Leaving Cold Sassy: The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy Tree

Written by: Olive Ann Burns, Katrina Kenison

Leaving Cold Sassy: The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy Tree Book Cover
At the time of her death, Olive Ann Burns had completed 15 chapters of the sequel to her bestselling novel, Cold Sassy Tree. With the publication of Leaving Cold Sassy, we bid farewell to this beloved author and the unforgettable characters she created. Olive Ann's editor has drawn on correspondence and conversations with the author to suggest directions the sequel might h At the time of her death, Olive Ann Burns had completed 15 chapters of the sequel to her bestselling novel, Cold Sassy Tree. With the publication of Leaving Cold Sassy, we bid farewell to this beloved author and the unforgettable characters she created. Olive Ann's editor has drawn on correspondence and conversations with the author to suggest directions the sequel might have taken, and she also tells Olive Ann's inspiring story. Photographs.
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Leaving Cold Sassy The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy Tree Reviews

Renee Kahl
I really liked this--having loved the original book. But there just wasn't enough of it written before Ms.Burns died. Just a few chapters and some sketchy notes. Too bad.
Lori Keeton
Despite the fact that Olive Ann Burns passed away before completing the sequel, the editor’s remembrance at the end was lovely to read. She was able to shed much light on the author’s life and the challenges and successes Olive Ann faced while writing these books. I was enlightened by her strength and endurance.
Dionne
Good start to the sequel but from the notes left by Olive Ann Burns and reminiscence by Katrina Kenison, the unfinished part would be the most interesting and thought provoking part of the book. I wish we had the ending.
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Sue Krotz
I understood it was unfinished before reading, so I knew what to expect. I actually found it frustrating and scattered too, but understanding the reasoning behind this made it easier to accept. I did enjoy the second part, written by her editor, about Olive Ann Burns. I would have really enjoyed meeting her in person after reading the biography. Also, learning about her meticulous efforts in writing Cold Sassy Tree makes it even more clear as to why this seems so unpolished and unfinished...it s I understood it was unfinished before reading, so I knew what to expect. I actually found it frustrating and scattered too, but understanding the reasoning behind this made it easier to accept. I did enjoy the second part, written by her editor, about Olive Ann Burns. I would have really enjoyed meeting her in person after reading the biography. Also, learning about her meticulous efforts in writing Cold Sassy Tree makes it even more clear as to why this seems so unpolished and unfinished...it simply was. I loved learning how she was so adamant about the dialect being correct..as a Yankee, that was the part I struggled with while reading the most...it seemed like a slow read to me in the beginning until I could get that down! Overall, no it's not as good as Cold Sassy Tree, but I still did enjoy it and admire the author.
Debbie
Not as "sassy" and funny as the first novel. I expected to like Will and Sanna and I ended up not liking them. This may be because the author used her parents' strained marriage to fashion the story. I also wonder if her poor health had an adverse effect on her characters' personalities. However, after reading the biography of Olive Ann, and knowing how positive she was in the light of her husband's and her own health challenges, I believe she just wanted to portray her characters true according Not as "sassy" and funny as the first novel. I expected to like Will and Sanna and I ended up not liking them. This may be because the author used her parents' strained marriage to fashion the story. I also wonder if her poor health had an adverse effect on her characters' personalities. However, after reading the biography of Olive Ann, and knowing how positive she was in the light of her husband's and her own health challenges, I believe she just wanted to portray her characters true according to her mother's words. I admire this author so much, but have to say, if she had not been such a perfectionist, she might have finished her sequel. I learned a lot from her though, like if you ever get a medical diagnosis, just find your passion and it will drive you to forgetting your troubles.

Andrea
Having recently finished Cold Sassy Tree, I was interested in the sequel. I guess I didn't realize just how "unfinished" the sequel is (I didn't read any reviews or even the synopsis on the cover before reading it). I settled in and really enjoyed the first hundred or so pages. Then, it abruptly stops. What follows is a handful of choppy ideas and plans (taken from Olive Ann's notes and scraps of paper) for where the rest of the book was supposed to go. Sadly, she died before she finished the no Having recently finished Cold Sassy Tree, I was interested in the sequel. I guess I didn't realize just how "unfinished" the sequel is (I didn't read any reviews or even the synopsis on the cover before reading it). I settled in and really enjoyed the first hundred or so pages. Then, it abruptly stops. What follows is a handful of choppy ideas and plans (taken from Olive Ann's notes and scraps of paper) for where the rest of the book was supposed to go. Sadly, she died before she finished the novel. The remainder of the book is Olive Ann's biography, which is also fascinating, but not quite what I expected to end up reading. Olive Ann Burns lived much of her life with very poor health but managed to write a great book and inspire many people with her courage. So, in the end, I'm glad I read the book, even if it wasn't the witty and fun story I was expecting.
Bam
This is the unfinished sequel to Cold Sassy Tree and gets off to a charming start with Will Tweedy falling in love with a young schoolteacher at the age of 24. At chapter ten, the story takes a sudden jump to 17 years later where Will is trying to understand just where their love story went sour and to rekindle the spark by re-reading old love letters. He and Sanna now have 4 children and have lost the farm. He travels to earn a living, leaving Sanna alone for long stretches of time.
The notes O This is the unfinished sequel to Cold Sassy Tree and gets off to a charming start with Will Tweedy falling in love with a young schoolteacher at the age of 24. At chapter ten, the story takes a sudden jump to 17 years later where Will is trying to understand just where their love story went sour and to rekindle the spark by re-reading old love letters. He and Sanna now have 4 children and have lost the farm. He travels to earn a living, leaving Sanna alone for long stretches of time.
The notes Olive Ann Burns made for the rest of the story seem rather dark and unhappy, less charming and entertaining. It is interesting to learn from the editor's notes that Will's story is based on Olive Ann's father's life and her parents' marriage--how they met, fell in love and raised their family during the depression.
Rebecca
Not what I hoped for. Not satisfying reading about Will Tweedy's life; he didn't turn out as well as I expected. I wanted to read more about Miss Love and her wonderful observations and Grandpa and his theological explanations--that's what I loved about Cold Sassy Tree. But I really enjoyed reading about the author and her life.

