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  • Title: The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society
  • Author: Augusta Trobaugh
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  • Page: 437
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The women of a small town s bird watching society secretly plan to eliminate the husband of one of their members in this modern spin on the classic film Arsenic and Old Lace Founding members of the Tea Olive Bird Watching Society in tiny Tea Olive, Georgia, are Beulah, Sweet, Wildwood, and Zion each named after a hymn Pillars of the community, seemingly beyond rep The women of a small town s bird watching society secretly plan to eliminate the husband of one of their members in this modern spin on the classic film Arsenic and Old Lace Founding members of the Tea Olive Bird Watching Society in tiny Tea Olive, Georgia, are Beulah, Sweet, Wildwood, and Zion each named after a hymn Pillars of the community, seemingly beyond reproach, two of these ladies are nonetheless conspiring to murder retired judge L Hyson Breed, a newcomer to Tea Olive It all begins when the judge tricks Sweet into marriage, steals her land for a development project, and fast talks his way right onto the town council By the time Beulah and Zion discover his evil plans and realize that Sweet has endured personal harm with to come the judge is already a permanent fixture in town Or is he In a story replete with coconut cake, grits, and poisoned turtle stew, Beulah and Zion attempt to do away with the judge while always remaining unfailing polite.
    The Tea Olive Bird Watching Society The women of a small town s bird watching society secretly plan to eliminate the husband of one of their members in this modern spin on the classic film Arsenic and Old Lace Founding members of the Te

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    1. I thought this was a charming little story Sort of a combination of Golden Girls meet Agatha Christie, combined with elements of Arsenic and Old Lace The main characters of the story are Beulah, Sweet, Wildwood and Zion, four genteel southern ladies in Tea Olive, Georgia who attend church together and like to go birdwatching Their old friend Love Divine has died and left them a parcel of land for their bird watching activities She s also left money to the local library and the Homework Helpers G [...]

    2. I couldn t finish it just skimmed the last third or so It had some promise, but the villain was a cardboard cartoon, and therefore the entire novel suffered I suppose it was supposed to be an ultimately feel good read after all, good triumphs over evil But getting there was a drag There wasn t enough humor to make it feel like Arsenic and Old Lace a wonderful romp , nor enough drama to make it a good suspense novel Just maddening fluff And ultimately, a waste of good reading time Too bad The set [...]

    3. I don t necessarily think is this is a bad book, I m just perhaps 50 years younger than the target audience Also being from Australia, I couldn t quite relate to all the quirks and charms of life and people in the American South, though I do generally love reading books set in that area.

    4. This book was a fun little read and highlights the unique form of women s friendships in the south The book was set in little Tea Olive Georgia and we meet some fun and whimsical ladies of the Tea Olive Bird Watching Society These are women that grew up together, and whose ancestors settled and farmed in the area around Tea Olive They are all busy with volunteer work, board meetings and of course bird watching Then a new man arrives in town, and a retired judge from the north no less The whole c [...]

    5. The story was about a group of southern women in a small town called Tea Olive Sweet, one of the women in the group, falls for an ex judge who moved from New York to Tea Olive There is something really wrong about him and Sweet doesn t see it until she marries him and is abused Her friends plan ways to do away with him The plots are funny and the characters are really characters It s a good book but nothing spectacular It was a pleasant change and I would recommend it if you need something light [...]

    6. Something off about this book, not just the fact that two older women are trying to bump off the new abusive and controlling husband of their childhood friend I can t really put my finger on what seems off though I keep wondering what interested me in this book originally and why I kept reading it I think there were elements of cliche characters but that wasn t entirely what seemed to be throwing me off The story was okay I didn t ultimately dislike it is just couldn t embrace it.

    7. If this was not a Book Club selection for October.I would have stopped reading after the first chapter I am being a snob when I say that this book is written for readers who like something simple and not complex Trying to be kind Even the bad books offer something for discussion I believe that this one will lead to discussions of victims of domestic abuse All will discuss friendships How do we assist a friend who is clearly being abused

    8. We know from the cover blurb that two ladies plot the murder of their friend s abusive husband We don t know if they ll succeed, and that s what kept me turning pages to the end Lots of humor, horror and heart wrenching good intentions here The law abiding citizen in me wishes the ladies would find legal ways to get their friend out of her unfortunate marriage, but the realist in me knows that abused wives all too often feel escape is impossible It staggers the imagination we can t imagine an in [...]

