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.