Quote I liked (p 257): "At one point, trying to explain her unhappiness, Sanna was to say to Miss Love, "I read some psychology books in college. Everything that's suppos Not what I hoped for. Not satisfying reading about Will Tweedy's life; he didn't turn out as well as I expected. I wanted to read more about Miss Love and her wonderful observations and Grandpa and his theological explanations--that's what I loved about Cold Sassy Tree. But I really enjoyed reading about the author and her life.

Quote I liked (p 257): "At one point, trying to explain her unhappiness, Sanna was to say to Miss Love, "I read some psychology books in college. Everything that's supposed to warp a child happened to me." Miss Love, who had been raped as an adolescent, replies, "Everything that could warp a child happened to me, too. But understanding that doesn't help. It's interesting but it doesn't help. I figure that what you do with your life now is all that counts. I try not to look back."
Melinda
It was not a clear choice in rating this one. I really liked the fifteen chapters that Burns wrote and polished before her death, but when I read the collective notes of what she planned to have happen in the book, the story lost its pizazz for me. It appeared that she was going to have some of the main characters lose their moral footing which seemed so contrary from where the original story was headed.
However, when I read Burns' editor's reflections on her friendship with the author, I began t It was not a clear choice in rating this one. I really liked the fifteen chapters that Burns wrote and polished before her death, but when I read the collective notes of what she planned to have happen in the book, the story lost its pizazz for me. It appeared that she was going to have some of the main characters lose their moral footing which seemed so contrary from where the original story was headed.
However, when I read Burns' editor's reflections on her friendship with the author, I began to appreciate the process of novel writing. Before then, I did not realize that Sanna & Will's relationship was based on Olive Ann's parents' marriage, complete with both struggles and joys.
I enjoyed discovering more about the author - her optimism, her dedication and her appreciation of endearing friendships.
Kelsey
I didn't understand the "unfinished" part in the title at first. The book is only half finished so it wasn't as good as it could have been, but I still loved reading about those same characters; Will, Miss Love, Aunt Loma, etc. I was a little disappointed to hear how their lives turned out. Will and his father both turn out to be unfaithful to their wives, a huge disappointment. I expected more out of both of them.

Basically this book is just so honest. I like stories that end happily because li I didn't understand the "unfinished" part in the title at first. The book is only half finished so it wasn't as good as it could have been, but I still loved reading about those same characters; Will, Miss Love, Aunt Loma, etc. I was a little disappointed to hear how their lives turned out. Will and his father both turn out to be unfaithful to their wives, a huge disappointment. I expected more out of both of them.

Basically this book is just so honest. I like stories that end happily because life isn't always like that. Nevertheless, that element of realism and the true to life quality that the story had was refreshing in another way.

I would really like to know how the story really ended; maybe I'll get to ask Olive Ann someday...

Pittsford Community Library
from a library staff member...Originally titled Time, Dirt, and Money, it was a continuation of Will Tweedy’s story as a young man falling in love with his wife-to-be and providing for his family in Georgia during the Depression. Author Olive Ann Burns was working on this sequel to Cold Sassy Tree at the time of her death in 1990. Her editor, Katrina Kenison diligently presents the work to its completion point, along with Olive Ann’s notes about the story’s characters, plot, and chapters not wri from a library staff member...Originally titled Time, Dirt, and Money, it was a continuation of Will Tweedy’s story as a young man falling in love with his wife-to-be and providing for his family in Georgia during the Depression. Author Olive Ann Burns was working on this sequel to Cold Sassy Tree at the time of her death in 1990. Her editor, Katrina Kenison diligently presents the work to its completion point, along with Olive Ann’s notes about the story’s characters, plot, and chapters not written. Kenison includes her personal reminiscence of the author, making it a poignant read, as well as an insightful piece that shares the writer’s challenges and victories in the writing process.
Jamie Marfurt
You have to go into this book not expecting a continuation of the first story. Sure, the first third of the book was an unfinished "sequel", but it wasn't as well-written as Cold Sassy, and for me, it was disappointing & I could have done without it.

The rest of this book is a biography of the author, including interesting details of her own family members who inspired the Cold Sassy characters & events, and a love story of her & her husband. I admit, I wasn't looking forward to readi You have to go into this book not expecting a continuation of the first story. Sure, the first third of the book was an unfinished "sequel", but it wasn't as well-written as Cold Sassy, and for me, it was disappointing & I could have done without it.

