The Banty House
In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depression-era brothel. For more than seventy-five years, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have called their mama’s house a home. The three eccentric sisters get by just fine with their homemade jams and jellies, a little moonshine on the side, and big hearts always open to strangers. Like Ginger Andrews.An abandoned teen with a baby on the way and nowhere to go, she’s given a room to call her own for as long as she wants. The kind invitation is made all the sweeter when Ginger meets the sisters’ young handyman, Sloan Baker. But with a past as broken as Ginger’s, he’s vowed never to get close to anyone again. As a season of change unfolds, Ginger and Sloan might discover a warm haven to heal in the Banty House, a place to finally belong, where hope and dreams never fade.

The Banty House Details

TitleThe Banty House
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 26th, 2020
PublisherMontlake
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Womens Fiction

The Banty House Review

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: Change is a good thing. Kate Carson wished she had the person who had first said that by the throat. She'd choke them until their face turned blue and then slap them for being that colour. She didn't like change. ABOUT THIS BOOK: In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depression-era brothel. For more than seventy-five years, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have called their mama’s house a home. The three EXCERPT: Change is a good thing. Kate Carson wished she had the person who had first said that by the throat. She'd choke them until their face turned blue and then slap them for being that colour. She didn't like change. ABOUT THIS BOOK: In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depression-era brothel. For more than seventy-five years, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have called their mama’s house a home. The three eccentric sisters get by just fine with their homemade jams and jellies, a little moonshine on the side, and big hearts always open to strangers. Like Ginger Andrews.An abandoned teen with a baby on the way and nowhere to go, she’s given a room to call her own for as long as she wants. The kind invitation is made all the sweeter when Ginger meets the sisters’ young handyman, Sloan Baker. But with a past as broken as Ginger’s, he’s vowed never to get close to anyone again. As a season of change unfolds, Ginger and Sloan might discover a warm haven to heal in the Banty House, a place to finally belong, where hope and dreams never fade. MY THOUGHTS: WARNING: if you are on a diet, DO NOT read this book. The Banty House is full of comfort food; hot, buttery croissants, muffins, bacon, homemade jams and jellies.... need I go on? This whole read is just like comfort food. It made me laugh out loud, it choked me up, and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy and with a wide smile on my face and a twinkle in my eyes. Reading The Banty House (how it got its name is a story on its own) is as comforting as a hot bath on a cold winter's night, and as tasty as the first bite into one of those hot buttery croissants Betsy has just placed a plate of onto the breakfast table along with a fresh pot of coffee. I just loved these three elderly, unconventional women who go to the hairdresser and return with a 19 year old, homeless, pregnant, woman named Ginger. Betsy, Kate and Connie may never have married, may have always lived in the same house, and what a history that house has, in the same town, but they definitely have lived. As I said, unconventional. We learn their interesting back stories during the course of the novel. These women are feisty, sassy and warm hearted with cores of steel. But don't ever get on the wrong side of them. Just wait til you read what they do to Edith!I loved The Banty House by Carolyn Brown, my first book by this author. It definitely won't be my last. ❤❤❤❤.5#TheBantyHouse #NetGalley '...it's just money. That ain't nothing but dirty paper with dead presidents on it.'ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hi! I'm twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can't trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who've made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He's even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio's box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.I love writing romance because it's about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn't changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter... all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I've touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it's brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there's enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I'm writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I'm telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!DISCLOSURE: A huge thank you to Montlake Romance via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of The Banty House by Carolyn Brown for review and for introducing me to this amazing author. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Books Just 4 Me
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a feel good book about three older sisters living together in Texas. I love the banter between the elderly sisters! They have such big hearts and such unique personalities that really came across well in the writing. Each one had a personal history they shared that tugged at your heart. Their house, the Banty House, has quite a fun yet scandalous history. The little old ladies still follow their momma’s rules from decades ago and their bonds are impenetrable. They opened up their homes and It’s a feel good book about three older sisters living together in Texas. I love the banter between the elderly sisters! They have such big hearts and such unique personalities that really came across well in the writing. Each one had a personal history they shared that tugged at your heart. Their house, the Banty House, has quite a fun yet scandalous history. The little old ladies still follow their momma’s rules from decades ago and their bonds are impenetrable. They opened up their homes and hearts to a young pregnant girl, Ginger. Sloan, their friend’s grandson, and Ginger have a slow building, sweet, clean romance. They all live, laugh, cry and just enjoy life. Those women definitely had some hilarious antics they got into. I’d like to know what potion these women were drinking because their age never seemed to deter them. It was a quick, enjoyable easy read. I love the small town stories. Thank you to Montlake & NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Very good book about love, family, healing, and acceptance. Three eccentric sisters live in the tiny (population 95) town of Rooster, Texas. They've never married and still live in the house they grew up in. Betsy, Connie, and Kate live their lives according to their mama's rules, the first of which was "Never turn away a stranger."Nineteen-year-old Ginger arrived in Rooster with no money left and nowhere to go. She's eight months pregnant and trying to escape the bad memories she left behind in Very good book about love, family, healing, and acceptance. Three eccentric sisters live in the tiny (population 95) town of Rooster, Texas. They've never married and still live in the house they grew up in. Betsy, Connie, and Kate live their lives according to their mama's rules, the first of which was "Never turn away a stranger."Nineteen-year-old Ginger arrived in Rooster with no money left and nowhere to go. She's eight months pregnant and trying to escape the bad memories she left behind in Kentucky. A chance encounter with Connie gives her a roof over her head and a chance to get back on her feet.Sloan is the sisters' handyman. Twenty-four years old, Sloan returned home from the army, discharged with PTSD, and wracked with guilt over the death of his team. He's protective of the sisters, but they are the only ones he's allowed himself to get close to.I loved the three sisters. They are feisty, independent, loving, and loyal. Each of them has a fascinating past that has made them who they are today. I certainly did not expect to find that Kate makes her own moonshine, bartering it for goods and services the sisters wanted. Betsy does the cooking for the family and grows a little weed on the side, also trading it with friends and neighbors. Connie is in charge of the house, a cleaning whirlwind. They bicker like sisters do, but their support of each other is as solid as the foundation of their home. I laughed out loud as they told Ginger of the house's history as a brothel and their interactions with some of the more judgmental townspeople. The scene with Edith when she disrespected the sisters' mother was a riot. Something about Ginger spoke to their hearts, and it wasn't long before they made her part of the family. It was also fun to see their machinations as they pushed Ginger and Sloan together whenever they could.Ginger made my heart ache for her. Raised from birth in the foster care system, she had little experience with what family really meant. Her search for love and belonging ended up with her being pregnant and alone. She didn't know quite what to make of the Carson sisters and their open-hearted acceptance of her. She didn't intend to stay in Rooster, but the longer she waited, the harder it became to think about leaving. She was afraid to believe it would last, but couldn't deny the hope that grew daily as she worked with the sisters.I enjoyed the development of the relationship between Ginger and Sloan. It got off to a bit of a rocky start, as Sloan was suspicious of Ginger. He feared that she was running some sort of scam that would hurt the sisters. Ginger sensed his distrust and tried not to let it bother her. With the sisters' help, it didn't take long for the distrust to evaporate. I liked seeing the friendship between them develop first. Ginger's resilience and ability to overcome her painful past impressed Sloan. He quickly found himself feeling as protective of her as he was of the sisters. He also discovered that she was easy to talk to and shared the events that haunt him with her. Ginger's past made it easy for her to connect with Sloan. I loved seeing her help him face his past. In doing so, he learned some things that completely changed his outlook. Ginger had no experience with a man as good as Sloan, and it took some time for her to believe that he meant the things he said. The love between them grew slowly, and it took a while for them to recognize their feelings, even though others saw it clearly. I loved how they came together at the end. The epilogue was fantastic.
