The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love
by Joan Medlicott
St. Martin's Press
With Southern hospitality, Joan Medlicott has welcomed the world into the lives of Grace, Hannah, and Amelia, three widows sharing a house, a garden, and some amazing recipes in the little town of Covington. Through their love, commitment, and laughter, the ladies of Covington have come to represent the beauty of friendship.
When Grace, Hannah, and Amelia meet in a Pennsylvania boardinghouse, they believe that three meals a day and a sagging bed are all their twilight years have to offer. But friendship takes them on a journey to a North Carolina farmhouse where they realize their lives still have more to give: confidence, competence, and love.
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1. Medlicott interweaves her stories with real issues that confront aging women, i.e. health concerns, financial concerns, the pursuits of passions and lifelong dreams, adult/parent relationships, and the necessity of female friendships. What were some issues that had resonance for you?
2. Of the three women, with whom did you most identify? Why?
3. If you were to describe the strengths and weaknesses of each woman, how would you explain the way in which they complement each other? What makes this household work so well?
4. How did you feel about Hannah's relationship with her daughter Miranda, and how did you feel about Hannah's reaction to her grandson Sammy's drinking and accident?
5. Do you think Grace made the right decision in not marrying Bob?
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"The ladies of Covington sow seeds of courage and community that bloom throughout this small mountain town and deep in the heart of every reader."
Lynne Hinton, author of Friendship Cake
"Ms. Medlicott is attuned to the nuances of Southern life and draws her characters with affectionate understanding....and an inspiring message of self-acceptance, courage, and survival."
The Dallas Morning News
"A satisfying, warmhearted look at friendship that endures."
Sandra Dallas, author of Alice's Tulips
"A must read for women of all ages."
The Tampa Tribune