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Published by Montlake Romance
Released on July 3, 2018
From the moment Jennie Sue gets off the bus in her West Texas small home town, she knows the rumors are flying. Her rich, snooty mother’s ‘Don’t give the neighbors anything to talk about’ is about to be blown up big when Jennie Sue is determined to start over and doesn’t care what the tongues are wagging about. It’s Carolyn Brown and its small town. I was all in for a feisty and fun summer read.
Small Town Rumors follows the story of Jennie Sue as she decides to come back home from the big city still grieving her still-born child, but relieved beyond measure to get shucked of her demanding, control-freak cheating ex. Her mama and daddy want to shower her with money and draw her right back into that rich, empty world she just broke free of, but Jennie Sue has her own ideas of what she wants. No more being arm candy to a rich hubby who’ll just cheat and expect perfection. She earned her business degree, got some skills in the school of hard knocks, and wants simple living with honest to goodness friends. And, if it sends her mama and the other Sweetwater Belles to howling and the gossip to flying fast around town, then so be it.
I enjoyed this one so much. Oh course, I can’t get enough of this author’s books, but there is a little something extra when she focuses in on her heroine, friendships, and family with love just coming along naturally. The heroine of Small Town Rumors has been a fish out of water all her life with a society-conscious mother and a philandering yet loving father, but things start to fall into place the minute she humbles herself and takes a job as housekeeper for two feisty old-lady sisters who were a crack-up and took a second job as a bookshop worker for an old disorganized guy. Meanwhile, she finds herself interested in an area farmer who also drives the library book mobile and she hopes to make friends with his jealous and sharp-tongued sister. Getting her mama to reconcile with Jennie’s new decisions and discovering a great deal about her family’s past help finish the transformation in her life.
The big conflict through much of the book for her is whether she’ll stick around and brave the rumors and expectations on her or start fresh in the city with a new job and life. Then, after a sad event towards the end, right when she’s on the verge of real happiness, she’s confronted with something that might mess it all up for good.
The usual hilarious antics, over the top quirky characters, small town activity, family and friends with a dash of romance made for a cozy and comfortable read that I can definitely recommend to others who enjoy the same.
My thanks to Montlake and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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