Thank you to Marin Thomas and Berkley for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
One woman’s journey home gets derailed by her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law in a novel filled with humor, small-town charm, rekindled love, and the resilient ties of family.
Cast aside by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler is ready to pack it all in and drive home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants a chance to regroup, reconnect with her mother, and get back to her art.
But Shirley Pratt–master manipulator, elitist snob, and Katelyn’s terror of a live-in monster-in-law–has other ideas. Shirley insists on joining Katelyn’s trip after her son tries to pack her off to a retirement community. Katelyn has no choice but to play peacekeeper between the ornery old woman and the proud matrons of Little Springs. Yet the small town seems to be changing Shirley. And as Katelyn weighs the wisdom of picking up where she left off with Jackson Mendoza, the town bad boy and her high school sweetheart, she must find a way to believe in the strength of her dreams.
Oh my gosh, this book had me laughing out loud from start to finish. It was exactly the women’s fiction book I needed and wanted to read this summer. It had the expected arc of women going through an emotional experience that helps them grow and rediscover themselves, and the empowering female camaraderie that I enjoy so much. It also had the smart ass characters, in this case both a mother and a mother-in-law, who speak their minds whenever and wherever they please, regardless of who will hear or the consequences. And these women had so many spot-on comments that I lost track of how many times I nearly spit my coffee all over the pages.
I don’t feel that I need to say more about this book. The outcome of the story was expected yet comforting. I knew how it would end, but that was part of the book’s appeal: the surprise and enjoyment of the journey from A to B. The characters were sassy and smart and funny as hell. (And the pages smell divine.) Ms. Thomas did everything right in writing this book and fans of women’s fiction definitely need to add this to their shelves.
Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Book stats: paperback, 336 pages, Berkley Books, September 5, 2017
**Review also posted on Midwest Ladies Who Lit**