    9. In this one, several middle aged ladies in a small town in Georgia find their world shaken up when their friend dies The founding member of their small bird watching society, Love Divine Brockett King s will bequeaths a small patch of woods to the society as a bird sanctuary, and the rest of her house and land is to be sold and the proceeds given in support of the public library One of the bird ladies, Wildwood, is the town librarian.A retired judge from New York State soon buys their late frien [...]

    10. Augusta Barough has deftly written about the proper southern lady with a group of friends who live in Tea Olive Their oldest friend has died and left them a beautiful parcel of land for their bird watching activities She s also left money to the local library and the Homework Helpers Group that helps local kids with their school work.We learn how all the ladies met, their families make up, and their livelihoods None have children, and a couple might be called spinsters , but they enjoy their liv [...]

    11. This book had the feeling of Aresenic and Old Lace therefore, I loved it Who knew little old ladies from church were so mercenary and vengeful The Tea Olive Bird Watching Society is made up of four gentle Southern women who like to drink tea and watch birds Whatever you do, do not fu with them They will mess you up The Society is made up of Zion, Wildwood, Beluah and Sweet, all named for Bible hymns and life long friends They have grown up together in Tea Olive, GA, but they couldn t be differe [...]

    12. 08 24 05 148TITLE AUTHOR The Tea Olive Bird Watching Society by Augusta TrobaughRATING 4.5 B GENRE PUB DATE OF PAGES Fiction, 2005, 228 PgsTIME PLACE Present Tea Olive, GACHARACTERS Sweet, Beaulah, Zion, Memphis, Wildwood members of the birdwatching societyCOMMENTS Another lovely story by Trobaugh In the small town of Tea Olive, the ladies w the names derived from hymns from the bible, are going about life after the death of their dear older friend Love Divine A retired judge moves to the area a [...]

    13. A very interesting read A bit slow to start, but interesting all the way to the end Characters are very well written and very easy to relate to as the author intended It is always a joy for me to read books that are set in my corner of the world, and these ladies live just a hop, skip and a jump away from my home I have always wished to belong to just such a group as they have joined together And if it were so, I would wish that all of the members could be as interesting and intriguing as the la [...]

    14. When I started this book I found it totally refreshing Having older heroines was delightful though I wasn t particularly taken with their names and how they came about A little too old southern religion for me But I adored the characters And then the judge came into the mix and seemed to spoil the flow of the story Miss Sweet became unrealistically timid I can t imagine anyone with the support she had turning into such a doormat And there were just too many tears I kept wanting these gals to buc [...]

    15. I enjoyed this quick little book about Southern friendship and murder Reviewed to be in the style of Arsenic and Old Lace, the book follows the lives of five ladies of a small Georgian town who have connections to the town s history and ancestoral lands As a smooth talking, good looking Judge from New York moves into the area and sweeps one of the friends off her feet, turmoil begins as Beulah suspects that he is an abusive man with monetary motives for marrying and watches the honeymooners home [...]

    16. A simple, sweet story of the true love and respect often found between besties It reminded me of Mayberry R.FD Miss Helen, and Aunt Bee Not a whole lot I could relate to as the perspectives were so 1950 ish, however it would be fun to discuss at a senior centert the older gals would find it saucy and adventurous Looking forward to discussing at our book club retreat in Lake Geneva this weekend Can t imagine the discussion will last longer than the first bottle of wine, however we are pairing it [...]

    17. This one was oddThis one was odd for me I had just decided I wasn t going to finish it when I read that the ladies were about to start planning a murder for the good of one of their friends Well, that got me interested again and so on I soldiered Only the ladies weren t all that good at murder and the lady they were trying to help was beyond wimpy in standing up for herself There was a great deal of wishy washyness and then things just ended Which left me feeling like what the crap I definitely [...]

    18. The key to enjoying this book is to get through the first few chapters They are basically the back story for the main events in the book The women in this book are all natives of Tea Olive, GA, a small farming community The first few chapters introduces them and goes through a bit of their history Then the real story begins A retired judge moves to town and lures the residents into a false sense of security He marries Sweet but soon it becomes apparent that he isn t at all what he seems And it s [...]

