The popular novel Out to Pasture left readers begging for more, so Effie Leland Wilder approaches her second novel with the same good humor and strong faith found in her first.This time, romance is in
Hattie McNair and her cohorts at the FairAcres Home are back!
The popular novel Out to Pasture left readers begging for more, so Effie Leland Wilder approaches her second novel with the same good humor and strong faith found in her first.
This time, romance is in bloom at FairAcres, as Hattie's friends Retta Gooding and Sidney Metcalf ("the unelected but undeniable Most Eligible Widower of FairAcres Home") are drawn closer together while delivering Meals on Wheels. Hattie's writing career takes off and the FairAcres folks make new friends: elderly Ben Stringfellow and his two young neighbors, Jamie and Jeffrey. Ben's not quite ready for FairAcres but he is in need of some assistance, and Jamie and Jeffrey, stuck in a difficult home life, are looking for some honorary grandparents. Once again, different generations come together, and the results are entertaining and moving.
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"[Effie Wilder] has the writer's eye and the storyteller's gift. Her tales are wry, funny, melancholy, philosophical. Her reflections strike a common chord." --James Kilpatrick, syndicated columnist
"Hattie's disarming and thoughtful first-person observations, recorded in diary form, display the good and bad to be found among seniors trying their hand at communal living." --Publishers Weekly
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Effie Leland Wilder was the author of five books. She graduated from Converse College in 1930 and received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1982. She also received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest award, for her philanthropic work. Her work has been published in the Charleston News and Courier and in the Saturday Evening Post. Ms. Wilder passed away in 2007.
Laurie Allen Klein is a graduate of Maryville College in Tennessee. An illustrator and graphic artist, her work has appeared in Atlanta and Athens magazines and in publications for the Baptist Home Mission Board, the Presbyterian Publishing House, and the Georgia Wildlife Federation. She lives in Florida.