Whiskey & Ribbons

Whiskey & Ribbons

Set in contemporary Louisville, Leesa Cross-Smith?s mesmerizing first novel surrounding the death of a police officer is a requiem for marriage, friendship and family. Evi?a classically-trained ballerina?was nine months pregnant when her husband Eamon was killed in the line of duty on a steamy morning in July. Now, it is winter, and Eamon's adopted brother Dalton has move Set in contemporary Louisville, Leesa Cross-Smith?s mesmerizing first novel surrounding the death of a police off...

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Title:Whiskey & Ribbons
Author:Leesa Cross-Smith
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:193823538X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Whiskey & Ribbons Reviews

  • Robyn
    Feb 21, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

  • Leesa
    Aug 28, 2017

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

  • Read In Colour
    Nov 14, 2017

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

  • The CurvyJones
    Mar 02, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die." Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut nove...

    Leesa Cross-Smith -- in addition to being a superb stylist -- has the biggest heart of any writer, of any person, and this stunning novel pulses with pure unbridled heart. Her lush prose grabs hold from the outset, but it is the characters -- the living, breathing people she's given vo...

    I had the pleasure of reading an earlier version of Leesa Cross-Smith?s Whiskey & Ribbons. I love this book, and Cross-Smith is one of my favorite authors. She?s the master at writing about relationships in a way that?s honest and respectful of their complexities. The master ...

    It is not every day that I add a book to my must-read list of recommendations, but Whiskey & Ribbons is definitely at the top of the list now. What a beautifully written book about love and loss and second chances. Eamon, Dalton and Evi's story is both heartbreaking and hopeful,...

    I struggled with this one. I loved the writing and the deeply layered perspectives offered by the three main characters, but the moral quandary faced by Evi and Dalton left me conflicted. It's impossible to review without giving away too much, so the basics are as follows: Evangeli...

    When I heard about the 3 POVs I wasn?t sure how I felt because one POV was from the late husband. Often times, this isn?t done well. Looking back, I?m not sure why I was worried because they all flowed together seamlessly, and I can?t imagine not having all three. It was so re...

    Gorgeous. 4.5 Stars. Full review to come. ...

    Whiskey & Ribbons is a well written, multifaceted novel about love and loss and overcoming. It took me a bit to get used to the jumps from present to past, but the story being told in three points of view helped to deepen the narrative and keep things in line. Leesa Cross- Smit...

  • Roxane
    Mar 09, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

  • Alayna
    Mar 10, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die." Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut nove...

    Leesa Cross-Smith -- in addition to being a superb stylist -- has the biggest heart of any writer, of any person, and this stunning novel pulses with pure unbridled heart. Her lush prose grabs hold from the outset, but it is the characters -- the living, breathing people she's given vo...

    I had the pleasure of reading an earlier version of Leesa Cross-Smith?s Whiskey & Ribbons. I love this book, and Cross-Smith is one of my favorite authors. She?s the master at writing about relationships in a way that?s honest and respectful of their complexities. The master ...

    It is not every day that I add a book to my must-read list of recommendations, but Whiskey & Ribbons is definitely at the top of the list now. What a beautifully written book about love and loss and second chances. Eamon, Dalton and Evi's story is both heartbreaking and hopeful,...

    I struggled with this one. I loved the writing and the deeply layered perspectives offered by the three main characters, but the moral quandary faced by Evi and Dalton left me conflicted. It's impossible to review without giving away too much, so the basics are as follows: Evangeli...

    When I heard about the 3 POVs I wasn?t sure how I felt because one POV was from the late husband. Often times, this isn?t done well. Looking back, I?m not sure why I was worried because they all flowed together seamlessly, and I can?t imagine not having all three. It was so re...

    Gorgeous. 4.5 Stars. Full review to come. ...

    Whiskey & Ribbons is a well written, multifaceted novel about love and loss and overcoming. It took me a bit to get used to the jumps from present to past, but the story being told in three points of view helped to deepen the narrative and keep things in line. Leesa Cross- Smit...

    The title Whiskey and Ribbons is derived from a toast delivered by Eamon, one of three narrators in this psychological treatment of love spun unexpectedly and repercussively awry. ?Women, you are sleek and gorgeous. You hold us together, you?re the ribbons,? Eamon says, yet we he...

    I don't know where to begin so I will start by saying this: There are some sentences that nobody else in the world could write besides Leesa and I love that she wrote an entire book full of them! Her writing is so fun to digest. It's like eating pieces of candy very slowly. This sto...

  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    Apr 26, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

  • Keyona
    Mar 26, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

  • Sara
    Mar 26, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die." Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut nove...

