Small Change: The Secret Life of Penny Burford

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In 1965 Penny Burford takes a single nickel from her husband's overflowing mound of change on the bedroom dresser and hesitantly slips it into the pocket of her housedress. He won't miss it, she decides. With that single act Penny changes the course of her life — and the lives of untold others.

Roy is a good husband, Penny reminds herself, but he can pinch a nickel until Thomas Jefferson hollers Uncle!" A hard, dominating man, he bristles when ...

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Overview

In 1965 Penny Burford takes a single nickel from her husband's overflowing mound of change on the bedroom dresser and hesitantly slips it into the pocket of her housedress. He won't miss it, she decides. With that single act Penny changes the course of her life — and the lives of untold others.

Roy is a good husband, Penny reminds herself, but he can pinch a nickel until Thomas Jefferson hollers Uncle!" A hard, dominating man, he bristles when Penny offers to roll the coins — no wife of his needs to waste time rolling mere pennies.

Penny has never kept a secret from her husband, but as her hoard of castaway change grows, she discovers that having money of her own gives her the power to make her own decisions. Beginning with something as small as a furtive trip to a fast-food restaurant in a Georgia town, she finds that small change can eventually lead to big changes.

Thirty-four years later, Roy finds a check for $1,500 drawn on an account bearing only Penny's name. He is bewildered, wondering how his wife, who has never worked outside their home in her entire life, managed to come by so much money. His quest to unravel this mystery leads him to other discoveries about the woman he thought he knew so well. Roy learns just how many lives Penny has touched and just how well his wife had known his secrets all those years — and her example shows him how to begin life anew.

Small Change is a deceptively simple story that explores the human condition in a rich emotional portrait. A remarkable tale of an ordinary housewife who leaves an extraordinary legacy, it reminds us of the true spirit of charity, the effects of poverty, and the tragic self-silencing that limits the richnessof far too many women's lives."

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Youngstown Vindicator
From Nashville, Tenn., where she makes her home, J. Belinda Yandell reaches out to touch the minds and hearts of couples everywhere with her sensitively moving little book, "Small Change, The Secret Life of Penny Burford."In its 139 pages, the book has a lot of heart and a big message as it provides an insightful look into the life of an impressionable young girl. As she exposes "The Secret Life of Penny Burford," Yandell seems to challenge readers to take a second look at relationships and to learn to see and appreciate those who are an integral part of their lives before its too late.The story focuses on Penny, the daughter of a minister, who is taught early in life that material possessions mean little unless she puts them to good use.Ultimately she is married to the son of the town drunkard. And though she is an attractive, caring wife and mother, she is merely taken for granted.
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"People who lead secret lives can be fascinating, but when Penny Burford's secret life is revealed, it is not only fascinating but a joy and a discovery that will enrich the life of each person who reads this wonderful book." —Earl Hamner, creator of The Waltons "Small Change is a little book with a great big heart, the story of a woman who has something important to say to us all. I want to read it aloud to my family at Christmas. Maybe every Christmas." —Linda Ellerbee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581823042
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Language: Efik
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    Wonderful!!!

    This is a beautiful and meaningful story with a wonderful message. I've read it three times and enjoyed it as much the third time as the first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2002

    Outstanding!!

    I used to work with the author of this book. She was very proud of it, and rightly so! Congratulations Belinda!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    Delightful story

    I enjoyed this story and its valuable lesson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    A WONDERFUL READ!

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT----IT IS ESPECIALLY PERFECT FOR CHRIISTMAS! THE MAIN CHARACTER IS SO TRUE TO LIFE SHE FEELS LIKE YOUR BEST FRIEND. THIS BOOK CERTAINLY KEEPS YOUR INTEREST AND IS VERY CLEAN-AN EXCELLENT GIFT. I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL HER NEXT NOVEL!

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