Southern Sweets, Cori William
Sometimes I just want a simple romance to read, and I have a weakness for the Southern style – I love the “Bless Your Heart, how brave of you to – wear that colour/ show up after everything that happened/ try again after the disaster of your last attempt…” The way a cutting insult is delivered with a smile.
There wasn’t much of that here, but it did have that Southern Small Town feel with the characters being very realistic. I so felt for poor Amelia, she’s gone through so much and yet her heart seemed to get shattered again and again. She’s still feeling for Tanner, feelings she doesn’t want to admit to herself, doesn’t want to have, but he made his choice, went back to Marissa and left her to get on with her own life. She’s such a great character.
Lesser people would have caved, broken hearted, but she picks herself up, carries on with her bakery and brings up her daughter with the help of her parents and long time friend Monroe. Then the tide turns again and she’s got to decide once more where her heart lies.
I wasn’t expecting so much drama here, for the deep parts to go back and forth. When it went wrong first time I was ready, when it went wrong the second time I expected it but then…well, that really took me by surprise and the way it was played out, given full depth to grow, covered a span of time instead of a couple of days, as too often (for me) happens was magic. That made the book perfect for me, I love the heartbreak ( so long as I get a HEA!!) and love it to be fully drawn out, to really get the maximum drama from it.
It wasn’t til I was about third of the way through I realized this was the second book, and I’d recently started the first, Midnight Ballerina, which I’d abandoned at about 50%. It was a decent read but not really gripping, and as I’d got several review novels I put it to one side. Now I intend ( when time!!) to go back and finish it, hoping its going to have some of the depth and drama I found here.
I’ve never read any of Cori’s books before but will look out for more. Oh- and I love her monthly surprise box ideas 😉 More fun than fruit and veg or Graze snacks ones….
Stars: Four, a really satisfying read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.