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Sandy Huntington-Ackerman's life becomes increasingly complicated when his bungling, moneygrubbing uncles try to shanghai the family fortune by poisoning a birthday cake. Luckily, those conniving uncles prove yet again that they can't do anything right. Instead of bumping off the whole family, they put Sandy's mom and dad and their pet chicken into mysterious comas. SandySandy Huntington-Ackerman's life becomes increasingly complicated when his bungling, moneygrubbing uncles try to shanghai the family fortune by poisoning a birthday cake. Luckily, those conniving uncles prove yet again that they can't do anything right. Instead of bumping off the whole family, they put Sandy's mom and dad and their pet chicken into mysterious comas. Sandy joins forces with his loyal butler and a wise and wacky nurse to save his parents and squelch his uncles' felonious high jinks....

Title : Love among the Walnuts
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Love among the Walnuts Reviews

  • Io705
    2018-10-26 14:32

    Good vs. Evil? Gosh, where do we start?? Bart and Bernie are your typical, typecast evil villains. And, Mousey and the rest of their family and friends at Walnut Manor and Eclipse are the typical good guys. Pure, sweet, honest... the list goes on. But, I feel like there's got to be something underneath all that. The characters have to go deeper they just being perfect and nice or horrible and mean, there's got to be something underneath that act. But, what?I feel like though everyone knows nothing's perfect they still search for those perfect things. What I mean is, everyone "knows," or at least says that they know, that no one's perfect, no one's all good. But, still they label people good and bad, stereotype them. But, why? Why do we need to label someone good, bad, evil, sweet, beautiful, or anything else? I don't think it's as simple as, "Well, those are just names." I mean, I don't think that it's entirely our society's fault, or something. I think that if we do end up hurting people by stereotyping them, there better be a good reason.Maybe it's that Sandy, Mousey, Bentley, and the rest of the "good" gang rely on having something to darken their days. I mean, as they said, without the city you can't see the greatness of the country. Maybe they can't be the good guys unless their are those bad guys. But, if the good guys are really using the bad guys, then are the bad guys possibly good and the good guys bad?! I mean, have we really just made a big mistake and mixed up our good and bad guys?I'd love to just say, "YES! I figured it out!" Except there's only one problem, "bad people" usually are pretty evil, or at least they seem that way. I mean, the kind of people that go around killing others, well, that doesn't sound remotely good to me! I mean, the only problem is that good guys act like good guys and bad guys act like bad guys. A lot like bad guys. So, maybe bad people change. Like, they start "good" but then something happens, and then... well, they become "evil" or "bad." But, what happens?I think that Bart and Bernie must of grown into their evilness. I mean, when they where growing up, seeing that they were in a rich family, they were probably always surrounded by people telling them money is the most important thing, money can get you anything, money is life, money, money, money, money. Then they get told that they'll get almost nothing of the money they've become so fond of. But, is it their fault? No. Then as time goes on their brother keeps on doing better and better, making more and more, and they become more and more bitter. Eventually they hear whispers of them being "evil" or "grouchy" or "lazy" and , I think that does it.When someone is told they are evil, I think something happens to them. They become evil. It;s almost like society chooses and then, "Now you are evil! Hahahahahaha *evil laugh*" But, why? I still wonder why anyone has to be evil, there's got to be something other then balancing out good with bad. I mean, what would happen if everyone was good?I don't know. But, for starters, there'd be no story. Nothing interesting. Not only that but, maybe something even worse would happen. Maybe, if there was no bad or good everyone would turn bad, because I know we don't live in a perfect world. Maybe, no matter how much it sucks, there'd be nothing interesting if there weren't evil people. I mean, what would the media broadcast? Who would people talk about in scary stories? We've built our society in a way that relies on both good people and bad people. But, we have to make those people. And, though it doesn't seem right to condemn someone to a life of evil-ness, where would we be without it?

