“Love Among the Walnuts” by Jean Ferris

16 Jun


Teenager Sandy lives a rather isolated but delightfully happy existence at the Eclipse estate with his parents, Horatio and Mousey, their butler / valet Bentley, and his wife, Flossie. When Bart and Bernie, Horatio’s greedy brothers, poison the family with a drugged birthday cake, everyone but Bentley and Sandy falls into a deep sleep from which they cannot awaken. (Note: So does the pet chicken, Attila!) A lovely, slightly dippy nurse (Sunnie) is hired to care for the sleepers at nearby Walnut Manor, a dilapidated rest home whose residents include a “cat molester” (turns out he just wanted to be called “Captain Lester,” but never spoke again to correct anyone); a wealthy, forgetful older gentleman (Moreland); an overweight young man (Graham); couch potato brothers afraid of the outside world (Virgil and Lyle); a patient who is completely unresponsive (Eddy); and a split personality (Boom Boom). Opal, the gruff but loving nurse / custodian / fix-it woman, and Dr. Waldemar, the incredibly sleepy director, make up the sole staff at Walnut Manor.

Sunnie helps the Walnut Manor residents improve themselves and their conditions, and everyone becomes a family in the best and truest sense of the word. All the while, the group struggles to find a cure for the sleepers and thwart more underhanded attacks by Bart and Bernie.

This book is a delightful, zany, fun-to-read screwball comedy. Did you think so, too?


Posted by on June 16, 2006 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to ““Love Among the Walnuts” by Jean Ferris

  1. Anonymous

    January 8, 2007 at 1:14 am

    i loved this book

    this was a great book and i enjoyed it very much. :]

    • mel1317

      March 20, 2007 at 1:38 pm

      Re: i loved this book

      I’m glad to hear you liked it! It’s a bit unusual, isn’t it? But fun, too. Jean Ferris has a new book out called “Much Ado About Grubstake.” It’s another wacky adventure, although this time set in a Colorado mining town in the late 1800s. Click here to learn more about “Much Ado About Grubstake” in the MAIN library catalog.

      Thanks for your comment!


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