by Annie England Noblin
Publisher: William Morrow
Buy the Book: Amazon
Goodreads: Caroline O’Connor never dreamed she’d be back home in Cold River, Missouri, the Ozark Mountain town where everyone is ‘up your business.’…they mean well as they drive you crazy. She thought she’d left town for good, but now she’s back, helping to care for her New York born mother—struck with Alzheimer’s, and prone to saying and doing anything—and her father, the beloved local doctor frustrated he can’t cure his own wife.
As for Caroline, she’s doing ‘just fine’ coping with her parents, her brazen cousin Ava Dawn’s marital disasters, her mostly-deaf dog…and with Noah Cranwell, far-flung relative of a local family mostly infamous for running moonshine, an ex-veteran who’s come to Cold River with troubles of his own.
Caroline believes she knows everything about Cold River and the people who live in its hills and hollers … but sometimes life’s greatest surprises happen closest to home.
Kritters Thoughts: Caroline returned to her small hometown in Missouri to help her father take care of her mother as she declines due to Alzheimer's. Life had been moving at the same pace until an "heir" to a longstanding family returns to reopen the family business and maybe sparks will fly?
I would put this book in the middle of a venn diagram between women's fiction and romance. It had all of the plot of a women's fiction, but had the somewhat predictability and the sexy times of a romance. I kind of liked the mix of both in one book.
I may have said this before, but I come from a small town, so as much as I love reading the small town girl in big city, I love reading small town girl returns to small town and remembers the good and the bad of small town living! I loved Caroline because she was real and honest about it all. She had flaws and a "broken family" and she was honest and open about it all, she just felt real.
My second Annie England Noblin and I am definitely a fan!
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.