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  • Edi McNinch
    January 1, 1970
    Three old maid sisters with little secrets and quirks, a homeless pregnant teenager and a retired military bomb specialist with PTSD make for a fun and interesting visit to Rooster,Texas. Mrs. Brown's descriptions of the town and all her characters put you right there as the proverbial, "fly on the wall". These sisters are more fun than the Golden Girls! The characters and conversations are very realistic and typical of our Southern small town talk. It will make you laugh and cry and laugh so ha Three old maid sisters with little secrets and quirks, a homeless pregnant teenager and a retired military bomb specialist with PTSD make for a fun and interesting visit to Rooster,Texas. Mrs. Brown's descriptions of the town and all her characters put you right there as the proverbial, "fly on the wall". These sisters are more fun than the Golden Girls! The characters and conversations are very realistic and typical of our Southern small town talk. It will make you laugh and cry and laugh so hard you will cry. Just read it and enjoy! I received this book as a complimentary copy for an unbiased review.The opinions expressed are my own.Thanks to the author,publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    This is a romance book. This book teaches you that family is not always people that shares your DNA. I really love the characters in this book. The Banty House girls where so funny, and I would have love to spend a day with those girls. Ginger and Sloan was everything they both needed in each other. I read this book so fast because I could not put it down. I am so glad I decided to request this book. If you love books with funny Grandmother characters and a character drive book then this is the This is a romance book. This book teaches you that family is not always people that shares your DNA. I really love the characters in this book. The Banty House girls where so funny, and I would have love to spend a day with those girls. Ginger and Sloan was everything they both needed in each other. I read this book so fast because I could not put it down. I am so glad I decided to request this book. If you love books with funny Grandmother characters and a character drive book then this is the book for you. The romance between Ginger and Sloan is a very small part of the book, but the book is mostly about Ginger and Sloan getting over their past and moving on. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Book Info PaperbackExpected publication: May 26th 2020 by MontlakeISBN 1542018811 (ISBN13: 9781542018814)Other Editions (3)Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB A homeless young woman finds an unexpected family in beloved New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s novel of healing hearts and new beginnings in a small Texas town.In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depr Book Info PaperbackExpected publication: May 26th 2020 by MontlakeISBN 1542018811 (ISBN13: 9781542018814)Other Editions (3)Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB A homeless young woman finds an unexpected family in beloved New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s novel of healing hearts and new beginnings in a small Texas town.In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depression-era brothel. For more than seventy-five years, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have called their mama’s house a home. The three eccentric sisters get by just fine with their homemade jams and jellies, a little moonshine on the side, and big hearts always open to strangers. Like Ginger Andrews.An abandoned teen with a baby on the way and nowhere to go, she’s given a room to call her own for as long as she wants. The kind invitation is made all the sweeter when Ginger meets the sisters’ young handyman, Sloan Baker. But with a past as broken as Ginger’s, he’s vowed never to get close to anyone again. As a season of change unfolds, Ginger and Sloan might discover a warm haven to heal in the Banty House, a place to finally belong, where hope and dreams never fade. My Thoughts Elderly sisters Kate, Connie and Betsy Carson are the ultimate example of best kind of maiden aunt/grandmother fictional combo characters.It was hard to say goodbye to these feisty older female characters when book ended.24 year old Sloan Baker and 19 year old Ginger Andrews are a perfect foil for each other as both romantic interests and friends.Their beginning was a little rocky but the middle and ending was especially worth the angst the pair experienced.The backdrop of small town Rooster Texas was reminiscent of where I grew up, as were a few select inhabitants featured in this story.As with any of the fictional towns, and the eclectic groups of characters that populate them, this time spent reading their story was an excellent escape into a place and people that made it well worth it from start to finish.To forget mentioning one of the main places, and in it’s own right a major character, The Banty House would be not only a horrid oversight but a mistake as well.Reading the history of the fictional homes background was one of the highlights interspersed here and there throughout the story as it unfolded.Book was not long enough as read the story too quickly but these characters demanded my attention from first page to last. [EArc from Netgalley]
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  • Debby Long
    January 1, 1970
    The best feel good book I have read in a long time !!! It will grab you on the first page and not let you go even after you finish. Three old sisters, Kate, Betsy, and Connie, living in an old brothel, making moonshine, raising weed and taking care of every misfit they come across. Throw in a young pregnant unwed mother and a ex-solder and you have a wonderful book. Reading this book is like taking a vacation and it will make you want to live in Rooster Texas and be part of their clan !! Thank y The best feel good book I have read in a long time !!! It will grab you on the first page and not let you go even after you finish. Three old sisters, Kate, Betsy, and Connie, living in an old brothel, making moonshine, raising weed and taking care of every misfit they come across. Throw in a young pregnant unwed mother and a ex-solder and you have a wonderful book. Reading this book is like taking a vacation and it will make you want to live in Rooster Texas and be part of their clan !! Thank you # Carolyn Brown #TheBantyHouse #NetGalley
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  • Pamela Duarte
    January 1, 1970
    Ginger, a pregnant homeless teenager. Three elderly eccentric spinsters – Kate, Connie, Betsy – living together in the family home, a former brothel. Sloan, their handsome, single but troubled neighbor / friend / handyman. Rooster, Texas, a town of 95 inhabitants, with all the scandals and frictions of a much larger town. Doesn’t sound like a fun story, but it is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time. I kept finding myself smiling at the antics of the sisters and their friends Ginger, a pregnant homeless teenager. Three elderly eccentric spinsters – Kate, Connie, Betsy – living together in the family home, a former brothel. Sloan, their handsome, single but troubled neighbor / friend / handyman. Rooster, Texas, a town of 95 inhabitants, with all the scandals and frictions of a much larger town. Doesn’t sound like a fun story, but it is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time. I kept finding myself smiling at the antics of the sisters and their friends. The interaction among the sisters and of each sister with Ginger was engaging and true to life. And, then there’s Sloan – PTSD, guilt, loneliness. His ability to overcome his challenges as he faces his past is authentic and gratifying. Proof positive that a family does not necessarily have to be related by blood. I would recommend this book to any anyone looking for a good read. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. The opinion is my own – read this book so you can smile too!