  • Kyle Knight
    2018-11-10 09:41

    Love Among the Walnuts ReviewThis book is one of the only books that actually kept me interested and made me want to read more. This book really kept me reading it because it is kind of a mystery book and is also somewhat dramatic which interest me. I would recommend this book to anyone who can read because I guarantee they would like it. They would probably like the character Sandy who is my favorite character because he is a leader and solves every problem thrown at him. They would not like Bart and Bernie though because they are the ones that try to steal all of Sandy’s dad’s money and puts him in a coma. This book made me feel bad because the things in the book actually happen to people in real life but they can’t fix it like in the book. My favorite line from the book is “You mean to think Bart and Bernie tried to . . . poison us all?” The part of the book that really got my attention was when Sandy’s family members were poisoned and put into comas. The ending was pretty predictable. The good guys win and he gets the girl just like every book. I think that the author wrote this book for someone that he loved and then lost because in the dedicated to section it said “to the memory of Jacket Dewey Everingham, someone who knew how to love.”

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-02 09:26

    I've been on a spree rereading old favorites. I loved this in middle school. It's still lots of fun. It's quirky and charming. Perfect if you want something fun, lighthearted, and easy.

  • Rochelle
    2018-11-07 08:29

    I found this book on a library shelf and it seemed interesting so I decided to checked it out.This book is like a great big fortune cookie. On the outside, it's pretty plain and not very flavored or filling. But when you open it up, that's when you get the deeper hidden message. The writing is flat with hardly any descriptions of anything but in the end, the corners of your mouth will jerk up in a smile for the moral of this small story. This "telly" tale is about a wealthy couple, Horatio and Mousey, who build a house in a small secluded town to get away from the miserable hustle and bustle of city life and raise their son, Sandy. Unfortunately Sandy's parents, the butler's wife and Sandy's chicken are put into a poisonous coma by Sandy's evil uncles, who are plotting to steal the family's millions. To keep them safe until Bentley the Butler finds a cure to wake them, everyone moves into the looney bin next door called Walnut Manor. After spending almost a year visiting the institution, Sandy and Bentley come to realize that no one at Walnut Manor is really crazy. They all just suffer from the same disease. They are loveless. And only one person has the cure: Sunnie the Nurse. What did I learn from Love Among The Walnuts? That a pinch of poison can go a long way. If not for evil plots, you would miss the opportunity to be so many different ways. Had it not been for greedy, hopeless Uncle Bernie and Bart, the patients at Walnut Manor may have died there, without ever meeting Nurse Sunnie. And she would've never shown them careful attention, shown them what it was like to be loved and gain the confidence they needed to look within themselves and see their own potential. Sandy would've never seen how sheltered his life was out in the country. Spending all that time in the manor showed him new emotions and responsibilities he'd never had the need for before his parents accident. He learned to grow up...among the walnuts. Bernie and Bart set out to destroy one family and instead created a bigger one. Jean Ferris does a great job at showing how a dose of bad and a shower of good can change so many lives.I would share my favorite line in the book but it's a huge spoiler.

  • Keri
    2018-10-21 13:52

    Keri McLucasHumorLove among the Walnuts, by Jean Ferris, is an entertaining story about a very wealthy man and his family. Horatio Alger Huntington-Ackerman lives in an ideal, perfect world with his wife, Mousey and their son, Sandy. The world the little family lives in is so complete; they never need to leave their home for anything. The home is located right next door to a sanitarium known as Walnut Manor. Unfortunately, Horatio’s brothers, Bart and Bernie are not quite as happy or wealthy. They devise methods to take over Horatio’s companies and financial kingdom. Bart and Bernie make mistakes while trying to get rid of Horatio and his family, leaving Horatio, Mousey and the pet chicken in deep comas. The “sleepers” are moved next door to Walnut Manor for easier care until they wake up. While Sandy, the family butler and a lovely nurse take care of the family and other patients they learn some terrible secrets about the dwindling finances of Walnut Manor. They work to devise a plan of their own to end the brother’s attempts to take over the family fortune and Walnut Manor.Love among the Walnuts is a book that readers will not be able to put down. At times the story seems a bit melancholy and other times very dramatic, yet the twists and turns keep it light and absolutely comical! This story begins as a novel for the younger teen; however, the plot quickly deepens and targets a much older group of young adult readers. The language is appropriately light and adds to this very clever and funny story!

