“Having come of age on the Quaker side of a small southern town during the late 60’s and early 70’s this novel rang true to my experience.” Elizabeth P. Haskins
“A Southern charm all its own… Remmes’s story will have readers intrigued in part because much of her tale surrounds the Quaker beliefs in a modern-day world. She presents her characters in life’s funniest yet vulnerable situations, and allows them to work through their challenges page by colorful page.” Mchele Howe – Bookreporter.com, NY,NY
“For those who love a terrific Southern story with fascinating characters and a genuine sense of place, this book is a must. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I think you will, too! Isn’t the cover gorgeous?” Beth Hoffman – New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Me and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
“Be prepared to laugh, cry, and gasp as you read Brenda Bevan Remmes’ The Quaker Café, an intriguing story whose unique cast of characters with long-held secrets is fractured, then put back together again, piece by healing piece.” Julie Kibler, Bestselling Author of Calling Me Home.
‘The Quaker Cafe is a beautifully written story about not what divides us, but what bring us together. The story centers on three best friends who live in a small Southern town, where everyone knows everything about each other. Or so they think. This poignant novel will make you laugh out loud and bring you to tears. I highly recommend it.” Erin Cashman, Author of The Exceptionals.
“Cedar Branch could represent any number of places below the Mason-Dixon, each and every one of them offering their own closely-related brand of politics and deference to family lineage.”Sandy Richardson, Author of The Girl Who Ate Chicken Feet
“You will find not only friends and meddlesome neighbors here, but women who mind their manners if they can, and show some indispensable pluck when they can’t. While Remmes explores the South of this time and place with affection, tolerance and a sense of humor, she also shows us the kind of courage it takes to make a difference in our little slices of the world. Kathryn E. Lovatt, SC Arts Commission 2013 Prose Fellow, 2012 and 2013 winner of Press 53 Open Award for short fiction
“This is a book where the characters will remain with you long after the last chapter – one where you curl up and so love the characters that when you must stop reading, they stay in your thoughts so that picking up the book again is such a reward just to get back into the story.” Nina J. Tomasieski
“Starting off as a lovely “light read” with frequent warm and humorous moments that families with young children experience, I was stunned by how I was artfully moved to a whole different and profoundly deeper reading experience.” Kay Gray
“What sets The Quaker Café apart – as is the case with almost all great novels – is the journey. These are people you know, and events you’ve lived.” Bonnie Shannon Burke
“It’s one of those books that when you get to the end of the chapter, you say just one more.” Judy Taylor
“I was captivated and had to put aside the day’s projects once I began the novel. This book is a good read, but also an occasion for discussion of lingering racial injustices, personal confrontation of issues of identity, and individual and community forgiveness and healing. It will remain with me some time, I know.” Dana Cozad