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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Apron Strings. Aug 22, Catherine rated it it was ok Shelves: age-gapartistic-heroes-or-heroinescontemporarymmromanceshortiespages-or-less. Also, some of the relationship difficulties and details just didn't jive with my expectations for such a long-established relationship. Not awful, but certainly not Samms' best work. Sep 29, Kathy rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporaryebookfavouritesamms-jaimekeeperm-mromance.
This was the story, or rather it was the discussion of this story, that got me looking at Jaime Samms' writing. And oh I'm so grateful! Jaime's stories are very much character driven; you just know that, if her men were the slightest bit other than they are that the story would itself would take a very different direction.
Jaime's story is the characters, their growth, either independently or together, or actually both; they are what drives the tale to its natural conclusion. There is no other wa This was the story, or rather it was the discussion of this story, that got me looking at Jaime Samms' writing. There is no other way that Neil or Danny could behave any differently because this is who they are.
Yeah as mud I'm sure. But I am constantly fascinated with both Jaime's men and their stories Nov 12, Ro rated it really liked it.
Just loved the idea that communication is so crucial to a successful relationship. Neil is so strong and shows his vulnerability. The reversal of roles was well done. That it's an established couple made it even better. Reread: Yep, still loved it. I felt more for Neil this time, this big guy who's trying to be everything his love deserves and not really understanding it's okay to let someone else help out too.
View all 5 comments. Feb 26, Elisa Rolle added it. Apron Strings is a very nice short story. He was also very experienced and maybe with a kinky side, b Apron Strings is a very nice short story.
Now five years later, nor Danny or Neil are changed, but Danny is regretting a bit what he left behind. Customer Reviews. Ask a question Ask a question If you would like to share feedback with us about pricing, delivery or other customer service Apron Strings - Thistle (3) - Tired Anchor (CD, please contact customer service directly.
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See more details at Online Price Match. Related Pages :. Maynard rated it it was amazing. Apron Strings is a brilliantly written book by Mary Morony that is a must-read for everyone. And although their stories are told from separate view points, their lives intersect at some very significant points.
We meet Ethel as a teenager working as a dom Apron Strings is a brilliantly written book by Mary Morony that is a must-read for everyone. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Mary Morony in person at a small bookshop in my town where she was selling her book. I got to speak to her for about ten minutes before I purchased her book which she signed for me.
I will admit that I was a bit reluctant to read this book because the 's aren't exactly my favorite time period to read about I'm much more into fantasy or dystopian novels. One thing I will say is that right away I was impressed with the author's writing, though it was a I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Mary Morony in person at a small bookshop in my town where she was selling her book. One thing I will say is that right away I was impressed with the author's writing, though it was a little hard for me to get into the story at first.
But by page or so the story started to pick up. So many things were happening that I couldn't wait to find out what happened. Yet, when I reached the end of the book, it almost felt to me like nothing was resolved. Though Ethel seemed Apron Strings - Thistle (3) - Tired Anchor (CD be better, her sobriety only felt temporary to me, and I only felt more sorry for the kids that things may not get any better for them.
I think that the cover of the book and the short Apron Strings - Thistle (3) - Tired Anchor (CD on the front gave me a false expectation of the story. I started reading the book thinking that I would be reading about the relationship between Ethel and Sallee. While their relationship was a part of the story, I don't think it was necessarily the main plot, and instead of watching their relationship get stronger throughout the novel, their relationship only got weaker, to the point where I started to dislike Ethel as a character.
Though I really liked her character in the beginning of the story, by the end of the novel she had become more of an annoyance to me. The next-door neighbors were constantly giving dirty looks and yelling slurs about Ethel, but that storyline never really took off. Everything I read about the book beforehand made it sound like the biggest issue was racism, yet in the end I almost felt like the story could have done without Ethel. To me, the biggest issue was alcoholism and divorce, and how those things affect children.
Overall, I'd say that while I really enjoyed the author's writing, there were a lot of things in the story left unanswered that made the story feel too empty for me.
However I hope to see more from this author soon. Apron Strings is a fascinating novel that is centered around the complicated life of a southern family and their maid, whom they've all come to depend on.
Sallee Mackey is an inquisitive young girl that builds a special bond with her maid and caretaker, Ethel. Ethel spends time answering all of Sallee's questions, whereas her mother is often cold and hostile Album) her. Of course, when Sallee can't get answers she takes to eavesdropping. The Mackey family loves Ethel as though she is one of the Apron Strings is a fascinating novel that is centered around the complicated life of a southern family and their maid, whom they've all come to depend on.
The Mackey family loves Ethel as though she is one of the family, but many people in their neighborhood, including their next door neighbor, only see the color of Ethel's skin and judge her harshly.