  • Joanna Compton-Mys
    2018-11-08 14:50

    I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and I can not say that I was disappointed. This was one of the most entertaining and charming young adult books I've read in a long time. Both laugh out loud funny and well written, I couldn't wait to find out how the story ended!As a fan of fairy tales, I appreciated the tone of this book as it had very clear-cut characters in terms of good and evil, although there is a slightly more serious undertone of learning to live in the real world that is dealt with in a very subtle way. The situation the characters find themselves in is absolutely unbelievable, but in such a way that it is reminiscent of the classics Doctor Doolittle or Mary Poppins. (If they had befriended inmates of a mental institution while attempting to thwart the attempted murders of the family by dastardly uncles!) Ferris has a knack for creating characters that are absorbing and diverting, thus creating a quick, light read that can be read again and again.

  • Alyssa
    2018-10-18 12:40

    Alyssa MorresHumorThis story is about Horatio who in the beginning starts out as a very wealthy but unhappy man. Then he finds love and marries Mousey. They move out to the country and have a child named Alexander whose nickname is Sandy. The Horatio's brothers come into town and try everything to take his money. They decide then to try to poison him and send him and everyone else into a coma except Sandy and Bently, who is the butler. They put them into a crazy hospital where their nurse Sunnie tries to save them and turn in Bart and Bernie the brothers who did this.

  • Janna Craig
    2018-11-14 10:32

    Reread 8/26/17"And they all lived as happily ever after as real life will allow." I really just love this book. **********************I knew from almost the first page that I would love this quirky little gem. The characters are lovable and funny, the storyline is interesting, and the ending is perfect. Honestly, I kind of want to go back and reread the book immediately. It's marketed as a YA book, but I think upper elementary kids would enjoy it, too, and if I'm any indication, adults should love it, as well.

  • Lizzy _3
    2018-11-16 14:51

    This book was sooooooooooo cute! I adored it! It was completely and utterly amazing. The author worked in some really great humor too and it was just very satisfying. It was easy and kinda childish to read but it was very entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone because it's not hard and it made me happy. The ending was beautiful. Kind of predictable as all little kid books are. 'They all lived happily ever after' you know what I mean? But it was very happifying. :)

  • Baconlover312
    2018-11-07 09:52

    I read this a while back right after I read the Once Upon a Marigold series by the same author. As time has passed, I realize more and more how much this book touched me. It has really opened my eyes to the real world and though this is a middle grade, it was fantastic. I would honestly recommend it.

  • Juanita
    2018-11-03 14:53

    Review: Love Among The Walnuts by Jean Ferris. 06/15/2017This is a great story about friendship and fidelity. I think the author did a great job with her writing style and introducing characters that were different, individually creative, and eccentric with humor in the mix. I call it either a cozy, relaxing or beach book. The person narrating has a hopeless sounding style but just enough heart to keep the intimidating fundamentals humorous even when they are frightening. This is a story about a wealthy man but he is not happy until he meets Mousey and they get married. They have a child and they named him Alexander but call him Sandy. After growing up Sandy tried hard to take care of his parents who are the legacy of his wealth but also Sandy was a caring person. Everything was going great until the day his two greedy uncles came back to town with nothing but trouble for the family and were planning to get rid of their brother, sister-in-law and Sandy to get there grubby hands on the multimillion dollars Eclipse Estate, free and clear….One day the two uncles showed up with a birthday cake, laced with poison, to join in the festivities at the mansion. However, their plan didn’t go the way they wanted. Sandy and the butler didn’t eat any of the cake, no reason just coincidental. For some unknown reason Sandy’s parents, the housekeeper, Flossy, who the butler had a crush on and a pet chicken who had freedom in the Eclipse mansion…all fell into a coma…! Now, Sandy knew his uncles were up to no good. They made other attempts but were unproductive to succeed. Sandy now has to hire a nurse to help him to care for his parents at home. The nurse turns out to be a little wacky but Sandy was fascinated with her. However, their home nursing plan was sabotaged. I wonder who was involved stopping their care at home…!? But wait, wouldn’t you know they lived next door to a sanitarium known as Walnut Manor…I’ll leave the other weird events for the next reader….

  • Brady B
    2018-10-25 08:42

    Love Among The Walnuts by Jean Ferris was a mediocre book. In this realistic fiction book the main characters have removed themselves from society and live in their own perfect world. Sandy, Horatio, and Mousey are wealthy and Sandy’s uncles are after the family’s fortune. One day the uncles poison a birthday cake and Mousey, Horatio, and Flossie- the butler’s wife- slip into comas. The patients are moved to the next door mental home, where shocking discoveries are made, all while Sandy’s uncles are after the residents of the home. The ending of the book is adorable but, the beginning was hard to read and was kind of boring. It was interesting enough that I couldn’t quit reading it, but I wasn’t obsessed with it. I would recommend this book if you needed something to pass the time and you want something light and funny. If you are looking for a deep, interesting, and a very good book I would not recommend this one. There was a very good plot, but it moved slowly. Overall I would give this book three stars.

