Lots of smiles are guaranteed when reading a book by Molly Harper, and this fact is repeatedly proven in the first book of the Southern Eclectic series. With its unique individuals and comical situations, I quickly became caught up in the lives of these exceptional characters. The appeal of living in a small town is shown in a number of positive ways, yet there is a downside because residents are often privy to specific information which is best left unknown. In this story, a woman thought she knew what was best for her and acted accordingly. But all it takes is one visit back home, and her life choices suddenly become questionable. I laughed so many times yet also felt very emotional during certain scenes, as Molly Harper ingeniously makes SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK entertainingly realistic.
When Marianne McCready graduated from high school four years ago, she believed getting away from the coastal town of Lake Sackett, Georgia would ensure her life turned out well. Breaking up with her boyfriend, Carl Dawson, right before leaving was exceedingly difficult, yet she also thought it was for the best. Marianne has not been back home very much, mostly because she wanted to avoid Carl, but she has decided to stay with her family for several months until law school starts in the fall.
Unfortunately for Marianne, the first person that she encounters is Carl, and there is little warmth in his greeting. But as the two keep running into each other from time to time, feelings they once shared start resurfacing. Now Marianne has to decide if her future is in another city, or if staying in her hometown can actually bring contentment.
Though the story is a novella, it is certainly not short on enjoyment. There are many distinctive characters whose personalities brought me joy every time they commented, and the behavior of some people was laughable but sadly true-to-life. Molly Harper always manages to create original individuals for her stories, and many of those in SAVE A TRUCK, RIDE A REDNECK are people whom I would really like to know. The quaint hometown feel in the story had me thinking about where I live, and then grinning as I pictured some of the same occurrences taking place in my area.
Marianne and Carl are a delightful couple. Watching them rehash old hurts was rather painful at times, but just like real life, there are often challenges to overcome. Whenever they talked, I anxiously waited to see what would happen next. Their interaction with other town citizens is sometimes hilarious, while other moments were more poignant, making a perfect blend of emotional conflict with witty humor. Marianne’s dealings with her family were also insightful, as it let me get to know all her wonderful relatives. I am glad this is a series, because I want to revisit with these fascinating characters many times.
I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion
Series: Southern Eclectic
Publisher: Pocket Star
Releases: October 16, 2017
Author website: http://mollyharper.com/
Rating: 4 Stars