The rest of this book is a biography of the author, including interesting details of her own family members who inspired the Cold Sassy characters & events, and a love story of her & her husband. I admit, I wasn't looking forward to reading this part of the book, but once you get into, it's definitely worth the read (much better than the "sequel" in my opinion!) Burns' story is inspiring - she had a great way of approaching everything with acceptance & humor.
Kathryn
Olive Ann Burns died before she was able to complete the sequel to Cold Sassy Tree. The first part of the book is what she had written up to the time of her death. I did not like the direction of the story at all, but once I read the hows and whys she was writing it the way she did I felt better. The second half of the book told the story of Olive Ann Burns's life, marriage and family. It brought the story of Will and his family to completion. I'm pleased I took the time to read this book.
Beverly Mccollum
My review is actually a 3.5. I didn't realize there had been a"" sequel" to one of my favorite books of all time. I came across it by accident while on a beach trip. I eagerly read it and was quickly reminded of why I'd loved the original novel- COLD SASSY TREE. The same vivid characters and real life scenarios were present-lovingly wrapped in a Southern Bubble. It truly shows what a talented writer and genuinely wonderful woman Olive Ann Burns was. I am still saddened by her loss and by the fac My review is actually a 3.5. I didn't realize there had been a"" sequel" to one of my favorite books of all time. I came across it by accident while on a beach trip. I eagerly read it and was quickly reminded of why I'd loved the original novel- COLD SASSY TREE. The same vivid characters and real life scenarios were present-lovingly wrapped in a Southern Bubble. It truly shows what a talented writer and genuinely wonderful woman Olive Ann Burns was. I am still saddened by her loss and by the fact that all readers will never have the opportunity to read a completed sequel. However, These fascinating chapters-combined with a beautiful tribute to the author by her editor and friend - are worth savoring. Highly recommend it.
Dorry Lou
This was the sequel to Cold Sassy Tree. I think this book would have been good if it had been finished. Of course we all know Olive Ann Burns died before that happened. She wanted to call it Time, Dirt, and Money based on the true story of her own parents. She did leave notes pertaining to future chapters of the book and others added them which gave you some idea what would have happened. Katrina Kenison an editor, who worked with Olive Ann until her death wrote a 127 page called" A Reminiscence This was the sequel to Cold Sassy Tree. I think this book would have been good if it had been finished. Of course we all know Olive Ann Burns died before that happened. She wanted to call it Time, Dirt, and Money based on the true story of her own parents. She did leave notes pertaining to future chapters of the book and others added them which gave you some idea what would have happened. Katrina Kenison an editor, who worked with Olive Ann until her death wrote a 127 page called" A Reminiscence" which told of her life and her husband Andy who died 10 months before she did.
It was interesting reading how she (Olive) came to write Cold Sassy Tree and about life. I would recommend it to others.
Susan Pope
Olive Ann Burns became very ill with lymphoma before she could complete Leaving Cold Sassy. However Katrina Kenison interviewed her in depth and described her last few years of Mrs. Burns' life. Olive Ann Burns was a fighter. She was able to overcome the lymphoma twice but the chemo treatments took it's toll on her body. She developed congestive heart failure in the end and passed away. She never had a pity party for herself and moved through the lymphoma as a true fighter. An excellent book for Olive Ann Burns became very ill with lymphoma before she could complete Leaving Cold Sassy. However Katrina Kenison interviewed her in depth and described her last few years of Mrs. Burns' life. Olive Ann Burns was a fighter. She was able to overcome the lymphoma twice but the chemo treatments took it's toll on her body. She developed congestive heart failure in the end and passed away. She never had a pity party for herself and moved through the lymphoma as a true fighter. An excellent book for cancer patients and invalids who are house bound. As a side note, Katrina Kenison published Olive Ann Burns' notes that she was mapping out for Leaving Cold An excellent read. I highly recommend it especially if you have read Cold Sassy Tree
Anne
Olive Ann Burns was writing this sequel to Cold Sassy Tree at the time of her death from cancer. Some parts are finished, some parts are sketched out in a general way. That was quite frustrating, but my main problem with the book is where she was going with the plot.

She picks up the story when Will Tweedy is a young man, at the beginning of the 2nd World War. He has met a young teacher in Cold Sassy that has really caught his eye.

In the notes at the end of the book showing what she wants to happ Olive Ann Burns was writing this sequel to Cold Sassy Tree at the time of her death from cancer. Some parts are finished, some parts are sketched out in a general way. That was quite frustrating, but my main problem with the book is where she was going with the plot.

She picks up the story when Will Tweedy is a young man, at the beginning of the 2nd World War. He has met a young teacher in Cold Sassy that has really caught his eye.

In the notes at the end of the book showing what she wants to happen with the characters, she doesn't have happy endings for anybody. She has them do dumb things with cruel consequences. Very unsatisfying. Perhaps she was feeling bitter and depressed about her cancer and just couldn't see happy endings for anybody.
Scott
This book is not for the weak hearted. This is the continuing saga of Will Tweedy from Cold Sassy Tree>. It is also the heartwrenching story of it's author Olive Ann Burns.

Ms. Burns only completed the first 14 chapters of Leaving Cold Sassy before her cancer returned and her subsequent death. Her editor published the 14 chapters, her notes on the remaining chapters, and a reminiscence to both honor Ms. Burns and to give the adoring fans the final, yet unfinished, story.

Leaving Cold Sassy is n This book is not for the weak hearted. This is the continuing saga of Will Tweedy from Cold Sassy Tree>. It is also the heartwrenching story of it's author Olive Ann Burns.

Ms. Burns only completed the first 14 chapters of Leaving Cold Sassy before her cancer returned and her subsequent death. Her editor published the 14 chapters, her notes on the remaining chapters, and a reminiscence to both honor Ms. Burns and to give the adoring fans the final, yet unfinished, story.

Leaving Cold Sassy is no where near as tight of a story as Cold Sassy Tree. Ms. Burns spent much time on perfecting her story, yet her time ran out. Just be prepared that you turn a page, and the story ends.
Stacy Natal
I recently read Cold Sassy Tree and was completely charmed by the book. I read this one to "complete" the story. I knew that it was an unfinished sequel by the author (she died before finishing the book), but wrongly assumed that the editor or another writer attempted to finish the book in the same style as Burns. For the first 100 pages or so, I fell right back into Will Tweedy's life and was happy to be back at the turn of the century in the south. But then it stops abruptly mid story and the I recently read Cold Sassy Tree and was completely charmed by the book. I read this one to "complete" the story. I knew that it was an unfinished sequel by the author (she died before finishing the book), but wrongly assumed that the editor or another writer attempted to finish the book in the same style as Burns. For the first 100 pages or so, I fell right back into Will Tweedy's life and was happy to be back at the turn of the century in the south. But then it stops abruptly mid story and the reader is given bits and pieces of the author's notes to try to reconstruct how she wanted the story to end. Kind of frustrating...

