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Book Review – High Cotton

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Some families are filled with so much love they can’t help but drive each other crazy

Shay Henke has mixed feelings about going to her family’s next reunion. On the one hand, she’ll get to see everyone in her mama’s family—folks she loves unconditionally. On the other hand, she knows there’ll be more drama than you can shake a stick at.

The days leading up to the event bring one surprise after another. First Shay must deal with her sister-in-law’s deep, dark secret. Then she has to contend with the childish ways of her business-mogul twin cousins. And when her high school crush wants to be her date to the reunion . . . well, it may have been a dream come true for Shay’s teen self, but the woman she’s become doesn’t know what to make of this.

Shay’s contentment is challenged, and she’s determined to shake things up a bit. But will she find the excitement she’s looking for, or will Shay realize she prefers her quiet and predictable life? One thing is certain: Life in the Bucklin family is never boring.

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My Thoughts

This book is a little bit like the sweet tea featured on the cover! Yes, it’s sweet, southern, and keeps you coming back for more!

I enjoyed this family-centered story. It’s full of family drama from the first to the very last. A wife keeping a job a secret from her husband. A girl trying to please her mom by agreeing to date. Same girl trying to keep a secret for her sister-in-law. Twin sisters disagreeing in their joint business dealings. And more. Much more.

Shay was my favorite. She kept finding herself in the middle of stuff–right where she didn’t want to be.

One thing I had to keep reminding myself when I started was reading, was to check to see who was doing the ‘talking’ in each chapter, because there is some switching back and forth between characters, as they take turns talking from one chapter to the next.

Yes, this book is about family. And being there for each other, in spite of differences and hard times.There are some excellent truths scattered here and there in the pages of this book.

And here’s a quote that made me smile:

“Families are such interesting and complex institutions. Not only do they show you how you can love and hate the same person at the same time, but they have the ability to make you feel as though you’re the only sane person in the world. At least that’s the way it is in my family, and I assume we’re not the only ones.”

I love this author’s writing style and will be anxiously waiting the arrival of the next book in this series.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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About the Author

Debby Mayne is the author of more than 40 novels and novellas that have received the “Top Pick” award from Romantic Times Magazine and been among the “Top 10 Favorites” in the Heartsong Presents book club. She writes family and faith-based romances, cozy mysteries, and women’s fiction. She has also written more than 1,000 short stories and articles as well as dozens of devotions for busy women. She has worked as managing editor of a national health publication, product information writer for a TV retailer, creative writing instructor, and copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. She is currently an etiquette writer for The Spruce, one of the DotDash (formerly About.com) companies.

Debby grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. Debby was born in Alaska, and she has lived in Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Hawaii, and Japan. Her parents were both from the Deep South, so she enjoys featuring characters with southern drawls, plenty of down-home cooking, and folks with quirky mannerisms.

She and her husband currently live in the Charleston, South Carolina, area. To learn more about Debby:
Website – debbymayne.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/DebbyMayneAuthor
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/@debbymayne

 

 

 

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