“A remarkable example of acceptance. Enjoyable. Message is great for youth, however some content not.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I could not get into the book..............I tried, but after a few chapters it did not pull me in.”see full review » see other reviews »
“In Pie Town, the first novel in a projected series, Hinton populates a real town with imaginary characters that are a typical cross-section of New Mexico culture. There isn’t a main character, although two newcomers to town, a free spirit named Trina and a newly minted priest named Father George, stir up all sorts of trouble in a town that doesn’t much like getting stirred up.
The plot is absorbing because you come to care for these people. The centerpiece, or at least the character around whom everyone else’s life seems to revolve, is Alex, who has spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair. Abandoned by his heedless mother, who isn’t even sure who his dad was, he is being raised by his grandparents, Roger, the local sheriff, and his ex-wife Malene, whose father, Oris, and his neighbor, Millie, also play a big part in Alex’s life.
Otherwise, normal small-town things go on, often described with gentle humor, including Alex’s birthday party, the central event in the story, to which everyone is invited every year and a wonderful time is had by all. However, disaster on two fronts looms shortly thereafter and tests both the newcomers and the town itself.
One caution: skip Chapter 1, which is meaningless until you’ve read the rest of the book, especially if you’re put off, as I tend to be, by new-agey, poetic descriptions hinting at a mysterious presence in the characters’ lives (and I don’t mean God). The author also writes mysteries under the name Jackie Lynn, but if you’re just looking for a good story, well told, Pie Town is highly recommended.
“I could not get into the book..............I tried, but after a few chapters it did not pull me in.”Barbara wrote this review Tuesday, January 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A remarkable example of acceptance. Enjoyable. Message is great for youth, however some content not.”Shannon P wrote this review Tuesday, October 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my 3rd Lynne Hinton book, although the first 2 were YEARS ago. She manages to write a lot of soppy stuff without it seeming that way. This was a wonderful book -- not as good as Friendship Cake, but still wonderful. I missed out on 6 of her books, but have them on reserve already. ”Linda S wrote this review Saturday, September 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Move over, Jan Karon. These characters are great, the small town feeling is just right. I loved this book and I cannot wait for the next one!”Marty C wrote this review Thursday, August 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful story. I'm looking forward to reading more of Lynn Hinton's books.”lamby wrote this review Tuesday, August 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No