Critters of Mossy Creek: Book 7, the Mossy Creek Hometown Series

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Springtime brings thoughts of love to people all over the world, and Creekites are no exception. Although love to Creekites isn't necessarily romantic. Take, for example, how they feel about their pets. Dogs, cats, birds, and fish take center stage as we once again see how the Southern half lives. Your favorites are back and in just as much trouble as ever. Amos and Ida are still circling each other's wagons. Sandy Crane has a little Faith. Jayne Reynolds emerges from widowhood to take a long lingering look at ...
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Springtime brings thoughts of love to people all over the world, and Creekites are no exception. Although love to Creekites isn't necessarily romantic. Take, for example, how they feel about their pets. Dogs, cats, birds, and fish take center stage as we once again see how the Southern half lives. Your favorites are back and in just as much trouble as ever. Amos and Ida are still circling each other's wagons. Sandy Crane has a little Faith. Jayne Reynolds emerges from widowhood to take a long lingering look at Mossy Creek's Bubba Rice. Ed Bailey and his beloved dog Possum, Lil Ida Hamilton, Peggy Caldwell and others will make you laugh and cry at human and animal antics. Cat heists. Fish ponds. Bird nappings. Don't miss the fun with Critters of Mossy Creek!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984125821
  • Publisher: BelleBooks
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Jayne Reynolds

Odd, isn't it, how things and animals and people come into your life.
While it's happening, it seems rather random.
You make love to your perfectly healthy husband and a month later, he dies of an aggressive cancer we didn't know he had. Yet somehow you wind up pregnant. You feed a poor, pitiful cat that shows up at your door. You unwittingly start a feud with the owner of the bakery next door to your new coffee house the first day you open.
The next thing you know, you have a pet for the next twenty years, you have your husband's son, and you wind up buying the bakery and hiring the owner who has become a dear friend.
It seems to me that when you look back over the years, you can see how all the pieces of your life's puzzle fit together and you get the distinct feeling that each event was meant to be.
Looking forward, life may be a box of chocolates, as Forrest Gump's mother purported. But when you look back, you realize life is a mosaic. Though you think you're making random choices with each piece you place in your life's work of art, in the end you have a complete picture, and you understand that each one of those pieces was destined to be in just that spot.
Take my moving to Mossy Creek a few years ago, for instance. At the time, I was operating in a fog of grief over my husband's death, and I didn't much care where I was. I just couldn't stay in the place where he and I had spent so many happy years. Yet, what I thought had been a knee-jerk reaction turned out to be one of the main themes in my life's mosaic.
I've found a true home in Mossy Creek. I've been accepted for who I am. Am loved for who I am. And while I stillmiss Michael, it's almost as if I'd been living another life back then.
Now I feel as if I'm adding jewels to my mosaic, not just dull-colored pieces of tile.
Oh gracious. Listen to me, waxing all rhapsodic. I guess I just have mosaics on the brain.
Tiles, anyway.
Which one? Which one?
I picked up my top three choices and took them over to the fading spring light of my shop's window to see if that would help me make up my mind.
The Naked Bean's front door opened. "Jayne?"
I glanced over see Ingrid Beechum holding the door open with her back as she wiped her hands on a dish towel. Her dog, Bob, stood patiently at her feet, looking up at me because that's what his beloved mistress was doing. The Chihuahua's sight had gotten so bad, I doubted he could actually see me. The white apron Ingrid always wore was missing, so I knew it was time to close up shop.
"That time already?" I asked.
"Hmmm," she said. "Since you're the boss now, I thought I'd check in before I locked the door . . . for the last time."
We grinned at each other. We'd begun our relationship as mortal enemies, but were now partners . . . of a short.
Several months ago, Ingrid had a health scare about the big "C. Turned out everything was fine, but it put the fear of God in her, and the upshot of that was, she decided to sell Beechum's Bakery to me.
It made good business sense for me, because what complimented gourmet coffee more than bakery goods? And since the bakery shared a wall with The Naked Bean, it wasn't going to take much to make the two shops into one. Or so Dan McNeil, our town handyman, promised me.
From our truculent beginning, Ingrid and I'd had a tacit agreement that I wouldn't sell baked goods, and she wouldn't sell coffee. That meant, of course, that customers had to go from one shop to the other to get both, and many of them did. When the portal was finished, however-hopefully before the weekend was over-they'd no longer have to go outside.
Ingrid and I weren't technically partners, of course, since I owned both places, but I wanted to think of it that way, and I wanted her to think of it that way.
Ingrid still worked at the bakery, but now she had a tidy little nest egg in case something really did happen, and she didn't have to worry about the managerial aspects of running a business, which she never liked anyway, and I loved. Now all she had to do was create her wonderful pies and cookies and cakes.
She was happy. I was happy. Our customers were going to be happy. It was a win-win situation all 'round.
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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    A beautiful tale

    The Creekites of Mossy Creek, Georgia love their small town, but even more so their beloved pets. Some of the animals are the significant others of humans even married couples. The Naked Bean coffee and bakery shop owner Jayne adopts a Cairn terrier as her mouser to hunt mice when Emma the cat proves to be a watcher only. An elderly canine escorts an orphaned newborn dog to a child. The Widow Peggy tries to find the jewel thief using a cam only to find insider feline thievery. Pets even lower blood pressure by a human adopting a mom and her kitten. There are others who bring joy to the residents such as the Parrot who sings and dances (if Ed Sullivan was alive) and then there are humans who bring nurturing and love to animals like the Eagle Scout who saved ironically the eagle. This is just another moment in the human-animal love affair of Mossy Creek that adds to why the small town of 1700 is special; if you don't believe me, ask Mayor Ida Hamilton or better yet read the books for a slice of rural southern life.

    Similar in tone as the previous Mossy Creek anecdotal tales, CRITTERS OF MOSSY CREEK focuses on the human-animal relationships of the residents as the people get more from the unrequited love and loyalty of their pets. Fans of the saga and pet lovers will fully appreciate the latest entry as all is well in Mossy Creek for a large part due to the animal population.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Great series!

    I love this whole series and hope there is more to come! The characters have so much personality and being written by different authors really gives them a special uniqueness - it works!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Daisy

    Sorry nooks about to die. Gtgtg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Storm

    She padded there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Cloverlily

    Yes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    James

    Lays her down and locks the doors and windows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Ash 璘 of BloodClan

    Padded in, sitting down and watching, both curious and slightly uninterested.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    The bedtime room

    The bedtime room is white with fifty cribs and chaning tables and fifty toys. One for each crib.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Lily

    "I'm potty twained. I'm a big girl!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Ceremonies

    Ceremonies-becoming an apprentice or warrior or med cat or deputy or leader. Also if the leader (Mosstar) has something to tell the clan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Enderfur

    Pads to his den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Gleamingheart

    *falls asleep on him*

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    The Mossy Creek series is just about the most exceptional and in

    The Mossy Creek series is just about the most exceptional and inspirational series I have ever encountered! I love them all! I even look for other books like them so I can continue that warm feeling I remember growing up that these books reflect...I cannot recommend them more...truly wonderful books!

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Very cute story/series

    After I read rhe first Mossy Creek story, i thought this series would be an awesome read aloud story among a group of women friends, or maybe a healing friend inthe hospital. A big thank you to all of the authors involved..

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