Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown Release Date: July 3, 2018 Publisher: Montlake Standalone Number of pages: 288 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: PG-13 Read 6/15/18 to 6/16/18
The main character in this story, Jennie Sue, is just so darn lovable. She’s a good person through and through and she really won me over with her positive outlook on life. Jennie Sue has had some pretty crappy things happen to her, through no fault of her own and instigated by those that should love and protect her. Yet she tries her hardest to see the silver lining in everything.
It was hard for me to stomach Jennie Sue’s mother, that woman is a piece of work. And Cricket was really wearing on me. I honestly don’t know how Jennie Sue could keep her positive outlook with those two around. She handled them both with such grace, I admire her strength.
While I found this story to be really cute and sweet, I can’t say that it sucked me in. I enjoyed all of the characters, but other than Jennie Sue they didn’t deliver any depth. As much as I wanted to love the hero, Rick, I didn’t feel the author fleshed him out enough. He has such a rich back story and could have been given more to do in this book. I loved the older generation that took Jennie Sue under their wings, but side characters cannot hold a book up on their own.
One of Carolyn Brown’s recent releases, Cowboy Bold, charmed me with the character talking to her deceased parents. In this story, pretty much every character talked out loud to themselves and it was no longer charming. It almost seemed like the author was using it as a crutch. There are so many other ways to express a character’s inner thoughts than to have them talking to themselves.
I will, of course, continue to read this authors books. While this wasn’t a favorite of mine I still enjoyed the story.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**