Whiskey & Ribbons

Whiskey & Ribbons Review

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 in three intertwining, melodic voices: Evi in present day, as she’s snowed in with Dalton during a freak blizzard; Eamon before his murder, as he prepares for impending fatherhood and grapples with the danger of his profession; and Dalton, as he struggles to make sense of his life next to Eamon’s, and as he decides to track down the biological father he’s never known.

In the vein of Jojo Moyes’ After You, Whiskey & Ribbons explores the life that continues beyond loss, with a complicated brotherly dynamic reminiscent of Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys. It’s a meditation on grief, hope, motherhood, brotherhood and surrogate fatherhood. Above all, it’s a novel about what it means—and whether it’s possible—to heal.

Title:Whiskey & Ribbons
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 devastatin...

  • 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 wi...

  • 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 wa...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 smileBla...