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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review - The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Hill

Here is another cute book-club themed novel that caught my eye!

With its corrugated iron siding and cramped interior, the Cherico, Mississippi, library is no Antebellum gem. But for young librarian Maura Beth Mayhew, it's as essential to the community as the delicious desserts at the Twinkle, Twinkle Café. It's a place for neighbors to mingle and browse through the newest bestsellers, for the indomitable Miss Voncille Nettles to host her "Who's Who in Cherico?" meetings. The library may be underfunded and overlooked, but it's Maura Beth's pride, and she won't let the good ole boys on the City Council close it down without a fight.

Which is why Maura Beth has founded the Cherry Cola Book Club--a last-ditch attempt to boost circulation and save her job. Over potluck dinners featuring treasured family recipes, the booklovers of Cherico come together to talk about literary classics. But soon it's not just Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee being discussed over chicken gumbo and homemade biscuits with green pepper jelly. Secrets are shared, old dreams rekindled, and new loves slowly blossom.

Southern charm, wit, and warmth combine in this delightful novel about great books, true friends, and the stories that give life its richest meaning, on and off the page.

Just from looking at the cover of this novel, you know that you're going to be treated to a story filled with humor, love of reading, and friendship.  And that's just what you get with "The Cherry Cola Book Club."

Author Ashton Lee takes his readers deep into the heart of Cherico, Mississippi with this rollicking tale of friendships that are begun with a love of reading and a desire to have a place to share that love of books.  Lee's characters are so fun, and the small town setting, complete with the nosiness of the neighbors and the frustrations of small town politics, is just a delight. 

This would make a great book for book clubs to share, and I highly recommend it as a wonderful piece of Southern fiction.

Ashton Lee was born in historic Natchez, Mississippi, into a large, extended Southern family which gave him much fodder for his fiction later in life. His father, who wrote under the pen name of R. Keene Lee right after WWII, was an editor and writer in New York of what is now called pulp fiction. As a result, Ashton inherited a love of reading and writing early on and did all the things aspiring authors are supposed to do, including majoring in English when he attended The University of the South, affectionately known as Sewanee. While there, he studied Creative Writing under Andrew Lytle, then editor of the Sewanee Review, and a member of the Southern Agrarians in the 1920s.

Ashton lives in Oxford, MS, enjoying the amenities of a university town that many writers have called home. Readers can like Ashton Lee at: facebook.com/ashtonlee.net.

I purchased this book for my personal collection.


Angela Holland said...

I enjoyed reading your review. I need to add this book to my to be read list.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thanks Angela! It was a really cute book!