    19. This was little hard to get into I couldn t tell what era this took place in until subtle hints were dropped half way through and still couldn t tell if it was current day It finally picked up into a mystery half way through Little irritating that the arsenic old lace concept was dragged out and just when I thinking enough already it moved onto soemthing else There were typos that should not have made it through a good editing process.It leaves you with a strong impression of what does happen in [...]

    20. Did he or didn t heThe Bird Watching Society four Southern ladies, all named for hymns in the Baptist Hymnal react in various ways to a retired judge who moves into Tea Olive He is very rich, very generous, very powerful the town is smitten, as is Sweet, one of the four bird watchers Only Beulah and Zion are not, and as they discover that he has been abusing a hastily courted Sweet, they conspire to exterminate the judge The book raises questions about the extent of friendship, of culpability, a [...]

    21. This novel is full of genteel southern ladies of a certain age that you d just love to meet As we begin the story, one of their numbers is swept off her feet by the new man in town, a retired judge from up north Before they realize what has happened, he had isolated her from her friends, and talked her into signing over some of her inherited land to him And, although her friends know he is physically abusing her, no one will take their word over that of the distinguished judge In desperation two [...]

    22. I really enjoyed this book It was a cute murder mystery except that it wasn t so much of a mystery The main plot line is that there is a small group of unmarried women in the small Georgia town of Tea Olive A judge from the North moves in and one woman immediately falls in love however, he is an evil man taking advantage of her by marrying her and abusing her Two of her friends decide that they need to get rid of the vermin This was a refreshing story of the power of friendship and it ends very [...]

    23. This is my third book written by Trobaugh and unfortunately my least favorite There are some dark unexpected comedic moments when I laughed out loud and I really liked the idea of it but for some reason it just didn t flow like her other books I didn t find as much beauty in her prose but I would still definitely recommend it It is a statement of true friendship and makes you wonder how far you d go to protect your own friends.

    24. I enjoyed this book, but I do feel that the story failed to deliver The beginning wandered too deeply into descriptions of characters who hardly entered into the story The main plot line was truly genius, but I think that it could have given oomph Still, I would recommend the book but I would suggest that folks skim through the beginning until they get to the chapters about Sweet, Zion and Beulah s elementary school days.

    25. People keep making comparisons to Arsenic and Old Lace , Steel Magnolias , and others I just don t see it The narrative style was unappealing tell than show , and the women named for hymns gimmick seemed contrived I discovered early on that I didn t really care one way or the other how the story turned out, but I am determined not to add any titles to my Abandoned shelf this year, so I pushed on.

    26. More of a 2.5 actually I enjoyed it enough to see how others would like it There is some humor, friendship, and southern charm in this story of good friends trying to figure out how to help another friend married to a controlling abusive husband.But the first part is just excruciatingly slowadjustment, the characters never developed, and it just too long despite being only 200 some pages.

    27. I did not like this one at all The only reason I finished it was because it was short and a pretty fast read The characters were shallow and very stereotypical The whole thing was far fetched, but so predictable at the same time I didn t even really like the characters even Sweet or Beulah The dialogue was juvenile and the writing simple Nothing to really keep me interested There was potential for this book because of the intense subject matter, but it didn t work out that way.

    28. this was a free download for the kindle 3 small town ladies find a sanctuary to watch birds, plus have picnics a single man moves into the vacant house and hormones explode for one lady loneliness over rides her common sense friends see the actions in the marriage while using the binocs spying within the birds and trees friend is saved thin plot with real bullying issues portrayed

    29. The Tea olive Birdwatching Society is great fun to read Filled with Trobaugh s uniquely styled southern characeters, all of whom you ll love, it is my understanding that the model for this story was a tea room in Woodstco, GA, and some of the characters gleaned from Friends of the Woodstock Library Since Woodstock isma neighboring town, I keep hoping I ll meet up with Ms Trobaugh someday

    30. This was a kind of cute little book and sort of fun to read I laughed a couple times, to be honest, but it certainly wasn t the type of read that draws you in or makes you think It s just a simple book with a bit if cutesy southern charm I wouldn t recommend it, but I don t hate myself for reading it.

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