  • Kat Wawrykow
    2018-10-23 08:49

    Quite frankly one of my favorite books of all time. Imagination, murder, and a capsule of hope in the bounds of the pages Ferris writes in. Yes, it may not be the world we live in, but it is one I want to.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-16 15:29

    Quick read. I liked the story.

  • Cass
    2018-11-15 12:44

    I really enjoy Jean Ferris' s books! This one is full of interesting characters each with their own little idiosyncrasies that keep the story rolling and me laughing. A fun book to read.

  • Amira
    2018-10-20 14:48

    Love Among the Walnuts written by Jean Ferris is a very unique book. I came across this book by pure chance. When I was in the library one day, I decided I would choose a random book of a random shelf, and if I liked the cover I would try reading it. Well, since I am reviewing it and therefore obviously read it, it turns out I did like the cover. It has a chicken on it. While reading LAtW, I kept flipping the page and wouldn’t put the book down. I suppose one could call this book a “page turner”. It was also very effortless to “get into” this book. LAtW starts out when a very successful, unsociable business man goes to a show and bestows his sights upon a beautiful actress up on stage. It was love at first sight. As soon as the show gets out, the business man, Horatio, asks “Mousey”, one of the dancer/actresses, to marry him. Although knowing little about this man, he promises Mousey he will always love her and then Mousey agrees to marry him. I really enjoyed this part because it was unlike any other book-beginning I had ever read. I’ve never read a book where a spontaneous marriage happens in any part of the book, actually. So, after they get married they decide to live a happy isolated life in the middle of nowhere. The happy couple, with their trusted friend-butler Bentley, and his wife Flossie, agree upon a large estate which just so happens to be next-door-neighbours with a loony bin, named the Walnut Manor. Horatio and Mousey have a child, named Sandy. They all live happily-ever-after with nearly perfect lives, hardly ever having to leave their house. Sandy is home-schooled by his parents, Bentley, and Flossie, so he never even has to leave for education. The only thing this family really has to complain about is that Horatio’s two lazy brothers visit them at their house monthly. Since Horatio is a rich son of a bitch, they figure they’ll make all their money off of him and his inheritances. They never planned he would get married or have a child. So, Horatio’s two lazy brothers are constantly trying to get rid of Sandy, Horatio and Mousey. Well, the two brothers come up with an ingenious plan. They plan to poison Horatio and all his family. They bring Horatio’s family a very poisonous cake, and the only two who don’t end up eating the cake because they don’t trust the two brothers are Bentley and Sandy. The poison victims soon fall into a coma that lasts for many, many months. In the meantime, Bentley is working on a remedy in order to bring the comatose back into consciousness. Since it is deemed illegal for the comatose patients to receive care straight at their home, the three patients (and their chicken Attila the Hen) must be moved to a real care center. Conveniently, the Walnut Manor located right next to them is deemed a great place for them to stay. Over the months these comatose patients are residing at the Walnut Manor, Sandy, Bentley, and the nurse formerly in charge of caring for Mousey, Horatio and Flossie, Sunnie, now working as one of the two nurses at the Walnut Manor, these three develop many relations with all the other patients at the Manor, and even the other nurse and the only doctor. Everyone at the Walnut Manor becomes a huge family.I highly recommend you come join Sandy, Bentley and Sunnie in LAtW. I love how over the time the comatose patients are staying at the Walnut Manor, everyone there develops a strong family-like relationship. They all care for each other dearly, and it was a very great part on the author’s hand of writing these relationships. Each character was developed very well. The one thing I could say is that although many characters each have their own flaw, they all somehow manage to be Mary-Sues and Gary-Stews at the same time.

