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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bev Marshall Narrator: Liz Morton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A lyrical coming-of-age story set in the 1960s, Hot Fudge Sundae Blues is an extraordinary companion to Bev Marshall’s first two novels, Walking Through Shadows and Right as Rain. Here again she mines the territory of the small town of Zebulon, Mississippi, where even the most seemingly ordinary folks harbor well-disguised heartaches and intricate secrets.

Thirteen-year-old Layla Jay was only pretending when she knelt before the preacher to seek salvation. She was hoping to make her grandma happy and get noticed by the cute new boy in town. But religion truly piques her interest when a young, handsome visiting preacher stays at her family’s home. Wallace seems genuinely interested in Layla Jay’s life—until he meets her mama and falls head over heels, like many men have before him.

When Wallace marries Frieda, Layla Jay believes she will finally have the father she’s always wanted. But it seems that none of her dreams will come true as Layla Jay wrestles with her mother’s reckless ways, her unsavory stepfather, a best friend’s betrayal, and the longing for love’s first kiss. Yet everything pales in comparison to what happens next as Layla Jay is forced to tell a lie to save her mother’s world from crashing down.

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  • “Marshall has written another gem with rich, benighted characters whom small-town Southerners will recognize with affection or horror as one of their own friends, relatives, or unfortunate acquaintances.

    Library Journal

  • “The voice of Layla, the Mississippi-born narrator of this audio book  features not a drawl, but a sweetness and earnest innocence that captivate the listener from the opening line. Liz Morton infuses the young speaker with an eager-to-please purity and clarity, maintaining a balance between Layla’s open personality and the cruelties of the world. Throughout the dramatic events that unfold in her life, Layla blends optimism with wisdom to overcome, or at least accept, the pain she encounters. Morton’s reading of the central character is an ideal performance of that role—she captures the contrasts that exist between a child's world and the world at large.” 


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mikkee | 7/11/2013

    " This was a great book, but be prepared for a heavier story. I gave it a 3 of 5 stars because there were many times while reading Hot Fudge Sundae Blues, I skipped ahead because Marshall was to verbose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vicky | 7/11/2013

    " I'm not sure why I love southern writers so much, but another author that I enjoyed. I think it's because the characters are usually so lovable yet laughable. This story took a dark turn and I wondered if she would turn it around, but in the end she pulled it off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christa | 5/18/2013

    " I enjoyed Layla Jay's character. Although she was young, she dealt very gracefully with all the situations that came her way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by WendyR | 2/19/2013

    " Didn't finish the book. It seems that Bev Marshall might be fairly capable at writing a good story but this one is a little too crude for my taste. "

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