I adored this book. I love Mary K. Andrews because I know what I’m going to get. Another story about a small country town where everyone knows everyonI adored this book. I love Mary K. Andrews because I know what I’m going to get. Another story about a small country town where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and small town secrets and scandals abound.
Annajane Hudgens works for the local soda plant called Quixie, which happens to belong to her ex-husband, Mason, and his family. Planning to make the final push to get over her ex, she plans to relocate to Atlanta and remarry. But not before attending Mason’s wedding. When the wedding is unceremoniously interrupted, mayhem and shenanigans ensue.
This is a sweet story about family, friendship, and unrequited love. Annajane and Mason have had their ups and downs, but working through the plots and schemes of the woman trying to trick and ensnare Mason into marriage, and the schemes of said woman and Mason’s younger brother Davis to sell off the company, they both really grow up and begin to change. Their perception and understanding of each other and themselves becomes clearer, though their insecurities still threaten to pull them under.
The characters are so colorful, fun, and likable. And even the ‘villains’ were entertaining and necessary to the story. I was especially fond of Mason’s daughter Sophie and his younger sister and Annajane’s best friend Pokey. Both were quirky, hilariously honest, and loyal to a fault.
I love the small town setting and can really get into the coziness of the atmosphere the author created. There was so much to love about this book. Once again Ms. Andrews does not disappoint....more
I have very mixed feelings about this book. While the premise of the book and the actual story were really interesting, the execution of it was a bitI have very mixed feelings about this book. While the premise of the book and the actual story were really interesting, the execution of it was a bit clumsy and poorly executed. The writing seems to be somewhat simplistic and awkward. Especially when it comes to the dialogue between the characters and the metaphors and descriptions.
Haven Moore begins to have visions, triggered by a beautiful face on the television screen, of a past life where she was a woman named Constance who was deeply in love with a man named Ethan. And when she learns that her crotchety old Grandmother and the Pastor of her church have been working together for years to repress her memories, Haven takes off for New York to find the truth and reunite with her one true love. But for someone who is supposed to be her destiny, when Haven meets Iain, Ethan in a past life, he is creepy, scary and controlling. He treats her like she is a child and is condescending and entirely too secretive.
She also has a supposed best friend named Beau who can sure be an asshole to her. And I get that he is upset that she revealed a secret to his father, but no matter how upset, when your best friend calls you to update you on her journey, you don’t say things like…”You’re the mystery girl in Italy! I hope you know you don’t deserve it…” (pg. 215). Wow really? And then when she calls him in need of help he tells her…”Now grow some balls and see Ms. Whitman. Otherwise I’m not going to help your sorry ass anymore.” (pg. 241). Now she’s a sorry ass? Do best friends talk to each other like that nowadays?
Also, it was hard for me to get past how naive and stupid Haven was. I understand that she is only seventeen, from a small town, and has been essentially manipulated a good portion of her life. But she doesn’t even seem to have basic common sense at times in this story. At one point she genuinely believes that Iain is a murderer and can’t be trusted, but…”Murderer or not, Iain’s voice could still send her heart racing.” (pg. 297). And she seems to continuously make really bad decisions and walks herself right into danger. I just found myself really frustrated with her and shaking my head as she stumbled her way through to the truth.
Overall, the bones of this book was really good and incredibly interesting. But when it came to being fleshed out, it fell short of my expectations....more