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  • Despina
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest reviewThe Banty House by Carolyn Brown was truly a delightful, feel good, story. We first meet the three sister's of the Banty House and they are hilarious, I wish I had aunties like them. We then meet Ginger who is a down on her luck pregnant teen mom, who has been living from foster home to foster home until she is systemed out. Ginger is an old soul who's luck is about to change in a big way after she meets the Banty house sisters. Sl I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a honest reviewThe Banty House by Carolyn Brown was truly a delightful, feel good, story. We first meet the three sister's of the Banty House and they are hilarious, I wish I had aunties like them. We then meet Ginger who is a down on her luck pregnant teen mom, who has been living from foster home to foster home until she is systemed out. Ginger is an old soul who's luck is about to change in a big way after she meets the Banty house sisters. Sloan is someone who has been living with guilt and is about to have a reason to let it all go. This book is about the family we create, the sweetness of love and about the peculiarities of small towns. This story left me feeling good and a little bit sad because I won't be visiting with the the Banty House sisters'.
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  • Margaret Yelton
    January 1, 1970
    The Banty House by Carolyn Brown is a book where you can definitely fall in love with the characters and identify with each one of them. Three elderly sisters, a pregnant single mom, and a former military man suffering from PTSD. For me to give a book 5 stars it has to be able to pull all my emotions to the surface. There were tears, laughter, heartache and joy. I think we all would love to have aunts like the three sisters. I received an Advanced Readers Copy from the author and this is my fair The Banty House by Carolyn Brown is a book where you can definitely fall in love with the characters and identify with each one of them. Three elderly sisters, a pregnant single mom, and a former military man suffering from PTSD. For me to give a book 5 stars it has to be able to pull all my emotions to the surface. There were tears, laughter, heartache and joy. I think we all would love to have aunts like the three sisters. I received an Advanced Readers Copy from the author and this is my fair and honest review.
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  • BookAddict
    January 1, 1970
    The thing I love about a Carolyn Brown book is the down-to-earth realness of it. She gives us beloved characters who are simple yet complex. Characters with all of their flaws, pain and vulnerability displayed in a way that only endears them more to the reader. She writes about real life, with all of its struggles and pain, yet leaves our hearts happy and satisfied with an uplifting, joyous ending. To borrow from a cliché, she begins with lemons and then, step by step, takes us through making th The thing I love about a Carolyn Brown book is the down-to-earth realness of it. She gives us beloved characters who are simple yet complex. Characters with all of their flaws, pain and vulnerability displayed in a way that only endears them more to the reader. She writes about real life, with all of its struggles and pain, yet leaves our hearts happy and satisfied with an uplifting, joyous ending. To borrow from a cliché, she begins with lemons and then, step by step, takes us through making the sweetest most wonderfully refreshing lemonade, sprinkling humor and sentiment in equal measure along the way.Rooster, TX, population 95, has small-town charm complete with colorful, quirky characters and meddling neighbors. This small town has changed a lot over the decades that the three Carson sisters have lived there in the Banty House. The house itself has known a questionable past, but it's been in the family for generations, changing with the times to meet the needs of the community. The first rule of the Banty House, which the Carson sisters' mama set down more than half a century ago, is to never turn away a stranger. I can’t find the words to explain how deep the emotional hits go and how uplifting, inspiring and satisfying this amazing story is. From tears to laughter, abandonment to unconditional acceptance, and the pain and ghosts of the past that lead to healing and joy, these characters will have your heart beating to their rhythm and leave their permanent mark on your soul. This unforgettable must-read is just what you need to escape for a few hours and leave your heart full, happy and content. Visit Rooster, TX, right away. You just might want to stay there forever.
