Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

by Lois Battle

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The delightful holiday tale of Josie Taternall and her South Carolina bed and breakfast from  "born storyteller" (The Washington Post) and New York Times bestselling author Lois Battle

After her best friend's narrow brush with death, Josie decides that life is too short to let old grievances stand in the way of family togetherness. This year, she resolves, her three grown daughters - the girls she raised so carefully yet with such mixed results - will come home for Christmas. With her uncanny ear for Southern sensibility and her sharp-eyed wit, Battle gives us the perfect upstairs/downstairs comedy and a portrait of a family in all its tender, touching, and flawed glory that readers young and old will cherish.

"Full of warmth, humor, and characters I completely adore - as delicious as a weekend at your favorite inn." -Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101571897
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,006,837
File size: 385 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lois Battle's seven novels include Bed and Breakfast, Storyville, War Brides, and A Habit of the Blood, (all Penguin). She lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.

What People are Saying About This

Joanna Trollope

"Truthful and benovolent and entirely recognizable...Proof that however much we wish we could get along without a family, we simply can't." -- Author of 'A Spanish Lover'

Rosamunde Pilcher

"Atmospheric and satisfying."

Nancy Thayer

"Lois Battle's 'Bed and Breakfast' is pure delight: touching and witty, sympathetic and shrewd. It's the kind of book I'll rush to tell all my friends about: it's a book I can't wait to give my mother!" -- Author of 'Belonging' and 'Family Secrets'

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Bed and Breakfast 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Widow Josie Tatternall does not have fond memories of her womanizing dictatorial late spouse, who treated her like he did the soldiers he led. The septuagenarian owns the Point Bed and Breakfast in Beaufort, South Carolina. .Christmas is coming and feeling her age after calling 911 when her bridge playing pal Peatsy collapses, Josie wants her three adult daughters to visit her for the holidays. As her sister reminds her, that will take a miracle. Her oldest Camilla has not come home in ten years, vowing back then never; however, depressed that her job may be gone, her lover definitely gone, and her period probably gone due to she fears a pregnancy, Cam accepts the invitation. Her middle child Lila Gadsen of Hilton Head immediately accepts. She hopes seeing mom will allow her to escape for a week from her politician husband and his attitude, and their two teens with attitude that only prescription medicine alleviates the headaches. Her youngest Evie lives in Savannah where she writes a newspaper column that exposes her family to ridicule as they are often the topic. She also accepts her mom's invitation. The four Tatternall females converge on the Point with good intentions to let bygones be bygones. Christmas Eve is a catastrophe in spite of the good intentions. The three daughters are together for seemingly for only nanoseconds and each is ready to run home. This reprint of a well written regional charmer affirms that the family that gets together fights together, but hopefully also loves together. Josie is the star though her daughters obviously play key roles in the bickering and arguing, and some wise acceptance and consideration of others. Fans will enjoy this engaging family drama as everyone grows stronger with increased perceptive understanding of those you thought you already know. Harriet Klausner
moonshineandrosefire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After her best friend's narrow brush with death, Josie decides that life is too short to hold grudges. She resolves that this year, her family - three grown daughters she has raised carefully with mixed results - will come together for Christmas come what may. I truly enjoyed this book and found it charming. I give it an A+!
bermudaonion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Josie Tatternall¿s husband, Bear, was a career military man. The Tatternalls had three daughters ¿ Camilla, Lila and Evie ¿ but Bear was gone so much, Josie basically raised them by herself. Josie always longed for some stability, so when Bear retired, she insisted on buying her dream home. When Josie is widowed, she is forced to turn her home into a Bed and Breakfast to make ends meet.Josie is a wonderful hostess, so her business is a success. She has good friends, but her relationship with her grown daughters is strained. Camilla is in New York and hasn¿t been home in ten years, Lila does touch base from time to time out of a sense of duty and Evie writes a column for the paper that shares all the details of her private life.When the family gets together for Christmas, tensions come to a head. Lila does something she could live to regret, Evie becomes a little too friendly with Lila¿s father-in-law, and Camilla leaves in a huff because of something Lila does. Will the Tatternalls ever mend fences and learn to get along?Bed and Breakfast by Lois Battle is the story of the dysfunctional Tatternall family. The story is character driven and I wasn¿t crazy about most of the characters, so the book was just okay for me. Camilla, Lila and Evie seemed so selfish and self-absorbed to me ¿ I just wanted to shake them and tell them to grow up already! Maybe that was the point of the story, but I found it frustrating. Nothing was revealed in the story to justify the way these women acted toward their family ¿ I just didn¿t get it. Maybe I live in a dream world, but the members of my family don¿t act like that. There were also quite a few typos in this book, which I found distracting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept waiting for something to happen. Interest never peaked, characters were dull and acted as expected. Don’t waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't let a couple of dumb-ass ratings stop you from reading this. Compelling characters, great story line and beautifully written. I got nothing done all day.... couldn't put this bookdown! Solid 5 stars.
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Sniffles. "I think I've got it out of my system now." She looks around.