Miss You Most Of All

Miss You Most Of All

by Elizabeth Bass

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Few things are as lasting as the bond between sisters. In her poignant debut, Elizabeth Bass explores the lengths one cobbled-together family will go to for each other. . .

Sassy Spinster Farm is a place to find solace. At least, that's what it's become since Rue and her sister, Laura, transformed their childhood Texas homestead into a successful tourist destination. It's where Rue is raising her pre-teen daughter on her own—while trying to keep her outspoken sister in check. It's not easy, but together, it seems there's nothing the two can't handle—until an unexpected, and not entirely welcome guest shows up in the middle of one warm summer night.

Moving and uplifting, here is a beautifully written novel about the bonds we are born into and those we create for ourselves—and of the strength that comes in loving without limits.

"Completely wonderful." –Beth Harbison

"Funny, poignant, and deeply satisfying." —Nancy Thayer

"A deliciously great book." —Cathy Lamb

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758235114
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

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Miss You Most of All 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Cancer victim Rue Anderson; her sister Laura Rafferty; and veteran Webb Saunders run the Sassy Spinster Farm in, Texas. The spread proves a great success as the "inmates" guests want to get down and dirty with work on a farm like planting and harvesting, etc. . Having just finished chemo treatment, Rue looks forward to sharing joint custody of her tweener daughter with her ex. However, her recovery has a setback when the cancer returns. Worse is the return of the siblings' younger pain in the butt stepsister Heidi Dawn Bogue to the farm. Heidi hides her reason for returning to a place she loathed when her mom married the sisters' dad when she was a teen. In fact she needs to stay low as she is on the lam from her psychopathic Brooklyn embezzler boyfriend. Readers will enjoy this character driven Texas family drama due to a strong lead trio and a solid support cast even if the Brooklyn mobster is somewhat stereotyped. Done with humor and wit (for instance, naming a child Portia is not Shakespeare literary allusion but an expensive car) Miss You Most Of All is a profound poignant relationship drama as three sisters find their groove. Harriet Klausner
motherinme More than 1 year ago
The characters really do get you involved..you sort of know what is going to happen in the end and you wonder where it all leads to. The ending is a little rushed, and leaves you wanting more but overall, this book is a good, easy read.
sneps More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Bass's debut novel, Miss You Most of All, is a book that will make you laugh, cry, and never lose hope. Set on a small farm in Texas, two sisters house boarders as a way to generate funds for their farm. Typically women, these boarders learn how to plant crops, sell them, and learn the daily chores of a working farm. While each set of boarders is limited to 2 weeks on the farm, Elizabeth Bass brings to life these smaller characters who the reader finds missing every time there stay has ended. From Becca, the attorney who loves to have an early morning run, to Janine who is a single woman that endlessly flirts with Webb, a worker on the farm, each of these characters are charming and bring some much needed breaks to the seriousness in parts of this book. Rue is the oldest of the two, who has recently ended chemo treatments for breast cancer. She is the peacemaker in the family and finds the best in everyone. Ever so positive, despite her own battles with cancer, she is the calm and steady persona in an eclectic household. She has one daughter, Erica, who lives on the farm with her. Erica is a mini-Laura: loves the farm and her animals, has a mind of her own and will share it, and has no fear. Laura is the younger of the two, who has a brassy attitude and never holds back her thoughts. Laura is the character that most readers will certainly disagree with her attitude and interactions with others. While she is a difficult character, who certainly lives up to her name: Sassy Spinster, underneath all that tough skin is someone that loves her sister tremendously and worries for her always. She also loves her chicken, Fred, who has his own challenges, too! While both of them are hosting their first boarders of the season, their estranged step-sister, Heidi shows up at the farm unannounced. Heidi has an unusual dilemma and is hiding out on the farm in hopes to evade those who know what happened in NY. Heidi shares the same love Rue has regarding classic movies and music of all genres. Together, they enjoy challenging each other with movie trivia and watching old movies with their boarders. While on the farm, Heidi realizes her potential and soon begins helping Rue with the cooking duties. Elizabeth Bass is exceptional in the way she brings everyone's lives together, while also letting their own stories develop. The characters have some interesting twists and turns that will bring lots of joy as you read it. I must say, I balled my eyes out during certain parts of the book. Worse, I had to continue reading through tears and snot, after all.how else would I know what finally happens??? While there were some predictable moments and some far fetched scenarios, I still found myself deeply engaged in the story. When Erica realizes everyone has been acting as if Rue is fine and does not have cancer, I realized I was no different. I found myself wishing her to be cancer-free and doing much better than what was really happening. I love the tender moments Rue has with her family and the crazy moments Laura has, too. I certainly won't watch The Wizard of Oz without thinking of the Sassy Spinsters and wishing their farm actually existed, too!! During this particular summer, life on Sassy Spinster Farm, surely will never be the same. And..neither will you! I highly recommend this book!!
jakibookworm More than 1 year ago
I cried and reflected for awhile after reading this book...it really moved me
amanderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel had me at "Sassy Spinster Farm". I'd give it 3 1/2 stars really. The farm is run by two sisters in their thirties who cobble together a CSA (community supported agriculture) and agri-tourism B&B to make ends meet at their family farm in Texas. Laura is the very cranky, tart tongued sister, and Rue is the sweet tongued one with a heart of gold and a preteen daughter who is adjusting to her mom's recent divorce and bad bout with cancer. When an old family member turns up unexpectedly at the farm - Heidi the former and despised step sister - the summer starts off with a little family rivalry, a little romance (a handsome farm hand inexplicably has a thing for Laura), some intrigue (just what is Heidi running from?), and lots of laughter and tears. Overall a two thumbs up, though a bit draggy in parts - could have used a bit more trimming, I think.
whitreidtan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How can you resist a book set on a farm called Sassy Spinster Farm? Rue and Laura are sisters who live on the farm where they grew up, taking in guests who want to experience working the farm life for themselves. They are working hard to not only make the farm pay but to live their lives to the fullest and to understand what matters most in life. Rue is exhausted and drained from her latest round of chemo for advanced breast cancer. Laura is prickly and anti-social, resenting the presence of the guests at the farm. Erica, Rue's pre-teen daughter, is faced not only with a mother battling cancer and a father who has invited her twee former fifth grade teacher to move in with him but also with all the hazards and pitfalls of being young and figuring out friendship. Webb, who is working the farm for the summer, is an old friend who has been in love with Laura, despite the fact that she ignores him and his good-hearted loyalty, just about forever. Into this mix comes Heidi, Rue and Laura's former step-sister, the bratty little baggage who left the farm without a backward glance so many years ago when her mother left the sisters' father. Laura doesn't want to let Heidi stay but Rue is adamant that family is forever. And Heidi's presence changes everything, helping each of the characters to examine herself and her choices much closer.The characters in this are delightful and quirkily human. They make mistakes and are stubborn but they are warm and good-intentioned and the book is all around charming. There's joy and humor and deep sadness here but ultimately it is an uplifting read that leaves the reader feeling good. Some of the plot is a little far fetched and there really aren't any surprises to be had (and in certain cases, this is absolutely the right thing) but there is something luminous and sweet and appealing here. Perhaps it is the sense of love that pervades the book. Whatever it is, this is a book that leaves the reader sighing with pleasure when the back cover finally closes. It is like the best life lived, complete with ups and downs, laughter and tears, but on the whole, worth every minute. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a well-written feel-good novel (plus one cathartic cry).
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NMreader More than 1 year ago
It was a good story on friendship and love. Confusing sometimes on how the author jumps around.
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JJakeman More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book! It made me want to move to Sassy Spinster farm ;)
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