I have two words to describe Virginia Smith’s The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade… Utterly charming! It is truly the type of book that creates a strong desire in readers to crawl inside the pages and live there. Permanently. At least that’s how I felt, especially after my feelings of devastation at reaching the final page. With its blend of comedy and quirkiness, wisdom and whimsy, the town of Goose Creek is sure to win your heart, too.
The paramount element of this little book comes in the form of characters who may just as well be your next-door neighbors and friends, for they certainly step beyond the bounds of descriptive words on paper. These characters live and breathe. They have emotions, quirks, and motives. And each one is endearing in a special way. The story of Goose Creek and its residents is woven into a fabric as the threads of individual lives intertwine and overlap, all in ways only achievable through the small town setting. Although the storyline is not one of great adventure or life-threatening intrigue, it is compelling and whimsical nonetheless… And as an added bonus, the humor in this book often creates delightful LOL moments.
I selected to read this book because of the quirky title and unusual-sounding synopsis, not really expecting to fall in love with it. But boy, was I wrong! After reading only a few pages, I could barely put it down and CANNOT WAIT for the next book in the Tales from the Goose Creek B&B series, entitled Renovating the Richardsons. Then I discovered that a prequel short story has already been released, and so I am in the process of finding a copy of Dr. Horatio vs. the Six-Toed Cat, a.s.a.p! If you are in the mood for a healthy dose of good, clean, down-home fun – with a little (or a lot) of eccentricity thrown in, don’t miss The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade, the first book (hopefully of many) in the Goose Creek series.
This book was provided courtesy of Harvest House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.