  • Sebastian
    2018-11-12 16:37

    LOVE AMONG THE WALNUTSHave you ever wished that you had a perfect life with no problems? I have and I bet you have also. There are so many issues in our world that it is impossible to not encounter atleast a few of them. No matter how rich, powerful, or smart you are, no matter how well protected you are there is always conflict in your life. Some problems hurt you mentally, and some hurt you physically, but each can be just as powerful. Sandy had what he thought of as a perfect life, he lived in a huge mansion with his family and their friends. He didn't go to school, he was taught at home, because his family did not want other children to pollute his mind. He could do almost whatever he wanted to. In our world this would not be considered a perfect life, it would be terrible to be cooped up all day. But in his family this was definately the perfect life, out of harms way.The thing is, no matter how hard you have worked to make your life secure, some asshole always comes along and manages to mess it up. That's just what humans do. People are jealous greedy creatures who are never content with what they have. And they are willing to hurt, and even kill to get more.Sandy's evil uncles, Bart and Berny plot to kill him and his family, and nearly succeed, everyone but Sandy, and his childhood teacher are sent into comas by a poisened cake. This cruel action by his uncles shocks Sandy greatly and the first problem in his life opens up a whole new category of emotions including hate, sadness, disbelief, and rage. Sandy is forced to bring his sleeping family to a nut house nearby. And with the help of Sandy's new friend Sunny, and all the mental patients, are able to survive, and awaken Sandy's family.No one wants to have big problems in their lives, but if you think hard about it, you need them. Without problems there would be no motivation in life. Problems push you to try and learn more. When Sandy meets Sunny, he realizes just how isolated and lonely he was all his life. His whole life had been boring, he had never felt sad, or mad, or love, or excitement.When Sandy's uncles tried to kill him, his life opened up, he finally faced the outside world, and discovered what it meant to live.Big issues and problems seem to hurt and disrupt our lives, and they do, but they also keep them exciting and interesting. Problems give us motivation, and solving them makes us feel jubilant. We have all wished for perfect lives at some point. But the truth is, that would be boring. Anyway, there is no such thing as a perfect life.

  • Rosa
    2018-10-20 09:55

    Horatio is a wealthy man who meets and falls in love with Mousey. They get married and move to the country to live in isolation. Eventually they have a baby they name Sandy. Sandy grows up isolated from the world, learning from his parents. (he is very book smart) The only downside in their lives are monthly visits from Sandy's uncles (Horatio's brothers)Bentley and Bernie. Bentley and Bernie are trying to poison the family so that they can get all of the family's money. Eventually the brothers succeed in poisoning some, but not all of the family. Sandy's parents,Flossie (one of the two servants who are like family) and Sandy's pet chicken Atila. Sandy hires a nurse to care for them but the uncles go to court and insist they go to a hospital for proper care. Sandy takes them to the Walnut House next door, a hospital for distressed people. There are several people in Walnut House although there are things wrong with them, it is nothing that a little bit of time and Sunnie's common sense can't cure. Eventually the inmates band together with Sunnie and Sandy and not only do they beat out the uncles, but they discover that the relatives that put them there are stealing money from the institute. They get their money back from their relatives and turn the institute into a nonprofit place for people who need to recharge from life.

  • Runa
    2018-11-10 13:35

    This was another one of my recent reads that had me underwhelmed. I wasn't a fan of the writing to begin with--I felt that it was trying much too hard to be whimsical and this was overly obvious. It gets better as the plot progresses, but the plot is pretty weak, predictable, and boring. I felt like it was in great need of plot twists and funny situations, instead of just ironically "funny" narration. Now, don't get me wrong, some of the whimsy was hilarious. The character's names were clever and really fun to track. I just don't know, though. If you're in the mood for whimsy, I would strongly recommend Ferris's other books, Once Upon A Marigold and Twice Upon a Marigold. This was more morbid, darker humor, reminding me a times of Pushing Daisies (but really not as funny). I just kept trying to look past the plot, theorizing that there'd be a twist in relation to the characters, the location, the mystery, whatever, and nothing really surfaced. I did enjoy watching the relationship between Sandy and Sunnie progress, but even that felt drastically drawn out (but maybe that's what made it so cute!). All in all, not the greatest book, but there are definitely worse.Rating: 3/5

