Last Dance At Jitterbug Lounge

The best Book Last Dance At Jitterbug Lounge the best work Jack and Claire Crabtree were once happily married but separate interests have left each one dancing to their own tune She refuses to move i

The best Book Last Dance At Jitterbug Lounge the best work Jack and Claire Crabtree were once happily married, but separate interests have left each one dancing to their own tune She refuses to move into the brand new house he built for the family He spends too much time at work with a colleague whom she considers a threat to any man s fidelity When Jack is summoned back to Oklahoma to see his ailing grandpa Bud, Claire only maJack and Claire Crabtree were once happily married, but separate interests have left each one dancing to their own tune She refuses to move into the brand new house he built for the family He spends too much time at work with a colleague whom she considers a threat to any man s fidelity When Jack is summoned back to Oklahoma to see his ailing grandpa Bud, Claire only makes the trip at the last minute.Bud and Geri Crabtree danced through life together for seventy years as friends, lovers and devoted spouses They always knew what mattered most in life and the laughter and tears come naturally when their family gathers together And if Jack and Claire can remember the bond they once shared, they might be able to rediscover what s wonderful about love.. Popular Book Last Dance At Jitterbug Lounge This story switches between contemporary and historical fiction. The contemporary narrative follows the realistic but worthwhile journey of Jack and Claire, a couple in their thirties who are struggling to hold their marriage together, having drifted apart in work and life. The historical fiction follows the development of the unusual romance of Jack's grandparents, Bud and Geri, around the time of World War II.It's not so common to find a story that shows love's ups and downs and pulling through in spite of all, and this one was like a breath of fresh air. It's not perfect with a few small indiscretions - some of the secondary characters are less than exemplary, yet nothing is described in detail. Since its focus is married life, it's most suited to adults.References to God and religion occasionally pop up as symbolic reference points for how the characters are doing, nothing very deep but basically good-willed.Overall it's a worthwhile story about family, love, loss and the hope that comes afterwards, about coping with sickness and beginning again after setbacks, and ultimately learning what is most important in life and living to attain it.
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  1. Pamela Morsi is a USA Today, Waldenbooks, and Barnes Noble bestselling author of romance She broke into publishing in 1991 with Heaven Sent and has been gracing readers with at least a book a year ever since Two of her novels, Courting Miss Hattie 1992 and Something Shady 1996 , won the Romance Writers of America s RITA Award, the highest honor in romance publishing, and others have been RITA finalists Ms Morsi pens heartwarming stories set in Small Town, USA Her books are famous for their wit, humor, memorable characters, and down home charm.

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  1. This story switches between contemporary and historical fiction The contemporary narrative follows the realistic but worthwhile journey of Jack and Claire, a couple in their thirties who are struggling to hold their marriage together, having drifted apart in work and life The historical fiction follows the development of the unusual romance of Jack s grandparents, Bud and Geri, around the time of World War II.It s not so common to find a story that shows love s ups and downs and pulling through [...]


  2. It was very appropriate that I finished reading this book over Veteran s Day weekend Bud is a World War II veteran who suffers a stroke while taking flowers to visit his wife, Geri, at the cemetery for her birthday His grandson, Jack, is called from his home in San Antonio and told that his grandfather is hospitalized Jack s mother takes their three children so his wife, Claire, can make the trip with him Every other chapter is written in real time and shows the relationship of Jack and Claire a [...]


  3. One of the best comfort reads that I have read in a while I enjoyed the book A realistic look at two marriages What I found interesting was how the female author was good at capturing and depicting the two leading male characters Why women fell in love with them and how the men basic goodness was described In both marriages there was instant notice by the men of their future wives, and both marriage there was a strong physical attraction and enjoyable sex The story of the two marriages is told t [...]


  4. Newcomer s Club book group Feb 2009I would not have picked up this book if book club hadn t been reading it, but it was worthwhile Some of the characters were a little cliche, but it was still an enjoyable read.The message is one that all married couples need to hear at some pointrriage is work Even when it seems you re each headed in different directions, or when it seems that your spouse isn t the same person you married, it s better to find or create happiness together than to wallow in negat [...]


  5. What a beauitful story and it s a bonus that it s beautifully written I love the connections that are made to the family members The things that had been unknown become known and help the younger generation of this family not only learn about their family, but also helps them learn about themselves and enables them to reclaim the spark that ignited their love and also find the sparks within themselves as individuals The bonds of family are strong and they last forever Sometimes we need reminders [...]


