By Karen White
5 out of 5 stars
The ending was so juicy that I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning to finish it. Then, I stayed up until 2 thinking about what I would write about it.
When Merilee and her husband split up, she moves with her two children to the little town of Sweet Apple, Georgia and rents a little house from Sugar Prescott. Sugar is one of those curmudgeonly ladies who likes her time and space and keeps herself at arm’s length from most people. There is a connection between Merilee and Sugar, it’s palpable from the start. They both have their share of secrets. (And one of them was a really big surprise to me!) Merilee’s children are enrolled in a private school and she is swept up by the “Lead” mother, Heather. Heather’s very rich and not afraid to show it. (I felt so sorry for her poor husband. He was a nice guy who fell in love with the wrong woman.) Merilee is swept up in Heather’s world and that just may be the plan…
We are also treated to an unknown blogger who writes about their little town with scathing clarity and a lot of humor. This writer has got their finger on the pulse of what’s true and what’s not. And kudos to Karen White for keeping me guessing on just who the mystery blogger was. I was waffling between two people all along, thinking for sure I knew who it was.
I loved how the book took us back into Sugar’s life as she slowly unfolded her story to Merilee. I think it is always a good thing when we can see what made a person be who they are in the present. I was just as invested in the past as I was in what was happening now. I also loved the slow moving friendship between Merilee and Wade. It didn’t move to fast which I think would have been a disservice to Merilee finding herself. I also loved that Merilee finally had that motherly support that she craved all her life. Her mother was a piece of work.
You can never go wrong with a book by Karen White. I love how she serves up the South in such a delicious way. I have never been there but always have been fascinated by it and in the blog, we are treated to little tidbits of “Southernisms”. Treat yourselves to this book. You will not be disappointed.
I happily received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Berkley Publishing in exchange for an honest review.