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I am very grateful for the outpouring of praise for my latest book my memoir about my life with Pat Conroy TELL ME A STORY. I’d like you all to know that I read everyone of them and the private messages. I am on an extensive book tour where I try to meet as many of you, my wonderful readers, as I can.
I did not know at the time that you had been married to a preacher. It was quite the fish bowl life wasn’t it? My husband was also a preacher. We had two sons and lived in parsonages for 18 years. In our case my husband died of a heart attack when he was 44 and I was 37.
My boys were 17 and 12. When we moved out of the parsonage into a home I bought in my hometown we had a piano, a stereo, and a lawnmower. I had to furnish our new home through my friends generosity and from my parents attic.
I had the money to buy a few necessities like refrigerator, washer and dryer. It was the first home my boys and I had ever owned. The day I moved into that house I sank down into the soft couch that my father bought for me and took the longest nap of my life. I did not realize until that day the heavy burden of stress that I was carrying. So I identified with that book and have read it more than once. I am getting ready to read it again.
Thank you for Tell Me a Story. I cried and cried at the end. My marriage was a good one and I was devastated when my husband died. I do not, however miss living in the fish bowl that our life had become. No one really knows what a lonely existence that is.
I am now happily remarried as a retired teacher and elementary school counselor. I have a lot of stories in me, both from my previous life and the life as a teacher/counselor.
I had the pleasure of meeting Pat when he came to Columbia, SC for a book signing. He was staying in the hotel that I worked. It was a pleasure to meet him and to have a conversation with him. I found him to be both interesting and intriguing. I, also, found myself wanting to hear more, but he had to be on his way.
He was kind enough to sign several of his books for me. I told him my favorite was The Water Is Wide, and that still remains true to this day. Thank you so much for allowing his fans to see, in your story, the man behind his great works. I really loved your book and look forward to reading more of your books.
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,
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.