  6. I really enjoyed this book It has a great story line, and I really liked the connection with the character s I thought there could have been details here and there in the book The end left me wanting to know what happened with the remaining characters however I really felt like it left you hanging and wondering All in all though it was a fun likeable read I am not quite sure what my draw to books that go back and forth between the past and present are, but it seems to be a pattern for me.


  7. Once in a while I happen upon a book that finds me wishing the world would stand still and the flow of words could continue on and on.Neither blockbuster or best seller I cannot recall how this title found its way to my to read shelf Like many Goodreaders it s often a case of getting lost following posted comments and links There s no intrinsic plot twists, alien life forms or any mystery to solve This is a story that a reader can relax and just enjoy, a summer beach read without the beach.


  8. I think I would have enjoyed this book at a different stage of my life A book of family regrets with a relatively happy ending Make sure you tell those you love that you love them before it is too late.


  9. Choosing an often told story would set up a challenge for an author to have a new way of telling the story or have an unexpected twist This book has neither and it is written in a very elementary manner I could like a couple of the characters but not much else about the book.


  10. Retrospectively, not a good choice after reading a book on Southern manners, etc A good concept, but poorly executed I did not care for any of the characters The story drags on Okay, I do like Bud and Geri, the old couple and we get to see flashbacks to their courtship and married life But inbetween time, we get to see their grandson Jack and his wife Claire make a mess of their married life Jack is especially obnoxious Makes fun of his tight knit hillbilly family but can t manage to have any ki [...]


  11. I ve been on a bit of a Pamela Morsi kick lately, so I was excited to pick up one I hadn t yet read, Last Dance at Jitterbug Lounge And the back cover blurb definitely sounded promising I ve always loved second chance stories And I also love life time love stories the ones about couples growing old together Finally, I love stories about families and communities, and ties that bind not out of cruelty or to demand anything but out of love.Ms Morsi delivers all those in this beautifully written sto [...]


  12. I quickly became so caught up in this book that I couldn t put it down It is a very emotional book that skips back and forth between the memories of an elderly man, Bud, and the current life of his grandson, Jack, whom he has not been close to in years Bud, who is widowed, has had a stroke and is in a partial coma He is mostly unaware of what is going on around him, but during this time the events of his life are replaying in his mind Grandson,Jack, and his wife, Claire, have grown apart in thei [...]


  13. Jack and Claire Crabtree were once happily married, but separate interests have each left them with the feeling that the other is no longer the one Claire refuses to move into the brand new house Jack built for the family and she believes he spends too much time with a colleague Then Jack is called back home to Oklahoma to see Bud, his sick grandfather Claire follows In this story we are split between two separate stories and relationships Bud and Geri Crabtree Jack s grandparents and Jack and C [...]


  14. I read this book in a matter of days It was a real easy read I enjoyed the way it was written, every other chapter from either the Grandfather s point of view or the grandson s point of view The story is one I feel I ve read before So many novels revolve around the secrets a family keeps to protect their place in society, or their pride, or any other rationalized reason they conjure up As for the characters, I felt they were relatable in many ways Their distraction with the important things in l [...]


  15. I was really surprised how much I liked this book, but I thought it was really great It is the story of Jack and Claire, a huband and wife who were deeply in love, but have found themselves drifting apart recently On a trip back to Oklahoma, where they have been called back to help take care of Jack s dying grandfather, they rediscover what s important to each of them and find a way to reconcile Running parallel to their story is the story of Jack s grandfather, Bud, and his wife Geri told throu [...]


  16. As I was walking through the library, the cover completely drew me in I admit I m a total sucker for a great cover on a book And thankfully, it was better than I had even hoped considering how I accidentally stumbled across it I enjoyed everything about this novel It was so sweet and yet so real The story parallels two couples in two different time periods as they struggle through their marriages and lives together It was beautifully written and very honest I really liken this author to how I fe [...]


  17. Life is too short for nonsense in a relationship Husbands and wives aren t perfect, and if you can t get past them not being what you d hoped you will never let yourself know who they really are, and that would be the real loss That sums up the book pretty well, we all live with losses in our lives some small some great but what I have learned is if you are with someone who loves you for who you are and you know that they will be there for you when you don t know where to go or what to do, remem [...]


