Saturday, December 14, 2013

Book Spotlight and a Giveaway! A Can of Peas by Traci DePree

A Can of Peas

A Can of Peas by Traci DePree
Series: Lake Emily #1
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 16th 2002 by WaterBrook Press

Weaving together the strong threads of family and friends in a pattern of grace, forgiveness, and kindness, A Can of Peas invites readers into a place where every day brings a new story and neighbors are more than just people who live down the road. Sometimes funny and often poignant, these vignettes will draw both men and women into the reassuring rhythms of life as it ought to be–and as it still is in the heart of America.

After the death of his grandfather, Peter Morgan and his new bride, Mae, face a life-changing decision: should they embrace the career-chasing ambitions of their family and friends in St. Paul or accept the absurd challenge of saving the family farm in the Minnesota countryside?

Enticed by the romance of a simple, quiet life, the Morgans set out to follow in the footsteps of Peter’s grandparents. Soon, Peter is farming around the clock, barely one step ahead of failure as Mae struggles to find her place in Peter’s life and in the community. Will the strain of saving the farm tear their marriage apart? Was it a mistake to dream?

My thoughts about A Can of Peas ~~

This was a book club selection and I am never sure when starting a book picked out by someone else if I am going to like it or not. Everyone's tastes are so different, aren't they? Well, this is one that I enjoyed. And I found out at our meeting that this is the first book in the series. Which means I can continue to follow the lives of the people I meet in Lake Emily.

I grew up in the Midwest and now live in South Dakota. The setting of this story is in Minnesota so I am familiar with a lot of the places mentioned. And reading about Peter and Mae as they learned about farming took me back to my growing up years, living in a farming community. Ahhh, the memories!

This is a wonderful, gentle story filled with great characters living in a warm, friendly community. I am ready to go back and will be checking out the other books in the series!

About the author

Traci DePree is the author of nine books. She loves creating new worlds where readers can escape the demands of everyday life and discover a deeper place of faith where true hope resides. She makes her home in a rural town in Minnesota where she fills her days with books, volunteering, gathering with friends and loved ones, playing a little tennis, riding dirt bike, as well as sewing and knitting! She and her husband of almost 26 years have five kids, ranging in age from twenty-two to six.

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  1. I enjoyed the review, sounds like a good book.


  2. This is a captivating and wonderful book. Thanks for this lovely giveaway and feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. This book sounds so interesting! Great review & thanks for the giveaway (:
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  4. We have something in common. I used to ride dirt bikes in my younger years. I finally realized that being on the ground instead of the bike was my clue to quit!! But it sure was fun. I don't see how you have time to write such great novels with 5 kids but I am so glad that you do. Please continue to share your talent with the world. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful book. I would enjoy reading about the family's hardships and their trying to save the family farm. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  6. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


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