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I live in Atlantic Beach (outside Jacksonville), FL now, but am a Charleston girl. I will see you tomorrow 11/16 at the Beaches Branch Library in Jacksonville Beach for your talk. I just finished your book, "Tell Me a Story" and loved it. My family and Pat's shared so much of the same pathos. My father was a 1951 graduate of The Citadel, and shared a lot of Pat's father's personality and behavior. Needless to say, I have felt a kinship with Pat for most of my adult life. His books always took me home, when I was living away from the Lowcountry. I did meet the Colonel in Charleston one weekend in the late 90's. He was staying at The Church Street Inn where I happened to be staying with Jacksonville girlfriends, while Pat was there to speak at the Citadel homecoming the weekend of November 18th. He invited me to ride in his rattletrap car with him to pick up my car. He was wearing his Marine flight jacket with all the sewn on patches. He was charming, but then, my Dad could be too. I just wanted to say that I look forward to seeing you tomorrow and that you'll have a Lowcountry lady in the audience that totally appreciates you as an author, a Southern woman of strength and a kindred spirit of the soul. My best, Robbie Perna
Several friends and I joined you in Beaufort for the divine cocktail party and introduction to you and your newest book, "Tell Me A Story"... It was truly a magical evening from start to finish- one I will never forget. I was the enthusiastic early comer who hugged y'all on the front porch! I finished the beautiful love story in 2 days, and now am well into "Moonrise". I lived near Highlands for 13 years...and know the area so well. Now, a true "low country " woman, I love the smell of pluff mud and the warm breezes off the May river. Pat was my favorite author whose books were inhaled as soon as they were published. My marvelous 3rd husband has 16 books on Amazon- also a beautiful writer. I cried heartfelt tears over , " The Sunday Wife" , as I was the lost wife of a Headmaster for as long as you were the "preacher's wife"... I was also a full time RN for over 40 years. Thank you for the JOY you bring to so many with your skill and heart. Judith E. Harlow
Dear Cassandra, Never before have I read a book, hearing the words come to life, as I laughed, smiled and cried with the print as I was reading....thank you for sharing your life and love with all of us... Can I pick a favorite part? The part where you reclaimed your life after Preacher man? King-Ray name? Foodie part? Friends? Highlands? Elton John? Nurse Sarah? Pat's illness?... no, can't pick a favorite... I choose the entire book... the sunshine and the rain... and the rainbow... or, bridge made of gold...
Hello there, KB. I just finished reading, Tell Me A Story, all in one day. Thank you for sharing your life with Pat and the thoughtful insights into life the telling gives. Thank you for sharing the photo of the golden bridge to the dock. For the acknowledgment of your premonition that it would be the last time you saw your friend. For so much of your lives that you shared. I have been a nurse for more than 35 years and am only now beginning to dip a toe into the maelstrom of becoming a writer and eventually living a writer's life, I am but an egg at the moment, still learning and fighting overwhelm at the options available. Thank you for the gift of your story. Much appreciated.
I just finished reading Tell Me A Story last night. I wanted to read the book after reading your excerpt in the Garden and Gun magazine. I cannot put into words how your story touched my heart so deeply. I have never read any of your novels or Pat's but I am going to buy every one of them now. I especially loved the way you wrote with such transparency about both of your lives and how you two miraculously met. I will buy tickets to meet you when you come to Chattanooga. Thank you so much for introducing me to yourself and the "infamous" Pat Conroy... what a character he was!
Have devoured all of Pat's books, wrote him after Prince of Tides. Have read all books published about him since his passing and was anxious to read yours. I loved yours ! Am now a big fan of yours! Not at all what I expected but a wonderful surprise!
Long time fan of Pat’s mesmerizing prose. Read all his books. After consuming Sunday Wife and Tell Me a Story, I’m a huge fan of yours. Don’t stop. Please.
I could not put down Tell Me A Story and when I did I was so sad. I laughed and I cried --you told a wonderful story of your life with Pat Conroy and I thank you for sharing it with all of your readers. I was enticed to come to Beaufort by all of Pat's books and I cannot wait to return. You live in a beautiful part of our country ---Your warm memories keep him in your heart. Thanks for the lovely book.
