Love, Hickory

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When the flirtatious nineteen year-old Alyce Hicks fell in love with a fun-loving bank clerk in the depths of the Great Depression, the couple struggled to save enough money to have a church wedding and rent a bungalow. But postponing the wedding two years was a minor setback compared to what the couple would face in 64 years of marriage. During World War II Alyce's husband was drafted at age 35 and sent to the Fiji Islands, leaving Alyce to man the home front with four small children. When he returned from the ...
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Overview

When the flirtatious nineteen year-old Alyce Hicks fell in love with a fun-loving bank clerk in the depths of the Great Depression, the couple struggled to save enough money to have a church wedding and rent a bungalow. But postponing the wedding two years was a minor setback compared to what the couple would face in 64 years of marriage. During World War II Alyce's husband was drafted at age 35 and sent to the Fiji Islands, leaving Alyce to man the home front with four small children. When he returned from the war, the couple resumed their active lives with their many friends, their large family, and their growing number of children. While raising 11 children, including a severely disabled son, they managed to volunteer for charity work in Mobile's Catholic community and still find time to enjoy Mobile's Mardi Gras season of parades and balls. Now, at age 99 as Alyce looks back on her long and productive life, we realize she not only survived the difficult times, she prevailed and triumphed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432771614
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 0.96 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    True Grit Southern Style

    Tom has written a very well researched narrative of his mother's (and grandmother's) lives in Mobile, Alabama, in the early 20th century. It is a carefully drawn picture of how their Catholic religion and their percieved place in the community shaped how they met the considerable challanges of raising their families. The tension created by their attempts to meet these challanges provides a surprising pull for the reader. Tom avoided what could have been a treacly homage to Alyce and her mother, and created instead a story of determination and strength that one eagerly follows to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2011

    Great book! Exceptionally well written.

    A marvelous story of a truly southern lady who met each challenge head on armed with her extraordinary faith and her love for one man, in particular, and people in general.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    If you honour family, faith and life then you will love this book.

    I live in Perth, Western Australia and have never been to the US. However, I am engaged to a wonderful Southern gentleman who lived his childhood in Mobile in the 1940's and 1950's. Reading "Love, Hickory" has given me a greater understanding of my man and a greater desire to visit his home town. Above all, this book kindled in me respect and awe for the tenacity, faith and love that the Lord allowed to unfold from the heart of a flirtatious 19 year old lady named Alyce, as she stepped out during the Great Depression and beyond.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Best book I've read in years!

    As a writer I am hard to impress with writing. This book did what I look for in a story. I laughed, cried and hoped with the characters as the story forced me on to the end. I want more! The story immerses you into the throws of how much life can throw at one person, one family and how to get through we all need hope a sense of belonging and security.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Excellent, a must read

    The trials and tribulations of young girl growing up in the South during the depression, married life and raising a family during World War II. This books makes you put your life today in perspective and appreciate the importance of family, friends and faith. Can't wait for Part 2

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    A must read for anyone married to a Southern Belle

    A outstanding book regarding the life of a southern lady with a Catholic upbringing. Uplifting, if you are frustrated with the cost of diapers, a dryer that doesn't work, etc, enjoy this book and you will appreciate all of the creature comforts you have in this day and age. Can't wait for Part 2 and the movie.

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