Being broke, unemployed, and stranded back in the tiny town of Pick, Texas, was not part of Jancy Wilson’s plan. Yet here she is, watching her car literally go up in smoke—along with her last-ditch hope of staying with her cousin in Louisiana. When Jancy spies a Help Wanted sign hanging in the window of the quaint Strawberry Hearts Diner, the memories of the two years she spent there as a teenager—and the lure of the diner’s beloved strawberry tarts—are enough to draw her in and plant her feet…but only temporarily.
Raised by parents who refused to settle anywhere for long, Jancy has never known what it is to have roots. Now that Jancy’s swept up by the warmth and character of this quirky little community—and by the pull of an old crush—it’s beginning to feel like home. She’s making friends and even discovering the sweetness of falling in love. But when the town is threatened, Jancy knows it will take more than its legendary tarts to save it. Can she fight for this little Texas town—knowing she might not stay forever?
A life-weary woman breaks down in a small town she meant to pass on through, a help wanted sign brings her to a special diner that may just feed her soul. Another Texas small town story with a bit a humor and a whole lot of country-loving heart to enough.
First of all, word of caution, do not read this one while hungry. The strawberry tarts and down home cooking at the diner will have you salivating. It sure did me.
This is a gently-paced character-driven plot that focuses on the lives of four women. Jancy is the new arrival and joins three generations of women- Nettie, Vickie, and Emily- who live in Pick, TX a very small town and run an old diner that is famous for its strawberry tarts. The story focuses on Jancy finding home and love in man forms, Emily starting out with love and family, Vickie as Emily’s mom learning to let Emily live her life her own way, and old Nettie with her home-grown wisdom guiding them all. The focus is split between the women’s relationships with each other, a small town fight against a developer, and also a bit of summer romancing for them as well.
There were a few slow spots, but I was never bored as I loved the tone and pace for this particular story. It did rush the end a little after the slow development, but I definitely got a satisfying swoony ending out of it.
I’ve read many of the author’s books, but this was my first time getting one in audio format. I enjoyed Brittany Pressley as the narrator and thought she was a good match for the book. She got her twang going for all the characters. It was fun listening to her feisty dialogues particularly from Nettie and I thought she did the flirty and gossipy tones of others well. Her male voices were a gruff, but I didn’t dislike them. She definitely made it a fun story to listen to.
All in all, this was another deeply satisfying contemporary small town western story from the author with a nice balance of women’s fiction and romance in the strong friendships and romancing of the story.
My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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