Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary & Sewing Circle

The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary & Sewing Circle
by Lois Battle
3 stars - just a nice story about some ladies
ALR Green - dog as a minor character

Not my usual fare. In fact, if this were a movie, it'd be a chick flick.

Here's the deal. The Cherished Lady lingerie factory in Florabama, Alabama shuts down and dumps a lot of people out on the street without work. At the same time, Bonnie Cullman, in the process of separating from her husband and having to work for the first time in her charmed life gets a job to run the Displaced Homemakers Program at the local Florabama college.

OK, so you can guess what happens, right? We get to know the ladies, Bonnie does good deeds at work, etc. etc.

The story was a bit light, but the writing was good enough to keep me going. I could relate to all those ladies finding themselves in brand new circumstances when they least expected it. I'm sure it helped that both Bonnie and one of the main Florabama ladies, Ruth, were around my age. Not often you can find a good middle-aged lady story.

At the end of the day, it's just a nice book. I don't have any other word. A nice story about real people without any icky stuff. 

Now then, about that dog. Well, on the cover I see a yellow lab, but in the book, the dog is a little mixed breed puppy. Sigh. The dog doesn't play much of a role and he gets left home alone way too much. Oh well.


  1. Maybe the dog has a neighbor buddy with whom he gets up to all sorts of wild antics while the ladies are off doing their thing, and he's not at liberty to disclose his activities! ;-)

    -Dr. Liz, whose reading seems to consist of mysteries set in the Roman empire and photography books.

  2. I read it and really enjoyed it. I think it might be because there are so few middle aged lady books, plus I liked the way the ladies tried to start their own independent custom children's clothing business. I commented that the dog on the cover is why I bought the book, and he was not at all the dog in the book. Oh, well. We're all suckers for a cute dog, aren't we?

  3. hello mango momma its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmmm florabama??? sownds like wun of those media mashup nayms they like to giv to kuples like brangelina or wotever!!! or posibly a deerisiv naym wot wood be given to the projekt if prezident obama annownsd sum sort of inishyativ to hand owt flower arrayndjments to ennywun hoo wanted wun!!! ok bye