Next Stop, Chancey (Chancey Books Book 1) - Kay Dew Shostak - (AUDIBLE version)

4.5 Stars

Looking in your teenage daughters’ purse is never a good idea.
After all, it ended up with Carolina Jessup opening a Bed & Breakfast for railroad fanatics in a tiny Georgia Mountain town. Carolina knows all about, and hates, small towns. How did she end up leaving her wonderful Atlanta suburbs behind while making her husband’s dreams come true?

The town bully (who wears a lavender skirt and white gloves), an endless parade of teenagers through her house, and everybody's talk about a ghost have Carolina looking for an escape, or at least a way to move back home. Instead, she''s front and center for all of Chancey's small town gossip.

Unlike back home in the suburbs with privacy fences and automatic garage doors, everybody in Chancey thinks your business is their business and they all love the newest Chancey business. The B&B hosts a Senate candidate, a tea for the County Fair Beauty contestants, and railroad nuts who sit out by the tracks and record the sound of a train going by. Yet, nobody believes Carolina prefers the ‘burbs.

Oh, yeah, and if you just ignore a ghost, will it go away?

“A new voice in Southern Fiction” is how a recent reviewer labels Kay Dew Shostak’s debut novel, "Next Stop, Chancey". After being raised in a small-town in Tennessee, Kay lived around the country in a variety of settings. Taking a look at the familiar and loved from new perspectives led Kay to see, and then write about, the absurd, the beautiful, and the funny in her South.
After publishing several stories in compilation books and spending a few years in journalism, Kay wandered into writing fiction and found it hard to leave. She currently is working on the fourth book in the Chancey series and living in Fernandina Beach, Florida with her husband.

I’m a Jersey-Girl. A Storyteller. A Scuba Diver. A Dog Lover. A Role Playing Sci-Fi Fantasy-Geek. A blue-collar kid from Jersey City Heights who binged on B-movie musicals and Godzilla flicks. I paid my dues as an intern in regional theater becoming a card-carrying member of Actors’ Equity. My actor’s toolbox is stocked with quirky, fierce, complex women (and the occasional guy). My grrrrrrls run the gamut from kinda kooky, to highly neurotic, to downright brassy broads; smart and smartmouthed.

Good storytelling comes down to the actor and the medium, whether it’s on-stage, on-camera, or a single actor in a sound booth voicing dozens of characters in an audiobook.

This was a really cute, fun, sweet, and a true southern book! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I love a good southern book and this one was just dripping with southern charm. I could almost taste the grits and sweet potato pie while listening.

Ok, I just want to say - pecan pumpkin muffins!!! Oh my gosh, I would die for one of those!

I honestly don't understand the fascination with trains and the railroad, but I guess that's just me. I did think it was neat that all the rooms in the B&B were a different train theme.

I loved this family and their new friends. Very good character development. The situations and people were very real, they just seemed like people next door. This book kind of reminded me of Steel Magnolias (one of my favorite movies!) and the TV series (that only lasted one season, but I loved it) Good Christian Bi+ches (pardon the almost swearing LOL).

Audio - The narrator did a fantastic job! I loved her. She had a great voice. It says she's from Jersey but she sure sounded southern. So if that wasn't natural she did a great job!

This is book one in a series and I would love to keep reading, or listening. My first one by this author and already I'm sold.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this audio book from Audiobookworm Promotions Thank You!
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  1. So glad you enjoyed it! Suzanne did a wonderful job and I am having a blast writing stories about Chancey. I enjoy yhese characters, too! Thanks for hosting us all on your blog!