In the mood for a story that combines romance, family, secrets and betrayals all in one small town? Susan Sands has a new release in her Alabama series that brings all that and more. Read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $20 Amazon Gift Card. But first…
A nice mix of family saga, second chance romance and learning to move forward despite the fact that everyone you encounter remembers your younger self are the highlights in this story. Emma is in her hometown running a beauty pageant coaching business despite the fact everyone sees her as a failed beauty queen. I liked Emma – she’s strong, solidly voiced person who has grown up from her wild-child self. Unfortunately, she still lives in the town where all that happened, and people are notoriously loathe to give up the stories.
Emma’s sister Cammie is making a splash with a television cooking show, and Matthew has arrived to direct. An Alabama native, he’s not two hours from the hometown he left in his rearview mirror years ago, and he’s not too thrilled to be back. When he recognizes a face from the past in Emma, he’s none too happy.
Oh the drama between these two – oil and water until Matthew comes clean and tells her that he was the one who rescued her from the all too famous party years ago. And when that secret is shared, all sorts of skeletons fall out of the closet: small towns with long memories have them in spades.
Building a story in a small town brings lots of wonderful elements – family, eccentric characters, long held secrets buried for ‘your own good’, and manipulations, overt and covert with or without malicious intent. Best here, Sands doesn’t overdo it on the characters or the drama, and no one is really acting because they are mean-spirited, more that they ‘know more’ than you with their experience. Not only does Sands bring that level of understanding to the readers, but you enjoy the ride along the way. It may not convert you to wanting that all-invasive small town, but you do understand the draw.
Title: Love, Alabama
Author: Susan Sands
Series: Alabama #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Literary Fiction /Family Saga
Published by: Tule Publishing
Published on: 13 April, 2016
Source: Publisher via Tour Company
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Emma Laroux‘s a fallen Southern beauty queen whose past is barely whispered about in her small town. But the secrets and lies surrounding the scandal from long ago still haunt her, and something about Matthew Pope holds the answers. If only she could put her finger on it..
Matthew Pope wonders what awful karmic thing he’d done to land him in Podunk, Alabama. But when he sees Emma Laroux again after all this time, he knows he’s still the only one that holds the key to unlock the truth of her past…
Will a shared moment in time ten years ago threaten what might be the best thing that’s ever happen to either of them—each other?
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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