A Table By the Window

A Table By the Window

by Lawana Blackwell

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Carley Red has survived a troubled childhood, managing to create an orderly life for herself as a school-teacher in San Francisco. But her comfortable routine begins to unravel on January morning when a private investigator brings her news of a substantial inheritance--including a house in Mississippi-from a grandmother she can barely remember.

Carley makes a trip to see the house for herself, and the serenity of small-town living charms her into staying. Soon she realizes she has found the kind of life she has always desired--including an exciting career opportunity and even sparks for romance--but it's more than she bargained for when a mysterious murder threatens her newfound happiness.

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ISBN-13: 9781441262424
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 260,411
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lawana Blackwell has thirteen published novels to her credit, many of them set in the English countryside of the 19th century. She and her husband live in Frisco, Texas.

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A Table by the Window 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the other books that were set in England in1800s and I liked them all and how she had the same characters evolving in one book to continue to the next. I was leery about this book happening in the present day, until page 2 I loved this book. Ilike that she does not try to keep God out of the characters lives or struggles. I have recommended these books to friends.
EvBishop on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You may be starting to notice I like Women's Fiction. I love any character who starts a restaurant; I'm totally into heritage houses and moving to the sticks; I like misfits--so let's just say it was my kinda story. If you do too, this probably won't disappoint--plus it has a nice little mystery and risk of death to spice things up. The only thing I thought was kinda of funny was that the main character kept referring to how her sense of humor kept her going, helped her survive, etc--and I just couldn't for the life of me see what on earth she was talking about. If anything, I found her a little uptight and overly concerned about appearances and what other people thought about her and/or the company she kept. She wasn't funny . . . which, if you think about it, is hilarious! :Dp.s. "I found her a little uptight and overly concerned about appearances and what other people thought about her and/or the company she kept."--not in a horrible way, in a kind of endearing, realistic way.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i was very dissapointed with this book, i must say. I should have given up after the first few chapters, but i decided to see if it ever got any better. Boy, what a waste of time. It only got worse!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although veteran novelist Lawana Blackwell likely intended her newest book 'A Table By the Window' to have a redemptive theme, I came away from the last chapter with a bad taste in my mouth. Set in 2003, the story follows young ex-schoolteacher Carley Reed as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, realising that despite a terrible childhood and no-better young adulthood, not all the world is against her (and especially not God). Mix in a predictable bunch of small town nutcases (following the 'Mitford' series precedent set so charmingly by Jan Karen), a lot of free money to keep the main character happy (inheritances are so lovely, it's a pity they aren't more common IRL), a few (necessary to the plot, apparently) mentions of God's name and a couple faithful church-going folk, and a psychologically disturbing murder-mystery element (sustained by the presence of a handsome, perverted antihero), and voila! you have 'A Table By the Window'. It's the disfunctional, vastly unresolved relationships between daughters and fathers, boyfriends and their numerous girlfriends, etc. that gave this book a shady hue that even a cheerful ending could not dispell. To Blackwell's credit, she does include a few functional families, and at least two of the screwed-up relationships are resolved for the better by the end of the novel. Unfortunately for this reader, the happy ending of the novel comes too late to save the story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco, twenty-five year old Carley Reed, an English literature teacher at the Emerson Preparatory School catches four of her students plagiarizing. Her boss wants her to drop it because the grandfather of one of the pupils is the school¿s top donor. That night private investigator Dennis Wingate informs Carley that her grandmother Cordelia Walker passed away three months ago. Carley is sad feeling all alone and wishing she had met the woman, but her late mother insured that never happened. Shockingly, Carley learns she inherited a home in Tallulah, Mississippi.--- Angry with the school¿s cavalier treatment of cheating in which they try to make her feel guilty, Carley resigns from the school and heads south. In Mississippi she meets her Great Aunt and other relatives who she never knew existed. Carley also wants to help heal a new friend, who is still grieving from a hit and run death of a loved one that happened six years ago and never was solved. However, an unknown person pressures her to back away from the Gweneth Brown vehicular homicide.--- This is an inspiring tale that focuses on the human need for nurturing, belonging and actualization from friends and family something that Carley never received from her mom or anyone else until she came to Tallulah. The hit and run mystery adds suspense that Lawana Blackwell blends nicely into the prime theme, but also takes away from Carley¿s efforts to adapt to a reengineered world in which people care about her and if she can learn to accept that she would never be alone again. Ms. Blackwell provides a deep character driven novel on the importance of being loved.--- Harriet Klausner