After a betrayal ends in tragedy, Katy seeks refuge from her abusive husband, Hank, in her quiet hometown of Cedar Branch, North Carolina. Taking up residence on the old family farm and landing a job at the local Quaker Café, she hopes to leave her troubled past behind.
At the café, Katy finds allies, kind people willing to protect her and offer advice. There’s the gracious owner who insists that manners prevail, the no-nonsense cook who tackles life with a cast iron frying pan, a Yankee transplant who doesn’t bow to convention, and a shrewd Southern lawyer who sees a chance for Katy to profit from her predicament. But when Hank discovers her whereabouts, Katy’s newfound peace is broken. As a heated standoff involving Hank, local and federal law enforcement, and the media ensues, how far will the Cedar Branch community go to avert violence and save lives?
About the Author
Brenda Bevan Remmes has spent her career in health-care education as adjunct faculty with the medical schools at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina–Columbia. Her stories and articles have appeared in Newsweek and Southern publications and journals, and her first novel, The Quaker Café, was published in 2014. Remmes is a longtime member of the Religious Society of Friends (Conservative) of North Carolina. She lives with her husband near the Black River Swamp in South Carolina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Home to Cedar Branch by Brenda Bevan Remmes is a Quaker Café novel (second book in series). The book starts in March of 1994. Katy Devine is married to Hank, her abusive husband and has two children, Savannah and Dusty. Katy is getting sympathy (euphemism) from Dr. Lawrence Attwuld in one his exam rooms when nosy kids fall from a tree (they were peaking in the exam room) and through the skylight right into the exam room. People (staff and patients) rush into the room and they see Katy and Dr. Attwuld in all their glory. The news quickly spreads through the town (gossip spreads quickly in a small town). Katy takes her two children and hides before her husband returns home (he is a trucker). Hank, the abusive husband, returns to town (he is a trucker and was on the road. His brother, Ray, radioed him to tell him the news) and starts looking for Katy. When he cannot find Katy, he goes after Dr. Attwuld. When Dr. Attwuld opens his front door, Hanks shoots him. Do to the scandal (the affair and shooting), Katy decides to move back home to Cedar Branch and live with her brother, Sam. Sam (he is a crop duster) and the residents of Cedar Branch welcome them with open arms. Katy gets a job at the Quaker Café in town. But there will be a few bumps in the road for the family (the trial, a potential lawsuit, and, of course, Hank and his evil brother, Ray). The town of Cedar Branch will be there to help them. Read Home to Cedar Branch to find out what happens. Home to Cedar Branch is a sweet novel. I enjoyed everything except the ending. Home to Cedar Branch is easy to read and interesting (can you imagine kids falling through while you are having illicit sex). Home to Cedar Branch can easily be read without having enjoyed the first book in the series. The book has a good pace until near the end when it slows down. I give Home to Cedar Branch 3.5 out of 5 stars (it was a 4 until I read the ending). I received a complimentary copy of Home to Cedar Branch in exchange for an honest review.