Little Town, Great Big Life
By Curtiss Ann Matlock
Pack up all your troubles and return to Valentine, Oklahoma, population “5,510 Friendly People and One Old Grump,” for a visit with dear friends, especially ninety-one-year-old Winston Valentine who is still coming to you live on radio every morning along with his young friend, Willie Lee, and Willie Lee’s dog Munro. Winston’s driver’s license has been revoked, but he is up early and drives his lawn mower from his house to the radio station an hour early to blast out a reveille – “GET UP, GET UP, YOU SLEE-PY HEADS. GET UP AND GET YOUR BOD-Y FED!” Many an irate caller, most of who fell out of bed at the loud announcement, let the station manager know what they thought of Winston’s proclamation at six in the morning. But within a few days, everyone is repeating these words like a mantra.
Many exciting things are happening in this little town, and each story line about a character, or family, brings us up to date and supplies us with several surprises. Belinda Blaine is married and realizing daily what a wonderful man she found in Lyle. Her mother, Vella, is on an extended vacation to Italy and calls home daily for the news. One such call cuts short her trip, plus she really has missed Jaydee, a younger man who wants to marry her.
Marilee’s niece, Corinne, is now sixteen and has found the man she wants to spend her life with – he is twenty-four. Willie Lee also has someone that wants to spend her life with him and of course Munro also. The Cole family is doing great after a health scare. And all the other residents we readers have come to love and appreciate make appearances, plus a few new ones.
Sadly, Curtiss Ann Matlock is wrapping up this brilliant series that has brought such joy and humor to us for so many years. Life goes on for many and ceases for some, but we will never, ever forget our visits to this small Oklahoma community. LITTLE TOWN, GREAT BIG LIFE is truly magnificent and a beautiful gift from Ms. Matlock to her faithful fans and new readers alike.
Betty Cox, ReaderToReader.com
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