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Summary

When Eddie Love took a 23andMe DNA test, he thought the results would tell him whether he had Irish or French or German roots. What he didn't realize is that he'd find out that the man who he thought was his father was not his father. Thus began a multi-year caper to find out not only who Eddie's real father was, but what happened (besides, you know, the obvious). 

Eventually, Eddie lassoed his friend Christina into helping him solve his mystery and document their journey. Their adventure took them deep into Orange, Texas, where elderly residents eventually came clean with secrets they'd been keeping for decades. 

Told through narrative, emails and interviews, "The Saint, The Sinner(s) and Eddie" is a quirky, true story about family, lies and friendships (plus a handful of dogs, countless bowls of gumbo, one pawnshop wedding and more half siblings than you can count).

 

About the Authors

 

Eddie Love lives in Houston, Texas where he runs Frank’s Pizza with his wife, Debbie. When he isn’t selling slices, Eddie teaches his grandchildren to hunt dragons, begs his wife not to make him exercise, and cooks gumbo for his friends.

 

Christina Ledbetter writes from Houston, Texas where you can often find her husband beside her, a cat asleep on her desk, a dog or two beneath her chair and a cup of midgrade coffee in her hand. She is a book reviewer for the Associated Press. You can read more of her ramblings at StuffITalkAbout.com.

 

Reviews

5 Stars - Achingly funny and haunting...
I loved this book! It pulls you into a small East Texas town, another world and life, (willingly) dragging you along on Eddie’s search for familial acceptance. Eddie’s search is without anger, self pity, exasperation, or judgement, characteristics foreign to most of us. I want a sequel.
— Callie E. - Amazon.com customer reviews
5 Stars - Love, Lost & Found...
The story and delivery style will draw you in and keep you turning pages until the end. I love true stories and this one may make you question everything you think you know about your own family history! Jump in and hang on, it’s a bumpy ride with a warm and wonderful resolution. Enjoy!
— William S. - Amazon.com customer reviews
5 Stars - Could not put down!...
Great entertaining read. I can’t believe all this happened in the small town of Orange, Texas. The writing keeps you hooked and involved in the lives of Eddie and his family. It feels like you are taken on the journey with them figuring out the mystery.
— Justin Ong - Amazon.com customer reviews
5 Stars - An entertaining true story...
The story unfolds in a way that draws you in and makes you feel invested in the various participants. There was more going on under the surface of a small town than meets the eye.
— Wes Sutherland - Amazon.com customer reviews
5 Stars - Well Done!...
In full disclosure, this book tapped into two areas of particular interest and enjoyment for me: genealogy and a good mystery. In fact, at the time I ordered the book, I had just previously purchased an Amazon-recommended mystery. The latter novel proved somewhat disappointing because I could see the end coming midway through the book. “The Saint, The Sinner(s) and Eddie” kept me engrossed from page one, which resulted, in my case at least, into the rare one-day read. The biggest difference in this book is that it does not read like the conventional novel. I actually felt that Eddie and Christina were in my living room, telling me the story, with one occasionally interrupting the other to complete the story. Anytime one reads a book, whether fiction or non-fiction, and can come away with the sincere desire to want to know even more about the main character, it succeeds on every level. Well done!
— Mark Schwartz - Amazon.com customer reviews
5 Stars - Who knew? Lots of folks, it turned out...
Imagine you’ve set out to assemble a jigsaw puzzle—one with a thousand small, ill-defined pieces—and you realize as the scene begins to come together that it doesn’t match the picture on the box. That’s the best way I can think to describe how Ed Love must have felt when his DNA test results provided more questions than answers. This book is a good read, often funny, sometimes not so pretty, always filling this reader with curiosity about the next step Ed would take to identify, understand and accept the skeletons that were falling out of his family’s closet. If you know anything at all about human frailty, you’ll find this story compelling. And if you’re into genealogy, you’ll be nuts about the process of solving this mystery.
— linleenee - Amazon.com customer reviews
5 Stars - Very enjoyable read!...
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story! As an amatuer genealogist for over 25 years, I have encountered many intriguing family stories. This one provides more than just names dates and locations. It is filled with humor and the characters are full of color and life. I felt like I was listening to my relatives tell me a story. It left me wanting to know more about Eddie’s journey and discoveries.
— Pplace - Amazon.com customer reviews
5 Stars - Loved it! Very well written...
I thought this would be a book only appealing to Eddie’s friends and family. I was so wrong! It is well written and hilarious most of the time. Warning: there are some heartbreaking moments as well, but no family is without some of those. Get it. It’s a really great read.
— Bren M. Carr DDS - Amazon.com customer reviews
5 Stars - Totally Spell-Binding...
Fascinating read. Literally could not put the book down once I got started. Intriguing account of a man’s unrelenting quest for the truth as he unravels a series of clues to reveal his actual identity. Really captivating if you’re into scandal, surprise, decades-long family secrets and endless twists and turns. And by the way, Orange, Texas will never be the same!
— Al Steinberg - Amazon.com customer reviews
5 Stars - Thoroughly enjoyed this book...
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I felt as if they were right in my house telling me the story as it unfolded. Pretty crazy story!! Well written.
— mustluvdogs78 - Amazon.com customer reviews

Order

 

"The Saint, The Sinner(s) and Eddie" is available on Amazon.com:

* Ebook (link to ebook on amazon.com)

* Paperback (link to paperback on amazon.com)

 

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Photos

Some of the people, places and things mentioned in the book.

 
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Edwin and Rachel vacationing in Havana, Cuba about a year before Eddie was born.

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Edwin (Mr. Orange) in his orange KOGT radio van.

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Lovell kids; Glenna, Mickey, Eddie, and Tully

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Eddie says, "Mary was always good to me. Loved her dearly."

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Uncle Hugh (formerly referred to as Alcatraz Inmate 444) next to his baby blue '57 Chevy.

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Rachel on a rare trip home from the hospital.

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Here's Christina petting a dog she met while on vacation. She (Christina, not the dog) and Eddie are still very good friends and she's hoping she gets to play herself in the movie version of their book.

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Cliff Birch does, in fact, pose this way all the time.

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Eddie and Cliff at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo 2016.

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April Fools' Day at the pawn shop.

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These dogs are not allowed on the couch.

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Sally (the dog) and her namesake Sally (The Flying Nun).

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Friday night at FRANK'S PIZZA.

 

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The latest addition to the Frank's Pizza family... FRANK'S BACKYARD

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Eddie with granddaughter London, his new partner in silliness.

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Edwin's mother Nanny lived 96 years. She was 100% German, a devout Lutheran, and a great cook.

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Eddie's attempt at replicating Nanny's banana cake. Looks? Not even close. Taste? Not too bad.

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Eddie's fresh baked bread. All dressed up and ready to go.