A young widow returns to Lake Sackett, Georgia to face the ghosts of her past—and decide if she’s ready to take another chance on love—in the third sparkling Southern Eclectic novel that “goes down as easy as honey on a deep-fried Twinkie” (Library Journal, on Sweet Tea and Sympathy).
Lucy Brewer would never have guessed that her best friend, Duffy McCready (of McCready’s Bait Shop & Funeral Home) has been in love with her since they were kids. Fear of rejection and his own romantic complications prevented Duffy from confessing his true feelings in high school, so he stood by and watched her wed Wayne Bowman right after high school. Wayne had always been a cheapskate, so it comes as no surprise when he suffers a fatal accident while fixing his own truck.
Even as her family and friends invade Lucy’s life and insist that the new widow is too fragile to do much beyond weeping, Lucy is ashamed to admit that life without Wayne is easier, less complicated. After all, no one knew what a relentless, soul-grinding trudge marriage to Wayne had been. Only Duffy can tell she’s hiding something.
In need of a fresh start, Lucy asks Duffy to put his cabinet-building skills to use, transforming the town's meat shop into a bake shop. As the bakery takes shape, Lucy and Duffy discover the spark that pulled them together so many years ago. Could this finally be the second chance he’s always hoped for?
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★★★ 3 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★
I have been waiting for Duffy to get his happily ever after. When this book landed on my Kindle, I couldn't wait to dive in. I have mostly enjoyed the previous books in this series. The characters are very enjoyable.
This book is a little funny, sweet, and tugged a little on my heart. I enjoyed Duffy and Lucy's reunion and newfound relationship. As always, we get more of the rest of the family to add to the reading experience.
My main issue with this one is the repeating of past things from pervious books over and over. I get that the author is trying to make it so these can be read on their own, but in reality, that isn't possible. I found myself annoyed with so much past information from previous books. It took up too much of the pages for my liking.
Overall, this a cute and enjoyable book. It wasn't as funny as some of the previous books. But still had its funny parts. If you are up to date on this series, you definitely should read this one.