Published by Sourcebooks Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Welcome to Book One in the Blessings, Georgia series of Southern contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala. With the support of her handsome, unassuming friend Mike Dalton, LilyAnne Bronte is finally ready to put the past in the past.
It's never too late
Mike Dalton has secretly loved LilyAnn Bronte since they were all children together in the small town of Blessings, Georgia. But one fateful day T.J. Lachlan roars into town and starts showering LilyAnn with his charm, and Mike feels his dream of them being more than friends slipping away.
To find the love you missed
LilyAnn, as anyone in Blessings will tell you, let herself go after her fiancee was killed in Iraq. The attention of the handsome new guy shocks her into a revelation: she's ready to live again, and maybe the best is yet to come. The thing is, everybody in Blessings is sure it's Mike and LilyAnn who belong together-and they're willing to do whatever it takes to make LilyAnn realize the love of her life has been by her side all along.
I read the book blurb and a lot about it appealed to me. I love books where people who are friends end up together, and I also really like books where the main characters have to start over. And while our main character, LilyAnn hasn’t really ever left her hometown, but she is recovering from the loss of her fiancee was killed a few years prior to the book, and in a lot of ways her life has just kind of stopped.
I went into this book really hoping I would enjoy it. I normally like the small town elements in a small town romance, but in this book is was so over the top that I just did not enjoy it. I’m not sure if that was because of the small town itself or if it is because of the writing style. Ultimately this book was a big flop for me because the writing style was just so hard for me to get into. I felt like the book was writing really simplistically, I thought that there wasn’t enough depth in the characters. Another major problem for me was that the author suffered big time from not showing and instead telling. I felt like I was being talked at or told the story instead of feeling like I was living it with the characters.
I know this book might appeal to some reader but for me, I just couldn’t get into the story or the characters.