The Strawberry Hearts Diner
Being broke, unemployed, and stranded back in the tiny town of Pick, Texas, was not part of Jancy Wilson’s plan. Yet here she is, watching her car literally go up in smoke—along with her last-ditch hope of staying with her cousin in Louisiana. When Jancy spies a Help Wanted sign hanging in the window of the quaint Strawberry Hearts Diner, the memories of the two years she...more
I think christianity is a little like wealth. Ostentatious displays of it are just a little tacky.
If it was a part of the story, fair enough.
If it was christian romance, fair enough.
But you could take every reference to church and christianity out of this book and it would be the exact same book. It serves absolutely no purpose.
On top of that, there was an entire subplot that completely fell off the wagon. Unresolved, no idea why it was even in there.
Jancy finds herself waiting tables in the diner and plan ...more
This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it.
It took me a couple of chapters to get used to the author's voice but once I did, the story flowed very smoothly for me.
The story centres around 4 strong, independent women who are all related either by blood or friendship.
All these women are at different ages and different stages in their life, living in the small town of Pick, Texas.
It's a story of family and friendship, learning to ...more
How can you not want to find a place like Pick, TX with a Strawberry Hearts Diner!?! This story was so heartwarming, it makes me want to be a part of their tight knit group. Jancy had a tough life but when she ended up in Pick where her grandmother is from, her car couldn't have caught fire in a better place. They say some things are meant to be but turns out, it wasn't only meant to be just for Jancy. She is exactly what Vicky and Nettie needed in their life too. Throw in a charming romanc ...more
First of all, word of caution, do not read this one while hungry. The strawberry tarts and down home cooking at the diner will have you salivating. It sure did me.
This is a gently-paced character-driven plot that focuses on the lives of four wom ...more
I adore Carolyn Brown as an author, but I have to say that this isn't my favorite.
It was a cute and sweet story, and I liked the characters a lot; but I just felt that there wasn't nearly enough conflict.
There are a few different story lines going on. Jancy's past and her relationship with Shane; Emily and Rider's relationship; and a con-man shows up in town to try and buy it. All made the trappings for a great story, but any conflict that should have been there were quickly dealt with. I ...more
I'm pretty sure I already know how this book ends... and I've read 23%. This book is so sugary sweet my teeth hurt. It's literally so sweet, I lost interest. Completely. I can't force myself to keep reading it. I've given it multiple shots, and I just don't care. Maybe someday I'll try again. But for now, I'm moving on.
Jancy has no one and then she gets stranded in her gran's hometown. Poor thing, she only meant to visit the grave and then she is there, no money, no car, nothing to her name. But this is a C Brown book and that means a lovely small town where people are friendly. She gets a job, she gets a place to sleep. There are some great p ...more
Jancy is trying to make it to Louisiana on a wing and a prayer. After a quick stop in Pick, Texas, to visit her grandmother’s grave, Jancy puts on her lucky cap and prays her car will make the final stretch. Unfortunately, the car breaks down and burns up right in front of the Strawberry Hearts Diner in Pick. Luckily, Nettie and Vickie are in desperate need of a waitress, so they hire Jancy on ...more
As I grew up in San Antonio and in rural Texas, Carolyn Brown's characters spoke to me with the gentle eloquence and humility of people I know and love. It lifted the black shroud of depression for a litt ...more
Jancy already knows some of the good folks in Pick, since her grandma lived and died there, and this means Vicky and Nettie are happy to hire her and give her a room. Just lik ...more
Jancy Wilson is a sweetly sassy young woman down on her luck, broke down is the small town of Pick, Texas out front of The Strawberry Hearts Diner she remembers from the brief time her parents and her lived here. Raised by parents that refused to stay anyone place very long she is surprised to find that her original plan o ...more
I don't read romance novels expecting to get any kind of revelatory storytelling, I read them because they're comforting. In an increasingly frustrating, frightening, sad world, romance novels make me feel like everything is going to be okay. Carolyn Brown's books are predictable, but in the best way. The comforting way. And this one was just what I needed.
I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley and I offer my opinion in respo ...more
This is a charming book about a small town in Texas and his inhabitants. The main character Jancy is a young woman, at the end of her rope who by accident finds herself back in one of the many places she lived as a child. It soothes her soul, saves her financially and gives her a new purpose in life with really wonderful people.
It is sweet and gentle, with vivid description of the characters, the businesses and the hearts of the people.
Their willingness to help each other and ...more
I don’t know what I expected when I picked up this book but I am go glad I did.
Jancy finds herself right where she needs to be, and surrounded by people who just want to help her. But she needs to find this out on her own.
Nettie and Vicky own The Strawberry Hearts Diner and when Jancy needs a job they are more than happy to let her in.
I think they needed her as much as she needed them and Vicky’s daughter Emily comes home she and Jancy become fast friends.