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Ten years ago a tornado leveled Sweetness, Georgia. Three native sons decide to rebuild the town, using grants for a Green Town development. They return to the abandoned town, fighting the kudzu, and build a new road, bunkhouse, and mess hall. The rebuilding schedule requires at least fifty men onsite. Men leave on weekends or go AWOL.
The Armstrong brothers need women to anchor the men to the jobsite. Kendall, middle brother, places an advertisement in a recession-ravaged northern town where his true love lives.
The characters move the story nicely for a pleasant light read while provoking interest in the North meets South mix of romance between youngest son, Porter, and Dr. Nikki Salinger. Nikki is not well accepted by the workers and decides to go back North. She is delayed at every turn so the couple can work toward happily ever after.
The next book in the series is Baby, Come Home.
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The second book in the series revisits Kendall’s old love, the woman he left behind twelve years ago when he entered the Air Force. Amy Bradshaw, now a civil engineer, returns for sentimental reasons: to redesign a romantic bridge in Sweetness.
The pair ooze chemistry. If their world could just stay between the sheets, the reader knows they would never part. But in daylight their problems grow. It is unlikely they will work through their differences to reach true understanding.
When Kendall joined the Air Force, Amy wanted to join his adventure. He expected her to wait patiently at home until he had his fun. They share a failure to communicate.
The characters grow more interesting in this book. The third book, Baby, Don’t Go, comes out in November.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
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The book title comes from an after-curfew encounter between the islanders and the Gestapo. The islanders, coming from a rare feast of roasted pig, get cornered. Elizabeth explains they have just ended a rousing literary discussion and are on their way to their homes. Elizabeth is a young woman with a small daughter, Kit. She and all the island inhabitants display that uniquely British quality of getting on during tough times.
After the Second World War, an islander writes Juliet Ashton to ask help in locating books by a particular author. She has finished her own book. Her publisher encourages her to get along with a second book. Her fiancé wants marriage.
Soon she is corresponding with most the islanders. Her publisher encourages her to travel to Guernsey Island and write her book.
This wonderful story emerges. Elizabeth, a bright and brave young mother finds love. Unlike Yanks, the story does not end quite the way our writers would end with happily ever after (HEA).
Readers, this is a hard book for most to put down.
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Reviewed by Robyn Daniels