Yard Sale

Everything Must Go

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
368 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2010
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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

“Yard Sale: Everything Must Go” is a powerful and intoxicating novel that takes the reader through three generations that spans almost 60 years following the lives of the Franklin and Holloway families.

Henry Franklin was the poor little rich kid that thinks the world owed him a living. Son of a well known doctor, he was only going to college for one year in order to obtain his inheritance. Through cheating, he scored high. He married in order to succeed. He put his family through hell in order to get more power, more money and greed almost destroyed the family eventually leading to death and the first yard sale. Through Anna the daughter of the Henry we meet the Holloway family. Recouping from the death of Henry, Anna and her mother began to live their life anew. When Anna married Earl Holloways she felt love that was never present in her earlier life. The couple struggled financially to raise their two daughters. They had to sell off portions of their property. This led to the second yard sale. The third yard sale occurs when Colleen Holloway, the youngest daughter was forced to make a decision that ultimately led to selling her possessions. This family came to realize; the one you love and the one that loves you in return is more important than possessions.

Ms. Mitchell is an excellent writer. Her characters draw the reader into the plot and hold them there. I felt connected to Anna and Lou Jean. The humor and wit that emulates from Lou Jean will keep readers smiling. It took me a bit to get into this story. I was sure I knew where the story was going. I was wrong. After a few chapters I was engrossed in the story and I could not put it down. I read it in one day. This book is filled with history, humor, suspense and everything else I like in a book.