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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Whistlin’ Stardust has no murder, no suspense, no twists and turns, no adventure, no sex and no excitement. What it does have is history, heart, soul, God and memories of days gone by. I was immediately drawn into the Daniels family - Glover, his wife, Doris, their children, Auntie, and their friends and neighbors. Glover Daniel is a good man working hard to provide a good life for his family. We live their day to day life with them and are magically carried back to the early days of the 1950s in Gadsden, Alabama. The Daniels don’t have a lot of money and life is hard, but they make the best of what they have. A butter bean sandwich is a treat; neighbors help each other whenever and however they can; holidays are a time to spend with family and appreciating their life and each other. Every day is special and together they all get through the good and the bad.
It took me a chapter or two to realize that nothing special was going to happen in Whistlin’ Stardust, but then I realized that life was happening. I was pulled back in time to a quieter, more peaceful, simpler life and I became one with the Daniels family. Sara McFerrin recreated the old family Southern traditions and it felt wonderful to remember my childhood days of innocence. This is a must-read for all Southerners and a great lesson for all Northerners. I highly recommend this book; it is a refreshing change of pace book that does nothing but offer good reading.