The remainder of the book is Olive Ann's biography, which is interesting, but not quite what I expected to end up reading.
Mary Kinietz
Burns died before she was able to complete her sequel. The first few chapters are good, but something seems to be missing - in contintinuitp, perhaps. The ending was neer written and notes from the author are included, so there is an idea of where the story was meant to go.

Much more interesting is the very detailed and informative, "reminiscense by her editior, Katrina Kenison. Full of personal details about Burns' life and her ideas on writing and about the genisis of Cold Sassy Tree. Ther are Burns died before she was able to complete her sequel. The first few chapters are good, but something seems to be missing - in contintinuitp, perhaps. The ending was neer written and notes from the author are included, so there is an idea of where the story was meant to go.

Much more interesting is the very detailed and informative, "reminiscense by her editior, Katrina Kenison. Full of personal details about Burns' life and her ideas on writing and about the genisis of Cold Sassy Tree. Ther are also a number of photographs of Olive and her family. Very touching story of her marriage - her husband, Andy, died of the same cancer which killed her a few months later.
Freda
I have no one to blame but myself for purchasing this unfinished book. I finished “Cold Sassy Tree” and enjoyed the book so much and was looking forward to the continued story of Will Tweedy and his family that I bought “Leaving cold Sassy Tree” on my Kindle at the end of the first book. The phrase “unfinished” in very small print on my kindle went unnoticed by me. Imagine how surprised and then how dumb I felt when the story just stopped....early in the 15th. Chapter. Olive’s notes she left tells I have no one to blame but myself for purchasing this unfinished book. I finished “Cold Sassy Tree” and enjoyed the book so much and was looking forward to the continued story of Will Tweedy and his family that I bought “Leaving cold Sassy Tree” on my Kindle at the end of the first book. The phrase “unfinished” in very small print on my kindle went unnoticed by me. Imagine how surprised and then how dumb I felt when the story just stopped....early in the 15th. Chapter. Olive’s notes she left tells us her planned outline for the books completions are sadly not what I had hoped for Will and his family. But that is the reality of life during this timeline and region of our country.
Julie Davidson
The first part of this book is the unfinished sequel to Cold Sassy Tree. It did not live up to the first book, but I realize that it was not even edited the way Olive Ann Burns would have liked, because of her untimely death. All was not lost, however. The best part of this book is the reminiscence of Olive Ann Burns life in the back of the book. What a remarkable lady. It was inspirational to read about her positive attitude among struggle and her view of life. I loved reading about her. And... The first part of this book is the unfinished sequel to Cold Sassy Tree. It did not live up to the first book, but I realize that it was not even edited the way Olive Ann Burns would have liked, because of her untimely death. All was not lost, however. The best part of this book is the reminiscence of Olive Ann Burns life in the back of the book. What a remarkable lady. It was inspirational to read about her positive attitude among struggle and her view of life. I loved reading about her. And...while reading about her, you also get an idea of how the sequel might have been since the characters were based on her parents and grandparents.
Lynette
I was disappointed in this book. Sadly, the author died before she finished and so you don't really get the full story. However, her notes are included. That is what disturbed me. I didn't really like where she was taking Will. I loved Cold Sassy Tree, but I am kind of sad that my opinion of the characters was affected by this book. I probably would have liked it if it was finished because she has a way of bringing it around and making you love the characters in spite of their weaknesses. But, s I was disappointed in this book. Sadly, the author died before she finished and so you don't really get the full story. However, her notes are included. That is what disturbed me. I didn't really like where she was taking Will. I loved Cold Sassy Tree, but I am kind of sad that my opinion of the characters was affected by this book. I probably would have liked it if it was finished because she has a way of bringing it around and making you love the characters in spite of their weaknesses. But, since the book wasn't finished, you don't get the closure.

