Whimsey: A Novel

Whimsey: A Novel

by Kaye Wilkinson Barley


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- Margaret Maron, New York Times Best-Selling Author. Winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards, and 2013 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master

"Kaye Barley is a treasure and a delight. Her wit, wisdom, imagination--and yes, whimsy!--shine from every page."
- Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-Winning Author

WHIMSEY is a novel of southern fiction with a splash of magic and a touch of fantasy, topped with a sprinkling of humor.

The magic was already there when cigar-smoking matriarch Elizabeth Calhoun established an artist's colony on an island off the coast of Georgia and named it Whimsey.

Elizabeth's ghost still drops in from time to time to make sure things are going as she planned.

There's also a wicked pixie named Earlene who fancies tight-fitting designer clothes and Louboutin stilettos.

Elizabeth's grandniece, Emma Hamilton Foley, a once-promising jewelry designer who moved away from the island, now fears her talent has deserted her.

Along with her four best childhood friends, she has been invited to be a resident artist at Whimsey's new upscale gallery, Les étoiles. To join them, she'll need to regain her talent, face the demons from her past and her feelings about Eli Tatnall, whom she loved as a girl.

Will moving back to the Island of Whimsey bring the magic back?

WHIMSEY is a story of hope and affirmation, about families and best girlfriends, connections and feelings. It's about the things in life that make us happy and the things that scare us to death. And the people who walk through life with us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615768885
Publisher: Kaye Wilkinson Barley
Publication date: 02/14/2013
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

WHIMSEY is Kaye Wilkinson Barley's first novel. She lives with her husband, Don, in the North Carolina Mountains along with their Harley Doodle Barley, the Wonder Corgi.

You can follow news about Whimsey here - http://www.kayewilkinsonbarley.com/

Kaye is Blog Mistress of Meanderings and Muses, which you can follow here -

She also steps in as "Oh, Kaye! once a month at Jungle Red Writers - http://www.jungleredwriters.com/

She was a contributor to two Western North Carolina regional anthologies - "Clothes Lines," and "Women's Spaces Women's Places." Both edited by Celia H. Miles and Nancy Dillingham

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Whimsey: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
I took a sweet vacation when I picked up Whimsey by Kaye Wilkinson Barley. I went to a delightful small island off the coast of Georgia. While there I met some lovely Southern ladies and some good sounding Southern gentlemen. I also met a rather strange cat and dog., a cigar smoking lady ghost and an evil pixie. I got a lot of laughs, some great surprises and only one or two tears. This story is a love story, a ghost story, a family sage, a fantasy and a comedy. Do not let yourself miss this trip. It is the author's first novel and I sure hope it is not her last.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I want to move to Whimsey! This is a delightful book. It moves at a comfortable pace (slow-ish) and harks back to an earlier time when people moved a bit slower. The characters are rather charming and, yes, Earlene is fantastic! Do not mess with her. Some of the plotline is rather predictable, but it is the journey (the story), not the destination (a grande finale) that is the point. Find a comfortable chair, pour some iced tea or lemonade (or use the recipe included for iced latte), and prepare for a lovely time.