the child of someone rich and famous many times), but I do know how it feels to be separated from my mother. The thought of her living far away from me, especially if she were to ever develop a disease like Alzheimer’s as Faith has is a real fear of mine. She raised me well and I know that things are not the most valuable possession. Things may be lost, stolen, unappreciated, or accidentally sold for little or nothing with something else. The love and forgiveness of your family is what is truly priceless. It is this aspect of Faith’s story that meant so much to me.
Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale, filled with the power of memory and the value of forgiveness, is a well-written and well-rounded novel. The way in which Faith’s Alzheimer’s disease was written into the narrative caught me off guard at first, but it served to alert the reader that something wasn’t right and provided insight into Faith’s thought processes. The way in which her disease manifested itself in her kitchen was heartbreaking. While what I took away most from the novel was sentimental, this does not mean that it wasn’t fun. Faith is quite a character and so are many of the neighbors and strangers who come to her garage sale. I also enjoyed each of the Provenance sections, which provided detailed descriptions of key items in Faith’s yard sales along with the item’s history. Those sections brought a touch of Antiques Roadshow, fitting perfectly into the story.
The best gift I can give my mom is a story about getting an honest good deal via a garage sale. Mom would know immediately that something wasn’t right in her yard that New Year’s Eve. Very much like Bobbie, the local antiques dealer, Mom would do all that she can to step in and take control of the situation. She would have to get to the bottom of why Faith was allowing her home and her legacy to be pillaged. Discovering all the secrets held in this Texas town and within Faith’s heart are worth the work. This is how I know that Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale will make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for my mom. I am looking forward to her reading this book so that we can talk garage sales.