If you love the characters in Cold Sassy, I would recommend not reading this book.
Janyce Murray
Since I like Cold Sassy Tree so much, I couldn't wait to read its sequel. I knew that Olive Ann Burns had not lived to finish this story, but I guess I thought, because it was published, that someone had finished it. Unfortunately, it consisted of just the 15 chapters that she had completed and some on how she expected the rest to progress. This was a disappointment, but the remainder of the book was made up of a biography of Olive Ann, written by her editor and close friend Katrina Kenison. Thi Since I like Cold Sassy Tree so much, I couldn't wait to read its sequel. I knew that Olive Ann Burns had not lived to finish this story, but I guess I thought, because it was published, that someone had finished it. Unfortunately, it consisted of just the 15 chapters that she had completed and some on how she expected the rest to progress. This was a disappointment, but the remainder of the book was made up of a biography of Olive Ann, written by her editor and close friend Katrina Kenison. This was very interesting and inspiring. I'm not surprised that Cold Sassy Tree got all the acclaim it did, but I wonder why I never heard of it until now. I'm glad I did finally get to read it.
Amy
I totally LOVED Cold Sassy Tree and this is the unfinished sequel to it. Olive Ann Burns died before it could be finished. The first half of the book is what Olive Ann Burns wrote, unfinished. Then, there are some notes about how she wants the book to turn out. (The book is actually based on her parents' marriage). Finally, the last half of the book is written as a remembrance to Olive Ann by one of her editors. It was sad, but good. I really liked this lady, even though I didn't know her. She f I totally LOVED Cold Sassy Tree and this is the unfinished sequel to it. Olive Ann Burns died before it could be finished. The first half of the book is what Olive Ann Burns wrote, unfinished. Then, there are some notes about how she wants the book to turn out. (The book is actually based on her parents' marriage). Finally, the last half of the book is written as a remembrance to Olive Ann by one of her editors. It was sad, but good. I really liked this lady, even though I didn't know her. She felt like a friend at the end of the book.
Brent Soderstrum
I loved Cold Sassy Tree and it was nice to find out what happened to some of the characters like Miss Love and Will Tweedy. This in an incomplete work of Olive Ann Burns who passed away after a long battle with cancer after finishing 15 chapters. I would have loved to have seen how she finished it but it was not meant to be. I enjoyed the second part of the book which was a rememberance of Ms. Burns by her editor. It showed what a struggle it is to make yourself sit down and write a novel, espec I loved Cold Sassy Tree and it was nice to find out what happened to some of the characters like Miss Love and Will Tweedy. This in an incomplete work of Olive Ann Burns who passed away after a long battle with cancer after finishing 15 chapters. I would have loved to have seen how she finished it but it was not meant to be. I enjoyed the second part of the book which was a rememberance of Ms. Burns by her editor. It showed what a struggle it is to make yourself sit down and write a novel, especially if you are battling health issues.
Deb
I loved Cold Sassy Tree. The sequel not so much. I did enjoy the biography section of the book. I wonder if the book would have flowed better had the biography started the book and the sequel ended the book instead of the other way around. After reading the biography I had a better understanding of the noticeable fall off in the writing compared to the first book. I wish I had read the biography first so I could have been less critical and more understanding of the unfinished sequel. Some things I loved Cold Sassy Tree. The sequel not so much. I did enjoy the biography section of the book. I wonder if the book would have flowed better had the biography started the book and the sequel ended the book instead of the other way around. After reading the biography I had a better understanding of the noticeable fall off in the writing compared to the first book. I wish I had read the biography first so I could have been less critical and more understanding of the unfinished sequel. Some things are not meant to be continued - I think this was one of them.
Kaylyn
I loved Cold Sassy and I thought I would love its continuation, but I was a little disappointed. First, it is unfinished. (Why does this always happen to the good authors?). Second, maybe I got too caught up in the whole Will being a maturing young man thing. As an adult, he is kind of unpleasant. Major disappointment. His ambition from Cold Sassy does not translate well into his adulthood. Sure, I suppose that is reality, but when such passion and ambition so consumes a character, one expects i I loved Cold Sassy and I thought I would love its continuation, but I was a little disappointed. First, it is unfinished. (Why does this always happen to the good authors?). Second, maybe I got too caught up in the whole Will being a maturing young man thing. As an adult, he is kind of unpleasant. Major disappointment. His ambition from Cold Sassy does not translate well into his adulthood. Sure, I suppose that is reality, but when such passion and ambition so consumes a character, one expects it to carry on. I enjoyed her writing style, but Will was definitely a disappointment.
Cathi95
(Fiction 1992) First of all, I assumed I had read the original "Cold Sassy Tree," but was surprised to realize I had not (but almost have now!). So I didn't have the foreknowledge that would have been helpful. Given that, this is an "unfinished sequel," the author having died in progress. There is a portion actually written by her, and some notes left behind that show the direction the story was going, and a great section written by her dear friend and editor, Katrina Kenison, about Burns, her l (Fiction 1992) First of all, I assumed I had read the original "Cold Sassy Tree," but was surprised to realize I had not (but almost have now!). So I didn't have the foreknowledge that would have been helpful. Given that, this is an "unfinished sequel," the author having died in progress. There is a portion actually written by her, and some notes left behind that show the direction the story was going, and a great section written by her dear friend and editor, Katrina Kenison, about Burns, her life and her personality. All together, it was delightful, and I am enjoying the first book as well.
Kathleen Vallejo
Honestly, the only reason this is getting 3 stars instead of 2 is because I loved the first one so much. I knew this was unfinished, but I didn't think it was going to be as unfinished as it was. It was also pretty depressing and I really didn't like where she took some of the characters...from how they were in the first book, some of their actions in this book didn't ring true to me. I didn't even read the biography part of the book, I was too annoyed by that point. I wish I hadn't read this on Honestly, the only reason this is getting 3 stars instead of 2 is because I loved the first one so much. I knew this was unfinished, but I didn't think it was going to be as unfinished as it was. It was also pretty depressing and I really didn't like where she took some of the characters...from how they were in the first book, some of their actions in this book didn't ring true to me. I didn't even read the biography part of the book, I was too annoyed by that point. I wish I hadn't read this one and had just been happy with Cold Sassy.
