When We Last Spoke Review
When We Last Spoke is Marci Henna’s story of Juliet and Evangeline Cranbourne left on their grandparent’s porch by their mother as she lit out of town for the big city lights of Broadway shortly after their father left for war.
The small town of “Fireside, Texas where no strangers are known! We are the home of the free and the brave and everlasting polite persons. We never take the last cookie and never eat beets, but thank the hostess for them anyway.”
When We Last Spoke is narrated by Juliet, the older of the girls by 22 months. It briefly opens in modern day with Juliet asking Evangeline to come home and quickly slips to the time when she and her sister were unceremoniously left on Walt and Ruby’s doorstep. Anyone who’s had to raise their grandchildren or who were raised by their grandparents knows that life changes in an instant in these situations.
Their grandfather Walt is a good-looking rancher who’s married to Ruby, who’s still quite glamorous and a former traveling performer with her sisters. Together they raise two very busy girls.
I really enjoyed this book and had a difficult time putting it down. I like the small town feel where everyone knows everyone else’s business but they also take care of one another. While not an overtly Christian novel Marci Henna knows that writing a good book doesn’t require nudity and obscene language. When We Last Spoke is the story of could just as easily been about any two sisters you know.