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  • Jeeves Reads Romance
    January 1, 1970
    This was a solid read - it just wasn't a good fit for me. I always see Carolyn Brown's books on the bestseller lists, so it seemed like the right time to check one out. The writing itself is strong, the characters are interesting, and there are little bits of humor thrown into the story. But it was just too sweet and laidback for me, so I got bored with all of the heartwarming moments and slightly preachy tone. There's definitely an audience for it - I just don't think I'm the intended reader.Th This was a solid read - it just wasn't a good fit for me. I always see Carolyn Brown's books on the bestseller lists, so it seemed like the right time to check one out. The writing itself is strong, the characters are interesting, and there are little bits of humor thrown into the story. But it was just too sweet and laidback for me, so I got bored with all of the heartwarming moments and slightly preachy tone. There's definitely an audience for it - I just don't think I'm the intended reader.The story follows Ginger, a young woman who finds herself pregnant and homeless. She's taken in by three elderly ladies who have interesting personalities and a penchant for taking in strays. The ladies have also taken former soldier Sloan under their wing, and it's through them that the two meet. Sloan suffers from PTSD and still battles his own demons, but he finds a connection to Ginger right away. As old wounds are healed and new bonds are made, this unique family comes together.It's got a nice small town feel and a very descriptive, serious tone with as much focus on family as there is on the romance. Though Ginger and Sloan's relationship is central throughout the book, it's not developed as well as it would be in a more romance-focused novel. And though there are references to a few adult themes and some potentially triggering content, it's a clean romance with just a few kisses. There is a focus on religion and a few references to race that I didn't love but, again, I'm probably not the intended reader for this. All in all, it's certainly not a bad read, but I was definitely bored and skimming at times, so I can't say that it was a total win for me either. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this heartwarming book.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Carolyn Brown knows how to write a narrative that is "laugh out loud" hilarious. I want to be a Carson sister when I grow up. Ginger Andrews used what little monies she had and bought a bus ticket that would take her as far away from Kentucky as she could get. She landed in Rooster, TX with no job prospects, a few dollars to her name, and a very pregnant belly. As she sat on the park bench in front of the hair salon she was considering if she had enough funds for a cheap hotel or if she'd be sle Carolyn Brown knows how to write a narrative that is "laugh out loud" hilarious. I want to be a Carson sister when I grow up. Ginger Andrews used what little monies she had and bought a bus ticket that would take her as far away from Kentucky as she could get. She landed in Rooster, TX with no job prospects, a few dollars to her name, and a very pregnant belly. As she sat on the park bench in front of the hair salon she was considering if she had enough funds for a cheap hotel or if she'd be sleeping on this very bench. As luck would have it for Ginger, the Carson sisters were having their hair done that morning. Connie, Kate, and Betsy were complete strangers to her, but insisted that she come to the Banty House at least for the night for a good meal, comfortable bed, and a nice hot bath for free. After all, it rule number one to be kind to strangers. Seeing as they were nearing their eighties, the ladies had a Banty House meeting and decided to offer Ginger a job, at least for a few days to help get on her feet and on her way, if that's what she wanted. It seemed too good to be true, but Ginger didn't see any other job prospects as good on the horizon.Trouble was...Ginger was determined to move to CA and give her baby a good life with good memories, something she never had...until she met the ladies of the Banty House and their neighbor Sloan Baker in Rooster, TX, maybe staying wasn't such a bad idea.
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  • Julie Eichelberger-Ford
    January 1, 1970
    The Banty House is a heartwarming, entertaining, enchanting story about three elderly sisters who take in a homeless, pregnant teenager and show her that family doesn't have to share blood to love one and other. They have also sort of adopted the young man that lives down the lane who is suffering from guilt and PTSD. Ginger grew up in foster care, never knowing family or love but now she is experiencing the overwhelming emotions that the sisters and Sloan bring out in her. Sloan is afraid to ge The Banty House is a heartwarming, entertaining, enchanting story about three elderly sisters who take in a homeless, pregnant teenager and show her that family doesn't have to share blood to love one and other. They have also sort of adopted the young man that lives down the lane who is suffering from guilt and PTSD. Ginger grew up in foster care, never knowing family or love but now she is experiencing the overwhelming emotions that the sisters and Sloan bring out in her. Sloan is afraid to get close to anyone again because he blames himself for the deaths of his platoon but the sisters and Ginger are breaking through the walls he has erected. The antics of the sisters truly brings about laugh out loud moments and this story will have you so entertained that you will not want to put it down. The development and growth of Sloan and Ginger's relationship is realistic, natural and truly a beautiful love story. This is fantastically written story with wonderfully enjoyable characters that will make you feel as if you are a part of the story.I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher but all thoughts and feelings are my own.
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  • Shala
    January 1, 1970
    This book was an entertaining ride for sure. Following 3 widows who take in a young teen with a baby makes for a great second chance story. The widows were all a lot of fun to read from, and the second chance this young woman gets is truly heartwarming.Though I do prefer Carolyn Brown's cowboy romances to these, I love the sense of community that these books bring across. If you are interested in the concept, I recommend picking it up and giving it a try. The romance is sweet, along with the com This book was an entertaining ride for sure. Following 3 widows who take in a young teen with a baby makes for a great second chance story. The widows were all a lot of fun to read from, and the second chance this young woman gets is truly heartwarming.Though I do prefer Carolyn Brown's cowboy romances to these, I love the sense of community that these books bring across. If you are interested in the concept, I recommend picking it up and giving it a try. The romance is sweet, along with the community taking in someone new.
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    Reading a Carolyn Brown book is liked being wrapped in a snuggly blanket your grandmother knit with a cup of hot cocoa on a cold day. You always feel better and and comforted having had the experience. Three wonderfully quirky somewhat eccentric sisters live in their long gone mommas house and though in their golden years still live by the rules she established when they were children. They are fixers of the heart and soul. Sloan suffers from PTSD and unnecessary, but very real guilt having lost Reading a Carolyn Brown book is liked being wrapped in a snuggly blanket your grandmother knit with a cup of hot cocoa on a cold day. You always feel better and and comforted having had the experience. Three wonderfully quirky somewhat eccentric sisters live in their long gone mommas house and though in their golden years still live by the rules she established when they were children. They are fixers of the heart and soul. Sloan suffers from PTSD and unnecessary, but very real guilt having lost his platoon while serving in the military and Ginger, a pregnant teenager who is truly all alone in the world are their current projects. Through love, perseverance, humor and more love they learn to trust, live and enjoy life again. Treat yourself to this sweet wonderful book. You will thank ourself for it!!I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Donna Huber
    January 1, 1970
    This would be a great book to read while rocking on the porch on a pleasant summer evening. I enjoyed the characters. It did get a bit slow in the middle but overall I thought it was well done. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads This would be a great book to read while rocking on the porch on a pleasant summer evening. I enjoyed the characters. It did get a bit slow in the middle but overall I thought it was well done. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads
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  • Rebecca Perkinson
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! I laughed, I cried and smiled so much! The story grabbed me and pulled me in until I felt what the characters where feeling! Absolutely loved the story, the characters and the setting! All of it blends perfectly and makes me want to visit the Sisters at The Banty House! Will definitely be on my read again pile!!
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  • Tena
    January 1, 1970
    I love books that I can identify with and characters that are familiar to me. The Banty House by Carolyn Brown isn't that book. I wish it was!! This story is better than good. It's a must-read! I can't identify with three old ladies that grow pot, make moonshine and have "toys" hidden in their bottom nightstand drawer. And, as for a pregnant, homeless girl with a depressing past, I wouldn't know about that. After reading The Banty House I feel like i have missed out. From the first page to the e I love books that I can identify with and characters that are familiar to me. The Banty House by Carolyn Brown isn't that book. I wish it was!! This story is better than good. It's a must-read! I can't identify with three old ladies that grow pot, make moonshine and have "toys" hidden in their bottom nightstand drawer. And, as for a pregnant, homeless girl with a depressing past, I wouldn't know about that. After reading The Banty House I feel like i have missed out. From the first page to the epilogue ( I love epilogues!) this book is a treat. If you want to restore your faith in an imperfect world, then curl up with this book!I voluntarily received a copy of this book from NetGalley.
