I am a sucker for books that have a book club in them and I had never tried this author so I decided to give it a try. This book is part of a series and I didn’t realize it at first, but other than giving away the previous happy couples I had no trouble catching up with things.
The story is about Savannah White coming back to the small southern town where she used to spend her summers with her grandparents. She is escaping the confining manipulative ways of both her mother and her ex-mother in law. She also wants to give her son a chance at a healthier life than what he’s living so far and maybe, just maybe his father will wake up and notice so that he’ll pay attention to his son. In the meantime, she has plans to care for her recently widowed aunt and restore the old movie theater that she inherited from her grandfather.
Dash Randall is not pleased when the little prissy princess terror from his childhood, Savannah White, moves back into town. They were like oil and water from the first moment they clapped eyes on each other. But now he’s forced to re-evaluate things when he notices that she’s grown up and isn’t that same girl that looked down on him. Savannah is also confronted by a Dash that doesn’t quite meet up with the reputation he has carried since childhood.
The town embraces Savannah and Todd. They both start to flourish. She joins in with the community and makes her first friends when her childhood pal, Rocky, takes her to the book club meetings. She soon notices how her life bares a striking resemblance to the events in the book they’re reading, Pride and Prejudice. She has her own encounters with Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine and Mrs. Bennet, but she can’t decide if Dash is a Wickham or a Darcy.
After the town people get her the backing she needs and she begins work on the old theater, mishaps start to happen that sabotage her efforts and there is always the plotting of her mother in law and mother to get her to bring Todd back to Maryland. But the scariest thing of all is the feelings she is developing for Dash.
The story has one of those ‘feel-good’ down home/small town ambiances to it that I really enjoyed. I love the setting with all the town characters and the close knit community where the plot meanders through their lives with a focus on the main characters. It is told from multiple points of view with Savannah and Dash getting the most page time. At first, the main characters, Savannah and Dash were too busy squabbling and not really looking at the grown up person who was in front of them and they got on my nerves. Then things started to change and I enjoyed seeing things progress as Savannah and Todd settled into the community and a relationship for both of them with Dash developed. I saw right through a few other romantic entanglements and what was really happening with the sabotage, but that didn’t make it boring. The end had me read furiously to find out how things would get past a last huge barrier. I was very caught up in the situation.
So all in all, it was an enjoyable read and I wouldn’t mind going back and catching up on everyone else’s stories. Those who enjoy contemporary romances with a small town backdrop should definitely give this one a try.
Thanks to Net Galley for my copy of the book for review purposes.
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