What I’m Reading: The Pecan Man and The Truth About Grace

I was THRILLED.  One of my favorite all-time books is The Pecan Man by  Cassie Dandridge Selleck.  When I was on Hoopla I saw that there was a sequel.  WOW.  I didn’t know that so I immediately went to get the book but then decided to wait.  I was going to listen to The Pecan Man again.

Here is what Amazon says:
The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction whose first chapter was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category. In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined. This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.”

In the Amazon description, it says “To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help”.   This is such an accurate description.  Being these are two of my favorite books, you can imagine why I love it so much.

Amazon readers gave the book 4.5 stars.  I think it’s more like a 4.9 book.  I really love it and always recommend it.  If you aren’t a big reader, this is also a good book for you as it’s not a really long book.

Happy news for anyone who has Audible.  It’s a free book there.  You can find it HERE.

Well..I listened to the book in one day.  Then I started the next book…
The Truth About Grace by Cassie Dandridge Selleck.  Admittedly, I was a little nervous about this book.  I so loved The Pecan Man.  I didn’t want this book to ruin that book.  So cautiously, I listened.


So what did I think?  Read on…

I loved it!  I’m super happy too as the author left the book so that there is room for a sequel.  Oh,I hope that would come to be.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:
In this sequel to The Pecan Man, Eldred Mims has died in prison after serving time for a crime he did not commit. When Ora Lee Beckworth decides to set the record straight, her confession leaves Blanche Lowery’s daughters, Patrice and Grace, to grapple with the aftermath of a lifetime of lies. Now the sisters must reframe everything they thought they knew about their mother, their brother, and the man they knew as Eddie.”

Find the Pecan Man HEREFind The Truth About Grace HERE.  The good news about The Truth About Grace.  That book is also free to Audible subscribers…and it’s free in Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

These books all deal with social injustice.  I can so relate to Ora Lee.  I try hard to do what I think is the best and sometimes fall short even though I’m doing my best at the moment.  Like Ora Lee, I also learn and do better.  I think that’s why I love the books so much.

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Pecan Man and The Truth About Grace

  1. Miss Daisy

    Looking forward to reading both , Sooon. Have you read ” The Secret Life of Bees ” and “The Help ” , I’ve watched the movies which are Awesome ! Trying to read the bees but just can’t seem to get into it.

  2. Elana Goldberg

    I loved the original book and also didn’t realize there was a sequel. I’ll have to get a copy from the library. Thanks so much for sharing. It’s wonderful to rediscover old books that still resonate.

  3. Robin

    I had to jump on my computer to let you know I listened to BOTH of these audiobooks today. I got to spend most of the day in my sewing room so it was the perfect time to listen to a good book(s). Thank you for all of your book recommendations. I always go to your Amazon page to see what books you recommend, then I check Hoopla through my library. I recently discovered Hoopla and I’m addicted.

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