Reader Reviews for "Don't Shoot Your Mule"
"What a movie this would make! Romance, deception, revenge, love, trauma, wrenching of heart and all in
the first 40 pages! This second account of the people in the life of
Delaney will reach into your heart and grab it and will not let go until
the last page! This is one of those books that when you finish you say,
"Ah, more, I want more!". I dare say that any southerner would find a
piece of themselves in these pages. Beth Duke is a gifted creator of
character and moment. You love her people, you want to have a word with
some of them, and you rejoice when they get something they deserve!
ahem! I have known Beth Duke all of her life. Her wit and charm are
woven throughout this volume. Buy this one and the original, Delaney's
People! Great READS!"
"I knew when I purchased "Don't Shoot Your
Mule" (DSYM) that Beth Duke was "red hot" at the conclusion of Delaney's
People and would in all probability produce another power-packed book
with an economy of words within a flood of
emotions more often seen in poetry or the masterworks of the days
before word processing than generally available today. What I did not
expect was that her writing would be every bit as captivating as when
she was "that great new find" from North Alabama. As indicated by others
who reviewed DSYM, I feel a kinship to these people who are great,
flawed individuals and though I loved the feeling of relating to her
characters and their predicaments, I never once felt that she was
plowing old ground. Thank you, Beth, for letting the world see again
that you are a delightful proof that solid, Southern literature remains
with us and is as vibrant as ever."
"The Old and New South collide in Beth Duke's latest book, "Don't Shoot
Your Mule", sometimes with disastrous results, not counting the poor
mule. The delicate balance between family and the frailty of human
affection is shaken to the core, and change comes with the heartbreaking
speed of a killer tornado. Love and loss are dealt in equal measure,
and some folks have to make up their minds what's really important to
them. Throw in a jilted lover, threats of blackmail, and one mad momma,
and you've got a tale worthy of repeating down at the local beauty
parlor. On one hand, "Don't Shoot Your Mule" is a warning against rash
behavior; on the other hand, it's also about letting go of things that
hold us back from something better. In which case, sometimes you just
have to "shoot your mule."
"I just finished reading Don't Shoot Your Mule by Beth Duke. It is
brillantly written. I had chills when I read the last chapter (as I did
when I read the first chaper), an effect you get if you have read
Delaney's People first.
It is one of those books you don't want to
end, you want to see what happens next. I got very attached to the
characters. Beth so easily brought them to life for me. I would love to
see Don't Shoot Your Mule on the Best Sellers list.
I hope there will be many more novels to come.
Thank you Beth Duke for a great read."
"I picked up "Don't Shoot Your Mule" by Beth Duke with a great deal of
anticipation. I was not disappointed in the least. I began with a tear,
then moved quickly to the smiles of childhood. Soon, I was thinking "you
better watch your step fella" followed by "you better watch your step
girl". While "Don't Shoot Your Mule" wanders through every emotion
imaginable, it never loses touch of the love and challenges of a very
close knit group of people that you can only find in small town America.
There are happy endings as well as endings that make you happy. But
something tells me this is only the beginning..."
"I re-read "Delaney's People" in preparation for this sequel. I loved it,
but "Don't Shoot Your Mule" is even better! I would recommend it to ANY
fiction lover, male or female. It's a page-turner I could not put down
until finished. Characters like Delaney, her family and friends are so
comfortable and familiar, and the author conjures up vivid scenes and
plot twists to keep the reader interested. I especially loved the
backstory on the title mule--it is a classic!"
"Don't Shoot Your Mule", the second book by Beth Duke, is a delectable
treat to be savored! The wonderful Delaney of "Delaney's People" is
growing up and has stories of her own to share. Beth brings the human
side of the Alabama tornadoes to her readers with her touching stories
of loss, love and redemption. She also upholds the very southern
tradition of the devious, scheming harridan we readers love to hate. I
only wish Amazon would give more than 5 stars for reviews as this book
earned more. Usually things this good are illegal or very high in
"What a great read! I had to put it down for an hour because I didn't want it to end!
Beth Duke has a way of writing that makes the reader feel like they
know the characters personally. I was there, I was living in her book.
is one of those "hangover" books... you know when you read something
you really enjoy and it's hard to get into the next book you pick up."
"After reading Delaney's People by Beth Duke, I could not wait to read
this sequel. I was not disappointed! Beth's writing is both intense
and light hearted at the same time...the characters are real and
relatable...making this one of those "can't put it down until you
finish" books. I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
Wow!! Such a great book! With just a few breaks in between, I read
the entire book in less than 5 hours today. I was so caught up in the
characters, I wanted to see what would happen next. I did not want to
put it down. I loved Delaney' s People and do not know what took me so
long to purchase Don't Shoot Your Mule. I anxiously await Beth
Duke's next book!
"This is my second book by Beth Duke and I loved it as much as her first book Delaney's People!
I love the concept of a novel in short story form, a perfect book to pick up if reading time is limited.
The southern characters all touched my heart since I have lived in Alabama a majority of my married life.
I can't wait to read her next book."
"This is a smart fun read. Great for getting
your mind away from your worries! Great book for sitting by the pool, on
the beach or on the plane."