Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall (Vol. 1) - Friday 56 and Book Beginnings

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I've just started reading The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall (Vol. 1) and I'm already enthralled by the characters. This collection of short stories by Kathleen Valentine brings to life the inhabitants of small-town Marienstadt, Pennsylvania, and paints a vivid picture of the quirky characters' lives.

Just the names of the tales are enough to intrigue me!

*  Peeper Baumgratz and the Sister's
    Snowplow
*  The Great Dumpling War and Dance
    Competition
*  The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall

It’s no surprise that “The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall” was named Best Short Story in the 2013 eFestival of Words. Kathleen's stories are told with wit and warmth, and I'm looking forward to reading all three volumes in the series. FYI: The series can be purchased in one omnibus edition here: Whiskey Bottle Omnibus

Here's the BOOK BEGINNING from the first story:
      Henry Werner knew that being the Chief of Police in Marienstadt, Pennsylvania, was an easy job but any day that started out with a visit from Sister Adelaide, the Prioress of St. Joseph's Convent, and which was followed by a call from the State Police, was off to an unpromising start. Despite the fact that he was close to forty and had been a policeman ever since he left the Marines, one withering stare from Sister Adelaid could reduce him to a single throbbing nerve. The worst part was, she knew it.

And here are a couple of sentences from 56% on my Kindle:
      "You have a good idea there, Padre, and God forbid that any of these old gals should get hit by a bus and their recipes die with them, so we have to be sneaky. Luckily, you came to the right guy for that. The way you go about this, y'see, is to appeal to their vanity."

Genre: Fiction / Folklore / Humor
Number of Pages: 156
Amazon Link: The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall (Vol. 1)
Other Books by Kathleen Valentine: Amazon Author Link

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36 comments:

fredamans said...

Wouldn't want to lose those recipes now... lol

Happy weekend!

Vonnie R said...

I like the sound of this book. The titles are really cute!

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Harvee said...

Does sound cute and folksy. Enjoy the stories!
Book Dilettante, Book Beginnings

jacquie said...

Might be the right time for me t get back into short stories... :)

JC Jones said...

I love that opening. I never read short stories until recently. Now I love that I can finish one at one setting.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The stories are filled with that kind of humor. I loved this book and will read the others in the series.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The titles do draw you in, don't they? The stories are as good as they sound, too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

That's what I had in mind. But after I read the first story, I was so interested in the characters that I went right into the second one and read the whole book.

Bea said...

This sounds like a fun story. Mustn't lose those recipes, lol.

readatallhours said...

I really love both these quotes, this sounds like a lot of fun! Might have to put this one on my TBR list!

Elizabeth said...

I "had" to stop by to see what this title was about. :) THANKS for sharing and for stopping by my blog earlier.

ENJOY your day.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
My Book Beginnings

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, even the title and cover would grab me, but now I'm really intrigued. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Happy holidays!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

There's lots of drama surrounding the compilation of a cookbook. Some of those ladies just didn't want to reveal their secrets!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The title grabbed me too. These were delightful stories.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've enjoyed other books by this author, so I knew I'd like this one too... and I wasn't disappointed.

proseandkahn said...

Hahaha! I can think of one or two nuns from my Catholic school who could do that! Thanks for stopping by my Friday Memes.

brenda

Kathleen Valentine said...

Hi, thanks for your comments. Those recipes are an important part of cultural heritage!!! Heaven forbid that anyone get them wrong!

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thank you. I hope you'll give it a try--some stories are funny but some are also quite serious. All of them are filled with characters I love.

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thank you! Lots of folklore woven into the stories, too.

Kathleen Valentine said...

The stories are short but they also build to a conclusion. The last three stories in the collection tie up a lot of threads throughout all the stories. hanks for commenting.

Kathleen Valentine said...

As I said above, the stories stand alone but they also build to a conclusion. I hope you'll give it a try.

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thank you. Family recipes are a big deal in some communities. Ladies have been known to leave out a key ingredient when passing them on!

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thank you. I hope you'll give it a try!

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thanks for the nice words. I hope you'll give the stories a try!

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy them.

Kathleen Valentine said...

I grew up with nuns and they were amazing women--one of the nuns in my home town earned money for the convent by running a backhoe and digging ditches with it!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Many thanks to the author, Kathleen Valentine, for stopping by to reply to comments.

Gilion Dumas said...

That's a great beginning and sounds like a charming set of stories!

Thanks for participating in BBOF! Here's to another new year of good books and happy reading!

LadyD Piano said...

Wow, the cover art is so beautiful and some of the story tales have killer titles. Fiction, folklore and humor is a winning combination. Great post!

Yvonne said...

Sounds good and I really love the cover.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've enjoyed being a part of this group. The only problem is that my Kindle is bulging with books that participants have featured.

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thanks, I hoe you'll give them a try!

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thank you for the kind words about the cover. I love it--especially the Mountain Laurel which is Pennsylvania's State Flower.

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thank you. I love the cover, too. It is very much n keeping with the stories inside!

Laura Thomas said...

I can't resist a charming and mysterious book cover and I'm lovin the quirky titles. Sounds like I should check this out.

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

This one definitely sounds fun! Thanks for sharing!