A Good Kind of Knowing

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Imagine if Maeve Binchy grew up in Texas and wrote an old-school Larry McMurtry novel. Think Hope Floats meets High Fidelity.

That's how critics are describing A Good Kind of Knowing-from the author of the highly acclaimed and number-one Amazon bestseller, Blue Straggler.

A Good Kind of Knowing is a novel about the power of music and friendship, the relationship two-steps that go on in old Texas dancehalls, ...

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Overview

Imagine if Maeve Binchy grew up in Texas and wrote an old-school Larry McMurtry novel. Think Hope Floats meets High Fidelity.

That's how critics are describing A Good Kind of Knowing-from the author of the highly acclaimed and number-one Amazon bestseller, Blue Straggler.

A Good Kind of Knowing is a novel about the power of music and friendship, the relationship two-steps that go on in old Texas dancehalls, and the secret to finding just a little bit of common ground in a world full of distrust.

Sera Taylor's store is the one place in Lakeville, Texas, where individuals from all walks of life share a universal love for music and a respect for the gypsy-like woman behind the antique glass counter. Readers get a taste of the unorthodox connection between Sera and Mack, a young local cowboy and musician, and Sera's previously untested devotion to her husband Bill. They learn of her relationship with Ruby D., the vibrant but misguided mother of five; with Louie, the shy high school band director; with Beverly, the religious, upper-class socialite; with Antonio, a local bar owner striving to make a life for himself; with Tommy Lee, a rich and directionless gigolo; and with Wes, the only out-of-the closet gay man for miles. As Sera battles a serious illness, the characters must overcome long-held stereotypes to save Sera's store, and in the end, large parts of themselves.

What readers are saying:

"Engaging, emotionally accurate, visual and funny.

"My head is full of your story. It took me only two and a half days to read the book cover to cover, which means I was doing it every spare minute."

"You pulled me right in."

"I feel like I'm right there-I can feel the Texas heat and see the small town and the people who populate it."

"The characters are diverse and interesting, and each has a unique personality that adds to the entire canvas of the story."

"I know these people. What's more, I like them, even despite their faults."

"The pace is comfortable, the characters rich and colorful. The events are anything but predictable; I was always wondering what's going to happen next."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481006293
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Lynn Harris grew up in rural South Texas-and comes from people who work hard, love the land and know how to have a good time on a Saturday night. In 2001, Kathy made the move from Texas to the Colorado Rockies to focus on her writing and soak up All Things Mountain. She lives in a 1920s log cabin with her husband and son, plus two fairly untrainable golden retriever mixes. Kathy has written two novels, three children's books, a lot of bad poetry, short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, and personal essays. Kathy's blog, You Can Take the Girl Out of Texas, but, can be found at kathylynnharris.com.

Connect with Kathy at kathy@kathylynnharris.com or take your pick of social media channels:

Twitter - @KathyLynnHarris
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BlueStragglerFiction
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5137823.Kathy_Lynn_Harris
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/kathylynnharris/

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    Let me say that whenever I read a book about the realities of ca

    Let me say that whenever I read a book about the realities of cancer, I am rather intrigued. So often people want to smooth over cancer and not make it seem like a big deal, but it is. And I knew nothing about pancreatic cancer. I would say I know somewhat how horrific it is now. I connected with this story, and Sera's attitude truly inspired me. If I die of cancer, I hope I can face it with the same determination and strength.

    I wasn't sure about this book when I started it, but it wasn't long before I found myself into the story. I enjoyed the fact that it was about music, and I have to say that the "holy rollers" bit did not even offend me. In fact, I found myself rolling my eyes. These are the people who kick others when they are down, and it reminded me of how ashamed I am of people like this who do things in the name of the Lord. It's no wonder people are turned off to religion.

    I was honestly only offended by one thing in the book--the profanity. I grew very tired of unnecessary profanity in the book, and it did contribute to my not enjoying the book as well as I could have. I also would have liked to have understood some more of the back stories on some of the characters, but that is just a personal opinion.

    I can definitely give this book a 4-4.5 star rating. I didn't find myself as emotionally involved in the story as I sometimes am. I didn't feel I got really close to any character, but it was a definite worthwhile read. The different ways that the characters responded to the cancer truly covered a variety of responses. This was a point that the author covered quite well. I can definitely recommend this book to most adults. It is a fantastic reminder of what is truly important in this world.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    Heart-breaking, yet full of heart. A Good Kind of Knowing is ful

    Heart-breaking, yet full of heart. A Good Kind of Knowing is full of warm and wonderful characters that you'll soon feel as if you you've known forever. I enjoyed the descriptions of Sera's music shop and the goings on set in the heat and humidity of the Texas summer. The author gives us a true insight into small town Texas and it's colourful people. This book deals with a sad theme, but somehow leaves you feeling uplifted and warm. 4 stars.




    *Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for a review. This by no means affects my words or rating.

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  • Posted December 23, 2012

    As a new transplant to Texas, the book allowed me to grow up in

    As a new transplant to Texas, the book allowed me to grow up in a small south Texas town, familiarize myself with its customs and meet its people. In fact, I wanted to meet every character in the book, learn more about them, take them to lunch! I WAS picking up the old cd's in Sera's music shop, having a beer at the local dance hall, walking along the river with Mack and shopping with Ruby D. More than just the characters, the writing is lyrical and perfectly descriptive, and the heart-wrenching story fresh and real.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    A Good Kind of Knowing by Kathy Lynn Harris is a truly gentle an

    A Good Kind of Knowing by Kathy Lynn Harris is a truly gentle and inspiring love story. The characters really drive the plot with their array of character traits, quirks and interwoven lives. The relationships between the characters are lovely to follow as well as entertaining.

    There are many humourous, witty moments in the novel that had me smiling and several tender moments that allowed me to bond with the collection of characters. This was all possible because of Kathy Lynn Harris' meticulous craft and character development and interaction.

    The plot moved a little slow for me at times, hence holding back from 5 stars, yet I'm sure readers who enjoy tender romances and stories that are driven by friendships and relationships would rate it higher.

    A lovely and somewhat emotional 4 fluttering fairies!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    A lovely, moving story by an author who really knows small towns

    A lovely, moving story by an author who really knows small towns. Music lovers will especially enjoy this novel. The author has a recommended playlist on her blog, too, so you can listen to carefully selected music to go along with each chapter. Highly recommend.

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