Top positive review
Weak start, strong finish
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2019
As a woman born and raised in the South, I can tell you that I have seen (and had) a few hissy fits in my day. That said, I’ve never seen the like of the one pitched by our heroine, Keeley Rae Murdock. It was so over the top that it left “funny” behind and moved straight to uncomfortably obnoxious. In fact, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish this book as I was seriously put off by it. My Grandmother would have said that her behavior was less righteous indignation and more “showing her ass and a lady never shows her ass.”
The good news is that I did continue to read and was pleased when the story evolved into one that was well paced, engaging and satisfying. Once we got past the “he done her wrong” part of the story, we were left with a woman trying to recoup from deep hurt and disappointment over her fiancé’s perfidy as well as a deeply affecting missing persons mystery. I was honestly surprised at how good the story became in the last 50% or so.
The story captures Southern cultural sensibilities and norms. The “kudzu telegraph,” the speech patterns, and the described relationships all resonate with anyone who knows the South with all of its charms as well as it’s unpleasantness. I have met some version of all the major characters at one time or another.
Bottom line: Apart from the aforementioned hissy fit and a couple of other juvenile pranks, this is a fun read. I would have preferred a slightly more sophisticated heroine and a little less detail on the shopping expeditions, wallpaper, paint and furniture placement discussions and considerations. Also, the initially anticipated HEA was quite honestly in doubt throughout most of the story but when it finally occurred, it managed to feel rushed and a bit out-of-the blue.