How Dolly Parton Saved My Life: A Novel of the Jelly Jar Sisterhood

How Dolly Parton Saved My Life: A Novel of the Jelly Jar Sisterhood

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by Charlotte Connors
     
 

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Dolly Parton once said," If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." In the bustling city of Atlanta, four very different ladies take her advice to heart and open a catering business that will cater to them—successful, independent women who put their families first.

But flouting the traditions and expectations of Southern society… See more details below

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Dolly Parton once said," If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." In the bustling city of Atlanta, four very different ladies take her advice to heart and open a catering business that will cater to them—successful, independent women who put their families first.

But flouting the traditions and expectations of Southern society turns out to be more complicated than they ever anticipated. Even as the pressure of running a business bonds them together, the realities of managing real life threaten to tear the whole thing apart. As financial woes, personal hurts, and family troubles test the strength of their business and their friendship, they discover that sisterly support and lots of heartfelt prayer just might be the only way to survive.

Full of sass, grit, and good old-fashioned faith, How Dolly Parton Saved My Life is a hilarious and poignant look at friendship with a distinctly Southern flair.

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Publishers Weekly

Josephine Vann, a devoted wife, doting mother and former bank exec, starts a catering company in Connors's wholesomely humorous debut. After hiring Daisy, an eccentric pastry chef who lives by the rules Dolly Parton doles out in her songs, and Cate, an interior designer in a "quarter-life crisis," Josephine meets her match in Ellie Howell-Routledge, the Cordon Bleu-trained daughter of a powerful Atlanta family who uses her deep pockets to push her way into partnership with the reluctant Josephine-never knowing that Josephine is harboring a secret that involves Ellie and her husband. On the way to becoming innovative businesswomen, they tangle with a health inspector, face financial ruin, unwittingly shock the sensibilities of delicate clients, worry about their children and bemoan lost loves. Most importantly, they bond, giving the girlfriends the opportunity to show off their feistiness and strength. Think: Steel Magnolias meets the Food Network. (July)

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Kirkus Reviews
Industrious Atlanta ladies whip up a new catering company. God works in mysterious ways. That is one belief the four ladies behind Jelly Jar Catering share. Josephine (Jo to her friends) is the founder of the Atlanta-based family-friendly food company. (Stay-at-home mom Jo turned to baking when her girls started school and things became a bit dull.) Jo recruits Ellie Howell-Routledge (mom to toddler twins and a professionally trained cook) as her partner and the pair then hire Cate (single and good with design and party concepts) and Daisy (single mom and pastry chef). The four women throw everything they've got into their business. Jo and Ellie soon overstretch themselves trying to be wives, moms and entrepreneurs. Jo can't seem to get pregnant again and Ellie and her spouse start endless bouts of bickering. As expected, these four ladies have strong personalities and headstrong ways-making personality clashes both interesting and inevitable. Not to mention the stress of getting the new business off the ground and profitable. Religion serves as the tie that binds these ladies together and gives them strength. There's lots of talk about finding the right church and relying upon the good lord to provide guidance. But it's not all sermonizing. Plenty of zingers come from Dolly Parton too. Daisy idolizes the platinum powerhouse and always has an appropriate Dolly quote at the ready-these gems keep the book from becoming overly preachy. The characters are rich and sweet-just like Daisy's calorie-laden Southern recipe for S'mores Cake-and the plot is a proper mix of twists and redemption. The one big problem: Those who don't aspire to be good Christians may find the religious components hardto swallow. Plenty of God and good fun in this sentimental Southern tale.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780767930161
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
07/15/2008
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
980,475
File size:
0 MB

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