This was such a cute book with some surprisingly serious themes I didn't expect.
You have a globe-trotting travel writer who isn't really traveling, but running away from people and feelings. She's running from her father, her mother's death, her fear of commitment... and ends up running to Alabama, somewhat reluctantly.
But more is waiting for her there than a mere tour of historical homes. Enter a handsome man name Shug, a jealous girlfriend, a helpful B&B owner, an aspiring chef, a nightmare child, and a town full of drama, life, and love.
And there's Phase III... Seems half the town is going to be grazed for condos unless Julia can do something about it.
There's no lack of humor either as the heroine gets herself almost killed by a bee, chokes on sweet tea, breaks a heel...
"I can picture the headline: NY Travel Writer unveils secret identity as Circus Sideshow Act."
"I'm hoping it's a 95 percent discount program for wayward Yankees who lose their luggage in Atlanta."
The first person narrative is witty,engaging, sarcastic, and heartfelt. Expect for some odd moments where it got into Alabama history and I got a bit bored, I really loved this book. (Southern history simply doesn't enamor me.)
I especially loved the fact we have a romance and a solid story without sex. HUGE thumbs up for being different, especially in a time of more sex, hotter sex, sex sells...etc.
But more important of all, I appreciate a moral revealed at the end: let people explain before jumping to conclusions. Always give them a chance.
Four stars. I was given this book by Sizzling PR.