  • Laura
    2018-11-05 16:45

    Even though this book is very short, it took me forever to get through it. The back of the book sounded very interesting, and it was....sort of. The begining of the story is slow, but i was told by a friend that it was a very good story and that i should keep reading, and so i did. I must have read the first 30 some pages before i stopped and forgot about the book for a month. when i finally got around to it i had forgoten about the charters and the story line, bit i really wanted to findo out hwo it ended. I finished it and thought it was disappointing. Here the basic story line: Sandy parents get poisened by his father evil brother who want their money, unfortunly they don't end up killing the family, but only put them in comas and to top things off Sandy knows it was his uncles who did it. He has his parents removed to a medical faclity (which is right next door) and their makes friends with all the crazy people who turn out to not be crazy, bit missunderstood, and along the way falls in love with the nurse who taking care of his parents. Any way the story ends on a good, but boring note. THE END

  • Beverly
    2018-11-04 14:38

    Love Among the Walnuts, another book I had forgotten until a student brought me copy that had a sticker in it with my name on it. I had to reread the book to refresh my memory, and I chuckled all the way through. Love Among the Walnuts is totally orginal, yet the silliness and strong themes on family and loyalty will be familiar (think Phantom Tollbooth and The Watsons Go to Birmingham). Sandy's almost perfect life is thrown into turmoil when his evil money hungry uncles try to poison Sandy's family with a toxic birthday cake. Sandy's parents and the pet chicken, Attila the Hen eat the cake and fall into a coma. Luckily Sandy, Bentley (the ever loyal butler), and the family cat are safe and determined to find a coma cure while going after the evil uncles. They are forced to move into the run-down, sad-sack mental hospital next door to carry out their plans. The Walnuts (patients) help Sany and Bentley fight the evil uncles and the hospital's equally evil board of directors. The Walnuts end up saving the family, and the hospital, in this happily ever after funny, lighted hearted, quick paced story. The perfect choice reluctant readers.

  • Mac J
    2018-11-14 15:44

    In Love among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris, Sandy learns to accept others and be grateful for what he has. Sandy’s parents are very wealthy and his two uncles are very jealous and greedy. When his uncles devise a plan to poison Sandy’s parents, Sandy knows something is wrong. After they go to sleep Sandy tries to wake the m up and he can’t. Later he finds out that the poison didn’t kill the m, just put them into comas. Sandy knows of a mental hospital just down the road so he takes them there to receive medical help. Overtime, Sandy creates special bonds with all the people in the mental hospital and he finds out that they aren’t insane, just a little weird. I enjoyed this book because it was very unique compared to other books. I agree that the moral of the story is a good life lesson and just a good idea to keep in the back of your mind. I would recommend this book to anyone because you will always be guessing what will happen next. The author is very creative and is great at making plots. I would give this book a four out of five and I really hope you read it soon.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-16 14:52

    Love Among the Walnuts: Or How I Saved My Entire Family from Being Poisoned is probably one of the best stories I've read so far this year. I'm pretty sure I discovered this one just by following a link on some other page on Amazon, but as I was reading it I kept thinking of a particular friend so strongly that I started wondering whether I'd heard about it from her (though it turns out I hadn't and was excited to recommend it to her). The story is about a wealthy man and his jealous brothers who want his money. When the man gets married and has a son, the brothers realize they're no longer his next of kin and decide to do something about it. Their plans to poison the whole family backfire when they mess up the doseage, sending the husband and wife, the butler's wife, and a chicken named Attila the Hen into comas but not killing them. The son and butler, who hadn't eaten any of the poisoned cake, team up with their neighbors at the loony bin next door to try to save the sleepers and bring the brothers to justice. So charming and fun, with an especially absurd Monty Python turn at the end!

  • Diane
    2018-11-10 10:41

    Horatio, independently wealthy, meets Mousy, an actress, and they marry. They live in an isolated mansion, known as Eclipse, where they raise a son, Sandy. The only wrinkle in their perfect world is Bernie and Bart, Horatio's greedy brothers who covet Horatio's fortune. When they poison a birthday cake, which leaves Horatio, Mousy and Flossie (the butler's wife) in a coma, Sandy is forced to deal with the outside world for the first time. First, he hires a nurse (Sunnie) whose cheeriness captures his heart. Then, they move "the sleepers" into Walnut Manor with its collection of unique characters - all with quirks, but definitely not crazy. Sunnie has the same affect on these additional patients and Walnut Manor comes to life. As Bentley works to find a cure for the sleepers, Sandy learns about the real world.