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  • Mindy
    January 1, 1970
    What a great read! I wish I knew someone as interesting as the Carson sisters! This book makes you rethink that terms of a family and how innocent those "little old" ladies are. This book will have you laughing out loud, crying and feeling all warm and fuzzy. The Carson sisters have lived on the edges of society, never fitting on one side the other but they're full of heart and open arms to all. Ginger arrives in Rooster, Texas with just a suitcase in her hand, a child of the system since birth What a great read! I wish I knew someone as interesting as the Carson sisters! This book makes you rethink that terms of a family and how innocent those "little old" ladies are. This book will have you laughing out loud, crying and feeling all warm and fuzzy. The Carson sisters have lived on the edges of society, never fitting on one side the other but they're full of heart and open arms to all. Ginger arrives in Rooster, Texas with just a suitcase in her hand, a child of the system since birth she's never really had anywhere to call home and kindness wasn't always freely given so when the three sisters took the very pregnant young girl home Ginger had no idea what she was in for. Sloan saw these ladies as honorary grandmas he wasn't about to let a down on her luck stranger take advantage of the sisters. Lots of healing is needed by both Sloan and Ginger and the sisters have the best medicine for lost souls. Family can be by blood but the best is by choosing, and this book is a wonderful story in family.. I think this is my favorite Carolyn Brown to date!
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters who live in an old brothel house which was once by their mother. They take in a homeless girl who is pregnant and homeless.A heartwarming story of selfishness towards the less fortunate and living a life of country charm in the town of Rooster, Texas. A time to laugh and a time to cry. Well worth the read. Loved it.
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  • Donna Repsher
    January 1, 1970
    I've become a fan of Carolyn Brown's small town romances and The Banty House is no exception. If, during these troubled times of self-isolation, you're looking for a feel-good read, look no further, because this novel is it, and it gets 5 stars from this reader.As the novel opens we meet 3 of the most charming, funny, quirky, octagenarian, never-been married sisters, Kate, Betsy and Connie Carson, as they're driving their vintage 1958 Lincoln the 3 miles from their hometown of Rooster, Texas to I've become a fan of Carolyn Brown's small town romances and The Banty House is no exception. If, during these troubled times of self-isolation, you're looking for a feel-good read, look no further, because this novel is it, and it gets 5 stars from this reader.As the novel opens we meet 3 of the most charming, funny, quirky, octagenarian, never-been married sisters, Kate, Betsy and Connie Carson, as they're driving their vintage 1958 Lincoln the 3 miles from their hometown of Rooster, Texas to the next town, Hondo, for their standing Thursday hair appointment at the Cut and Curl. In a scene oddly reminiscent of Steel Magnolias, not long after the sisters arrive in Hondo, 19-year-old and 8 months' pregnant, Ginger Andrews, steps off the bus and parks herself on a bench just outside the salon. Hondo was as far as all the money she had in the world would take her. When Connie steps outside the salon for a cigarette, she sits down next to Ginger and starts a conversation. In a town as small as Rooster, Texas, population 95, strangers are a welcome diversion, and when she learns Ginger's situation--the fact that her baby's abusive father is dead and Ginger is penniless, Connie brings her inside the salon to meet Kate and Betsy, who are firm believers in and followers of their mother's many rules. Rule number one was quite familiar to me in a slightly different form--I've even done it in counted cross-stitch, "Be ever careful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware." Naturally, the 3 sisters offer Ginger a room for a night or two, which turns into a week, then a month, as they can't possibly turn away someone in such dire need of a roof over her head, especially since their mother's favorite holiday, Easter, is just around the corner, and a special day for the sisters, who have no problem pretty much adopting Ginger, who they learn had no one else. Since the sisters were never married and never had children of their own, they treat Ginger like the granddaughter they never had.Ginger's mother was in prison when she gave birth to Ginger, and her father was both a drug addict and dealer, so Ginger spent her life in the foster care system, being moved from foster home to foster home, never staying in any one of them for more than a year. She likes the quirky sisters and the way they treat her, and learns that she's not the only person they've "sort of" added to their family.Sloan Baker has only been back in Rooster for two years, having been medically but honorably discharged from the military after his entire unit of bomb experts was blown to pieces when he wasn't with them on a particular mission, and his guilt over their untimely deaths and the resulting PTSD are what got him discharged and have left him with horrific nightmares. He had wanted the military to be his life, but when that became impossible, he moved back to his hometown in Rooster, and the 3 Carson sisters, kept him occupied with chores they could no longer do, like maintaining and keeping that vintage Lincoln spotless and in good repair, mowing their lawn, caring for their flower beds and more. Since I'm a huge fan of novels featuring wounded warriors, it was hard not to fall in l0ve with Sloan, and he was certainly attracted to Ginger as soon as he met her.Kate, Betsy and Connie are some of the quirkiest old gals I've ever come across--Connie is the sworn enemy of dust, and is constantly cleaning everything. Betsy is the cook in the family, and likes a little bit of the marijuana she grows in her flower bed out back before bedtime. She even bakes it into some of her brownies. She earns a bit of extra money from the jams and jellies she makes and either sells or barters for, and Kate has a still in the basement, making moonshine in interesting flavors like Apple Pie, which she also barters with among the residents in their small town, and even in nearby Hondo. To add more quirkiness and charm to this already charming story, we also learn that the Banty house was once a brothel, that the sisters were of mixed race, and they don't shy away from a fistfight when some of the snooty town ladies make disparaging remarks about their house, their mama, and their upbringing.There was so much to love about this novel and its characters that I could ramble on about it endlessly, but I'd hate to spoil it for you. If stories like Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes are among your favorites, I can practically guarantee that you'll fall in love with the town of Rooster, Texas, Ginger, Sloan, and the Carson sisters, the way I did. At its heart, The Banty House is a novel about friendship, love, honesty, caring, the value of family--blood relations or not, kindness and generosity of spirit. Personally, I wouldn't change a word of it if I could, and I think you'll feel the same way I did--that even when it's hard to see goodness in our crazy world, it still exists in a small town in Rooster, Texas. I so hope that Ms. Brown returns to Rooster sometime in the future. I'll be first in line to grab a copy.I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions stated are my own.
