Sweet Southern Hearts
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Susan Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, for a humorous, heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and self-discovery…
When it comes to marriage, third time’s the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s thrilled to be on her honeymoon with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome veterinarian. But just like the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades her to take, newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.
Jack’s twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the perfect stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag along on the first week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew women “of a certain age” could drum up so much trouble? No sooner is Linny sighing with relief at being back home than she’s helping her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an unexpected legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s that there’s always room for another sweet surprise…
“This charming and well observed novel about finding the courage to love after loss will make you smile as well as cry more than a few happy tears. Be prepared for a story of true tenderness, humor, and sometimes nail biting tension. Sweet Southern Hearts delivers all this and more.” --Holly Chamberlin, author of Summer with my Sisters
Eventful, humorous, and engaging
you can’t help but smile as this new friend moves off into her life.
Having read and appreciated the time spent with Linny as she tackles the next chapters of her life, I was excited to see if she would find what she has been searching for. Opening with her honeymoon to the handsome Jack, the town vet, she is just starting to find those moments of connection and satisfaction in her new roles as wife, step-mother and new aunt.
But, Jack’s rather passive approach to his ex-wife and more than disrespectful son are huge issues, and the ex-wife (Vera) is one of those women who uses little girl lost and that wheedling voice to get what she wants. Whether Jack is capitulating to get away from it, or just because it’s easier to give in than to set limits I’m not really certain. And neither is Linny as everything seems to pile on her plate, while he’s rather free to do his own thing. More than once I hoped she would put her foot in him, and reclaim her zen by making him do some of the mollifying and smoothing. But…I digress
What Schild does with such disarming regularity is present the good, the bad, and the mundane of a normal everyday life, with a few added tweaks, and keep you caring about HOW Linny will approach each situation, solve the problems, or simply ignore the misbehaviors (think teen boy) and do what you were planning anyway. It’s delightfully nuanced, layered with plenty of challenges and joys, and even those unexpected moments of humor from people and situations that happens when least expected. It’s been such a wonderful journey with her as she regrouped, realigned and reformed her life into a vision she built and nurtured, and you can’t help but smile as this new friend moves off into her life.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Adventure Filled Romance
This was my first Susan Schild story, but it won't be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the adventures Linny took with her mother and her friends while RVing on their trip. They seemed to learn more about themselves as well as grew closer together as they learned more about each other. Linny had major issues to deal with at home all while she and her new husband Jack seemed to have one curve ball after another thrown in their newlywed life. From her stepson coming to live with them right after the honeymoon, to dealing with the ex-wife and her issues. How will things turn out for Linny and Jack? You'll have to read SWEET SOUTHERN HEARTS to find out. But this sweet loving romance novel will be worth the time. There are lots of twists, turns and bumps in the road along the way. However you'll feel the love throughout the story, just amazing. I laughed, felt the frustration from the characters as well as shed a few tears (especially in the end)! Go for what makes you happy!! I received an ARC via Tasty Book Tours through NetGalley in exchange for an honest blog tour review.
~ He directs your course as surely as rivers run to the sea.