Official Review: Good Night,See You tomorrow, I Love You

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Official Review: Good Night,See You tomorrow, I Love You

Post by Miriam Molina » 28 Aug 2018, 19:45

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Good Night,See You tomorrow, I Love You" by Bebe Proctor.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Good Night, See You Tomorrow, I Love You: Would you want to hear your child or spouse tell you these sweet lines every night? The author’s firstborn son and husband did!

The book Good Night, See You Tomorrow, I Love You is an autobiography by Bebe Proctor, now over 70 years old. With that heartwarming message in mind, the reader could only expect a touching story. And the reader will not be disappointed.

Bebe was born in Appalachia. They were so poor that she thought her cousins who had their fill of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup were rich. At sixteen, she married twenty-year-old Alvin who was then running his father’s gas station. With determination and a strong faith in God’s sustaining mercy, Bebe completed college and many other vocational courses. Her husband Alvin who couldn’t read or write when they got married eventually got his GED and learned to love reading. They raised two boys who turned out to be successful businessmen, married wonderful women, and produced seven children, all well-educated and serving God in various ways. The miracles that she experienced, from healing to material provision and heavenly protection, make the reader feel good. Bebe’s faith remained strong even when she was afflicted with spasmodic torticollis so painful she could not sleep or when she took care of Alvin after he was paralyzed after a bad fall. While not exactly a rags-to-riches story, Bebe’s life inspires, invites not a few tears, and tickles the funny bone.

Bebe is a witty storyteller. The book has a lighthearted tone throughout, even amidst the gas blast that threatens to blow up their gas station, the visit of the Hells Angels, and the myriad health issues that befall her and her family members. Her tales involving different animals (domesticated pets and deadly pests alike) are hilarious. Several family photos are included in the book, further enlivening the story and its characters. Bebe says, “I wanted to share my story to let others know that we are stronger than we think and we can accomplish anything with God's help.” That goal she manages successfully.

Despite the many uplifting stories, I give the book only 2 out of 4 stars. The editing is a problem, as there are incorrect words (“stint” for “stent” and “laid” for “lay” are two), misused punctuation, and misspellings. But the greater issue is in how the book is organized, especially once Bebe gets married. The stories jump from one timeframe to another, thereby confusing the reader. The chapters take the names of the States that they lived in. But as the family moves often (and back and forth, too) and there is a huge cast of characters, it is difficult for the reader to follow along. In the midst of all the storytelling, Bebe forgets to mention Alvin’s surname. (Maybe she did, but I didn’t catch it in the confusion.)

I suggest some improvements to make the book really stand out. A family tree could be drawn to clarify who’s who. The stories could be organized by year and by family member. A timeline could be added to show where they lived and when. And of course, an editor’s participation would be most welcome.

This book will be enjoyed by readers who like true stories of ordinary lives. Sick people temporarily confined to bed will conquer boredom with Bebe’s humor. Those who care for disabled family members will find Bebe’s example encouraging.

Bebe shares many wonderful lessons with her life story. Family is a wonderful gift; be grateful for yours. God is only a prayer away; reach out. Count your blessings; they always outnumber the trials. And remember to tell those you love: “I love you!” And mean it.

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Post by Corhan2 » 31 Aug 2018, 01:48

Thanks for your review. It is such a pity about the editing problems, as it sounds like a very uplifting book to read. I agree with you - family is a special and wonderful gift!

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Post by AmySmiles » 31 Aug 2018, 07:00

This book reminds me of when I was little and I was kind of obsessed with making sure that where ever I was spending the night whether it be with my mom or grandma that when I said good night I always said see you in the morning I love you, and I wanted them to say see you in the morning back and if they didn't I would say it again until they did. I was afraid that if they didn't say it that I wouldn't see them in the morning. It's odd I haven't thought of that in ages. Thanks for the review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 31 Aug 2018, 07:41

I think in non-fiction books such as this, organization is sometimes the hardest part. It's more of a stream of conscience rather than any real flow. It sounds like the author has a lot to teach us, but the book needs a good editing before it can really go out to the masses. Thanks!
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Post by kfwilson6 » 31 Aug 2018, 08:23

You sparked my interest about Bebe's animal stories. It's amazing how much havoc can be created by pets and critters.
This sounds like it could be a great book for those who like inspirational stories if it were just cleaned up a bit.