I LOVED “Tell Me A Story”! I had the honor of meeting Mr. Conroy once at MUSC. He was so much as you described him in baggy khakis and a polo shirt. He was as pleasant and down to earth as you said he was. No airs or I’m a famous writer who needs to be helped immediately. I have loved his books as I have yours. Thank you for this personal insight into yall’s life together. What a loss it was for you and the reading public when he passed. Please find comfort in the wonderful years y’all had together no matter how short they were.
Thank you Cassandra for sharing Pat with all of us readers who loved him from afar. My husband, brother, grandfather all died on March 4 in different decades and now Pat, my favorite author joins that beloved group. R.I.P. all you guys, hope Pat is telling you stories.
Dear Cassandra, I just finished Tell Me A Story and loved every page. I can picture you both down in South Carolina with your many friends and family. I fell in love with Pat’s books with his book The Water is Wide. An amazing man and storyteller. Thank you for sharing with us your lives together.
Mrs. Conroy, Just finished your new book "Tell Me a Story" and that is exactly what you have done with this manuscript, what a tribute to you and Pat's relationship and devotion to one another. I have read just about everything that he has written and loved everyone of them, he was a character that told stories that we can all relate to in one fashion or another. Like they say in the south "You Done Him Proud". Congratulations again on a fantastic job. Bill Krielow
Cassandra, what a gift you have given us in this book about your life with Pat. You two were so fortunate to have found each other. I only met him once, years ago with Doug Marlette at a Pat Conroy film festival in Durham, NC. At the head of the book signing line, he was just as you described, taking time with each person. I was on my way to Rome soon after that so I ask him if he had any hints for something most tourists do to experience... He told me to go to a church (with a name that now eludes me) and to go around behind the altar and take the steps down, down, down to the bottom—and there would be a surprise there for me. So, it was one of my first stops in Rome and amazingly, after taking the old, worn steps down, down, down, I found an ancient river there, flowing under the church! I felt so special. Proof he had that gift you describe for doing that. I wish you much happiness and contentment.
I finished Tell Me a Story last night, and these words came out of my mouth: "Wow! What a book!" Thank you for sharing your memories, Sandra. Some were sorrowful, of course, but the slapstick comedy describing Pat's ride to the hospital with friend B.S. made me laugh out loud, several times. This book revealed the twinkle in Pat Conroy's eyes... again.
I loved reading your latest book, Tell Me A Story. I felt in love first with Pat's books. Beach Music first and then all the rest. I have lost count of the number of copies of Beach Music that I gave away with my bet they would love it as much as I did. Everyone always did. I then fell in love with the marshes, pluff mud, and the sound of beach music. We bought and decorated a Tybee Island Cottage for a second home for 6 years. I always credit Pat for giving me the courage to do such an out of character bold purchase. I too am an Ant. I loved it until Matthew and climate change starting making the Ant in me weary and sold it for a house slightly inland that is more hurricane worthy in Fort Myers. I will always have an ache in my heart when thinking about my cottage and the beach music of Tybee Island. I detoured on a recent trip back from my home town in Roanoke, Virginia to find and visit Pat's grave. This is not something I ever do. Not ever. But I regretted not attending his funeral. I had an over powering urge to go to his burial spot. I did and I let him know what he means still to me. I also made a promise to start writing again. I plan to act on that promise. When I have something worthy I will send you a copy. Best to you and your family Always, Connie
It was a wonderful surprise and pleasure to meet you last May at the SC Aquarium during Mary Alice Monroe’s book launch event. I was tickled pink to recognize you and even more amazed that I walked up to meet you. See, I was reading Same Sweet Girls at the time, I noticed your purse first, SSG purse and then I recognized you. Several years ago I was at FoxTale Books in Woodstock GA. when Moonrise came out. I found a new author and love your books. Saw that event on Pat’s page. Love his books as well. As many have shared his voice set to pen and paper is missed. I am looking forward to your next book. Like the teaser excerpt. Hopefully you will do a tour.