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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (607 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carleen Brice Narrator: Cherise Boothe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781436133494
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Broke and burned-out from grad school, Shay Dixon does the unthinkable after receiving a “vision” from her de facto spiritual adviser, blues singer Nina Simone. She phones Nona, the mother she had all but written off, asking if she can come home for a while.

When Shay was growing up, Nona was either drunk, hungover, or out with her latest lowlife guy. So Shay barely recognizes the new Nona, now sober and with a positive outlook on life, a love of gardening, and a toddler named Sunny. Though reconciliation seems a hard proposition for Shay, something unmistakable is taking root inside her, waiting to blossom like the morning glories opening up in Nona’s garden sanctuary.

Soon Shay finds herself facing exciting possibilities and even her first real romantic relationship. But when an unexpected crisis hits, even the wise words and soulful melodies of Nina Simone may not be enough for solace. Shay begins to realize that, like orange mint and honey, sometimes life tastes better when bitter is followed by sweet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful, jazzy, exciting read.”

    Nikki Giovanni, author of Acolytes

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shix | 2/11/2014

    " very different, but I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed this - it's very challenging if, like Shay, you are struggling with bitter relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sueb | 2/5/2014

    " A quick read. Nice to have a story about life after someone gets sober and the effect of using on our loved ones. Not super deep but an entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qiana | 2/3/2014

    " A well-crafted and moving tale about mothers and daughters that restores my faith in contemporary black fiction! We need more writers like Carleen Brice. There's a great conversation going on about this book in the Literary Fiction by People of Color group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted | 2/3/2014

    " Pretty good for chick lit. I probably wouldn't have liked it as much if it wasn't set in Denver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maegen | 1/23/2014

    " Orange Mint & Honey is a fantastic book. It's well-written and thoughtful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wavelength | 1/23/2014

    " This book is much "lighter" than what I normally read, thus the two star rating. I wasn't challenged to think deeply or read carefully; two things I like to do when I read. That being said, I did enjoy the parts of the story about Nona and Shay's relationship and how alcoholism affected Shay's maturation process. As other people have commented, the ending felt rushed and too "neat." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terra | 1/11/2014

    " Great coming of age story, with very sensitive plot intricacies that all mothers and daughters can and will appreciate. Frankly, I fell in love with this book. I can see myself reading it over and over again. Probably will. I refused to part with it, as I do many of my books, when I was asked to allow someone to borrow it. No way! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/6/2014

    " Gave this a 4.5/5.0 rating "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ebony | 1/3/2014

    " The story is based in Denver; about an estranged relationship between a mother and daughter. For me, the book was a page turner. She's a fresh new voice. Also, I absolutely love the title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 12/24/2013

    " I had to read this book for my human development class, and just by looking at the cover I was iffy about it. It just didnt look like my kind of book, I judge my books by their covers. Turned out to be a really awesome book. I loved the characters and fell in love with their stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally Marie | 12/19/2013

    " This was a good read, my favorite character was Oliver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 11/24/2013

    " I could not put this one down. The charachters are relatable and very 3 dimensional. I would of given it 5 stars but it was a tad too predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 6/2/2013

    " I love reading books by local authors who scatter Denver references throughout... Quick read, good story. Love Nina Simone guiding Shay... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adrienna | 4/1/2013

    " I heard good reviews even in JET magazine, checked out the book, and unable to get into this book regardless of what the back of the book said on an alcoholic parent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/8/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and the lessons she learned as she grew. It has a really sweet ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janell | 11/1/2012

    " Loved it!! can't wait to see the movie :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Pack | 10/26/2012

    " Good story, missed the climax... b/c there really wasn't one. This book was perfect for what I needed at the time- nothing too though provoking yet was intriguing, but no page turner...overall was well written... but nothing to brag about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carleen | 6/27/2012

    " I had to read this because the author's name is Carleen, but to my surprise it's a great book about a mother-daughter relationship, one of those books you don't want to put down because the story draws you in and you can relate to the characters. I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 3/11/2012

    " Interesting and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akilah | 2/26/2012

    " This was, honest to God, like reading a story about my own life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theo | 5/13/2011

    " Pretty good for chick lit. I probably wouldn't have liked it as much if it wasn't set in Denver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janell | 10/14/2010

    " Loved it!! can't wait to see the movie :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 9/8/2010

    " Set in Denver and written by a Denver author. I invited the author to speak at our book group but didn't hear back from her!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 8/2/2010

    " I could not put this one down. The charachters are relatable and very 3 dimensional. I would of given it 5 stars but it was a tad too predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sueb | 7/21/2010

    " A quick read. Nice to have a story about life after someone gets sober and the effect of using on our loved ones. Not super deep but an entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanae | 7/19/2010

    " Oh, I just LOVED this novel. The characters were so real and the plot was so defined. I listened to this as an audiobook, so while I couldn't see the writing, listening to it was a great experience.

    You must read this novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 6/19/2010

    " Quick read. First book by this author. About mothers and daughters, forgiveness, understanding..... "

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About the Author
Author Carleen Brice

Carleen Brice is a freelance writer who lives in Denver with her husband. Her mother died of breast cancer in 1992.

About the Narrator

Cherise Boothe has worked extensively in theater, film, television, and narration. She has appeared in numerous regional plays, as well as in television shows such as The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, and Gossip Girl. She holds an MFA in acting from New York University. She was a finalist in 2015 for the prestigious Audie Award for best multivoiced narration.