Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith

Whiskey & Ribbons

Set in contemporary Louisville, Leesa Cross-Smith’s mesmerizing first novel surrounding the death of a police officer is a requiem for marriage, friendship and family. Evi—a classically-trained ballerina—was nine months pregnant when her husband Eamon was killed in the line of duty on a steamy morning in July. Now, it is winter, and Eamon's adopted brother Dalton has moved in to help her raise six-month-old Noah. Whiskey & Ribbons is told ...

Details Whiskey & Ribbons

TitleWhiskey & Ribbons
Release DateMar 8th, 2018
PublisherHub City Press
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Novels

Reviews Whiskey & Ribbons

  • Roxane
    What a gorgeous, warm love story that is also a story about friendship and family and faith. I couldn't put this book down and was rooting so hard for Dalton and Evi and Frances and Cassidy and Eamon. This is a multi-layered, romantic, sexy, sad story. Just one hell of a satisfying read and though, in many ways, this story begins at the end, there are many wonderful, poignant surprises to be found in this novel.
  • Leesa
    I HAVE INDEED READ THIS. AAAND I ALSO WROTE THIS. I feel v confident in my feelings for it. I started writing this book in 2000/2001 and have read it a thousand times and tbh I still love it. There is a blizzard (two ppl who love one another a lot are snowed in together which I LOVE) aaand some kissing (and lots) and hope. It's abt grief and healing and darkness and light...it's abt friendship and brotherhood and families and who we are/can be to...
  • Kate Olson
    (AUDIOBOOK) OH MY LORD THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ/LISTENED TO ALL YEAR!!! Okay, enough with the shouting, but for real. I listened to this one and it was FABULOUS. Absolutely fabulous. Heartbreaking and hopeful and sweet and spiritual and musical. I'm sure it's just as good on the page, but the narration was fabulous and definitely added to the story for me.
  • Read In Colour
    I don't drink whiskey, I drink rum and I savored the words and characters of Whiskey & Ribbons like a good bottle of my favorite. Can't wait for everyone to read it.
  • Gabriella
    I don’t think I can adequately express how much I loved this book, but I have to try! In her first novel, Leesa Cross-Smith proves just how much we needed her work. Whiskey & Ribbons is a devastating, intimate, lover’s knot of a book, and so far it’s my favorite of the year.Without spoiling too much, this is the story of the Royce Family, namely Evangeline, Eamon, and Dalton Berkeley-Royce. When Eamon, a Louisville police sergeant, is kille...
  • Monet
    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evi loses her cop husband when he responds to a domestic dispute, just days before their son is due to be born. Everyone deals differently with grief, but is the relationship between Evi and her deceased husband's best friend a response to tragedy or the real deal? Look for my interview with Leesa Cross-Smith in The Rumpus in March.
  • Andre
    At the risk of sounding cliché, the prose is poetic. Now that we have established that, let’s take a look at this story of family and grief. This is a difficult review to write because I don’t want to give away too much, but the central conflict of this novel is a deep moral quandary. I knew right away where I stood and so the reading for me was a search for how and why? Grieving is a most difficult process and we often are driven to act in ...
  • Keyona
    I just....I just really loved this book. The way this author writes makes you want to savor every word. Not just read it, but read it, make sure you catch what she's saying, then think about how that sentence made you feel. Those type of authors are hard to come by. I have about 19 highlights in this book! This story follows Eamon, Dalton, and Evangeline. Eamon is killed in the line of duty leaving behind his wife Evangeline and their unborn chil...
  • Megan C.
    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I am still thinking about it. I loved it so much, and for so many different reasons-some personal, some literary-that I’m so afraid I’ll just ramble on and on incoherently and never be able to succinctly express my thoughts. I’m going to try to break it down below...without the incoherent rambling. :)Plot & Pacing: At the most basic level, this is a story about a woman (and new mother) trying t...
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    I found myself wanting to read this book with a whiskey sour in my right hand, a cigarette in my left while listening to Alannah Myles sing Black Velvet. 🎼 Black velvet and that little boy smileBlack velvet and that slow southern styleA new religion that'll bring you to your kneesBlack velvet if you please. 🎼{David Tyson & Christopher Ward}The verse flowed slow & smokey and tart & sweet. I don't think I could have loved it more. Leesa Cross...
  • Basic B's Guide
    “I can hear it coming. Healing. The train tracks leading to my heart are warmed by it. I can put my hand there and feel it hot. It is rattling towards me. Rumbling. The buzzing sound of a flickering light at the end of the tunnel. A grief train rumbling away from us. A healing train coming our way.”The hardest part for me after losing my Mom almost five short years ago was that the world didn’t stop. I needed time to heal without life “ge...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    It's an unusual combination to have a book with equal parts romance and grief, but it turns out it's not a bad combination. I loved Cross-Smith's voice and the way she was able to get me so deep in those feelings, and instead of being in conflict with each other, those emotions drew each other out more deeply.This was 4-stars for me until about halfway through when the momentum slowed down. There had been direction and then it became more stagnan...
  • Ashley (BooksandButtons)
    “What no one tells you about grief is that you don’t want to figure out a way to live with it - you want the part of you that hurts to die instead.”This is a story of grief, but it is also a story of healing, and it is written in a lyrical way that defies a lot of “literary rules” (in my opinion). It is told like a very personal conversation, a diary or confession to a lover. It’s raw, edgy, direct, sexy, and authentic to each of the ...
  • Anna