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  • RoloPoloBookBlog
    January 1, 1970
    The Banty House by Carolyn BrownSource: NetGalley and MontlakeRating: 5 HUGE starsFor a long time now, I have touted Carolyn Brown as my go-to girl for small town reading, but The Banty House has taken that to next-level status!Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have spent their entire lives in little Rooster, Texas. With every decade that passes, more and more of Rooster’s residents have packed their bags and left town. Today, there’s not much left in Rooster beyond the older families, the church, The Banty House by Carolyn BrownSource: NetGalley and MontlakeRating: 5 HUGE starsFor a long time now, I have touted Carolyn Brown as my go-to girl for small town reading, but The Banty House has taken that to next-level status!Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have spent their entire lives in little Rooster, Texas. With every decade that passes, more and more of Rooster’s residents have packed their bags and left town. Today, there’s not much left in Rooster beyond the older families, the church, the Carson sisters (of course!), and their beloved Banty House. While one might suspect the Carson sisters, given their respective ages have slowed down, that is far, far from the truth. For the past 60+ years, the Carson sisters have not only been gainfully employed in the most unusual of ways, but they have also staunchly and avidly protected their family name and legacy. In years past, when times were far harder than they are now, the Banty House saved the Carson women and kept them solvent in times when many others were not. The Carson sisters are not only proud of their heritage but proud to carry on its rules and traditions in their own particular way(s). First among the rules of the Banty House is to never turn away a stranger and/or a person in need. Ginger Andrews is about as in need as a girl can get. At seven months pregnant and homeless, Ginger has finally run out of money and road in Rooster, Texas. Though she has no intention of staying in Rooster, Ginger also doesn’t have many choices and when the Carson sisters offer her a hot meal and a warm bed, at least for a night two, Ginger accepts their hospitality. Instantly, Ginger feels not only comfortable in the Banty House but accepted and liked, all feelings she has rarely every felt in the entirety of her young life. Helping the Carson sisters at the Banty House is one of the most fascinating and rewarding jobs Ginger has ever had. Given their unusual interests and activities, the Carson sisters are the most surprising and delightful people Ginger has ever known. Outside of their oddities, there is also their kindness, wicked sense of humor, and willingness to help others. Ginger has never felt so accepted and cared for and while she never intended to put down roots in Rooster, leaving and/or the prospect of leaving becomes harder with each passing day. Though life in such a small town would seemingly be lazy and slow, life in Rooster is anything but. While the Carson sisters aren’t ashamed of their past, some in Rooster aren’t thrilled with it and are always looking to stir the pot and cause trouble. As Ginger quickly discovers, the three elderly ladies are anything but old and more than willing to stand up for their beliefs, their heritage, and their way of life. They live by their momma’s rules, believe in God and a mostly righteous path, and defending that and those which they love and hold dear. The Bottom Line: No matter what, I want to be the Carson sisters when I grow up! There were so, so many times I found myself laughing aloud and just marveling at the audacity of the Carson sisters. To be sure, they won’t tolerate any negativity toward their family and are willing to defend all, no matter the consequences. But, above all the hilarity and audacity was the strong sense of justice, family, and love that simply oozes out of the Carson sisters in both their words and their actions. As Ginger’s story unfolds, so does the Banty House/Carson family story and each revelation made me love the whole hot mess even more. Ginger is so young, and the influence of the Carson sisters touches her so deeply and profoundly that it alters her entire future in the best possible ways. I loved Ginger’ s story just as much as the Carson sisters and found this book as a whole to be simply fantastic. I’m not sure Carolyn Brown is going to be able to top The Banty House on my list of favorites, but I sure look forward to her trying to do so.
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    You all have heard of comfort food I'm sure. This here story is comfort words to make your heart happy.Ginger Andrews didn't realize that stopping after getting off the bus and sitting on the bench in front of a beauty shop in Honcho, Texas would change her whole life. Here she is only nineteen years old, eight months pregnant with no money and no place to live. Until Connie Carson stepped outside the beauty shop for a smoke. Connie sat down beside her and got her talking and Ginger admitted she You all have heard of comfort food I'm sure. This here story is comfort words to make your heart happy.Ginger Andrews didn't realize that stopping after getting off the bus and sitting on the bench in front of a beauty shop in Honcho, Texas would change her whole life. Here she is only nineteen years old, eight months pregnant with no money and no place to live. Until Connie Carson stepped outside the beauty shop for a smoke. Connie sat down beside her and got her talking and Ginger admitted she was just resting a minute before heading to the highway to hitch a ride. Ginger could tell that didn't sit well with Connie. But Ginger had to do what Ginger had to do. Connie wasn't having any of that. She called a Rule Number One and told Ginger she was going home with her and her two sisters, Betsy and Kate to The Banty House. Connie knew Betsy and Kate would agree with her because they all abided by Mama's Rules. Ginger felt safe enough with going along with this. She was wise beyond her years. It felt real good to have a place to go, to have a roof over her head. She would stay for a couple of days, rest up and then move on. Even after learning the history of Banty House Ginger wasn't fazed a bit. Meeting handsome, kind and considerate Banty House handyman Sloane Andrews made this stop quite interesting. No man for her though. She had enough with the dead father of her baby. Hmm... We shall see.Sloan Andrews mostly keeps to himself except for the time spent doing handyman work for the elderly Carson sisters at Banty House. He had been shipped home from the Army with an honorable discharge. But the guilt he felt after the deaths of his teammates after the bomb explosion hung with him. He didn't know if he could ever forgive himself. He was doing just fine with his deceased grandmother's dog Tinker and the handyman jobs. But then Ginger Andrews arrived at Banty House. There's just something about her. They quickly become friends and find themselves sharing things they never could with anyone else. Yes, Ginger is really special. He and the Carson sisters became quite attached to Ginger very quickly. He hoped she decided to stay in Rooster.The Banty House by Carolyn Brown is the author's latest gift to readers who love Women's Fiction. One can never go wrong picking up one of Carolyn Brown's books. She always manages to take her readers to wonderful towns with caring characters who usually are good for a few laughs and this book is an excellent example of this. The Carson sisters are elderly but quite feisty. Kate makes moonshine in the basement which she barters for goods and services for herself and her sisters. Betsy grows marijuana in her garden and partakes each night before bed and will even make you some special brownies. Connie is a cleaning whirling dervish. Ginger comes to love these ladies and Sloan too, of course. It ends up being an easy decision to stay in Rooster. I loved this story. I got a calming, feel-good high on this story. Mama's Rules Rule!
