ABOUT THE BOOK
WINNER OF THE ACFW AWARD 2020 FOR BEST CONTEMPORY FICTION
3rd PLACE OF ANGEL BOOK AWARD 2020 FOR CONTEMPORARY FICTON
The Blackwells are a family with an extraordinary history and astounding traditions, which include attending their own funerals before they die! Their ways are questionable and their stories about deceased relatives are as bold as their red hair, but it is their eclectic wares that keep tourists coming back to their market in the town of Coraloo.
Charlie Price, whose world has come crumbling down after a lapse in judgement leaves him unemployed, finds himself flung into the chaotic world of the Blackwells when he relocates to Coraloo with his socialite wife, Velveteen, and shy son, Gideon. Here Charlie attempts to make a living as a ‘picker’, reselling under-priced items he picks up at the market. Charlie soon finds this new way of life under threat and his quest for simplicity seems to be crumbling. Perhaps it’s time for Charlie to have a funeral of his own?
I have already read the second book in this fabulous series and could not wait for the third book, so here I am taking one step back and getting some more grassroots. The books read well as standalone’s, even though I read them Topsey-Turvey.
Charlie and Velveteen Price had been used to high society life before Charlie lost his job after making a bad judgement call at work. This meant a new start for them and their son in a new town, a rented house and somewhere that no-one would hopefully know them. What they got was a tiny house with a colour scheme like no other and a town with a feud between the Blackwells and the Tofts that was that old it didn’t have a beginning!
The thing about a small town like Caraloo was that everyone knew everyone else and if they didn’t then they would jolly well find out about them! So much for living under the radar! One of my top characters in this book has to be granny, a full-bodied character that spectacularly ruled the roost.
I love the way that these stories are unfolded because the story being told maybe the blossom, but the root, of it all belongs to the characters in the titles, and like all roots they wind around and anchor what is above. It is all so very clever. Coming across other characters too from the second book was brilliant and will work both ways. I can’t wait to see who will be centre stage next I hope they are all waiting in the wings in a long, wonderful series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren H. Brandenburg is a mentor, speaker, and author who happily blurs the lines between traditional genres in both middle grade and humorous family fiction. She has currently written six of the ten books in her middle grade series The Books of the Gardener. The Death of Mungo Blackwell, a humorous family fiction(Lion Hudson, 2019) is a finalist for the People’s Book Prize in the United Kingdom as
well as a finalist for the Carol Award in contemporary fiction. Lauren is a former junior high and high school English teacher who stepped away from her profession to raise and homeschool her two children. She currently lives with her husband, Jamie, and their children in a lovely little town just south of Nashville, Tennessee where they eat and
laugh a lot.