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Our Love Could Light the World ~Anne Leigh Parrish

I finished reading this book with a longing for more and then a hearty laugh.  OUR LOVE COULD LIGHT THE WORLD is a delightful group of short stories all about one family.  I am sure you know this family the Dugan’s, because there is a family like this in your neighborhood.  You know the one with 5 children; never do any yard work or house maintenance and their dog and cat poohs in your yard!

OUR LOVE COULD LIGHT THE WORLD is not a knee slapping kind of humor, although I did a few very discreet chuckles along the way which were matched with a deeper tad of sorrow page by page.  Just about nothing went quite right for this family as each story unfolds a part of their lives and realities.

I could spell out the characters for you, but I just think you would prefer I did not, as each person has their own chapter and problem to overcome and explore.   The characters are all stuck in Dunstan, New York and cannot seem to see further then their own experience.  The children take care of themselves and most of the time dear old dad too.  Mom does it all, including work, until she leaves and takes the children into a moneyed environment, in which they all, including Dad find benefit.

Aunt Patty is the only one to escape but then again not for long, as she must repeatedly return from Montana to pull the family into a semblance of organized and functional.  She has an undaunted spirit and a bit of plan for everyone along the way, and most often does the right thing for the right person, though maybe not always intentionally.

Anne Leigh Parrish, the author, in the handout is described as being a person who LOVES to write and it does show in this delightful book.  I found a precision in her words and a connection between the stories which was tight, full and precise.  I got to do my own visualizations, when the individual’s story presented, I found what I had imagined from the words to hold true to form in the chapter.  Parish has won an amazing number of writing awards and hails from New York, Colorado; presently Seattle. Her style is being compared to a number of the Best Seller Writers, and yet none of them have such quirky, realistic characters and none of those books made me feel like this was the family down the street.

The Dugan’s have a very strange way of expressing it, but this book is a true love story and I can only hope that my actual neighbors have at least some of their loving spirit behind all the swearing and I am sure alcohol consumption.
The reader will find a heartfelt, chuckling, calamity filled experience in OUR LOVE COULD LIGHT THE WORLD.

tlc logo Once again I want to say thank you to TLC online book tours and the Anne Leigh Parrish for sending me an early copy.  The e-reader copy is only $4.99 and the paperback is just $8.99 so the author is giving the reader quite a deal on this one.   A Kindle copy will be given away to a good comment.

Put this one on your list, you will be very happy that you did.

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s from this site, I will receive a few daisies in my basket.  Thank you.  Donations also welcome.

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10 Responses to “Our Love Could Light the World ~Anne Leigh Parrish”

  1. Talon Says:

    Yes, every street has a family like that. Sounds like a great summer read, Patricia! :)

    Patricia Reply:

    I read it a second time, just for the fun of it. Clever and good writer!
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  2. Deborah Barker Says:

    I actually want to read this book, it ticks all the boxes in a review for me. Great write-up Patricia. Um, we were the family with five children but perhaps not like the Dugans LOL! (Mind you, if I put my mind to it, our family could spin a few stories around itself). I love the idea of a book of intertwined stories. You have sold it to me Patricia! :-)

    Patricia Reply:

    Deborah Barker

    This is quite the fun story and I think you will enjoy it and all the twists and complications. This is definitely not a memoir of a family…

    and I think you could write a great book like this as a memoir of a family or as just short stories of a different family…

    I am happy it resonated with you

  3. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Like Deborah, I too love a book with intertwined stories. If you read it a second time, just for the fun of it, that’s good enough for me — on the must read list it goes!

    Patricia Reply:

    I did read it a second time just for the fun of it – and it was delightful.

    It was definitely better at not just 6 words! Engaging

  4. Alien Ghost Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I guess there is a family like this everywhere, and we all have a little bit of them too. Sounds like life! :)

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    Patricia Reply:

    Yes just like life with a few more quirky ups and downs to contend with and for the reader to enjoy

  5. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Sounds like a fun and funny family to be sure! Thanks for being on the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    Lots of pathos too…a well rounded love story
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