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

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 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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ISBN-13: 9780984125821
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 09/28/2009
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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Critters of Mossy Creek: Book 7, the Mossy Creek Hometown Series 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
jhhymas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, even if I would probably not have bought it as a first choice. I was also surprised at how consistent the sensibility is and how well the characters were differentiated, even though the book, as with the others in the series is by several different authors. It will please especially pet lovers looking for a comforting, unchallenging read for a winter's evening by the fire. It is sort of like comfort candy--some people will find it a lttle too sweet and others will eat all they can get. Especially for pet lovers and those who have followed this popular series.
Zedd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Critters of Mossy Creek is a wonderful story told through a mixture of different authors and characters. Being as it is the 7th book in the series, the characters were very well developed. What I found especially heartwarming was the sense of small town life. And of course the many different "critters" really brought the story together. There were many laughs and even a few tears.
reneebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not the type of book I normally read but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A good book for animal lovers filled with touching and funny stories. The book is set in the small southern town of Mossy Creek which is populated with quirky characters... humans and animals alike. I enjoyed all the stories so much I felt I knew the characters personally and I'd love to drop by and meet them all sometime. I hope there are more books in the series.
butterflybaby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute. There is so much to love about animal stories.
mcfitz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped. I love animal stories as much as the rest of you, and I have read other Mossy Creek books. However, unless you have a background with Mossy Creek residents, I would avoid this volume, as I still felt that I missed some of the references to earlier stories. That being said, it is a nice change from the earlier volumes, especially if you like short stories and animals. The stories are written by different authors, but the changes in style are not a hindrance to this collection. The stories are small-town clean and most are a little sappy, a very quick and pleasant read.
crazypsychobooklover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Critters of Mossy Creek welcomes you to the wonderful world of Mossy Creek, Georgia. Although this book is the 7th in the series, it definitely stands on its own. A testament to my affection, I have since ordered all the other books in the series! Open your heart to the marvelous, fully developed characters who live in the town, along with their darling pets. Like most small towns, everyone knows everyone elses' business, and has no problem interjecting their own opinions, asked for or not! By the time you finish reading this enjoyable, heartwarming, moving collection of stories on the live of the folks of Mossy Creek, you'll want to join me in making a move there. Perfect read, perfect small town atmosphere. I can't recommend this delightful book strongly enough. You truly miss out if you don't read this!
leadmomma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a quiet book filled with small town adventures. I could see this being adapted into short skits, or read aloud dramatically. It's interesting how they've interwoven the different authors to create something new and whole, with interconnection and flow. I can't imagine that was an easy task. This isn't a book if you are looking for mystery and high drama -- but if you want a slice of life, with characters you might feel like you've met before, this will be a great way to spend your reading time.
majorbabs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of Deborah Smith's books, but haven't read the Mossy Creek series, I have the feeling the book would make more sense if I'd started at the beginning, but am enjoying the read.
KathyWoodall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved these stories. All of them set in the town of Mossy Creek. I have not read any of the other Mossy Creek stories but will give them a try. The characters are very likeable and I think most people will enjoy all the stories. They are a bit corny but still a nice read.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love animals and I love Mossy Creek so this book should rate very high on my list of beloved books. Ehhhh....While I did enjoy it, I don't think it is as good as the original Mossy Creek book.This book follows the critters of Mossy Creek, Georgia and their people, sometimes from the critters point of view. I must say, I fell in love with the rabbit, Wampa, simply because of his dislike of Mayor Walker's sister, Ardaleen. A good read if you love animals and the Mossy Creek series. If you aren't an animal lover it will leave you rolling your eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry nooks about to die. Gtgtg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Padded in, sitting down and watching, both curious and slightly uninterested.
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The bedtime room is white with fifty cribs and chaning tables and fifty toys. One for each crib.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ceremonies-becoming an apprentice or warrior or med cat or deputy or leader. Also if the leader (Mosstar) has something to tell the clan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads to his den
BernieMcCarthy More than 1 year ago
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!
C-Andy More than 1 year ago
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..