Amy Nielsen
What did I expect? It was unfinished? But that wasn't the problem. The book started like I expected and even headed in a good general direction but about halfway through the printed book, it went into Olive Ann Burns' notes about what the rest of the novel would be like. And sadly, it got very depressing and while I'm sure it would have made a great book and ended well, I was sort of glad not to have to plod through those depressing details. I liked the first novel very much but this second one What did I expect? It was unfinished? But that wasn't the problem. The book started like I expected and even headed in a good general direction but about halfway through the printed book, it went into Olive Ann Burns' notes about what the rest of the novel would be like. And sadly, it got very depressing and while I'm sure it would have made a great book and ended well, I was sort of glad not to have to plod through those depressing details. I liked the first novel very much but this second one may not have met my expectations.
Richard Reid
It was interesting. The first half was the unfinished pieces... might have been more interesting if finished. The second half is about the author and her family, who are the characters in her books. The first is about her grandfather from her father's point of view, the second was to be about her father and mother's live and love during the depression...but it is unfinished...so it kind of leaves us unsatisfied.
I am personally not much into the author's life... but there were some similarities It was interesting. The first half was the unfinished pieces... might have been more interesting if finished. The second half is about the author and her family, who are the characters in her books. The first is about her grandfather from her father's point of view, the second was to be about her father and mother's live and love during the depression...but it is unfinished...so it kind of leaves us unsatisfied.
I am personally not much into the author's life... but there were some similarities with Marguarite Mitchel's life.
Francie
I know a lot of people didn't enjoy this book but I loved the biography part of it. Learning about Olive Ann Burns and how the stories of Cold Sassy Tree tied into her family history was fascinating to me. I was intensely impressed by the kind of people she and her husband were -- they faced trials that would have made many people bitter and unhappy, and they did so with the kind of joy and good grace that we all wish we could have in much less trying circumstances. I think it was worth reading I know a lot of people didn't enjoy this book but I loved the biography part of it. Learning about Olive Ann Burns and how the stories of Cold Sassy Tree tied into her family history was fascinating to me. I was intensely impressed by the kind of people she and her husband were -- they faced trials that would have made many people bitter and unhappy, and they did so with the kind of joy and good grace that we all wish we could have in much less trying circumstances. I think it was worth reading for that reason alone.
Jennifer
I am distraught that his is unfinished! I actually wanted to drop off a star because it bugs me so much, but would it bug me so much if I didn't REALLY like this book? No - so it is still 4 stars. Don't worry, it doesn't exactly just stop in the middle of the story and leave you hanging, open-mouthed, in agony. The author's notes are included to help ease the pain and transition you into not knowing the whole story. And then, of course, you get to read all about the real-life people in the autho I am distraught that his is unfinished! I actually wanted to drop off a star because it bugs me so much, but would it bug me so much if I didn't REALLY like this book? No - so it is still 4 stars. Don't worry, it doesn't exactly just stop in the middle of the story and leave you hanging, open-mouthed, in agony. The author's notes are included to help ease the pain and transition you into not knowing the whole story. And then, of course, you get to read all about the real-life people in the author's life who inspired the wonderful town and cast of Cold Sassy. Worth it.
Allison
I was a little disappointed. I guess I should have taken to heart the statement on the front of the book, "the unfinished sequel." Olive Ann Burns passed away midway through the writing of the novel. The publishers included all of her notes about the unfinished portion of the book. She makes Will out to be a bit of a philanderer--not MY Will Tweedy. I didn't like where she was going with the characters. And, Miss Love, is not hardly in the book at all. Cold Sassy Tree is such a wonderful book; I I was a little disappointed. I guess I should have taken to heart the statement on the front of the book, "the unfinished sequel." Olive Ann Burns passed away midway through the writing of the novel. The publishers included all of her notes about the unfinished portion of the book. She makes Will out to be a bit of a philanderer--not MY Will Tweedy. I didn't like where she was going with the characters. And, Miss Love, is not hardly in the book at all. Cold Sassy Tree is such a wonderful book; I was expecting similar greatness from this one. It leaves you aching for the original.
Krisannekerr
The book was off to a good start, but after reading the author's notes, I don't think I would have liked it, had she been able to finish it. It would have been to depressing for me. I did enjoy reading about Olive Ann Burns and how she dealt with her terminal illness. She really took her illness in stride. I thought it was interesting that she said the Cold Sassy Tree was a clean book. I was offended by a couple of things in the book that I thought could have been left out. Interesting what some The book was off to a good start, but after reading the author's notes, I don't think I would have liked it, had she been able to finish it. It would have been to depressing for me. I did enjoy reading about Olive Ann Burns and how she dealt with her terminal illness. She really took her illness in stride. I thought it was interesting that she said the Cold Sassy Tree was a clean book. I was offended by a couple of things in the book that I thought could have been left out. Interesting what some people think is clean.
Kristen
I was a little disappointed in the sequel because I loved the first book so much. But I'm sure it would have been exponentially better if Burns had not passed away while writing it. I'm glad she left notes though as to where the story was going. I would hate to be left hanging that their marriage was failing and not know why or if it worked out in the end. Again she based this off of her father and mother giving it life and warmth.