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Post by cpru68 » 31 Aug 2018, 11:33

Wow! This sounds like an amazing book, but with the errors you mentioned, I think I would find it difficult to get through. I hope the author makes the changes necessary because it is such a shame to see a wonderful book be discounted for easy to fix errors. I like books of this genre for their inspiration. Great job on this review.
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Post by Jaime Lync » 31 Aug 2018, 11:40

A heart-warming review for a heart-warming book. This flows so well. I hope this book gets the professional editing it deserves to stand out even more.

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Post by Allyseria » 31 Aug 2018, 18:56

Thank you for your review. The book does sound really uplifting and I think I would have enjoyed if it wasn't for the editing problem. That spoils it for me because it really pulls me out of the book when there are spelling and grammatical errors :cry:

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Post by Cecilia_L » 31 Aug 2018, 19:44

This sounds like such a sweet book with a lovely title. It's really a shame about the editing issues. Thank you for your thorough review.

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Post by Sisou » 31 Aug 2018, 21:20

It's disappointing that an inspirational book about family would be so confusing with how characters were written. I think the idea of a family tree is great feedback for the author. Thank you for a detailed and good review.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 01 Sep 2018, 04:26

Corhan2 wrote:
31 Aug 2018, 01:48
Thanks for your review. It is such a pity about the editing problems, as it sounds like a very uplifting book to read. I agree with you - family is a special and wonderful gift!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I don't regret spending time with Bebe and her family and animals. Her life and faith are inspiring.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 01 Sep 2018, 04:31

AmySmiles wrote:
31 Aug 2018, 07:00
This book reminds me of when I was little and I was kind of obsessed with making sure that where ever I was spending the night whether it be with my mom or grandma that when I said good night I always said see you in the morning I love you, and I wanted them to say see you in the morning back and if they didn't I would say it again until they did. I was afraid that if they didn't say it that I wouldn't see them in the morning. It's odd I haven't thought of that in ages. Thanks for the review.
Wow, you could have written this book, AmySmiles! I always admire people who are comfortable saying "I love you" to their loved ones. We all should. While actions speak louder than words, those three words hold magic.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 01 Sep 2018, 04:36

kandscreeley wrote:
31 Aug 2018, 07:41
I think in non-fiction books such as this, organization is sometimes the hardest part. It's more of a stream of conscience rather than any real flow. It sounds like the author has a lot to teach us, but the book needs a good editing before it can really go out to the masses. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Sarah! I do wish Bebe can have the book reorganized so the story can flow better. She has wonderful experiences to share.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 01 Sep 2018, 04:46

kfwilson6 wrote:
31 Aug 2018, 08:23
You sparked my interest about Bebe's animal stories. It's amazing how much havoc can be created by pets and critters.
This sounds like it could be a great book for those who like inspirational stories if it were just cleaned up a bit.
Yes, Bebe shares a lot of exciting encounters with animals. In their little shack behind the gas station, she had a cat with kittens in the bathroom and a goat in the kitchen, not to mention the German Shepherd (newly freed from ticks) in the bedroom.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 01 Sep 2018, 04:59

cpru68 wrote:
31 Aug 2018, 11:33
Wow! This sounds like an amazing book, but with the errors you mentioned, I think I would find it difficult to get through. I hope the author makes the changes necessary because it is such a shame to see a wonderful book be discounted for easy to fix errors. I like books of this genre for their inspiration. Great job on this review.
Thanks for the kind words!

Bebe has unique stories to tell. Despite the poor organization of the book, I enjoyed her tales. I am sure the book will shine with the right polishing.

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