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  • Susan The Book Dragon Campton
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome my Wonderful Wyverns to Whimsical Wednesday. Our Gem this evening is not one Gem, but a bag of assorted stones of all shapes and sizes for all types of uses: healing, strength, support, dreaming. This is Gem Maker Carolyn Brown’s “The Banty House”.Carolyn Brown has taken the lovely memories of her own grandmother’s stories and gift of storytelling and given us the gift of this tale. A tale of three elderly sisters who love each other deeply and unbreakably. Kate, Connie and Betsy have be Welcome my Wonderful Wyverns to Whimsical Wednesday. Our Gem this evening is not one Gem, but a bag of assorted stones of all shapes and sizes for all types of uses: healing, strength, support, dreaming. This is Gem Maker Carolyn Brown’s “The Banty House”.Carolyn Brown has taken the lovely memories of her own grandmother’s stories and gift of storytelling and given us the gift of this tale. A tale of three elderly sisters who love each other deeply and unbreakably. Kate, Connie and Betsy have been raised by their Mama in the Banty House. Mama wrote the rules they live by decades earlier when, to make a living for herself and her three daughters, she turned the large home in Rooster, Texas into an upscale brothel called “The Banty House”. She had named it for the men who came their, acting like little Banty Roosters, cocky and strutting.Mama had ever only loved one man, being herself, a quarter black, she knew he could not keep his job and so refused to marry him, but loved the three daughters she had by him ferociously, she made sure they grew up to be good hearted women. The story of Mama is a lovely one in and of itself, for this my dear Book Dragons, the book should be read, but there is so, so much more.The Sisters go each week to have their hair done at a salon and Connie goes out to have a cigarette when she meets a shy young woman on the bench outside. She is young, skinny and very pregnant. Connie looks her over and they talk for a bit and she decides there and then that Mama’s Rule #1 needs to be exercised: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have show hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Heb. 13:2The Sisters agree and take her in. What should have been for a day or two turns into a week. This book is at it’s heart, a love story. Not a romance, although there is romance in it. No, my Fellow Book Dragons, a love story. Love between sisters, strangers, friends and others. It is one of the most beautiful, funny, interesting books I have ever read.If you are feeling down, discouraged, depressed or even bored at this point, this book is for you. It is coming on the market May 26th, 2020. You can pre-order it now. I would suggest doing so, because this is going to fly from the shelves!Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon,Drakon T. LongwittenI received a copy of this book as part of #JackiesFavoriteBookClubFriends and the Author #CarolynBrown . My opinions are my own.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    My relationship with this author is all over the map. Sometimes she’s like a best friend that I’m so glad to catch up with, sometimes she’s that annoying coworker that I’m trying to sidle away from inconspicuously. This time she’s somewhere in between. This story started off nicely for me. I enjoyed getting to know the sisters and had no problem picturing their small town and house. After a bit it settled into a relaxing pace. I wasn’t getting anything spectacular from the story, but it was enjo My relationship with this author is all over the map. Sometimes she’s like a best friend that I’m so glad to catch up with, sometimes she’s that annoying coworker that I’m trying to sidle away from inconspicuously. This time she’s somewhere in between. This story started off nicely for me. I enjoyed getting to know the sisters and had no problem picturing their small town and house. After a bit it settled into a relaxing pace. I wasn’t getting anything spectacular from the story, but it was enjoyable and relaxing. Sorry for using so many metaphors today, but I felt like I was kicking back on a breezy porch with a glass of lemonade. Slow and steady. I was engaged but not invested. The story was, at that point, getting a solid 3 stars from me. Comfortable.And then it went off the rails. Not for a huge portion of the book, just a few pages. But it was enough to tick me off and feel as if the writer was being lazy. Let me be clear, the character I adore the most in this story is Sloan. He’s been through the wringer but is still one of the most kind and patient characters ever. He’s sexy and strong and smart and just an all-around good guy. Because of all of these traits, the way he handles a particular situation irked me. He is way to protective for things to play out as they did and he would NEVER let Ginger stay in a place she may be in danger. It just didn’t make sense. Plus, the transition to this scene was very odd. I actually thought Sloan was dreaming for a bit because it went from one thing to another with no real sense of urgency or realism to the story.Thankfully, things went back to normal (for this story) after that brief transgression, but it left a sour taste in my mouth. I was no longer trusting the author to finish strong and that made the last bit of this story a little less enjoyable.I will continue reading this author. Like I said before, I have my ups and downs with her. A adore her Lucky Penny Ranch series and have thoroughly enjoyed the books in her Longhorn Canyon series I’ve read so far. But I cannot, in good conscious give this one a 3-star rating.**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**You can find more of my reviews at All In Good Time.
