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A sweet look at Southern life
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2016
This is a sweet, nice novel that alternates between the grandmother, Lovey, who has five daughters, and her granddaughter, Annabelle. Over the course of the story, we learn that Lovey persevered not to bend into pressure to marry the rich local boy but to wait for the war to end to marry her true love, and Annabelle, who was also pressured to marry the rich man she was engaged to, broke off the engagement and married a musician she’d only known three days.
For me, I prefer stories and characters that are grittier. Even through the infidelities that occur over the course of the novel, I never felt scandalized by anything. One of the plot lines that was supposed to be a huge twist I guessed immediately, and, for me, the ending wrapped up too neatly.