The Queen of Sleepy Eye by Patti Hill

By Patti Hill

En path to collage in the summertime of 1975, brilliant seventeen-year-old Amy will get caught in smalltown Colorado whilst the 1958 Pontiac Bonneville activities Coupe pushed by way of her unbearable tiara-toting mother, Francie—former Queen of the Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, Corn Festival—surrenders to a mortally wounded transmission.It doesn’t take lengthy to achieve that thirty-three-year-old Francie is out of cash and in no hurry to permit pass of her daughter, so the 2 unpack indefinitely. Amy unearths paintings at a funeral domestic, a spot the place her not going Christian religion can paintings itself out one of the town’s old and young, geeks and jocks, hippies and clergy alike.Trying to not pass judgement on her mom’s serial boyfriend escapades, Amy leads to a sad love triangle herself which supplies either mom and daughter the opportunity to perform a little actual becoming up. yet in a shock twist, their highway to therapeutic nonetheless has many miles to move in 2008 as they shuttle again to Sleepy Eye in that outdated ’58 coupe.Endorsements:“The Queen of Sleepy Eye is written with beautiful intensity of personality . . . a phenomenal story.”—Hannah Alexander, writer of the Hideaway sequence “Few tales may be able to stability either the crushing rate of sin and the remodeling strength of grace. The Queen of Sleepy Eye succeeds brilliantly. the writer invitations us on a trip with advanced characters so genuine that we cry after they fail and have a good time once they display very good glimpses of God at paintings of their hearts. Patti Hill crafts each one notice with good looks and artistry, bettering this poignant story of remorse and redemption.”—Sharon Hinck, writer of Symphony of secrets and techniques and Renovating Becky Miller“This e-book captured me from the 1st web page! In each manner, it’s a keeper—from the eloquent writing to the wealthy forged of characters that breathe existence into this coming-of-age story. yet it’s greater than only a tale approximately becoming up; it’s approximately existence and loss, love and forgiveness, and learning that there's extra to the realm than what we see. You’ll love The Queen of Sleepy Eye!”—Susan may possibly Warren, writer of Taming Rafe“Quirky but powerfully emotional. Amy’s mom is outrageous, however it can be poignant how her daughter strives to appreciate her. This novel is a gem for all women's fiction lovers!”—Camy Tang, writer of basically Uni and unmarried Sashimi

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Thank you. ” But I’m not sure, not one bit. My heart races at the thought of meeting my father, then deflates at the thought of his possible indifference. This is going to be a long trip. The McDonald’s in Barstow is three railroad cars side by side like sardines in a can, a bit of architectural whimsy meant to coax people out of their air-conditioned vehicles and into the 107-degree heat. The restaurant is disappointingly warm. There’s a line into the bathroom. With my bladder complaining, I take my place in line.

I feigned a yawn and stretched before turning over to squint in the lamp’s light. The odor of beer and cigarette smoke clung to Mom’s clothes and hair. I breathed in deeply. Her face wore the sting of cold like a mask. She lifted the covers. “Move over. ” The cold from her clothes penetrated my flannel nightgown. She kicked one shoe onto the linoleum floor, then the other. I drew up my knees. ” “Do I have feet? I don’t know. ” She scooted closer. I slipped off my socks for her. ” She kissed my cheek.

Mr. Cochran shoved the envelope into his pocket and whistled, this time admiring the Pontiac. “Is this your car? My younger brother bought one of these babies off the showroom floor when he landed his high-and-mighty job in New York City. ” “Forever. I don’t drive much. ” She said his name like butter melting on a hot biscuit. My face warmed. I opened Pride and Prejudice and pretended to read. “How old is the car? Fifteen? ” he asked. “Only seventeen. ” Every Sunday after church, Mom packed a picnic and we drove the car to a shady place along the Kaskaskia River where we turned the radio up to sing along with the Captain and Tennille and the Eagles and all things Motown.

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