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    This book feels like a porch swing with a friend, a cold drink, and a summer night with stars above and fireflies out on the lawn. Carolyn Brown stories are full of country charm and down home storytelling. The Banty House is no exception.The story focuses on three elderly sisters who have lived a full life and still do (Oh lawd, do they!) as they remain one of the chief sources of their small town's gossip. They are the daughters of a former brothel owner and their mama never married. But, thei This book feels like a porch swing with a friend, a cold drink, and a summer night with stars above and fireflies out on the lawn. Carolyn Brown stories are full of country charm and down home storytelling. The Banty House is no exception.The story focuses on three elderly sisters who have lived a full life and still do (Oh lawd, do they!) as they remain one of the chief sources of their small town's gossip. They are the daughters of a former brothel owner and their mama never married. But, their mama gave them a set of rules to live by and the first about caring for strangers and the second about helping others brings a homeless, pregnant young Ginger to them so they can show her what family and home are and she, in turn, can show a former soldier who lost his team that he was meant to survive and live.The Banty House was heartwarming and gently paced, but those feisty gals can be so unexpected that there was never a dull moment. I love the cross generational cast of characters and how they worked well together.The history of the Carson sisters, their home, and the town was interesting and set the background. I also felt so touched for Ginger who had a truly tough row to hoe as a foster kid who had no one ever and then got tricked by a slick guy before finding her way to Rooster, Texas and the Banty House and Sloan.The romance is background for much of the book as the story is mostly about the Carson sisters and Ginger. Plus, Ginger is planning to move on when she gets on her feet and Sloan has stopped living and is even suspicious of Ginger at first. They both have painful pasts that they need to address and then there is the fact that she's pregnant and worried that no man would take on her situation and someone else's child. Sloan was a bit lost himself so caring for Ginger anchored him and he had a huge, generous heart that had room for her, her complications, and a baby.There were a few exciting moments, but for the most part this was a character-driven comfort read that left me smiling and feeling lighter. Oh, and needing piles of home-cooked food after the descriptions of what Betsy and Ginger made. Those who enjoy women's fiction crossing over with contemporary small town romance should definitely give this one a try.I rec'd this book from Montlake Publishing via Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • January 1, 1970
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comTHE BANTY HOUSE by Carolyn Brown is a sweet, feel-good, poignant story that drops you into the lives of three elderly sisters in small town Texas who are about to have their lives changed forever.Ginger Andrews has aged out of the system, has a baby on the way and no where to go. She dreams of seeing the ocean in California, but her bus ticket only goes as far as Hondo, Texas. As she is sitting on the bench outside of the hair salo Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comTHE BANTY HOUSE by Carolyn Brown is a sweet, feel-good, poignant story that drops you into the lives of three elderly sisters in small town Texas who are about to have their lives changed forever.Ginger Andrews has aged out of the system, has a baby on the way and no where to go. She dreams of seeing the ocean in California, but her bus ticket only goes as far as Hondo, Texas. As she is sitting on the bench outside of the hair salon, an elderly woman sits beside her. She is offered room and board for the weekend, but she is soon to find herself wrapped in the love and lives of the Carson sisters of the Banty house.The Banty House was a long-ago brothel run by the sister’s mother, Belle. For more than seventy-five years, Kate, Betsy and Connie Carson have lived in and cared for their mama’s home. They have big hearts and each has her own passion. Ginger is not only a breath of fresh air to the sisters, but she also intrigues their handyman, Sloan Baker. Sloan came home from the Army broken and swore to never get close to anyone ever again. Ginger’s past may not be the same, but it is just as broken. Slowly, the two discover they may just be what the other needs to heal. The Banty House is once again to be the safe place where healing happens and hopes and dreams never fade.I felt like I was wrapped in the love and acceptance of the three sisters as I read this story. They are wonderful characters who always lived their lives on their own terms, but also followed the moral upbringing of their mama. They are just what Ginger needed, even as it took awhile for her to accept that. Ginger was just what Sloan needed, but I was disappointed by how often she kept thinking about leaving. The romance that grew between Ginger and Sloan was a cozy romance, but never overshadowed the main themes of love, healing and acceptance overall. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, but it was not my favorite by this author. You are going to love the Carson sisters of Banty House.Thanks very much to Montlake Romance and Net Galley for allowing me to read this eARC.
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars “The past is gone. The future is iffy. That means the present is all we’ve got, so we’ll dwell on that. I love Southern writing. I don't really know why but the humour gets to me every time. I have really enjoyed every book I have read by Carolyn Brown and would recommend her to anyone. This book was interesting and will enable you to keep reading, and never want to put it down. One theme is that when you fall in love with someone, and they love you back, stay true to your heart and 3.5 Stars “The past is gone. The future is iffy. That means the present is all we’ve got, so we’ll dwell on that. I love Southern writing. I don't really know why but the humour gets to me every time. I have really enjoyed every book I have read by Carolyn Brown and would recommend her to anyone. This book was interesting and will enable you to keep reading, and never want to put it down. One theme is that when you fall in love with someone, and they love you back, stay true to your heart and let them know how you feel. The book had me laughing and crying. It is both heartfelt and heartbreaking, it is warm, interesting and kind. She’d never felt as if she’d had roots no matter where she’d been sent, but in less than a week, she could almost feel a few growing around her heart. The book was a joy to read and it took me on a journey. I learned of a different part of America in this book, not just the landscape, but the people and their motives. To move from the innocence of youth into frightening and sometime disheartening adulthood in one giant leap made me realize so much I have to be thankful for. You shouldn’t compare people. Everyone has weaknesses and strengths.And so did this book. I took half a star off because of the religion in the book...just not for me. And two thirds of the way in the believability factor goes off the rails. There is a BIG coincidence at the hospital...it had me shaking my head and laughing. BUT...although the subject matter of the book is very serious, domestic violence, homelessness, poverty...the style of writing, is rather light. The characters are well developed, so it is a serious book with a lighthearted slant to the tone. In some books you tend to fall in love with the characters and this was a great example of that type of novel. Carolyn Brown did a great job on this book and I look forward to future endeavors from her.Thank you NetGalley, Montlake Romance and Carolyn Brown for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#TheBantyHouse #NetGalley
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  • Pam Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I love Carolyn Brown’s books. They never disappoint and keep me captivated from beginning to end. The book is well written and definitely enjoyable. Connie, Betsy and Kate are the Carson sisters. They have been in the Bantu House all their lives. They are funny, eccentric and show us the stories of the Banty House that they have experienced and that have been passed down to them. They share their own stories yet stay true to their upbringing and the Banty House Rules. Ginger is a total stranger I love Carolyn Brown’s books. They never disappoint and keep me captivated from beginning to end. The book is well written and definitely enjoyable. Connie, Betsy and Kate are the Carson sisters. They have been in the Bantu House all their lives. They are funny, eccentric and show us the stories of the Banty House that they have experienced and that have been passed down to them. They share their own stories yet stay true to their upbringing and the Banty House Rules. Ginger is a total stranger who is very pregnant and gets invited to the Banty House by the sisters. Once there she is amazed by the sisters, their generosity and at the same time hesitant to believe that they could be accepting of her and her situation. Ginger is amazed and Leary of the welcome, guidance and acceptance from the sisters. Ginger had had a rough start in life with her own parents, foster parents and an abusive ex. She learns to accept herself, her life and learns to flourish. Sloan is a next door neighbor who has served his country and been medically and honorably discharged and suffers with PTSD. Once discharged he heads back home and assists the three sisters with their chores around the house. They keep him occupied with odd chores such as keeping the car in vintage shape, mowing the lawn, caring for flower beds, tilling and planting the fruit and vegetables they need for canning and moonshine. He also keeps up the repairs on the house. Sloan learns how to trust and love not only the sisters but Ginger as well. Love their evening walks and how they learn to share, trust and discuss their past histories. Their love grows slowly and strong and it takes them a while to recognize it. I loved this story, the characters and the writing is awesome. There is so much I could say but I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
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