Sweet Delight Review: Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown

Posted July 22, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Sweet Delight / 19 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sweet Delight Review: Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown
Small Town Rumors

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on July 3, 2018
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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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About Carolyn Brown

Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!

Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.

I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter… all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.

I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. In 1997 Kensington bought two books for their Precious Gems line. Two years and six books later the line died with only four of those books seeing publication. But by then Avalon had bought a book and another, and another. Ten years later the list has grown to thirty nine. Last year Sourcebooks bought the Lucky Series which is in the bookstores now. They’ve also bought The Honky Tonk Series which will debut with I LOVE THIS BAR in June and will be followed by HELL, YEAH, MY GIVE A DAMN’S BUSTED, and HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS.

Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!

I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my editors who continue to believe in me.

Happy reading!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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4 years ago

Love that song by Bonnie Raitt! I just adore Carolyn Brown and the stories she tells are always fun, but thought-provoking. Bookmarking this one to remind me to grab it! Happy Sunday and Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  RO

I just had to put that song with this one. 🙂

Her books are so fun. Hope you get a chance at it soon, Radiant Ro!

Carole Rae
4 years ago

I really must read more. I’ve only read a couple of her books

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I have such a good time with her books. Hope you get the chance, Carole!

Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

I have quite a few books written by Carolyn Brown but I don’t think I have read her work yet. I do like this kind of small town romance. Glad you enjoyed this one.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Haha! I stockpile so many books. I’m right there with you, Carole.

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

I think I’ve read a couple of books by this authors years ago but nothing recently. This sounds like a book that I would enjoy though.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

She writes so many that its hard to keep up. It was a fun one, Mary.

4 years ago

I’ve listened to one of her books I got as an audible daily deal and I loved it. This sounds great also. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Northwomn

They are definitely a lot of fun. I’ve only listened to one and it was a good combo of story and narration.

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

Small town + Texas is all I really need to get me interested in a story, and it looks like there’s a lot more to enjoy with this one. I haven’t read a Carolyn Brown before. Will add this to my TBR list!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yes, that is how I am, too, Crystal. Hope you get the chance to try her books out.

Christy LoveOfBooks
4 years ago

I have GOT to read her books! This sounds so perfect. I also want to read her other book – The Sometimes Sisters, I think? Ahhh I love Bonnie Raitt!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yes!!! You really must, Christy.

The Sometimes Sisters is another good one by her. 🙂 Had to do Bonnie Raitt with this one.

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

I am yet to read this author’s books. I have heard nothing bu good things. Small Town romances are always a treat.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

You have a treat waiting for you some day, Nadene. 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yep, you nailed it. It’s definitely not going to appeal to everyone, but its one of my favorite tropes. 🙂

Thanks, Alyssa! 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh fun! I do love her books, too. Glad to hear this had her typical quirky silliness. 😀

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

This one was a blast. 🙂 I think it was one of her better stories.