The Town That Came A-Courtin'
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The Town That Came A-Courtin'

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Folks around Dexter, Georgia, where Abby Houston grew up, say the obituary writer turned worldwide bestselling author is the luckiest woman alive. Her mama, though, says: "Lucky in life means unlucky in love." Her mama must be right, because Abby's been getting her heart broken since sixth grade. Then one day she waltzes into the tiny town of Bliss, Mississippi. Abby's use...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Berkley Trade (first published 2005)
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Carly
Apr 17, 2008 Carly rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carly by: a co-worker
This is certainly not one of the best books I've ever read, but it's a perky little story full of delightful anecdotes. If you're looking for an easy read with simple southern charm, romance, humour, and a little bit of drama, then introduce yourself to Ms. Abby Houston, a protagonist whom you can't help but love. In her own words, she is a “storyteller, a simple creature graced with the DNA that permeates the bloodlines of most people born in the Deep South…nothing special, no different than mo...more
Glenda L
This was a cute good old-fashioned love story ... not a lot of substance, but entertaining. It is full of romance Southern style ... sweet and funny.
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This book was outside my normal reading. It was quirky story that was an entertaining read. If there are stereotypes in the South, this book had them. Now I don’t think the author really meant to put them in there, but I got the feeling she was writing what she knows, namely Deep Southern small towns. I have lived in small towns for most of my life, so it was entertaining to read about a different type of culture than what I am used to. With a kidnapping and a town matchmaking, I would recommend...more
Patty
I really enjoyed this book by a local N. GA author. The whole premise is based on a true story that the author experienced where a whole town kept telling her "you need to meet our mayor - he needs a wife." So funny! A really enjoyable read. Anyone who likes a good Southern story or a little quirky romance should read this book.
Lori Mason
"I learned that every person has a story, if you'll just take the time to dig down and find it." ... "Sometimes you find those people and those stories in the darkest places. But always, you just have to slow down and take the time to see it." p. 43
Dianna
What a fun book! Glad Cindy picked this up by accident. If you want a fun quick read, (I read it in a day!) grab this book. You'll fall in love with these characters (yes, even Mama)and learn some insights along the way. Recommended.
Lisa
There were a number of places that had me laughing. I related far too well with the character's troubles with her mother. The pace was good. A number of the characters reminded of people I knew. Poor Elmer - I almost cried.
Katie
Adorable story by a local writer! I loved her column in the paper so I decided to read this book. I found it as cute, sweet, and as southern as her articles. I'm looking forward to reading some of her non-fiction books too!
Jodi Sykes
I really loved this book! Having lived in the South for most of my life, Ronda Rich truly captured the "flavor" of Southerners perfectly. I have friends whose mother reminds me of Abby's Mama 110%! What a delightful read!
Emily
I read this book in condensed form. I thought it was okay, but kind of silly. It was based partly on an experience the author had, but I felt like everything happened too fast in the book and seemed too cheesy.
KATY
I read this when I first started working at the library on a recommendation from a patron. Note to self: not all patron recommendations should be followed.
Clint Smith
Great story fun and touching - a small town setting with a big heart

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Karen
An amusing little southern romance that absolutely delighted my mother. Although most of it is predictable, it does offer one off beat twist.
Ashley Bailey
HATED this book....i only read the first two chapters and was bored to death so i took it back to the library...it was just so slow ....
Leslie Lamb
Kind of sappy and silly. I liked that it was a good clean book. I was surprised at the kidnapping, which gave it some excitement.
Cindy
Jun 20, 2012 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Pick this book up by accident and actually was pleasantly surprised. Another great summer read. 3.5 stars for making me feel good!
Sherri
"I learned that every person has a story, if you'll just take the time to dig down and find it."
Gina
Ronda Rich! What a delightful read! It was everything I had hoped it would be and more.
Sherri
FUNNY - LIKED THE POINT OF VIEW - A SUCCESSFUL AUTHORESS... MY DREAM!
Bobbie
Quick, cute little read about a charming southern town
Vickie
so much fun! laugh and cry at the same time. just fun
Mandy
Funny read. Makes you want some high heels.
Kim
Good book. Fast read.
Nan
this was a cute book.
Susan Phelan
I enjoyed this.
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