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I'm sorry, I hate writing a bad review. On the good side, it started strong. I liked Grace and Mama G, and the idea that salvation for the poor kid was at hand. But then all of a sudden Grace is a grownup and Mama G is failing! I continued with the story, but it was slow and the dialogue repetitious. At 1/3 I stopped reading. Maybe it's me. Everybody else seemed to like it.
I got this as light reading...a way to ease the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and all the political trauma and drama. I just wanted a light, feel-good story that was immersive and fun. Didn't get that. Although the back-story of the characters was interesting, only a few had any real personality. The story was cheesy and slow to unfold. Then, within the last four pages, an "ending" is narrated. The death of one of the most compelling and interesting characters is relegated to a paragraph that feels like a footnote, the event that was supposed to be of paramount importance to all the characters and the town itself was given a cursory synopsis, and the budding romance between the main character and her neighbor basically culminates in a sort of "and they lived happily ever after" manner. I have absolutely no idea why this book ever got more than 3 stars from any reader. Having begun the read with relatively low expectations, I still found this book let me down.
Well, the first 1/4 of this book was great setup for the main characters and I was enjoying it and couldn't wait for the story to really take off; but it never did. There were endless conversations about trivial things that didn't add to the plot or move the story forward and not much else. I was looking forward to the Travis/Grace romance but given how damaged these people were, I wasn't feeling their healing and their HEA. And the quirky townspeople's story didn't go anywhere much so that I lost interest in them pretty quickly. In fact, given how much I enjoyed the first quarter of the book, I was really surprised that the brakes were put on so fast. It still went over the cliff into utter boredom. It occurred to me that perhaps it is the first one in a series and all these people will matter in future installments but none were memorable and when the next installment comes around (per Amazon that will be in 2045!) I'll have forgotten every one of them. Wish I had my time back.
This book was a very poorly written story with lots of totally unnecessary foul language. Oddly, the one character who you might expect to use the foul language (a former soldier who had served a war zone) was not the one using the foul language. I would not recommend this author to anyone!
I expected this novel to be as charming as "Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe" and other books of a similar vein--a little bit magical yet entirely possible and certainly likeable. It was none of those. The characters are missing something--realism and likeability. One hears books. One smells rich men. One grows pretty flowers. And so on. As for style, the sentences are stilted and choppy. Nothing lyrical about it. And plot? Forget it. It's a child's story at best. I'm sorry, but it makes me angry to pay good money for bad books.