Official Review: The Puckerdilly Kiss by Teressa Woodard

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Official Review: The Puckerdilly Kiss by Teressa Woodard

Post by Dolor » 30 May 2018, 16:38

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Puckerdilly Kiss" by Teressa Woodard.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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"We all must choose to face our Goliaths rather than shrink and tremble in fear at the size of a giant."

Rex Ledford lived a life full of hardship and poverty. His family resided in a rented slab shack built under the transmission lines that fed power to the city of Cramerton, but their house had no electricity, no running water, and no window. The only certain in his life was that his dad, Paul Ledford, would be drunk during the weekends. His dad's alcohol addiction and drunken rages made their lives miserable. The only person who provided them a sense of stability in such an unstable environment was his mom, Lucy Hooper. Things changed when his drunk dad smashed a heavy, thick, clear glass, peanut butter mug on her head. Years after Rex Ledford learned about the mustard seed faith, a little puckerdilly kiss was planted right on his lips.

The Puckerdilly Kiss is a full retrospect of Rex Ledford's day-to-day struggle for survival from a dysfunctional family, abusive and alcoholic father, extreme poverty, his own daredevil antics and meritorious saga, his amazing 62-year long love story with Marie Cherry, and their extended families. I enjoyed flipping on the pages for the preserved photos with names carefully peppered in between the contents. It's a labor of love that would constantly remind them of Rex and Marie Cherry Ledford, their extended families, and their children's younger years. All characters are likable other than Paul who experienced redemption shortly before he died.

I have not immersed myself in reading any memoir other than this book. The writing style and the narrations left me engrossed like an open-mouthed little child making videos of the story on the mind while listening to a proficient storyteller. The story still lingers on my mind long after reading it. If filmed, this could produce a thriller action movie full of twists with romance, faith, and familial touches.

This nonfiction book is narrated from the first-person point of view of Rex Ledford. Only the epilogue is in Teressa Ledford Woodward's perspective. I admire her for capturing her dad's voice and the essence of his style in an excellent art of ventriloquism. I laugh, cry, and hold my breath on her father's stunts while reading the story. Rex Ledford's childhood life made me cry. It reminded me of my own which was pestered with misery brought by poverty, and abusive and alcoholic father.

All audiences would love this collection of true, yet unbelievable stories from the lives of Rex and Marie Cherry Ledford, their extended families, and their children. I recommend this book to all audiences above 18 years old because the daredevil antics Rex Ledford tried as a kid might be followed by the young audiences that might create catastrophic consequences. Aside from that, subjects about abuse and alcohol are not suitable for very young audiences.

I rate The Puckerdilly Kiss by Teressa Ledford Woodward 3 out of 4 stars. Despite the few errors I have noticed while reading this book, I'm confident enough to say that everyone will like and enjoy reading it. Those who are not into memoir would surely exclude this book. There are a lot of quotes I like in it. I admire Rex Ledford when he declined his dad's invitation to drink saying, “I won’t have that stuff around my children. It has ruined your family; it won’t ruin mine."

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Post by Sharon serena » 05 Jul 2018, 00:32

Love the title of the book. It sounds pretty interesting to me and I totally love how Rex Ledford stands up for his family. This book is definitely a good read for me. Nice work!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 05 Jul 2018, 14:57

This sounds like a redemptive memoir that I would truly enjoy reading. Despite the many hardships Rex faced, the description of his relationship with his wife is quite lovely. I can see how you were immersed in his journey. Thank you for the recommendation!

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Post by melissy370 » 05 Jul 2018, 15:18

I loved the last quote you listed. I am not a fan of memoirs but this one sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Dolor » 05 Jul 2018, 15:39

Sharon serena wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 00:32
Love the title of the book. It sounds pretty interesting to me and I totally love how Rex Ledford stands up for his family. This book is definitely a good read for me. Nice work!
Thanks for the kind words and for the compliment.

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Post by Dolor » 05 Jul 2018, 15:50

Cecilia_L wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 14:57
This sounds like a redemptive memoir that I would truly enjoy reading. Despite the many hardships Rex faced, the description of his relationship with his wife is quite lovely. I can see how you were immersed in his journey. Thank you for the recommendation!
It's my pleasure.

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Post by Dolor » 05 Jul 2018, 16:13

melissy370 wrote:
05 Jul 2018, 15:18
I loved the last quote you listed. I am not a fan of memoirs but this one sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review.
You'll definitely love this book my dear. Trust me.

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Post by meadhbh » 05 Jul 2018, 19:37

This sounds like a really powerful story, especially telling the story of her own father. I recently dipped my toe into my first memoir, so this sounds like it might be a good follow-on from that.

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Post by Faithmwangi » 07 Jul 2018, 08:03

The relationship between me and memoirs is still a bit shaky, I don't have much experience with them. Your review has however captured my attention and I just might give this one a try. Thanks for the awesome review.

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Post by gen_g » 09 Jul 2018, 10:23

This seems like a great book, especially when it also seems like an inspiring read. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Lu_rire » 12 Jul 2018, 06:47

I don't like memoirs but your review makes this one sound awesome. So much that I am tempted to read it and experience something different.

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Post by teacherjh » 20 Jul 2018, 00:29

Wow- what a powerful and relevant story. I can imagine how emotional it was for you having shared similar experiences.

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