Sunday, December 7, 2014

Book Review: THE PARAGRAPH RANCH By Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon

By Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon
Genre: Contemporary fiction

Every writer knows you can’t go home again. But that’s just what is required of West Texas expatriate Dee Bennett-Kaufmann when her mother is badly injured in a mysterious car accident.

Single-again “Dr. Dee” has never been on the "A-team" in her trendy East Coast MFA program. When a prestigious summer fellowship gives her the chance to finally finish her book, salvage her career, and spend some quality time with her college-age daughter, Dee’s certain her luck is about to change. Returning to care for her irascible, widowed mother threatens all of that.

With so much at stake, Dee engineers a series of unorthodox strategies and creative tradeoffs to keep her options in play—and despite herself finds friendship, love, and the power of words in the unlikeliest of places.

My Review

Dee Bennett-Kaufmann seems to have realigned some areas in her life to focus on her writing career. All is going well until a call from Texas announcing her elderly mother was in a serious accident. Dee goes back to her Southern roots to look in on her mother.

The Paragraph Ranch is a beautiful story. I am extra impressed that two authors wrote it because everything flowed so smoothly and you can see how they were both in sync with each other, their characters, and the plot.

I feel that the authors were successful in depicting a family dynamic of siblings immersed in their own worlds and having to come together in an unfortunate situation. Along with some mystery and love, we see different generations of a mother-daughter relationship. My favorite part was following Dee throughout the book as she evolved and found something wonderful in a place she never wanted to be.

Author Bios

Kay Ellington, a native West Texan, has worked in newspapers from New York to California to the Carolinas—and back again to Texas.

Barbara Brannon formerly led the Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, but got to Texas as soon as she could.

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