Authors Showcase: The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall
November 12, 2014
The Book: The Obituary Society
The Author: Jessica L. Randall
The Story: When Lila Moore inherits her grandfather’s house, she finds herself in a small Midwestern town where margarine is never an acceptable substitution for butter, a coveted family recipe can serve as currency, and the friend who will take your darkest secrets to the grave will still never give you the secret to her prize-winning begonias.
Lila is charmed by the people of Auburn, from the blue-eyed lawyer with the southern drawl to the little old lady who unceasingly tries to set Lila up with her grandson. But when strange things begin to happen, Lila realizes some of her new friends are guarding a secret like it’s a precious family heirloom.
It’s a dangerous secret, and it has come back to haunt them. Lila is caught in the middle, and her life may depend on uncovering it. But even if she can, can she stay in Auburn when not everyone is what they seem, and even the house wants her gone?
About Jessica L. Randall:
Jessica is a writer/photographer/mother of five who is also passionate about music, interior design, and really old stuff. She’s a country mouse who loves a bubble bath with a good book or curling up on the couch to watch a movie with a plate of her husband’s famous Monster Cookies.
Review by Melissa Rasmussen: This book was so engaging that I read it over the course of two days. It pulled me in, made me laugh and really messed with my head until all the mysterious elements were revealed. What’s the most fun about this book, is the myriad of the little details that add up to life in a small town.
I felt like I knew at least half of these quirky characters, grew up with them right next door (so to speak.) It’s joyful and fun, thrilling and entertaining…there were even a few tears. I enjoyed this delightfully quirky and nostalgic book even more than I did her last novel. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! Oh, I also can’t wait to try some of the recipes. Did you know there was such a thing as Lemon Velvet Cake?
Review by Irene: Lila’s aunt and her cronies form the fondly named Obituary Society who will just as easily pass compliments on each other’s apple pie as use a shovel to protect loved ones from the dangerous elements! They are quirky, charming, fun and loveable as well as friends for life who will take recipes and secrets to the grave. If they don’t get caught! It makes one laugh but there are tear-jerking moments too, in the cross-generational relationships.
After Lila inherits a house from her beloved uncle, she moves to the small town of Auburn, where southern hospitality hints to a darker side. There are two potential love interests and Lila wants to find her roots, but there are also secrets to uncover, haunted ponds, an unhappiness of ravens and much more. This story is not morbid – the suspense has just enough quirkiness to prevent the haunting moments from descending into the macabre. It was truly an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon.