The Mail Comes at Three overview:
Nell was a sixty-eight-year-old widow who felt that life was passing her by. She was caught in that sometimes uncomfortable age gap between being young and old. She felt unappreciated, unnoticed, and unneeded. Each day she sat by the window with her cat, Patches, watching the birds and waiting patiently on George, the mailman, to see what the day would bring. Out of boredom, she frequently said to herself, “Well, the mail comes at three.” That always gave her something to look forward to.
Nell wasn’t fully aware of it yet, but she had a lot of buried resentments about her life and things she wished she had done differently. While trying to take care of everyone else’s needs, she had forgotten all about the causes she used to believe in.
With the help of her friend and confidant, Sybil, she began to realize that she must accept responsibility for her own happiness and start enjoying life. The real shame was that no one, especially Nell, knew what she was truly capable of. That is, until she met Grant. Come along with them on their wonderful adventure!
Miss Lydia’s BOOK CLUB overview:
Frankie is a young wanna –be writer searching for a big story to launch her career as an author. Until she can make a living doing what she loves, she works at the local courthouse, befriended by her co-worker Darlene. She meets Robert, a handsome detective, and he sets up an opportunity for her to speak at Miss Lydia’s Book Club, which is named for his mother.
Frankie becomes involved with the book club ladies and ultimately discovers the secret they are all sworn to keep. As Robert told her in the beginning, “How much trouble can a bunch of little old ladies be?”
Along the way, Frankie and Robert befriend Hank, the colorful riverboat musician. They also travel to Virginia to return an antique car to Frankie’s grandfather and visit Frankie’s dysfunctional family. Robert finally convinces her that everyone has problems and she needs to move on and find happiness.
Meanwhile the book club ladies are having a fit over the city’s proposed riverboat development. What is all the fuss about? Will Frankie write about her discovery, or will she keep quiet out of respect for her new friends? Will love conquer all?
A Week in the Country overview:
Jackie Thomas, a career-oriented single mother, has to take a leave of absence to care for her ailing mother. Her mother dies soon afterwards, but leaves behind a bit of mystery with her strange burial request. Not yet ready to return to the high-stress job at the hospital in Knoxville, Jackie sets out to fulfill her mother’s wishes. Her journey takes her to a place she has never heard of, and ever though it is only 100 miles away from home, it seems like a thousand. Thinking this family business would take only a week or so, Jackie quickly becomes involved in the country life and the people around her.
Although she becomes fast friends with Lily, owner of Walker Valley Farms, and John, a young preacher, not everyone is pleased to have a “City Girl” on the premises. Jackie’s time in the country is not without a few tears, but there is also a lot of love and laughter. She meets her match in Marshall, a handsome man of few words. While she is not officially working, she finds herself with more to do than she can handle. She not only learns about her mother’s past, but also about the important things in life… like making really good cornbread!