The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest by Bill Fentress

 

The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest

by Bill Fentress

March 14 – April 8, 2022 Virtual Book Tour

 

Synopsis:

The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest by Bill Fentress
THE YELLOW HONEYSUCKLE IS THE SWEETEST is a salute by the author to a lifetime of outdoor experiences in eastern North Carolina and beyond. It encompasses 14 true short stories about family, friendships, and the emotions involved in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related topics. It is not a how-to book, nor just a compilation of hunting and fishing stories; it describes how simple family and personal interactions, with the outdoor sports and unmatched natural beauty as a backdrop, can result in treasured memories like perhaps no other pursuits.

If you hunt and fish, or grew up enjoying histories of family traditions and friendships revolving around the outdoors – whether it be in North Carolina, or elsewhere – THE YELLOW HONEYSUCKLE IS THE SWEETEST is for you.

Book Details

Genre: Sports, (as in Hunting and Fishing), Nature, Family, Memoir

Published by: Indie

Publication Date: February 3, 2022

Number of Pages: 257

ISBN: 979-8-9855598-1-1

Purchase Links: Amazon  |  Goodreads

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest by Bill Fentress is a book about the authors outdoor life memories. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it is a book I really enjoyed. From the first short story, I could identify with what Fentress was telling. I grew up where was then called the backends of Virginia, its updated now. But just about everything the author told was related to things my dad and brothers, uncle and cousins and most of the people there, whether they were black or white had a hand in.

My favorite story was of the dove hunting. I could relate to that one most of all. I wasn’t one of the you girls that hunted back then, but I can remember being in the house listening to everyone shooting. Laws wouldn’t allow it now but to us it was a lot if fun and an annual thing.

I have never read a book that has brought so many memories, from the deer hunting, fishing, trapping. Trapping for muskrat, bobcats, fox, and really hunting or trapping for everything. Bill Fentress does an outstanding job telling these stories in such a fun and exciting way. I will definitely be getting several of Fentress’ books for several I know will enjoy it.

This book is great for those who love outdoors, hunting and fishing and many other activities. I also think this is a fabulous book for those living back in the day that these memories are from. Be sure and check out The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest by Bill Fentress. You can’t go wrong choosing this book!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

Here’s a word from our author:

 

Read an excerpt:

       There is something special about hunting, that sears in place our memories with others. Maybe it’s the vivid nature where our grand experiences take place or the team efforts we go through to make it all happen? Maybe it’s the getting up early, the black coffee, the smell of eggs and bacon in a cabin, the swoosh of ducks over decoys or the violent uprising of a big covey followed by the delirium of released bird dogs? Maybe it’s the sunrises, the sunsets, the gobbles at dawn, the split oak fires or the oysters? Maybe it’s the bonds we have over lifetimes? I’m not really sure.  But I do know we’re blessed when these partners come into our lives.

Like many boys, my first hunting partner was a dog, Pepper. I wish I could say Pepper was the granddaughter of King Rothschild’s Sire of Pepper Creek, but I cannot. Pepper was a fittingly, albeit not uniquely, named black and white pointer-mix stray who took up at Miss Jo’s house in Bayboro. Somehow, through either constant brow beating with her pathetic brown eyes or via her constant hanging around the back door looking for food, Pepper convinced Miss Jo to call me—not my mother, her friend—but me.

“Billy,” she commanded, “I have a beautiful dog you would just love!”

Of course, I immediately got off the phone and begged Mom to take me to Bayboro. “Miss Jo’s got a dog she says I need!” I always thought Miss Jo should have led many of the sales classes I attended in my banking career. Let me tell you, she talked directly to the buyer, and went right around the secretary. While I’m not sure how long it took for Mom to talk to her again,  we came home with Pepper in the Chevy wagon and me with a smile as broad as the cuff on my dungarees. Pepper was one of the smartest dogs I ever owned. She followed me everywhere—from our store to Grandmamma’s house to the woods behind our house to the tractor shelter woods across the road, down Swan Point Road, and of course behind our neighbor’s house. Pepper was smart enough to look both ways before she crossed the road. Don’t smirk; I saw her do it a hundred times. She also knew how to be quiet as I planned a sneak-up strategy on the local robins and wrens. But her mind absolutely took the day off when it came to our neighbor’s chickens.

Excerpt from The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest by Bill Fentress.  Copyright © 2021 by William C. Fentress. Reproduced with permission from Bill Fentress. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

Bill Fentress

Bill Fentress is a retired banker and current Finance Officer in eastern North Carolina. A current resident of New Bern, NC, Bill grew up in Pamlico County, North Carolina, where many of his hunting and fishing experiences in The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest take place. He has enjoyed nature’s beauty and God’s gifts of family and the outdoors throughout his lifetime, in North Carolina and elsewhere.

Learn More About Bill Online:

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Facebook – @billfentressauthor

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wendy B
    Apr 08, 2022 @ 09:06:59

    Wow, I am so glad you loved this book! And I am glad it brought so many memories for you. 🙂 Thanks so much for the review!

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  2. Bill fentress
    Apr 08, 2022 @ 10:00:24

    Joy…thank you so much for these wonderful comments! I am so glad you enjoyed the book! I hope the others will too!

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  3. Bill Fentress
    Apr 08, 2022 @ 10:02:40

    Joy…thank you so much for these comments! I am so glad you enjoyed the book! I hope the others do too!

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