My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Expected publication: July 14th 2015 by Montlake Romance
ISBN 147783060X (ISBN13: 9781477830604)
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BOOK SYNOPSISStella’s mama never should’ve put Stella on the church prayer list. With Stella’s twenty-seventh birthday coming up fast, Nancy desperately wants to see her daughter married and giving her grandbabies. Petitioning heaven seems like a surefire way to get it done. But in Cadillac, Texas, where the gossip’s hotter than the city’s famous jalapeño peppers, it isn’t long before all hell breaks loose.
Heather, the bossy leader of the church’s Prayer Angels, thinks a summer ball will get Stella and the town’s other single gals paired off. But nobody can tell redheaded spitfire Stella what to do—not her mama, not Heather, and not even the sexy beau Stella’s been seeing in secret. Together, Stella, her best friends Charlotte and Piper, and the loyal customers of the Yellow Rose Beauty Shop hatch a good old-fashioned scheme to sabotage the ball. But will it wreck Stella’s relationship with her mama forever? And what will the church folk think when Stella reveals the identity of her mystery man?
My ThoughtsStella Baxter rues the day she laid eyes on a no-good preacher’s son when she was just a teenager because now closing in on 30 she is still paying for the sins of her youth thanks to certain members of the Cadillac community.
Of course like all loving mothers hers wants daughter Stella to find a good man, get married and give birth to grandchildren she and her husband can spoil. However the method she employs to ensure Stella has success in finding a good man ends up backfiring in a way she never expected, leading to some upsetting moments as well as friction between mother and daughter.
The family drama continues throughout the story but the fact is that no matter how much Stella dislikes what her mama Nancy did she still loves her and wants nothing more than for the two to get past this bump in the road and go back to enjoying each others company.
The kicker to the whole story is the identity of the secret beau that Stella has been seeing on the sly, it comes as a shock to her mother and her friends but totally delights them when all is said and done.
A book filled with laughter, family drama, gossip and it’s consequences, new beginnings and an all around wonderful small town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone’s business and they still have secrets to uncover.
Downloaded and devoured this in record time! I love Stella, Piper, Charlotte, Agnes, Nancy and Rosalie. Every one of these women are just perfectly unique and totally likable as characters. Their nemesis Heather however is totally unlikable, as she is meant to be.
In short this was exactly what I hoped for from this author, a small town setting with over-the-top drama and a wonderful romance at it's core to melt the readers heart.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]