Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway: "When We Last Spoke" by Marci Henna

I enjoyed the opportunity to review the book "When We Last Spoke" by Marci Henna, a part of Marci's Fireside, Texas book series. This 232-page softcover book takes the reader on a heartfelt memory journey spanning decades in the lives of two sisters, orphaned when their father was killed in the Vietnam War. I laughed and cried at different times throughout this book, and to me that is a sign of a story being the perfect mix of life itself, both times of happiness and sadness.  

Humor, heartbreak, and triumph are served with whipped cream and lots of local nuts in this heartwarming tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness in Fireside, Texas.
Meet Juliet Cranbourne, local radio personality and owner of a whimsical kitchen gadget store, and her sister Evangeline, a fruit tree geneticist who works for Oregon State University. When a rift due to their orphaned past affects their sisterhood, Juliet convinces Evangeline to come home for Christmas and choose headstones to honor grandparents Walt
(a tenderhearted, good looking rancher) and Ruby (a blue-ribbon fiddler, fabulous cook, and expert in the art of making family feel loved).  As they cruise through Fireside in Ruby's Thunderbird, Juliet hopes that healing memories will somehow smooth rough roads ahead. Does the tremendous love that marked Walt and Ruby's lives still have the power to renew their sisterhood and help them find their place in the world?"
Here is a beautiful preview trailer about this book:

As a longtime Oklahoma girl, the Texas connection in this story appealed to me from page 1. The author paints through her words a vivid picture of the joys and difficulties faced by this family not only during one stage of their lives, but through several periods in their lives. Juliet and Ruby are colorful characters I immensely enjoyed and they reminded me of several special women throughout my life. It was a beautiful read as a family memory journey and it comes with my highest recommendation. I now look forward to reading the other books in this Fireside, Texas series. 

About the author:

Marci Henna was born in Austin, Texas and lived as a child in Kenya, East Africa with the Wakamba tribe where her parents managed a medical research station. She later moved to the Hill Country ranch which has been in the family since the 1800's and currently lives in Austin.

Marci will be giving away a free Kindle version of this book from Feb. 20-24 on Amazon. 

You can find out more information on purchasing a softcover copy of the book here and information on purchasing a copy of the book for Kindle here.


One of you will win a copy of "When We Last Spoke" (ARV $11.38) with an introduction DVD for the film based upon this book that is now in development.

To enter, please leave a comment below to let me know you would like to win. Giveaway closes Sunday,  February 19 at 5:00 pm EST. Open to US and Canada residents only. 

If you are not able to leave a comment on this blog post, please e-mail me at with "Giveaway Entry" in the subject line and that will count as your entry.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


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