Set in contemporary Louisville, Leesa Cross-Smiths mesmerizing first novel surrounding the death of a police officer is a requiem for marriage, friendship and family. Evia classically-trained ballerinawas nine months pregnant when her husband Eamon was killed in the line of duty on a steamy morning in July. Now, it is winter, and Eamon's adopted brother Dalton has moved in to help her raise six-month-old Noah. Whiskey & Ribbons is told in three intertwining, melodic voices: Evi in present day, as shes snowed in with Dalton during a freak blizzard; Eamon before his murder, as he prepares for impending fatherhood and grapples with the danger of his profession; and Dalton, as he struggles to make sense of his life next to Eamons, and as he decides to track down the biological father hes never known. In the vein of Jojo Moyes After You, Whiskey & Ribbons explores the life that continues beyond loss, with a complicated brotherly dynamic reminiscent of Elizabeth Strouts The Burgess Boys. Its a meditation on grief, hope, motherhood, brotherhood and surrogate fatherhood. Above all, its a novel about what it meansand whether its possibleto heal....
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Whiskey & Ribbons Reviews
When I heard about the 3 POVs I wasn’t sure how I felt because one POV was from the late husband. Often times, this isn’t done well. Looking back, I’m not sure why I was worried because they all flowed together seamlessly, and I can’t imagine not having all three.
It was so refreshing to read a book like this featuring POC.
This was melodramatic, in all of the best ways possible.
Gorgeous. 4.5 Stars. Full review to come.
Whiskey & Ribbons is a well written, multifaceted novel about love and loss and overcoming. It took me a bit to get used to the jumps from present to past, but the story being told in three points of view helped to deepen the narrative and keep things in line.
Leesa Cross- Smith has a distinctive voice that is perfect for storytelling. A book you definitely want to give its time and space and undivided attention. You know what I always say... put it in your face.
I don't know where to begin so I will start by saying this: There are some sentences that nobody else in the world could write besides Leesa and I love that she wrote an entire book full of them! Her writing is so fun to digest. It's like eating pieces of candy very slowly.
This story begins in the saddest place which means it could feel bleak and unconquerable and like the darkest side of everything, but Leesa treats these characters with so much care that, even when you know what happens to the ...more
This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to experience in our lifetime. Also, a wonderful love story between Eamon and his brother Dalton that, as an "only child" I admit am envious of because it's the type of bond that can't be separated or destroyed. My f ...more
I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) aaand some kissing (and lots) and hope. It's abt grief and healing and darkness and light...it's abt friendship and brotherhood and families and who we are/can be to one another. It's abt holding on. It's romantic a ...more
(AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as good on the page, but the narration was fabulous and definitely added to the story for me.
I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 highlights in this book! This story follows Eamon, Dalton, and Evangeline. Eamon is killed in the line of duty leaving behind his wife Evangeline and their unborn child Noah. Dalton is his adopted brother. Evangeline ...more