The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover

The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover

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NYT bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to Depression-era Darling, Alabama where the ladies of the Dahlias, the local garden club, are happy to dig a little dirt! In the seventh book of this popular series, it looks like the music has ended for Darling's favorite barbershop quartet, the Lucky Four Clovers - just days before the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition. Another unlucky break: a serious foul-up in Darling's telephone system - and not a penny for repairs. And while liquor is legal again, moonshine isn't. Sheriff Buddy Norris needs a little luck when he goes into Briar Swamp to confront Cypress County's most notorious bootlegger. What he finds upends his sense of justice. Once again, Susan Wittig Albert has told a charming story filled with richly human characters who face the Great Depression with courage and grace. She reminds us that friends offer the best of themselves to each other, community is what holds us together, and luck is what you make it. Bonus features: Liz Lacy's Garden Gate column on "lucky" plants, plus the Dahlias' collection of traditional Southern pie recipes and a dash of cookery history. Reading group questions, more recipes, and Depression-era info at "Captivating Charming characters, a fast-paced plot, and a strong sense of history help make this a superior cozy." - Publishers Weekly. "brings a small Southern town to life and vividly captures an era and culture - the Depression, segregation, class differences, the role of women in the South - with authentic period details. Her book fairly sizzles with the strength of the women of Darling." - Library Journal Starred Review.
Publisher: Bertram, TX : Persevero Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780996904032
Branch Call Number: FIC Alber
Characteristics: xii, 260 pages ; 21 cm.


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Seventh in the Darling Dahlias series, and perhaps the last, according to the author. These sweet stories take place in Darling, Alabama during the Great Depression, and the Dahlias are members of the local garden club. Self sufficiency is terribly important and finds the Dalias planting many back garden crops to use and share. Pie Suppers boast their funds, and the recipe for many delightful entries like Shoofly, Green Tomato, Pecan, and Lemon Icebox are included.

Meanwhile, the local barbershop quartet, the Lucky Clovers are finalists this year's contest, shoo-ins to win, until the unfortunate demise of one of them. The local switchboard needs revisions, but the miserly silent partner who co-owns the exchange refuses to fund any improvements. Since the repeal of Prohibition moonshiners are barely getting by, and on top of everything else, Liz Lacy's former suitor, the unfortunate Grady, is mooning around her doorstep again.

An interesting peek at the times and expectations of those days.

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