    Leesa Cross-Smith -- in addition to being a superb stylist -- has the biggest heart of any writer, of any person, and this stunning novel pulses with pure unbridled heart. Her lush prose grabs hold from the outset, but it is the characters -- the living, breathing people she's given vo...

  • Diane S ☔
    Apr 30, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 11, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    Apr 06, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Feb 25, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die." Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut nove...

    Leesa Cross-Smith -- in addition to being a superb stylist -- has the biggest heart of any writer, of any person, and this stunning novel pulses with pure unbridled heart. Her lush prose grabs hold from the outset, but it is the characters -- the living, breathing people she's given vo...

    I had the pleasure of reading an earlier version of Leesa Cross-Smith?s Whiskey & Ribbons. I love this book, and Cross-Smith is one of my favorite authors. She?s the master at writing about relationships in a way that?s honest and respectful of their complexities. The master ...

    It is not every day that I add a book to my must-read list of recommendations, but Whiskey & Ribbons is definitely at the top of the list now. What a beautifully written book about love and loss and second chances. Eamon, Dalton and Evi's story is both heartbreaking and hopeful,...

    I struggled with this one. I loved the writing and the deeply layered perspectives offered by the three main characters, but the moral quandary faced by Evi and Dalton left me conflicted. It's impossible to review without giving away too much, so the basics are as follows: Evangeli...

    When I heard about the 3 POVs I wasn?t sure how I felt because one POV was from the late husband. Often times, this isn?t done well. Looking back, I?m not sure why I was worried because they all flowed together seamlessly, and I can?t imagine not having all three. It was so re...

    Gorgeous. 4.5 Stars. Full review to come. ...

  • Andre
    Feb 01, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

  • Kim
    Nov 14, 2017

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die." Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut nove...

    Leesa Cross-Smith -- in addition to being a superb stylist -- has the biggest heart of any writer, of any person, and this stunning novel pulses with pure unbridled heart. Her lush prose grabs hold from the outset, but it is the characters -- the living, breathing people she's given vo...

    I had the pleasure of reading an earlier version of Leesa Cross-Smith?s Whiskey & Ribbons. I love this book, and Cross-Smith is one of my favorite authors. She?s the master at writing about relationships in a way that?s honest and respectful of their complexities. The master ...

    It is not every day that I add a book to my must-read list of recommendations, but Whiskey & Ribbons is definitely at the top of the list now. What a beautifully written book about love and loss and second chances. Eamon, Dalton and Evi's story is both heartbreaking and hopeful,...

  • Kimberley
    May 07, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die." Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut nove...

    Leesa Cross-Smith -- in addition to being a superb stylist -- has the biggest heart of any writer, of any person, and this stunning novel pulses with pure unbridled heart. Her lush prose grabs hold from the outset, but it is the characters -- the living, breathing people she's given vo...

    I had the pleasure of reading an earlier version of Leesa Cross-Smith?s Whiskey & Ribbons. I love this book, and Cross-Smith is one of my favorite authors. She?s the master at writing about relationships in a way that?s honest and respectful of their complexities. The master ...

    It is not every day that I add a book to my must-read list of recommendations, but Whiskey & Ribbons is definitely at the top of the list now. What a beautifully written book about love and loss and second chances. Eamon, Dalton and Evi's story is both heartbreaking and hopeful,...

    I struggled with this one. I loved the writing and the deeply layered perspectives offered by the three main characters, but the moral quandary faced by Evi and Dalton left me conflicted. It's impossible to review without giving away too much, so the basics are as follows: Evangeli...

  • Megan C.
    Apr 04, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

  • Basic B's Guide
    Apr 13, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

  • Ashley (BooksandButtons)
    Apr 17, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

  • Monet
    Jan 04, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

  • Kate Olson
    Apr 22, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

  • Gabriella
    Mar 15, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

  • Cassidy
    Apr 13, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die." Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut nove...

  • Steve Karas
    Sep 01, 2017

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die." Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut nove...

    Leesa Cross-Smith -- in addition to being a superb stylist -- has the biggest heart of any writer, of any person, and this stunning novel pulses with pure unbridled heart. Her lush prose grabs hold from the outset, but it is the characters -- the living, breathing people she's given vo...

    I had the pleasure of reading an earlier version of Leesa Cross-Smith?s Whiskey & Ribbons. I love this book, and Cross-Smith is one of my favorite authors. She?s the master at writing about relationships in a way that?s honest and respectful of their complexities. The master ...

  • Kristina
    Mar 27, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

  • Claire Fullerton
    Apr 29, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die." Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut nove...

