Check out these reviews of Adele’s first novel, Friendship Cemetery:
A fun ride filled with surprises (5 stars)
By Girl Raised in the South
Funny, poignant, and a fascinating ride. The story never went where I thought it would. It’s an insightful homage to small towns everywhere: there is so much more below the surface. I thought about the story for a long time after I finished reading. It’s the rare author that can add so many surprises and keep the reader thinking after the read is finished. This is great read.
Naivete meets complexity in a surprisingly good yarn (5 stars)
By Great Smokies Reader
I’m giving this book five stars for the simple reason that, once I got into it (after a slow start) I could not put it down. The story is eerie and in many ways, dreamlike, but the plot flows–sometimes meandering, sometimes rushing–complex psychological observations bob up and down, here and there–the whole thing flows like the mighty Mississippi making its way relentlessly toward New Orleans and down to the sea…
Friendship Cemetery (5 stars)
I LOVED THIS BOOK, It kept my attention throughout the whole book, I read it cover to cover in one sitting. Well worth your purchase.
Friendship Cemetery (5 stars)
by sandy cathey
“Friendship Cemetery” by Adele Elliott, brings a fresh humor and mystery to the antebellum city of Columbus, Mississippi through the eyes of an overly protected teenager. Her fictional characters come alive and send you on a journey through the cemetery, the city, and history. I am looking forward to her next novel.
Beautifully Written (5 stars)
A haunting and mesmerising tale centred around Emma Grace, an 18-year old girl living in Columbus Mississippi and her relationship with her mother and her friends, especially Pea – a strange and mysterious girl with a fascinating background. Pea’s mother is another well-crafted character as is Emma’s mother, both of them hiding secrets of their own. The pace is gentle, the cast eccentric and you can feel the heat of the deep south rising from it’s very pages – enough almost to warm English bones! A fascinating insight into small town life and those who live there. The ending was a complete surprise and will stay with you for a long time. Highly recommended.
I Give This 6 Stars! A Must Read! (5 stars)
by Amazon Customer
This was definitely my favorite book I read so far this year. I was lucky enough to win this from goodreads.com and it came with a post-it with a message from the author and a Friendship Cemetery bookmark which I thought was awesome.
It is about Emma Grace, an 18 year old girl who has no friends, but is really nice and very funny. She has a mom who is a little weird and always asking Emma to pull a brush through her hair, or ask her “Are you going out like that?” Her mother has no real job, so she does tons of volunteer work and is always worried about what everyone in town thinks. Emma’s father is dead. But Emma is not sure if this is really true but cannot prove it. She misses him dearly.
Emma wants to be a ghost hunter. She got a break from college so right now, she is free to do as she pleases. She spends time at Friendship Cemetery when she can. She wants a message from her father if he is in fact dead. She sees something one day that she thinks is most certainly an illusion. A very small girl.
But it is no illusion. The girl is Pea, or Princess Kamara as her mom calls her. And Pea lost her father as well and has seen him in the cemetery. Although Emma was nervous, she talked to Pea one day and they became very good friends. Pea looks different because she has dwarfism. But she is so creative and good hearted, the two become instant friends.
Also someone hanging around in the cemetery is Tyrone. He is always asking for change and his mother, Althee, is the town healer. People go to her because they believe she can heal with her potions and words. Emma also becomes friends with Althee one day when she falls off of her bike and Althee helps her to clean the wound.
We also have Beau who Emma has a crush on. And Pea too.
This is about their lives in Columbus, Mississippi. You go on a journey with Emma as she starts to meet more people and finds out all the towns hidden secrets. Not to mention secrets that her mother has been keeping from her for years.
The writing was superb. You become so invested in the characters. They all have their own lovable quirks that make them memorable and special. Adele Elliot can sure tell a story.
The ending was a total shock. What a twist! I was left dumbfounded. But it was so worth the read.
I loved the Epilogue also. It helped to tie up some loose ends.
I can give you some more facts but the reality is this is one of those books that you just have to read. There is so much emotion. Love, humor, sadness, rejection, anger, etc. You just have to step into Emma’s shoes and take the journey with her.
I highly recommend this book to any book lover.
Spot-On (5 stars)
Having lived in Columbus as an outsider, her imagery is spot-on and relatable. A really great story wrapped around the setting.
This is a first-rate mystery. (5 stars)
by j l pomarede
I could not put this book down and I read it from cover to cover. It is has some hilarious parts but it is also very touching and I fell in love with Emma Grace, Princess Kamara and Althee. It is a very unusual story and full of mystery. Kudos to Ms. Elliott.
