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Lila Mae Guidry is a Southern girl through and through. As a fourth-generation Latter-day Saint in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she’s proud of her heritage as both a Southerner and a Saint—and she doesn’t take kindly to people who disparage either. Ten years ago, Max Archer was just that kind of jerk. As the mission president’s son, Max spent his entire three years mocking the ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 2016 by Covenant Communications
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Melanie Jacobson writes delightful contemporary romances set in the LDS (Mormon) culture, with liberal doses of wit and humor and insight. This book, for a change of pace, is set in New Orleans. It's certainly not a hotbed of Mormon culture, but Lila Mae Guidry is a born and raised Louisianan and loves her home there with all her heart. She's also a dedicated and talented high school history teacher in a New Orleans public high school.

Lila has never forgotten Max Archer, who spent three years in
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
What a fun book with a great sense of setting! Baton Rouge is a huge element in this book and it totally made me want to visit Louisiana and try all the food that the main characters were swooning over ;) Lila Mae is one of those women who is beautiful and independent with an inner strength... and everyone wonders why she isn't married yet. I loved that even though she struggles with difficult feelings when it seems all the young women around her are planning weddings or having babies, she is de ...more
Melanie Jacobson
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I've been wanting to set a story in Baton Rouge, where I grew up, forever. This is that story. It means even more to me now as I post this between scrolling through news reports about the flooding today in that city. These are vibrant, good people who will have each other's backs. They'll rise stronger because they always do.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Teenagers do stupid stuff. In my opinion it's a fact. Max Archer was an arrogant young man who made a very bad impression on Lila Guidry. He was condescending of her beloved Baton Rouge.

Ten years later he comes back, this time he is employed in Baton Rouge and he wants a do-over. He wants a chance to make a new impression. Will Lila let him? Will she hold a grudge forever? Or will she give him the second chance? One thing in his favor is the obvious chemistry they have.

I really like romance book
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Katie W
There's something about that South that gives me the warm fuzzies. I've never lived there, but I love the way the people are so true to their roots, are so polite, and have a way of making everyone feel like warm honey. This book exemplifies the Southern hospitality and really brings Baton Rouge's way of life to life.

Lila is all grown up and teaching school. She wants to be married, but her prospects are slim. When Max comes back to town, she's expecting the same "punk" from her teenage years, b
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Kathy
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Enjoyable clean romance set in Louisiana.

Content: Clean
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chaste, lds, romance
I tend to enjoy Melanie Jacobson's stories and I'm glad to see that hasn't changed. Lila Mae and Max are charming from the start and I was engaged even though Lila's motivations are entirely negative (which usually gripes me and slows down stories). I really liked how they worked together and reworked their past to build an interesting present. It doesn't hurt, of course, that I have a soft spot for a Southern romance and Jacobson infuses this story with Southern charm (as you'd expect from the ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Can you hear my heart right now? It's breathing out a very contented . That's because it's happy and full of all kinds of romantic notions. Seriously. It might be on overload.

This is contemporary romance at it's best for me. Witty dialogue, playful banter, characters who are flawed but so endearing and a vibrant setting full of food descriptions that will make your mouth water. What more could you want?!?!

I love when I get butterflies in my stomach while reading a book. This one gave me some bu
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Susan K
Romance, clean, Christian, Latter-day Saint setting, but really something anyone could read.
This came at a perfect moment my way. Reading Lila Mae and Max's story was such a beautiful read for me! MJ books often are funny, and humorous. This was a little bit more serious. I loved her picture of Louisiana. It made me want to go there and experience it for myself. Lila Mae's passion for teaching, for her students, for her family, for the people in her circle, made her a beautiful, heartfelt charac
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Sydney
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As always, Melanie has written another novel that is not only cute and sweet, but humorous as well. I always know without a shadow of a doubt when I pick up one of Melanie’s books that it will have a fun romance story, as well as leave me grinning from ear to ear and of course laughing!!! I love how Melanie ties in real-life situations in all her stories, bringing to life her characters and the environment around them. Southern Charmed is a fantastic story, taking place in Melanie’s home town, B ...more
Alisa
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I loved Max, and I loved Lila as a school teacher - I just didn't always love them together. I've lived in a lot of different places and I've moved even when I didn't want to so it was hard for me to understand where Lila was coming from most of the book.

Overall, a fun read!

Content: Clean
Source: Amazon.com (I paid $16.99 for the e-book; I believe it's a fundraiser for Baton Rouge)
Sara Cardon
Melanie is a solid writer and I really enjoyed this story. The best parts? Southern women, Louisiana-style Southern. I loved the place and how much Lila loves Baton Rouge. Max is great. He's so clever to find a way to date Lila while making sure it's not a date at all. The sub-plot about one of Lila's students is interesting and adds depth to the story.
Tiffany
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This author is an auto-buy for me, and this book did not disappoint. Loved it! Highly recommend!
Melanie
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once I started reading this book, I didn't stop until I was finished. It was such a fun read! Lila Mae has lived in Louisiana her entire life and has no plans to leave. She's a high school history teacher who is dedicated to her students and she feels the need to live close to her mother. Max lived in Louisiana for a few years when he was a teenager and made it clear that he wanted out of there. Well, Max is back and the sparks fly between them, but is he ready to settle down or is he is just pa ...more
Julie
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Melanie Jacobson's lighthearted romances, but after what happened in Louisiana the past few weeks, this book became much more than just entertainment. Southern Charmed highlights the culture and landmarks of a beautiful state and when you see the devastation the floods have wrought on it, well, my heart just aches. I love that the author donated a portion of her proceeds from this book to help not only her own family members, but everyone affected by this tragedy.