I cheated because I didn't read all the life history of Burns as I was a little disappointed in the sequel because I loved the first book so much. But I'm sure it would have been exponentially better if Burns had not passed away while writing it. I'm glad she left notes though as to where the story was going. I would hate to be left hanging that their marriage was failing and not know why or if it worked out in the end. Again she based this off of her father and mother giving it life and warmth.

I cheated because I didn't read all the life history of Burns as written by the editor.
Rachel
I knew that Burns had died before finishing this, but I was expecting more of the story. Her notes left me feeling very disappointed, since they seemed to point towards an empty, ungratifying, loveless marriage. But since it was based on her own parents, I (perhaps naively) expected a happier direction: that yes, marriage was hard, sacrifices were made, but that they were a stronger, better couple for it all. ah well. The first still holds a dear place in my heart and this won't soil it for me.
Kathleen
I picked up Leaving Cold Sassy, or "Time, Dirt, and Money", not more than two weeks after finishing the prequel. I was expecting more of the story than was actually completed, so that was a slight disappointment (because I am such a fan of the characters that I want to hear much more). Still, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the story which continues into the following biography of author Olive Ann Burns. I walked away from this book sad that I won't get to read more Burns, but complet I picked up Leaving Cold Sassy, or "Time, Dirt, and Money", not more than two weeks after finishing the prequel. I was expecting more of the story than was actually completed, so that was a slight disappointment (because I am such a fan of the characters that I want to hear much more). Still, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the story which continues into the following biography of author Olive Ann Burns. I walked away from this book sad that I won't get to read more Burns, but completely satisfied.
Audra
The 1st half of this book is the unfinished manuscript of the sequal, with editor's notes, followed by the author's notes of what she planned to do with the plot, a direction which I didn't really care for actually. Then the last 100 pages or so, written by her editor, is about the author, her battle with cancer and her life story. She died before finishing her book. Since I like to write, it was very interesting to see the process she went through to write and publish this work. Sounds like she The 1st half of this book is the unfinished manuscript of the sequal, with editor's notes, followed by the author's notes of what she planned to do with the plot, a direction which I didn't really care for actually. Then the last 100 pages or so, written by her editor, is about the author, her battle with cancer and her life story. She died before finishing her book. Since I like to write, it was very interesting to see the process she went through to write and publish this work. Sounds like she was a fun and interesting lady that loved the simple joys of life, one of which is storytelling.
GSL
Maybe there's something wrong with me, but I liked this book better than it's predecesor. It's truly a realistic Depression-era story that humanizes Will and all the other characters a lot more. The book itself has much less of the 'fluff details' that overruled the actual plot in Cold Sassy Tree. And the story of Olive Ann's own story was a little superfluous at times, but the story she was trying to tell was sad and too true, but it was good.
*Note to self* Has a lot of tips for surviving a mar Maybe there's something wrong with me, but I liked this book better than it's predecesor. It's truly a realistic Depression-era story that humanizes Will and all the other characters a lot more. The book itself has much less of the 'fluff details' that overruled the actual plot in Cold Sassy Tree. And the story of Olive Ann's own story was a little superfluous at times, but the story she was trying to tell was sad and too true, but it was good.
*Note to self* Has a lot of tips for surviving a marriage.
Mara
Oh how I wish I wouldn't have read this! I really enjoyed Cold Sassy Tree and was eager to hear more of Will Tweedy's story, but reading an unfinished book is not for me. The book is part sequel, part biography of the author, Olive Ann Burns. The fiction half was a good read, but was obviously not a final draft. It was engaging, but left me feeling kind of cold, and sad. I wish there could have been a full sequel.
Kathleen Wells
It is perhaps unfair to give this just a "3." It is what was to be Olive Ann Burns's sequel to Cold Sassy Tree, but she died before she could finish it. So it remains unfinished, with just notes that she left for some chapters. And it includes a very nice biography of Olive Ann Burns. It was a long time ago when I read Cold Sassy Tree - probably close to 30 years. So this has motivated me to read that again.
Amyzarend
I thought it was about what you could expect for an unfinished book. The chapters/notes did not necessarily flow well as they are "unfinished". You could tell that the author had an idea about where she was going with the novel and it is unfortunate that she never had a chance to complete it. As a fan of Cold Sassy Tree...it would really be nice to see how she expanded our experience with Will Tweedy.
Dannielle
For a novel that never really was, I liked it well enough. If I could go back, I probably would have just stuck with reading hte first one and not this one. It didn't catch my attention and was too different for my liking. Besides, it just left you hanging, but I guess that's what you get when the author dies while writing it. I have a feeling that if Olive Ann got the chance to revise and finish her sequal, it would have been much, much better.
Mo
Sorry - didn't like this book. I felt that author was trying TOO hard to have another hit. I wanted the main character, Will, to stay true to his character traits...a hardworking and family oriented, but a determined boy who was not going to let anyone make decisions for him and determine his destiny. When he encountered trials and even tragedy, he started to look for the easiest way out of his troubles and away from his problems.
Tammy
I began reading this book with the knowledge that Olive Ann Burns was unable to finish it before her death. However, after reading the reminiscence by Katrina Kenison, I found that, in fact, there was an ending to this tale. Katrina was able to give the reader that ending by including the biography of Olive Ann and her family. I found this book to be extremely enjoyable and a fast read because I was unable to put it down.
Mary
I read lots of reviews before purchasing this and they were all glowing. I must admit I was somewhat disappointed. I knew, of course, that the author died before finishing the book, but I really like the original, Cold Sassy Tree, better than this one. Maybe because Will Tweedy was a kid the first time around and his adult life didn't have the sweetness the original did. I would really give this about a2.9, but will rate it 3 stars as a 2 star would be deceiving.
Sharee
I have to admit that the reason I did not enjoy this book because it was about 90% sad. It was much easier reading than the first book - it started out very nice and I thought I would like it better. However, after reading all the notes written on how the author would have continued the book had she not died, I wished I had never picked the book up. So much sadness. I just wanted to cry. I wish I could take back the time it took to read this book today.
Pat
I think I would have finished the saga of Will Tweedy in a happier way. The last half of the book is virtually all the trials that Olive Ann went through while she was trying to complete the follow-up. She did tell who she based her characters on, from her own life experiences. I just prefer happy endings to stories.
Of course Olive herself dies of cancer...why would I expect there to be a happy ending for the book, either?
Camilla
I liked the portion of the book that was finished, which is only 15 chapters. It made me remember why I liked cold sassy tree so much. I would have liked to see how the story ended. However, in reading the authors notes on where she was taking the story I don't think that I would have liked it had she finished it. I didn't like what she had done about Will's father and I didn't like her notes on how Will's marriage would turn out, they seemed uncharacteristic of how I saw the characters.
Deb
I think I cried through most of this book. Despite being a serious reader I had never even registered that Cold Sassy Tree existed until seeing it at the bookstore a few weeks ago. Read it. Loved it. Wanted more. So hubby picked this sequel-of-sorts for me and it's a perception changer...well, I knew this perspective was in me, but now it's working it's way out. The story continuance is what I went in for, but the author's way of living is what is going to stay with me.
Aubrey
I almost didn't read this since you know from the beginning that it is not finished. The author passed away before she could finish. I am so sorry that she was unable to finish because I can tell it would have been another wonderful story. It was really disappointing and sort of haunting when the story just ended. However, it was very interesting to see Burns' notes for the book and how she thought she would develop certain story lines etc.
Kim
I really wish the author had lived to finish this book because I loved the first book so much and wonder if this one would have been different if she'd had time to finish, and go back and edit more. It was rougher and just sad to have it end without really tying everything up, although there is a lot about the real people who inspired the characters and what happened in their lives which helps to finish off the story.
Gerry
I read the reviews and was prepared for what I was going to read.
As I read, I enjoyed the first few chapters that gave me a bit of info to follow up on Cold Sassy.
I read more and found I didn't like it at all.
I preferred my own imaginings of what happened to these characters, and since it's a work of fiction and not a true family history, I felt my imaginings were as good as the authors, so I quit reading!
Julie
How can you rate an unfinished novel? I can't say I really enjoyed what was written. I mean, it was fine, but it didn't even begin to accomplish what Olive Ann Burns had in mind. I would have liked to have read much more about Sanna and her marriage to Will Tweedy. She sounded like an interesting character, and the fact that the story was based on the author's parents' relationship made it more intriguing.
Ashley
This is the unfinished sequel to Cold Sassy Tree. I loved the first book and highly recommend it. The author passed away while writing the sequel, so I'd only recommend it if you are a fan of the first book and are curious about the characters. Loved where the story was going, hated that it ended in the middle! The second half of this book is the story of the writer becoming and author and all the story of her illnesses/life while writing both novels. Wish it was finished!
Kari
As a "Cold Sassy Tree" lover, I was excited to see how the characters would evolve in the sequal. It's sad that Burns died before she could complete the story. It was again, very readable and was full of Southern charm. I appreciated the editors notes and the inclusion of Burns' notes so we could have some idea as to where she was going with the story. It's worth a read, but don't if you can't handle having complete closure.
Colleen
I loved Cold Sassy Tree and was really looking forward to reading the sequel. Even though I knew it was "unfinished", it was way more unfinished than I expected and the story just ended very abruptly. Burns' writing was still excellent and the story was engaging but I found it more depressing and I did not like the path that she took some of the characters down (Will and his father particularly). Overall, I kind of wish I hadn't read it.
Diane Mueller
I loved Cold Sassy and always wanted to learn more about Will and his family so was delighted when I saw this book at the local library. It was sad that the author was only able to finish 15 chapters before her death and the story is left hanging. I'm not sure I would of like the direction she was taking the story yet it was fun to read about an adult Will. I especially loved the second half of the book where I got to learn a lot about the author and her parents on whom she based her books.
Jeanmarie Nielsen
This book is a series of story fragments, a biography of the author and a mish mash of notes about plot lines that would have become the actual book, entitled "Time, Dirt, and Money." The author died while writing this sequel to Cold Sassy Tree. Rather frustrating to read, hoping for more of the story, the characters are interesting and the deep south is described in manners, dialect and conversation.
Linda
This book is really a tribute to the author Olive Ann Burns and the way that she decided to live her life.

