Whistlin' Stardust

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
270 Pages
Reviewed on 04/30/2017
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Author Biography

Alabama native, Sara McFerrin, grew up in northern Alabama. Her first non-fiction book “Raney Days: The David G. Raney Family and Their Antebellum Home” released in 2014 sells on Amazon, in bookstores, and in the Raney House Museum in Apalachicola, Florida. Her first work of fiction, “Whistlin’ Stardust”(set in 1949-1950), is based on childhood memories. Main characters from her novel found their way into a series. Southern Yellow Pine Publishing released The Southern Ladies’ Curiosity Club cozy mysteries in April 2017.

McFerrin and her husband of 59 years live in Apalachicola, Florida, frequently visiting their sons in Birmingham.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Whistlin’ Stardust has no murder, no suspense, no twists and turns, no adventure, no sex and no excitement. What it does have is history, heart, soul, God and memories of days gone by. I was immediately drawn into the Daniels family - Glover, his wife, Doris, their children, Auntie, and their friends and neighbors. Glover Daniel is a good man working hard to provide a good life for his family. We live their day to day life with them and are magically carried back to the early days of the 1950s in Gadsden, Alabama. The Daniels don’t have a lot of money and life is hard, but they make the best of what they have. A butter bean sandwich is a treat; neighbors help each other whenever and however they can; holidays are a time to spend with family and appreciating their life and each other. Every day is special and together they all get through the good and the bad.

It took me a chapter or two to realize that nothing special was going to happen in Whistlin’ Stardust, but then I realized that life was happening. I was pulled back in time to a quieter, more peaceful, simpler life and I became one with the Daniels family. Sara McFerrin recreated the old family Southern traditions and it felt wonderful to remember my childhood days of innocence. This is a must-read for all Southerners and a great lesson for all Northerners. I highly recommend this book; it is a refreshing change of pace book that does nothing but offer good reading.

Sara McFerrin

My intent was to somehow communicate the pace and tone of the 1950s in my story line. Trudi LoPreto, you 'got it'! That means the world to me. Many thanks!

Geni Mermoud

Whistlin' Stardust is a story that leaves you feeling at ease, as if all is right with the world. There are so many elements of the story that brought back a nostalgic feeling about growing up in the South even though I grew up a decade later than this story. I came to love Grover Daniels just like he was my own grandfather!

I agree that any Southerner must read this book. We all find elements of our own families and histories in the story of the Daniels family.