The children don't understand why the color of skin makes any difference and often stand up to others to defend Ethel. Ginny Mackey is very self absorbed and her children fear her. Inevitable her marriage falls apart and she seeks custody if only to hurt their father. Sallee and her siblings are torn. They want to escape their unstable mother, but are afraid to be without Ethel.
What is to become of the children and Ethel? Apron Strings is a well thought out and effectively organized story. I was immediately drawn in and felt the same bond with Ethel as the children did. Through dialogue and setting, Mary Morony creates a beautiful and compelling story that captures your attention from beginning to end. I highly recommend picking up a copy of Apron Strings.
The author brought up desegregation, but basically the biggest issue for the White children was having to be driven by the Black handyman to the schools set up in homes and churches to avoid going to public school with Black children. The car filled with angry White men is mentioned here and there, but nothing happens. Sexual abuse is alluded to but that story also goes nowhere. My main take-away is that all the adults dealt with their issues by drinking.
Not quite a waste of time reading it, but not high on my list of books. Sep 21, Maria rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary-fiction. I got this book for free on the Kindle. This just goes to show that if you are very selective and patient, once in a while you can find a gem amongst the mostly-forgettable free books on Kindle. I really liked this book, even though it took me forever to finish it, due to technical difficulties.
Most of the story is told from the point of view of Salee, who is 7 years old at the beginning of the book. I'm not sure that 7-year-olds ponder things as much as she does. I'm sure some of them do. And I got this book for free on the Kindle. And I'm sure that some of them are nosy enough to eavesdrop on adults I used to do it all the time! It was open-ended at the finish, but isn't that how life really is?
Nothing is ever wrapped up with a neat bow, and families of alcoholics suffer for a long time. It was slow-paced and well told. I really enjoyed it. I believe a friend's mother wrote this book, and the implication is that she drew some from her own upbringing to write this book. Having family that lives in Charlottesville, I am curious very much about the history of the shopping center and wish there was an afterward about what the conclusion of that was. I have to admit i was confused the first time the book changed perspectives even though many books do that, but I think it was because this book both jumped in timeline and perspectives at the same time.
Jun 26, Anne rated it really liked it. Blurb When a grown-up tells you not to worry, you had better start—first rule of thumb, Sallee Mackey, age seven. But Ethel is their rock and protector and as Sallee's parents' marriage breaks up, who wil Blurb When a grown-up tells you not to worry, you had better start—first rule of thumb, Sallee Mackey, age seven.
But Ethel is their rock and protector and as Sallee's parents' marriage breaks up, who will love and take care of the children? I enjoyed this book, but it left me with many questions and conflicted feelings. I debated quite a lot to decide what rating to give it. Jul 22, Faith Cummings rated it it was amazing. History coming to life History coming to life This is a very readable and accurate picture of how things were in Charlottesville Virginia in the late 50s and early 60s.
I was not here then, but those I know who were, tell me that this is how it was. The racism described here is not exaggerated. I am sure that there were a lot of families who broke under the strain of coming to terms with new laws and new ways of thinking. The characters are vivid and most are likable. I recommend this book for any History coming to life History coming to life This is a very readable and accurate picture of how things were in Charlottesville Virginia in the late 50s and early 60s.
I recommend this book for anyone interested in life in the south during this changing time. Jun 26, Kathy DeShong rated it really liked it. I actually started reading "Apron Strings" June 19, but couldn't update due to poor internet connection. This started out being such a good book, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it had a weak ending.
Again, this is a book told in the tense of a 9 year old child growing up in Charlotte, NC in the 's. The story would take s back into the '20's to establish the lives of the characters, but then when the book ended in current times, it only identified one character.
What happened to the other signi I actually started reading "Apron Strings" June 19, but couldn't update due to poor internet connection. What happened to the other significant characters. It had the potential for a much stronger book. I finished it June 24th.
Sep 26, Donna Peake rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read. A socialite marries and brings her black maid with her as she starts her own family. Set in the 50's The Mother in my opinion does not spend a lot of time nurturing her children that is left to the maid. I really don't know how those children would have survived without their maid.
The maid is drunk just like their mother but the children worry more about the maid and how she must stop her drinking. Jun 01, Victoria Murata rated it liked it. Some of the writing in this novel is amazing. Morony really knows how to turn a phrase; I enjoyed her imagery. For this reason alone, I'm giving my review 3 stars instead of fewer. At first I was a little put off by the Black Southern dialect. It seemed contrived and inconsistent to me, but I got used to it. The novel reads more like a two year slice of life from one family in the South in the 50's.
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