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- Print Length: 352 pages
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- Publisher: Tule Publishing; 2 edition (June 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 12, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Z318GNY
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Book #1: Alabama Series
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
Cammie Laroux never had any intention of returning to her home state of Alabama for an extended period. When she left, she did so under the worst of circumstances so coming home under similar circumstances isn’t at all what she had hoped for. Her culinary career is in shambles, her former co-worker is ruining her reputation in a very loud and public way, her mother is having a dangerous yet necessary back surgery, and the family business needs a competent hand at the helm. Since she’s currently out of a job, Cammie is back home in Alabama, again.
Cammie’s hometown isn’t exactly a metropolis so her hope of staying under the radar is dashed almost immediately. Out of bed after a long flight, too little sleep, no shower, and only in her underwear, Cammie throws open the curtains only to find her rat-bastard ex-boyfriend standing on a ladder and adoring the view. Not the way to stay off the radar. As if the day couldn’t get any worse, as Cammie begins her assessment of the house/business, she discovers everything is much more of a mess than she was led to believe. The house, an historic site they rent out for all types of events and occasions is coming apart at the seams and apparently, her mother hired her ex to oversee the considerable and extensive repairs. Even more traumatizing is the kitchen and pantry, Cammie’s happy place. It’s virtually bare and the house has events coming up sooner rather than later. Time to go to town . . . . .
Town is just as Cammie expected, a hot bed of gossip and stares and Cammie is the main topic of conversation. All anyone can talk about is how Cammie’s career literally went up in flames and the fact her ex is back in town and working on her home. What everyone, including Cammie wants to know is how she feels about her ex, especially considering the fact he is once again single. Trouble is, Cammie isn’t single and she’s having a hard time remembering that. Her ex was always hard to resist and now that she’s learning more about what really happened all those years ago and what he’s endured in the meantime, he’s becoming even more irresistible. With her family encouraging her to forgive and forget and knowing she’ll be in town for an extended period while her mother recuperates Cammie considers the possibility of trying to mend a bridge or two.
As the days turn into weeks, Cammie finds it harder and harder to resist her ex’s charms and as the house starts coming together and business is picking up, she begins to think more and more about where her future truly lies. Of course, those kinds of decisions aren’t easy to make and the universe has a way of throwing up one obstacle after another. In the way of obstacles, Cammie and her ex(?) face all kinds of crazy including Cammie’s fiancé, her former colleague who is still causing problems, one emotionally fragile little girl, and some family secrets not a single person in the world saw coming.
The Bottom Line: After reading Again, Alabama I feel a little like I need to find a small southern town to live in as there seems to be a lot of crazy that goes down there. Cammie’s story is just chock full of crazy and it’s enough to make a sane person go, well, crazy! From one day to the next, Cammie doesn’t know what she’s going to be hit with which makes having her family and ex-turned-friend near such a comfort. It’s that comfort which reals Cammie in and reminds her of what’s important in life. There is a bit of everything in this read that greatly appeals to me including a feisty heroine, a sexy, sweet and slightly damaged man, the past coming back to haunt A LOT of people, and enough southern drama and charm to satisfy everyone!
I wish the author had taken her time to write a longer book, or leave out some of this to give it more focus. There was so much going on and it was all good stuff, but she never delved into the details that make you invest your heart in the story. Lots of character, lots of disparate dramas going on all over the place. When she focused on a scene or an emotion it could be exquisite, but the story itself was so sweeping that it seems she felt the need to rush us through, giving us short snippets and interactions to show the time moving along without fleshing out those scenes.
On the other hand, I read all the way through, and enjoyed it as a light beach read. There may be too many characters and too many POVs and too many twists to the story, but it has a real-ness to it that made me keep turning pages. Even the heavy confrontations and big reveals didn't feel so heavy, delivered like a slice of good lemon meringue pie with a big ol' side of "bless her heart." I'd give this 3.5 out of 5 stars, and recommend for a light read to throw in the beach bag as a just-in-case read.