Susan Schild returns with the third and final installment in her Willow Hill series. I’ve followed Linny’s story from the beginning, and the accessibility to realistic situations, feelings and Linny’s ability to move forward and take on new chapters in her life has been wonderful. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, be sure to check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the book, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $25 Amazon gift card. But first…
Sweet Southern Hearts
Having read and appreciated the time spent with Linny as she tackles the next chapters of her life, I was excited to see if she would find what she has been searching for. Opening with her honeymoon to the handsome Jack, the town vet, she is just starting to find those moments of connection and satisfaction in her new roles as wife, step-mother and new aunt.
But, Jack’s rather passive approach to his ex-wife and more than disrespectful son are huge issues, and the ex-wife (Vera) is one of those women who uses little girl lost and that wheedling voice to get what she wants. Whether Jack is capitulating to get away from it, or just because it’s easier to give in than to set limits I’m not really certain. And neither is Linny as everything seems to pile on her plate, while he’s rather free to do his own thing. More than once I hoped she would put her foot in him, and reclaim her zen by making him do some of the mollifying and smoothing. But…I digress
What Schild does with such disarming regularity is present the good, the bad, and the mundane of a normal everyday life, with a few added tweaks, and keep you caring about HOW Linny will approach each situation, solve the problems, or simply ignore the misbehaviors (think teen boy) and do what you were planning anyway. It’s delightfully nuanced, layered with plenty of challenges and joys, and even those unexpected moments of humor from people and situations that happens when least expected. It’s been such a wonderful journey with her as she regrouped, realigned and reformed her life into a vision she built and nurtured, and you can’t help but smile as this new friend moves off into her life.
Title: Sweet Southern Hearts
Author: Susan Schild
Series: Willow Hill #3
Also in this series: Linny's Sweet Dream List, Sweet Carolina Morning
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction
Published by: Lyrical Press
Published on: 10 January 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Susan Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, for a humorous, heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and self-discovery…
When it comes to marriage, third time’s the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s thrilled to be on her honeymoon with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome veterinarian. But just like the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades her to take, newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.
Jack’s twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the perfect stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag along on the first week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew women “of a certain age” could drum up so much trouble? No sooner is Linny sighing with relief at being back home than she’s helping her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an unexpected legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s that there’s always room for another sweet surprise…
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.