What I’m Reading: Big Stone Gap Series

When I last told you about what I was reading, I told you about the Big Stone Gap series by Adriana Trigiani.  Well I loved the first book

Big Stone Gap so much….

that I went on and listened to Big Cherry Holler.  I loved that so much…

…that I went on and listened to Milk Glass Moon.

Then I listened to Home to Big Stone Gap.

So by the time I got to the end…was I still in love the with the series???…
YES.  I am still in love with the series.  These are wonderful books.  If you live in a small town, so much of what happens in the books is something you can relate to.  There’s Fleeta the librarian, the young owner of the pharmacy, Pearl…the thoughts of the the main character Ava Maria are thoughts every one of us as mothers has thought.  The characters are all so relatable to me.  I love that.  It keeps me so engaged.  If it’s any indication about how much I loved the books, I binged listened.  I listened to them all with no other books as a break in between.

Here’s how Amazon reviewed the series….
Millions of readers around the world have fallen in love with the small town of Big Stone Gap, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and the story of its self-proclaimed spinster, Ave Maria Mulligan. In the series’ enchanting debut, Ave Maria reaches her thirty-fifth year and resigns herself to the single life, filling her days with hard work, fun friends, and good books. Then, one fateful day, Ave Maria’s past opens wide with the revelation of a long-buried secret that will alter the course of her life. Before she knows it, Ave Maria is fielding marriage proposals, trying to claim her rightful inheritance, and planning the trip of a lifetime to Italy—one that will change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. Full of wit and wonder, hilarity and heart, Big Stone Gap is a gem of a book, and one that you will share with friends and family for years to come.”

I averaged out the ratings from Amazon readers and they give them about a 4.4.  I’d rate them higher at a 4.8.  Seriously, I’ll likely listen to them another time.  I do have this to say.  The audiobooks #1-#3 are read by the author.  I love her voice and performance.  Book #4 is read my favorite audiobook performer, Cassandra Campbell.  Although she’s my favorite, for these books, I wish the author had read book #4.  Her voice brings the character to life like she’s just telling what happened in her life.  Book #4 didn’t quite have that as much for me….but the book was still a delight.  I really recommend these.  I loved them.

5 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Big Stone Gap Series”

  1. Jo, I am glad to read that you enjoyed the books in the series. On your suggestion, I read the first and loved it. I bawled a few times,too. I will read the others now that I have read what you say about them. Thank you for letting us know of good books. This wasn’t the first I have read per your recommendation. I have not been disappointed.

  2. If you loved that, please, please read her other books. The Queen of the Big Time is wonderful. The Shoemaker’s Wife is just as great. I love the way she writes. She is my favorite author.

  3. I have read almost all of her books. I love them too. Wait till you read ones about the shoemakers. Those I could picture in my head. Probably nothing like reality but they brought me joy.

  4. Hi Jo, I am looking forward to listening to this series of books that you recommended. The other day, you recommended an author that you said any of his books were good and they are long. I like that because I am an audible nut. I started listening to audible because I drive back and forth from one coast to the other of Florida but then I realized I could work on my quilts while I listened to books. A win win! Well if you could let me know the author’s name I would appreciate it. Happy New Year!

  5. I’m so glad I read this post. I got the first book from the library and liked it so much that I went to Half Price Books and bought the next two of the series. The library only had audiobooks, and I’m still old school. These were published back in the early 2000’s, and I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of them before. I’ve read all of them now and have enjoyed them so much. I’m headed out to HPB this afternoon to see if they have the 4th book of the series. I love a good series! Thanks so much for posting this!

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