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The Sweetest September

(Home in Magnolia Bend #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  25 reviews

A mistake that's meant to be… 

All John Beauchamp wants is a simple life. He's happy running his Louisiana sugar cane plantation and doesn't want more than that. Then Shelby Mackey breezes in, announcing that she's pregnant. Their one crazy night of passion has changed everything. 

Except Shelby insists John doesn't have to be involved - she'll raise the baby herself. But

Kindle Edition, 381 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Harlequin Superromance (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jacob Proffitt
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, romance
I'm having a really hard time reviewing this, as I do sometimes with books I really loved. There's too much I want to say and almost all of it a string of superlatives. I loved both protagonists. I loved the story. It was all evocative and engaging and . . . yeah, I'll pause now and see if I can't come at this sideways a bit.

The Harlequin "super romance " line is for meatier stories where one or both protagonists face some serious challenge or other. It can devolve into issue books and I kind of
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hp
Ok, I'm not sure how the book ended up on my TBR shelf. I'm still very puzzled by it. This was one-stand, surprise baby variety reading. I’ve read quite a few books with this trope and some of them were better than the others. This one would fall under the other category for me: predictable, full of clichés, preachy with suspend believe moments. The only reason it's two stars is the writing was decent.
Kate Vale
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp-romance
Shelby Mackey is reprised here, having made a previous appearance in THE ROAD TO BAYOU BRIDGE. In this story, she decides to tell the man with whom she had a drunken one-night stand that she is pregnant. Not because she wants anything from him; only that she decides her life needs to change and that honesty must be part of it. When she finds the man whose last name she didn't even know, he doesn't react as she expected.

Widower John Beauchamp farms a sugar cane plantation for his former in-laws.
Sheila Jackson
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Sweetest September will keep you reading from beginning to end. John Beauchamp and Shelby Mackey are the unlikeliest of couples brought together by loneliness. A hole-in-the-wall grocery store/bait stand/bar in Magnolia Bend, Louisiana is where they unleashed their physical needs over a sink in a dirty bathroom. A night of recklessness changed their lives forever when Shelby comes all the way from Washington State to tell John that she’s pregnant. I don’t want to reveal John’s reaction after ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good book. Loss and Love. Learning to feel again.
Shelby Mackey and John Beauchamp made a mistake one night that lead to something else. Both needing to forgot something painful. Now looking at something that will bind them together forever what will they do?

John lost his wife and now is staring down at a women who he cares a lot about. He isn't sure what he'll do, but she makes him smile and laugh.

Shelby is lost and really is overhelmed with everything that's happened between her and John. Th
Oct 05, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
I ended up skimming through this book. The pacing was slow, it had a random secondary character's POV, and I didn't feel any chemistry between the hero and heroine.
Sheryl C. Nash
*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Harlequin*
I first met Shelby in The Road to Bayou Bridge, as the girl that Darby almost married when he was still (unknowingly) married to someone else. This is Shelby's story, which picks up just after her breakup with Darby. Brokenhearted and mad at herself for yet another poor pick in the man department, she stops at a combination grocery/bait shop/bar and has a few drinks. There she encounters a man indulging in his own attempts at forgetting his pain. It is the first anniversary of the death of John' ...more
Gerry Bates
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an emotional roller coaster.

This story was was intense at times I had to take a break to catch my breath, but I couldn't stop for long. I read it in one day. I love John and Shelby and how the dilemmas they gave were resolve. Carla's grief was so intense and the end for her was redemptive. Can't wait to start the next in the series.
Catarina Szelsky †
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
what a great story. i loved the heroine
Hsiau Wei
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelby met John at a bar when both nursing their own heartache. Selby got dump by her fiancé who went back to his wife while it is the first anniversary on the passing of his wife for John. They ended up together for the night. Both thought their liaison will end then but John was surprise when he found Selby at his doorstep and telling him that she is pregnant with his child. Shelby only wanted to do the right thing to tell him about the baby. She have no intention to get money out of him. More ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Two drunk broken-hearted strangers just want to feel good for a little bit. Shelby, a rich girl from Seattle, has been dumped by her fiance... who fell back in love with the wife he thought he was divorced from. John, a local farmer of the sleepy LA town, is suffering through the one year anniversary of his wife's death. They end up having protected sex in the bar's restroom, so John is surprised to find Shelby in town,
Aug 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

First, let me say that I am a sucker for a Southern story. If the Southern story is set in Louisiana, all the better, because Louisiana is a fun state full of interesting people and truly majestic scenery.

Yet, in the interest of full disclosure, I assign a one-star rating (i.e.--"did not like..." ...enough to finish) to all novels that I either do not finish or refuse to finish. The Sweetest September represents a "refuse-to-finish." The writin
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I never expected one of the most uplifting stories of loss, healing, longing, faith and romance to start with a quickie in a bar bathroom. Two grief-stricken people make one of the worst mistakes possible, a human mistake, but one these two extremely likable people must deal with as it changes their lives forever. Talley's ability to weave Southern culture, faith and a sexy romance makes this book a true page turner and keeper. John Beauchamp is one of the most decent, tortured heroes in recent ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Shelby made mistakes in her past and had heartache, but she stayed strong. She never played the victim, and I loved that about her. John was grieving the death of his wife and just going through the motions. He numbed his pain with constant work in the fields. He needed a reason to really live again, and Shelby gave that to him. This story was a little gritty at times and sweet at others. The people felt real to me, and I could see the story unfold in my head. I have not read ...more
Jessica Figueroa
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgally
This is a book about love loss forgiveness and getting back out there again. Both characters have their own set of trouble with love and with one reckless night and a mistable they are able to find love with each other. I loved reading this sweet book. I loved watching the connection between the main characters grow. I loved that there was a bit of drama to keep things interesting. I loved how it ended. I loved that there was more then one point of view so it helped me understand each character ...more
Claire McEwen
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love layered, imperfect characters and Liz Talley writes them so well. The hero and heroine of this book make a big mistake and have to live with the consequences, and they do it, and find joy in it, while doing all the realistic questioning and doubting that anyone of us might do. They were characters I could relate to, so I bought right into their story and enjoyed it thoroughly. Her secondary characters stand out as well, so much that I felt like I was in Magnolia Bend with them! Can't wait ...more
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
John and Shelby both have their own issues with love and after one hot passionate night their lives will change forever. This is a book about loss and finding love you never thought you could have. I did enjoy this book. I also loved have dual point of views, I really like that in a book. The author did a great job with this story.

I was given a copy by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kelly Wise
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved! The characters are brilliantly developed and totally "real." Dialogue is a huge thing for me in books, and this one is utterly perfect - funny, sweet, sexy, and honest! Highly recommended!
Harlequin Books
"Talley uses her skill to create authentic characters whose emotions and activities ring true" (RT Book Reviews). 4 1/2 stars

Miniseries: Home in Magnolia Bend
Nan Dixon
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous book! I am still wiping the tears from my eyes. The letters in the book were fantastic. It is obvious why this book was a RITA finalist. Well done!
Anna Johnson
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. I immediately fell in love with farmer John Beauchamp. Liz Talley has once again done a fabulous job sharing a beautiful love story with the readers.
Nicole Burnham
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was hooked from the opening paragraph! Can't wait to read more Liz Talley books.
Laura Hannaway
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really sweet story and I loved the characters. The plot progression felt right as these two lost people healed and found one another, and the ending was absolutely perfect!!
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
a good depiction of a widower story.
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