Allow me to return you to Blessings, Georgia with this review, excerpt and Giveaway for the new release from Sharon Sala. Please be sure to check out the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a diamond hummingbird necklace!
Return to the small Georgia town of Blessings, where Sharon Sala brings us a story of hope and love for two young people just trying to survive and thrive after life has handed them some blows.
Dori is just seventeen with a 6 month old baby: living with her grandfather, she’s just trying to make a life and do the right thing. When she and her son are left with nothing, the residents of town don’t dive in to help, but judge, point fingers and gossip. Unlike the more ‘established’ families, Johnny can’t believe the lack of concern and empathy for Dori, and he, despite his struggles to raise his own younger brothers, steps up to offer help.
Johnny and Dori are adorable together: neither is particularly open or immune to the whispers and sidelong glances they get: both are truly struggling against massive odds to do the right things and make a life for themselves and the children they are responsible for. Not afraid of hard work, and doing their best to ignore the hurt from the gossips in town, their relationship moves from supportive friendship to love as the story progresses.
This is a couple you want to root for, and you’ll be throwing shade on those who judge the two: they do everything to the best of their ability, and persevere, even when things go horridly pear-shaped. There’s a curious dynamic in a small town, and Sala managed to capture the nuances: the secrets, shames, judgment and snobbery that comprise the ‘established leader’s’ personas, and their utter inability to deal with the sort of dismissive attitudes they so freely hand out in Dori and Johnny’s direction. While not a huge ‘yeah, they got theirs’ moment that leaves readers feeling that the balance of karma has been fully restored, enough hardship affects their lives, giving them a small comeuppance where our couple is concerned.
A lovely story of the power of support and the power of a helping hand, Sala uses an apparent bucolic setting and pulls back the lace curtains to give us a view of the dynamics and relationships behind them. While the romance moves forward quickly, the pacing feels plausible and real when you consider the history and age of Johnny and Dori.
Title: I'll Stand by You
Author: Sharon Sala
Also in this series: For Your Love, Crystal Clear
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 2 June, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 12 minutes
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No one is alone
Dori Grant is no stranger to hardship. As a young single mother in the gossip-fueled town of Blessings, Georgia, she's weathered the storm of small-town disapproval most of her life. But when Dori loses everything within the span of an evening, she realizes she has no choice but to turn to her neighbors.
As long as there is love to give
Everyone says the Pine boys are no good, but Johnny Pine has been proving the gossips wrong ever since his mother died and he took over raising his brothers. His heart goes out to the young mother and child abandoned by the good people of Blessings. Maybe he can be the one to change all that...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.