Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Review: Sage Blog Tours Presents: The Paragraph Ranch by Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon

Author Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon
Source Received from authors in exchange for an honest review
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Every writer knows you can’t go home again. But that’s just what is required of West Texas expatriate Dee Bennett-Kaufmann when her mother is badly injured in a mysterious car accident.

Single-again “Dr. Dee” has never been on the "A-team" in her trendy East Coast MFA program. When a prestigious summer fellowship gives her the chance to finally finish her book, salvage her career, and spend some quality time with her college-age daughter, Dee’s certain her luck is about to change. Returning to care for her irascible, widowed mother threatens all of that.

With so much at stake, Dee engineers a series of unorthodox strategies and creative tradeoffs to keep her options in play—and despite herself finds friendship, love, and the power of words in the unlikeliest of places.


This was quite a different book. I think the title is kind of cute, after having read the book. Because the best parts of this book were when the characters were in the writing classes on the ranch. There were a couple of scenes with Dr. Dee and her mom that made me laugh. Like with the rattler snake. And I enjoyed when Dee's daughter showed up. I liked her.

But overall this book just seemed very average. The story line didn't have a very 'obvious' issue to overcome, other than her mom being ill and in need of help. I would have enjoyed it more if there was some conflict other than that I think. Because I mean, after a while, we get what it is like to be a caretaker of someone who is older than ourselves and should be able to fend for themselves.

All in all I would say that if you like books that are very easy to read and not super hard to follow along if you need a lazy read kind of book then you might like this. I listened to it on my way to and from work in the car and it was easy to keep up even though my attention was obviously focused on the road.

I did feel like part of the time the authors 'voice' shifted, it made me think there were multiple authors. At the time I had that thought I hadn't realized this book did have multiple authors. So that threw me a little because it pulled me out of the story when the 'voice' shifted.

Overall 3 stars. Good book just some issues I couldn't get over.

About the Author

Kay Ellington, a native West Texan, has worked in newspapers from New York to California to the Carolinas—and back again to Texas.
Barbara Brannon formerly led the Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, but got to Texas as soon as she could.

Facebook refers to the writers’ retreat
Twitter    @ParagraphRanch

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