    Leesa Cross-Smith -- in addition to being a superb stylist -- has the biggest heart of any writer, of any person, and this stunning novel pulses with pure unbridled heart. Her lush prose grabs hold from the outset, but it is the characters -- the living, breathing people she's given vo...

    I had the pleasure of reading an earlier version of Leesa Cross-Smith?s Whiskey & Ribbons. I love this book, and Cross-Smith is one of my favorite authors. She?s the master at writing about relationships in a way that?s honest and respectful of their complexities. The master ...

    It is not every day that I add a book to my must-read list of recommendations, but Whiskey & Ribbons is definitely at the top of the list now. What a beautifully written book about love and loss and second chances. Eamon, Dalton and Evi's story is both heartbreaking and hopeful,...

    I struggled with this one. I loved the writing and the deeply layered perspectives offered by the three main characters, but the moral quandary faced by Evi and Dalton left me conflicted. It's impossible to review without giving away too much, so the basics are as follows: Evangeli...

    When I heard about the 3 POVs I wasn?t sure how I felt because one POV was from the late husband. Often times, this isn?t done well. Looking back, I?m not sure why I was worried because they all flowed together seamlessly, and I can?t imagine not having all three. It was so re...

    Gorgeous. 4.5 Stars. Full review to come. ...

    Whiskey & Ribbons is a well written, multifaceted novel about love and loss and overcoming. It took me a bit to get used to the jumps from present to past, but the story being told in three points of view helped to deepen the narrative and keep things in line. Leesa Cross- Smit...

    The title Whiskey and Ribbons is derived from a toast delivered by Eamon, one of three narrators in this psychological treatment of love spun unexpectedly and repercussively awry. ?Women, you are sleek and gorgeous. You hold us together, you?re the ribbons,? Eamon says, yet we he...

  • Alisa H. (worldswithinpages)
    May 12, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

  • Rod-Kelly Hines
    May 11, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

  • Anna
    Apr 12, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

  • Cindy Wilkerson
    Mar 26, 2018

    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying rea...

    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) a...

    Grief and memory are the key themes explored in this novel. Grief and love side by side. A short review because once again I probably was not the right reader for this. A simple story, boy meets girl, tragedy befalls, girl has child and best friend steps in to take care of them both. W...

    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as g...

    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it. ...

    I don?t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover?s knot of a book, and so far it?s my favorite of the year. ...

    Are you someone who enjoys getting your heart ripped from your chest, stomped on, and then sobbing uncontrollably so you can?t read through the tears? Yes? Okay, pick this book up then. ? Thank you to Hub City Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest rev...

    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a...

    This was a pretty lackluster read for me, and I only finished because I buddy-read it with bae. The problem is that it's an incredibly cliche romance that wants to be literary and it just doesn't work. The characters lack depth and seem to all have the same voice. The drama is not ...

    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let?s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don?t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quand...

    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 hig...

    ?I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train ...

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I?m so afraid I?ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I?m goin...

    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. ? Black velvet and that little boy smile Black velvet and that slow southern style A new religion that'll bring you to yo...

    This is a sweetly painful story that revolves around the loss of a family's son/husband/brother. Cross-Smith does an excellent job putting her reader in the minds of the her three main characters and their complicated but deeply bonded relationships. I particularly enjoyed the way that...

    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew ea...

    ?What no one tells you about grief is that you don?t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.? This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of ?literary...

    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, ...

    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love...

    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to...

    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die." Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut nove...

    Leesa Cross-Smith -- in addition to being a superb stylist -- has the biggest heart of any writer, of any person, and this stunning novel pulses with pure unbridled heart. Her lush prose grabs hold from the outset, but it is the characters -- the living, breathing people she's given vo...

    I had the pleasure of reading an earlier version of Leesa Cross-Smith?s Whiskey & Ribbons. I love this book, and Cross-Smith is one of my favorite authors. She?s the master at writing about relationships in a way that?s honest and respectful of their complexities. The master ...

    It is not every day that I add a book to my must-read list of recommendations, but Whiskey & Ribbons is definitely at the top of the list now. What a beautifully written book about love and loss and second chances. Eamon, Dalton and Evi's story is both heartbreaking and hopeful,...

    I struggled with this one. I loved the writing and the deeply layered perspectives offered by the three main characters, but the moral quandary faced by Evi and Dalton left me conflicted. It's impossible to review without giving away too much, so the basics are as follows: Evangeli...

    When I heard about the 3 POVs I wasn?t sure how I felt because one POV was from the late husband. Often times, this isn?t done well. Looking back, I?m not sure why I was worried because they all flowed together seamlessly, and I can?t imagine not having all three. It was so re...