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The Strawberry Hearts Diner

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  11,267 ratings  ·  706 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Montlake Romance
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I kind of have a problem with this book.
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.

Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Seventy year old Nettie and forty year old Vicky are co-owners of the Strawberry Hearts Diner in the small town of Pick, Texas. Just when the ladies are wishing that they had more help in the diner Jancy Wilson finds herself in the parking lot with her old beat up car going up into flames. Jancy had just planned on visiting her grandmother's grave in the small town but with little cash and no way out of town she spies the help wanted sign.

Jancy finds herself waiting tables in the diner and plan
Lady Heather
Publication Date: July 18, 2017

4 stars!

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
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-reads
4.5 🌟

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
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I would say The Strawberry Hearts Diner is exactly as the cover and title suggests it will be. It is a feel-good book that is pleasant to read. This is a Christian romance that takes place in Texas, although I wouldn’t say romance is the main theme, it’s also very much about strong friendship that feels like family. There is one storyline that seems to just kind of fall off the planet with no further explanation but for the most part this book wraps up nicely.
A life-weary woman breaks down in a small town she meant to pass on through, a help wanted sign brings her to a special diner that may just feed her soul. Another Texas small town story with a bit a humor and a whole lot of country-loving heart to enough.

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
Irene Sim
This was not what I expected. RTC
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
3 Stars

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
Sep 21, 2017 rated it did not like it

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.
Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This book was all these tarts are awesome, the best ever and oh my I am drooling! I need to try those strawberry tarts. My mouth was watering through out the entire book.

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
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brown-carolyn
Another adorable Carolyn Brown book. ;)
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars: A sweet, down home romance. Perfect for when you need something light and cozy.

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
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been very down lately and a friend recommended this as an antidote. I have to admit that I usually read much heavier stuff, as you can see from my reading list, but I just really enjoyed this lovely book. I wish that I could head off to Pick, Texas and eat a strawberry tart at the diner.

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

What the hell happened with Carlton Wolfe? That whole plot just...ended?

Everything kind of happened a little too quickly for my taste. But I guess that was the whole point about small towns?
Christine Nolfi
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet small-town saga with well-drawn characters. Add this to your light reading list.
Clare O'Beara
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: america-romance
This is a modern Texan small-town story, the kind of town so small there are not even any takers for jobs. In a more down to earth version of Steel Magnolias, we spend time with a young lady passing through Pick, whose car chooses that spot to go on fire, and who is offered a job waitressing at the Strawberry Hearts Diner.
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
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Y'all, after finishing this lovely audio book I want to live in Pick Texas and hang out at the diner have burger basket and a strawberry tart. This is a sweet story that carries you away from the ugliness that the world can bring.
Cali Jewel
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quirky, sweet, fun and emotionally upbeat small town romantic journey learning about oneself and the possibility of planting roots after only ever knowing a rooming lifestyle.

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
Agatha Lund
Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via GoodReads' First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.

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.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Strawberry Hearts Diner is another delightful story by Carolyn Brown. Nettie and Vicky are the co-owners of the diner in Pick, Texas. They are looking for help and help falls into their laps. Jancy Wilson is on her way to New Orleans, but stops in Pick to visit her grandmother's grave. As she stops to get gas and something to eat, her car goes up in flames. With little cash and no way out of town she sees the help wanted sign, and ends up employed at The Strawberry Hearts Diner. When others ...more
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Carolyn Brown novels are always fun and witty. This was just what I needed after an intense and dark read to get me back on track. It was by no means a literary achievement, nor was it meant to be, but it was comfort food for me. Delectable characters of all ages and delectable strawberry tarts will do it. I do love novels revolving around diners with home-style country cooking. Maybe because it’s where we like to stop when traveling the good old USA. The folks that run them are usually happy to ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How have I not read Carolyn Brown before now? I loved the small town vibe and the delightfully quirky characters. Everybody knows everybody else's business and uses that knowledge to help each other along, usually in the best possible way. Folks stand together against a threat from outside the community. Friendships are strong and unexpected love (and its consequences) is cherished.
I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley and I offer my opinion in respo
Nanci Schenkein
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A small town wonder

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
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great one by Carolyn Brown!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, romance
Boring! Nothing, absolutely nothing happens. All the action is happening in the first few pages and then it falls flat. Everyone is too nice. Even the villain is completely polite and nonthreatening.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This vanilla romance is sweet as saccharine and totally forgettable. It does not stand out from the crowd in any way. It was cute and nice and well written... but if you ask me, in a month, what I thought of it, I probably won't remember a thing about it.
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a feel-good romance story that was easy to listen to.

I borrowed this in audiobook format through Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cute story
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this women's fiction book that was about family and family of the heart, a small town sticking together, and budding romances between several couples. The great thing about reading a Carolyn Brown book is that you don't have to go through major dark moments, even though there is certainly some turmoil. But overall, I could read this book and be confident all would work out in the end. I loved each of the characters and how they related to each other and grew to respect and love each othe ...more
Pam Nelson
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 The Strawberry Hearts Diner Stars

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.

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