    Whiskey & Ribbons was written like a piece of classical music; smooth, rhythmic & beautiful. I completed this read a day ago & I can't get Evi, Eamon, and Dalton out of my head. I didn't want this read to end. This book provided just the right amount enough of grief, love, and family drama. I am still just gushing over this book. A must read
  • Robyn
    Prepare to go slow. Prepare to meander through this novel. Take your time. Settle in like a snow day. Get comfy with tea and whiskey and good food and characters having conversations that sound just like yours. Get ready for delicious little word morsels and a perfect rendering of love, in all its manifestations. Know that when you're done, you'll miss living inside this novel. You'll want to go back.
  • Kristina
    This book was phenomenal! I knew from the moment I heard the author do a live book reading, I would enjoy the story and characters, but I did not know that it would touch me so deeply. This is a realistic love story between Evi and Eamon; beautiful, sacred, and something we all hope to experience in our lifetime. Also, a wonderful love story between Eamon and his brother Dalton that, as an "only child" I admit am envious of because it's the type ...
  • Cassidy
    "Happiness, an elusive fish I cannot catch whole - only small darting flashes. Feels nasty to consider or wish for happiness. But I also know that without at least a little light, things die."Wow, just wow. I did not expect to feel every single emotion while reading this debut novel. The writing is beautiful and lyrical, but what I loved most about it was that you could hear the distinct voices of the three main characters. It was almost like I w...
  • Sara
    Leesa Cross-Smith -- in addition to being a superb stylist -- has the biggest heart of any writer, of any person, and this stunning novel pulses with pure unbridled heart. Her lush prose grabs hold from the outset, but it is the characters -- the living, breathing people she's given voice to -- who tunnel deep and nestle within you long after you turn the last page. That is the incredibly generous nature of Cross-Smith's magic. Not only am I stil...
  • Steve Karas
    I had the pleasure of reading an earlier version of Leesa Cross-Smith’s Whiskey & Ribbons. I love this book, and Cross-Smith is one of my favorite authors. She’s the master at writing about relationships in a way that’s honest and respectful of their complexities. The master of the slow reveal, patiently peeling back layers, intimately exploring each emotion’s rise and fall.Over a snowed-in weekend in Kentucky, the story centers around Ev...
  • Kim
    It is not every day that I add a book to my must-read list of recommendations, but Whiskey & Ribbons is definitely at the top of the list now.What a beautifully written book about love and loss and second chances. Eamon, Dalton and Evi's story is both heartbreaking and hopeful, and I loved every minute of it.One of the aspects of Whiskey & Ribbons that I enjoyed was the complexity of the characters. Dalton and Eamon and their I also loved how we ...
  • Cindy Wilkerson
    When I heard about the 3 POVs I wasn’t sure how I felt because one POV was from the late husband. Often times, this isn’t done well. Looking back, I’m not sure why I was worried because they all flowed together seamlessly, and I can’t imagine not having all three.It was so refreshing to read a book like this featuring POC.This was melodramatic, in all of the best ways possible.
  • Stacey A. Prose and Palate
    Gorgeous. 4.5 Stars. Full review to come.
  • Claire Fullerton
    The title Whiskey and Ribbons is derived from a toast delivered by Eamon, one of three narrators in this psychological treatment of love spun unexpectedly and repercussively awry. “Women, you are sleek and gorgeous. You hold us together, you’re the ribbons,” Eamon says, yet we hear this speech as his brother, Dalton’s, memory, for the reader learns at the start that the toast maker is dead. Eamon and Dalton have grown up together as broth...
  • Alayna
    I don't know where to begin so I will start by saying this: There are some sentences that nobody else in the world could write besides Leesa and I love that she wrote an entire book full of them! Her writing is so fun to digest. It's like eating pieces of candy very slowly.This story begins in the saddest place which means it could feel bleak and unconquerable and like the darkest side of everything, but Leesa treats these characters with so much...
  • Rachel Pollock
    This book was exactly what i needed to read, psychologically, right now. The characters are faced with tragic/upsetting/bad circumstances, and they not only persevere but support one another with love and understanding. There's no created drama, really--the tragedy is all due to blind fate and ill luck. The plot is driven by circumstance and reaction to circumstance, but nobody has like, an abusive flip-out to further the action or whatever. I ap...
  • Laura
    READ THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK! I laughed, I cried in the break room at work, and then I waited several hours after getting home to finish the last 20 pages, just so it would last a little longer.Eamon and Evi are counting down the days to the birth of their son when the unthinkable happens - Eamon is killed in the line of duty. Their stories, and that of Eamon’s brother, Dalton, are told in alternating chapters and along different timelines. It soun...
  • Twheat
    Wow! What a pleasant surprise. I received this debut book in a book box. I had no expectations and was blown away. It’s a story about love. Love within a family, a marriage and love between friends. I found myself getting to know and understand Evi, Eamon and Dalton intimately. The writing was amazing, I felt their joy, pain and loss. Many sentences were so beautiful I found myself re-reading them. I especially enjoyed the food references used ...
  • Angelia Menchan
    I throughly enjoyed this book, word for leisurely word. I also loved hearing the voices of the main three characters. ‘‘Tis was a book about a loved woman by two men in a most unexpected but honest scenario.
  • Regina
    Beautiful prose. Unforgettable characters. Unique structure and storyline. This would make an excellent companion piece to “An American Marriage.” Maybe Oprah will make it her next book club selection so it’ll get the attention it deserves.