  • Matea
    2018-11-01 09:30

    AUTHOR. HUMOR. "Love Among the Walnuts" by Jean Ferris is a wonderful story about what can happen when two newlyweds move away from the busy city to the quiet country. And buy a house next to a loony bin. And have two brothers who want their fortune. In the ensuing action, there are three comatose humans, one comatose chicken, one learned nurse, a bunch of "insane" patients, and a great novel that ends as happily as any."Love Among the Walnuts" is a wonderful novel. A quick, humorous read. The writing is excellent, one you can come back to again and again, no matter your age. The characters are quite engaging and dynamic. The plot is moving and intersting. And Jean Ferris adds the perfect amount of humor to make anyone keep reading. It may not make a great movie, but its the perfect novel!

  • Caroline Potterf
    2018-10-19 13:38

    Love Among the Walnuts was a very sweet story that felt almost like a short instead of a full-length novel. The plot was silly, unrealistic, but ultimately heart-warming. This book is about a young man named Sandy, who grew up isolated from the world in his parents' large farm mansion. The story begins when Sandy's life is turned upside down in a ridiculous series of events, including a poisoned birthday cake, a sweet young nurse, and a bunch of "temporarily distressed" loony-bin patients. I liked this book so much because it felt like a fairy tale. Like fairy tales, it was ridiculous, but just so sweet and cliched. I also could relate to all of the characters, which was fun.I would suggest this book to ages 12 and up. It was as clean and friendly as a book can be, but it would probably bore anyone under 12. :)

  • Lindsay
    2018-11-10 12:46

    YA FERRIS - lunatics, mystery, family lifeFor fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Event. Horatio, a wildly rich but unhappy man, sees a play and falls instantly in love with an extra. They marry, move to the country and have a son they happily raise in complete isolation on their property, Eclipse. Meanwhile, Horatio's 2 lazy and scheming brothers try to poison the whole family, thereby securing their inheritance. They succeed only in putting most of the family (and a chicken) into comas. With the sleeping family safely at the nut house next door to Eclipse, the remaining family must stop Horatio's brothers and prove what they've done. Written in a sort of non-specific, old-timey past. Talks light-heartedly of serious topics. Suitable for precocious readers as young as 10 or 11."And they all lived as happily ever after as real life will allow."

  • Gayle
    2018-10-17 16:48

    Sandy, the son of Horatio and Mousey, grows up in an idyllic situation. His parents adore him, nurture him, protect him from the world, and provide an education appropriate to his level of high intellect. The fly in the ointment are Horatio's brothers who are so jealous of Horatio's self-made millions that they will go to extreme lengths to become the heirs of Horatio's fortune. The brothers deliver a poison birthday cake to the family and it sends Sandy's parents into a coma. The book is about so much more than discovering a cure for his parents - it is about friendship, loyalty, love, hope, and that good vs. evil theme which keeps you rooting for the good guys and hoping the bad guys receive their just deserves. WONDERFUL book!!

  • Riley
    2018-10-18 14:45

    The title of my book is Love Among the Walnuts. The author is Jean Ferris. This book has 216 pages. It is a mystery book. My book is about a man and his wife who raised their son out of the real world. They named him Sandy. When Sandy's uncles poison his father, mother, and butlers wife with a birthday cake, Sandy is forced to face reality. He meets a nurse named Sunnie. They then have to take the three sleepers to Walnut Manor (a crazy house) there Sunnie and Sandy fall in love. The butler finds a cure for the sleepers and wakes them up. The uncles go to jail and all is well again. But Sandy is free to explore the world a little more. My review for this book is that I would regiment this book to anyone that likes mystery books. It is the best book I have ever read.

  • Waffle
    2018-10-26 16:54

    I first read this book in 6th grade (apparently very shortly after it was published). I remember it being one of my favorite books, though I hardly remember anything about the story. I had a strong enough memory of loving it that I kept it even when I got rid of a majority of my paperbacks from childhood.I randomly decided to reread it, so I'm interested to see what my opinion of the book will be as an adult.Now that I've finished it, I can report that it's a fun read, and I understand why I loved it when I was 12. A group of outcasts learns what's really important in life. As an adult, I wish Sunnie's character was a little more fleshed out, and the months of silence following the kiss seems ridiculous, but I enjoyed it plenty.