Delightful, funny, and a quick read. Good for adults and children. (5 stars)
by Diane Lawrence
I thought it was delightful and funny, and I am a native Columbian with relatives buried in Friendship Cemetery! A fairly quick read. I hope the bluntness of a little criticism is taken in stride by some of the groups targeted. Hope they take it as if Letterman or Leno was poking a little fun at them!/ A Hometown Columbus, MS lady.
A beautifully Told Tale (5 stars)
by andy angel
This novel is one of the most beautiful and ethereal stories I have read in a long while.
Emma Grace is an 18 year old girl living in Columbus, Mississippi with her over protective mother. Her artist father is dead after falling into the river in New Orleans.
Emma spends time in the local graveyard in the hope that she will see the ghost of her father and there she meets Princess Kamara (aka Pea), a young girl with arty qualities and Tyrone, a cheeky young scamp.
When Pea’s and Tyrone’s mothers come into the story secrets start to unravel about Emma’s dad, all building to a final scene that will live in the reader’s mind for a long, long time.
The storytelling is excellent, evoking a real feel for the american south, and characters with a sense of the fairytale.
Friendship Cemetery (5 stars)
by Alexandra Parker
This is such a fun book! It’s hilarious, creative and imaginative! I visit Columbus frequently, and the author has completely nailed the charm of Columbus! The characters are so true to life! Thank you for a great “read”. F. Parker, October, 2013.
A well written tale (5 stars)
by C. Cathey
The story pokes fun at everyone and everything Columbus from the point of view of a very immature 18 year old protagonist. Emma is living with her overprotective mother which obviously created the lack of emotional development leaving her acting and responding like a 16 year old. The story starts off like it was going to be typical teen fiction, however, it quickly shows to be much more than simply teen fiction.
Great character development lets you relate to the scenes in the book from the point of view of the very immature protagonist. The author has clearly gotten into the head of someone who thinks and acts like a typical 15 or 16 year old girl from a family with a better than thou attitude. New characters are frequently added which keeps the tale moving.
There are richly developed descriptions that make the book an interesting read but it was the humor that really kept me glued to the story line.
“Peoples’ sex lives should be kept secret, and where they belong – in the back seat of a car.”
and lines like:
“Well, if it is God’s house, why didn’t he make the seats more comfortable? Those pews are too hard. And why he does want all those people in his house? Doesn’t he like to be alone sometimes?”
These are really funny when in context in the book.
There are tidbits of wisdom that are worth underlining such as
“That’s why people have funerals, just to get used to the concept that someone is actually dead”.
While not an action book, each chapter leaves you waiting for the next one to start to see what is going to happen to these characters and you keep looking forward to the tidbits of wisdom and humor.
To top it off, the book is a bit of a mystery/detective novel especially in the character development area. AND, the ending is totally unexpected even though there were clues setting the ending up. It would be a real spoiler to discuss it so get the book and read to the end.
All together, a good read. Books with good humor are difficult to find. So I really enjoyed this book.
I couldn’t put it down (5 stars)
by Bridget Figenshu
I loved loved this novel. It made me smile. She wrote the scenes so well, you could just see them. The book was awesome and enjoyable.
Friendship Cemetery (5 stars)
Ever since I was a boy, I have been intrigued by all of the statues, monuments, gravestones, and magnolia trees whose limbs hang over parts of the cemetery like a strange set of fingers. As a Columbus native, Friendship Cemetery has been a “background” force in my life. I have friends and family members who are buried there, and once in junior high, several of us were frightened out of our wits at the base of the Teasdale angel.
The historical significance of Friendship Cemetery adds to the mystique. Many readers may not know that this is the cemetery where Memorial Day was born. With countless unmarked Union soldiers, women of Columbus honored the dead of “the other side.”
Now, here’s a fictional account of some interesting characters with observations about life in the “Friendly City.” Reading this book was sort of like having dessert.
Adele Elliott’s imagination creates a “smooth” story featuring characters who could be categorizd as misfits. And as misfits often do, they create their own reality. There are elaborate plots, family curses, and memorable characters such as Pea and Emma Grace, whose name may be part of the playful commentary that is peppered throughout the pages.
This is a fun read with some unexpected twists, social commentary, and playful scenes between Pea and Emma Grace. Furthermore, critical readers may discern more subtle subplots, and that makes the book glow.
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