  18. I cried for this story It was not a happy go lucky story The characters were rich and had me wishing that things had been different and that it could all be nicely wrapped up with a pretty bow That was not the case I loved how you got to learn so much about the past and how it was perceived by the different characters Changes that would come to pass and misunderstandings In a way I just wished that Bud s grandson gets to read the stories about Bud s life and so understand why some of the things [...]


  19. I loved this book Not really for the romance part but the characters stories Bud s to be specific It was great how the author manages to weave into the present time the story of Bud without making it dissonant And it s perfect how flawed every one is Very good read especially for married couples, I think, or those contemplating on getting hitched It s a wonderful story how love may feel like all giddiness at the start but marriage requires a lot of hard work and compromise on both sides.


  20. Another lite read that I borrowed from a friend, but a good story told in two voices One is the aging grandfather who has suffered a stroke is hospitalized and the other is the narrator telling the stories of the relatives brought together to ensure he s not alone in his last days Mostly it gave me hope that if I m in the position of being apparently unresponsive, perhaps I ll hear the messages from family members Now it s time to read something with meat No trade fiction for a bit


  21. Honestly, I was not sure how much I would like this book It was a break from my usual reads that tend to have younger characters and usually a lot of fantasy elements but I was immediately drawn into the story and into the lives of two couples One couple is in the place in life that I am in right now Married with children, SAHM and the other couple was the husband s grandparents As the story unfolds, we see how life gets in the way sometimes How we take what should be most important for granted [...]


  22. This is a wonderful book that explores the dynamics of relationships husband and wife, parents and children, people and their work It is enriched by the tale of a man who has struggled all his life with traumatic memories from WWII and the grief and guilt he carries over the death of his son I enjoyed it tremendously and would recommend it to anyone, as I believe it would appeal to a man as well as a woman.


  23. Tear jerkerI loved this sweet time hopping story about love, war, forgiveness and peace I loved Bud s story a bit than Jack and Claire s but I did enjoy the tying up of loose ends The characters were real and Bud just had my heart after his initial flaws as a teenager His war stories had me in tears but had me laughing through them moments later with Geri s family shenanigans I would read this again and enjoy it just as much Very clean and easy read.


  24. I really enjoy Pamela Morsi s books This book takes you back and forth from the WWII era to present time A good story about generation gaps and the importance of family Follows a 30ish couple as they make the trip back home to visit the husbands ederly grandfather, between extended family members and tokens left behind by the aging Grandparents the couple is able to realize what is important in life and how to mend there failing marriage.


  25. Nice little love story spanning three generations Story is told through unspoken flashbacks of the grandfather in his hospital sickbed and through the grandson and his wife as they learn about themselves and the family history.Nothing earth shattering, but book does touch on topics such as post traumatic stress, death of an adult child, changes in marital expectations and dreams and family dynamaic.


  26. I WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS BOOK MY HUSBAND S AUNT GAVE IT TO ME CLAIMING TO BE THE BEST LOVE STORY SHE HAS EVER READ MAYBE SHE PUMPED IT UP TOO MUCH AND SO I EXPECTED MORE I READ UP TO PAGE 150 AND HAD TO STOP I JUST COULDN T GET INTO IT AND FELT IT WOULD BE A WASTE OF TIME TO CONTINUE SINCE I WASN T ENJOYING IT.


  27. Catchy title, have a feeling there might be some tears in this oneNALLY finished The tragedies of starting a book the week before school starts Anyway, sweet book with the theme of not taking the little things for granted Even if you live a long, full life, it is too short to sweat the small stuff and not appreciate those around you.


  28. I found this book for 1 on the clearence shelf at the bookstore I love it when I find a good book for a bargain What a wonderful and memorable book It is well writen and I enjoyed how it switches back and forth between the grandfather s point of view and that of the grandson who is visiting him in the hospital Great family story


  29. LOVED IT a fun easy read The author did a great job of recounting the past and while telling the present It was touching and funny Be sure to have tissues handy for the last couple of chapters, you will need them for a good happy cry A great story about everyday people coping with the trials of life.


  30. This is the second book I ve read by this author She does a beautiful job of painting a story through her words I love how she brought the old South to life and told a poignant love story at the same time I want to meet the aunts


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