While this was a re-read for me, I thoroughly enjoyed the story again. And now, of course, I have to read Cold Sassy Tree again. My copy is coming to me in the mail on Friday. Can you believe that my library, which is awesome, doesn't have a copy of Cold Sassy Tree? Unbelieveable!!

What a great book to read - either this one or Cold Sassy Tree.

Highly recommended!!
Pamela G
I'm sorry the author passed away before the book was finished, but it made no sense to me to publish half of a novel and then "finish" it by printing the other half in the form of the author's very rough notes about what the following chapters might have contained. I did not finish this unfinished sequel.
Lauren
I read this Summer of 2012 and enjoyed the parts that were written but was disappointed that Burns died before finishing the book. The tribute to Burns at the end by someone close to her was very neat. It explained so much about the life of burns as she wrote both stories, dealt with cancer and with life, and fell in love.
Brittany
I liked this book almost as much as the first. It was a worship of the first that drove me to read the second. Olive Ann Burns (the author) died of cancer before finishing her sequel (some of which is contained in this novel) and the rest of the book is a biography (a good one) on her life. It wasn't quite as driving as the first book, but I enjoyed it.
Denise
This book was published from an unfinished manuscript. You can tell that Olive Ann Burns didn't get to do her final polish work on it before she died. I really loved the first one, and wondered what would happen to the characters, but now I think that she ended in a really good spot the first time!
Francie
Very different than the original Cold Sassy story. If she'd been able to finish it, it might have come together well. Very little there to actually read of the sequel, but much insight into the author and her first book (based as this would have been, largely upon the life of her father & grandfather).
Gloria
The thing I liked about this book was not that the story was as good as the original Cold Sassy Tree, but it gave great insight/background into Olive Ann Burns when she wrote the book. I had started reading this one 20 years ago but didn't get past the first few pages. I'm very glad to have read it now. Very enjoyable in a different way.
Brianne
The writing and characters were just as good as the first. Too bad it didn't get finished, as the chronology of what was written jumped around. Though judging from the author notes left behind, I may I not have liked the finished novel, as I didn't like the authors idea for Will Tweedy. He was too likable to have such a disappointing life in the end.
Jodi
Really like the writing style of Olive Ann Burns, and it's too bad she died before she was able to finish this. It starts out promising another heart-warming story, like the first book... but unfortunately she was never able to finish it. The editor tried to fill in the blanks, but it's very incoherent, and it left me wanting the ending. Too bad.
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