Our heroine, Lil
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Holli
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I think both need to compromise and give a little. I didn't understand why they couldn't have discussed different possibilities or options instead of both saying that they won't change. I'm sorry but if they loved each other they would talk it through and make it work. And one shouldn't have to do all the giving either. As much as you love your hometown, you might have to go where your spouse's job/school is and maybe come back after a while. Anyway... other than being annoyed with that, I liked ...more
Momof5boys
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would have been 5 stars, except the main character kind of made me mad. She just seemed so unwilling to give an inch, and she was completely unable to think outside the box at all. But the plot is good, the romance is great, and the hero is top-notch.
Shauna
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It was exactly what I needed this week! The southern flair was SO FUN-- I adored the relationship between Lila Mae and Max, but what really captured my heart was the side story of Kiana--BRILLIANT WRITING! Snatch up a copy of this book for a fantastic read!
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Very fun. Review posting on 9/15.
Summer Naylor
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the funnest fluff romances I’ve read in a long time. I loved the characters, setting, and storyline. I laughed and cried. And I really want to visit Louisiana now!
Jenny
I have often talked about loving books that are "brain candy." Now imagine if you will...cotton candy...definitely candy, but so big and pretty looking, yet so light that is just melts away when you eat it. You love it and you really aren't sure why. This book is "brain COTTON candy!"

Things I liked...
1) Extremely clever dialogue...between characters and even when the main narrator is talking to herself (HIGHLY recommend listening to the audiobook...the reader is great, and I don't know if you wo
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Jenny
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a fantastic book.
Seattul
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book Southern Charmed is a book about a women, and her life as she is going through it. In the beginning, we learn about her past, her past living in a little town. She was very religious, and still is. She has made many friends, and also some people she doesn't particulary like. This was a boy, and his name is Max Archer. This was your typical jock, football playing, all around jerk as she would put it. As Max comes back to town when they are older, and he is a changed person, everyone is t ...more
Lana
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The food. There were so many Southern food descriptions, and they all sounded so delicious that I may have found my mouth watering a few times.

But the book is not about food--it's about a romance, a sweet romance that was nice and made me happy. I loved both Lila and Max (but especially Lila), and I loved that Lila listened to God. I loved Max's politeness and Lila's mission to convert him to the love of Baton Rouge.

I was happy by the end of the book, happier than I'd thought I'd be, but the rea
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Jill
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
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Patricia
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
"It's me, not you." This is how I feel toward this book. I would rate this 2.5 stars. The premise of the book, "girl won't leave her home town, boy wants to leave" just wasn't a good conflict for me. I did not enjoy reading about it. I felt like it was a flimsy excuse. I felt that she was being immature and disregarding her need to turn to God to know what she should do instead of blindly putting other things first. Yes, I know she did ask God the first time but she should have kept doing it. I ...more
Heidi
Melanie Jacobson has written a truly charming book about a place that she clearly loves. And so does Lila Mae Guidry, a Lousiana girl through and through, who teaches at a local high school and dreams of getting married. But Max Archer isn't her ideal man, at least not at first. When she knew him as a kid he hated Baton Rouge and he humiliated her at a stake dance. But Max isn't the same person she knew and she has to fight to remind herself that he has no intentions of staying in the place she ...more
Rachel Devaughn
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a funny, romantic, christian fiction story about a girl in Louisiana. It was a light, quick read that had me laughing and almost crying. I liked the main character Lila Mae and her mom. They were both strong, independent, caring women.

I wasn't sure how the story would end because of some of the conflicts that arose between Lila Mae and Max, but I was pleased with how it ended. There were a couple parts I didn't care for-like how fast they prayed and received answers, but it's different
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Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was charmed by this story about Lila and Max. Two people who share a misunderstood past and are now reconnecting ten years later. I thought Max was the epitome of a great catch! Good looks, intelligent and full of patience for all that is Lila. He was much more patient than I would have been! Underneath the fun in this story is an underlying tale of learning to deal with loss and grief. I felt like Hattie was an integral part of the story and her story was an important one aside from Lila and ...more
Heather Green
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Melanie Jacobson is one of my favorite authors. I was so excited to read this book. While it was clean and sweet (a must for me), it wasn't as good as her previous novels. I did like the peek into life in Baton Rouge with the 'ya'll's' and 'yes ma'am's', but I didn't absolutely love Lila. I didn't like how moody and quick to take offense she was. Poor Max didn't know whether he was coming or going most of the time. My favorite part of the story was the parallel story of Kiana. I love stories whe ...more
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