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

Reviews Whiskey & Ribbons

  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Monet
    I was lucky to get my hands on this early. What a delight. Evie 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 Evie 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mya
    Whiskey and Ribbons is incredibly outside of what I tend to read, and I struggled a bit with what felt to me like soap opera levels of interpersonal relationship drama and angst, both romantic and familial.That being said, I do think there will be a large audience of readers who will really like this book, particularly those who tend to look for very well written contemporary fiction that focuses on conflicted and complicated relationships. This ...
  • 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.
  • Janet
    I just JUST finished this, so my thoughts are scattered, but oh holy wow this book is gorgeous. I'm still near tears because sad, but hopeful and lovely and so heart-full. The three narrating characters are so well-drawn and Leesa's so good at writing feelings that you can't help but feel them too? SO GOOD Y'ALL.
  • Stacey A. Prose and Palate
    Gorgeous. 4.5 Stars. Full review to come.
  • Kylene
    Whiskey & Ribbons is a great book. It feels a lot more honest and real than anything I've read in a very, very long time. There are three voices in this story: Eamon, a policeman who is killed in the line of duty; his wife, Evie, who is dealing with her grief, her feelings for Dalton, and being a new mother; Dalton, Eamon's adopted brother, who is learning about his biological father. Eamon's and Dalton's stories lead up to the shooting, while Ev...