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I enjoy reading a book about a character making great efforts to be more compassionate. So refreshing! Now this is my kind of hero, one that is working on becoming a better person and not just to save a damsel in distress or, I should say, a tight fitting dress. The amount of reveal of the Billy Ray and Lizzy Quinlan's personal tragedies just brought me to tears. These characters had real, solid reasons to be hurt, distant, and skittish towards one another and at the same time to see the efforts made by both parties, despite such hurts. I fell in love with them both!
Ms. Cox ability to introduce multiple characters without confusion, giving each such distinctive personalities and allowing us to relate to each one whether it be the midwife wise woman, Mrs. Gardener, with her concoctions, Mrs. Long the "Cat Lady" as I lovingly nicknamed her, or poor Mrs. Miller, mother of the missing backbone when it comes to her venomous snake of a daughter, Marlene. I cannot stop telling anyone and everyone I know about this story. This story had a depth and richness that is missing from many authors' narratives but Ms. Cox has brought it back. When it comes to romance novels, I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Karen Cox's work!
Generic chick lit? It is anything but! It's not obvious by the cover or the book information above but I recognized about 25% in that it might have been inspired by "Pride & Prejudice." Though not blatant--different names and scenarios--the male & female protagonists, Lizzy & Billy Ray, do seem to have a little too much pride as well as prejudice...and through out the novel, there are little nods to that timeless masterpiece. Everyone knows Lizzy’s bad reputation and won’t let her forget it. But in the summer of 1959, when Billy Ray Davenport, son of preacher arrives in her small Southern town, they become friends--better than friends--before he heads off to medical school. Told from Billy Ray's POV, with the primary story from 1959-1961, we see how each recognizes the value of the person--and not what society demands. I'm just sorry I waited so long to read this Smart, Poignant, Timeless, and Heart-pounding love story.
As related in other reviews this story is told from Billy Ray Davenport's POV. And as expected, he knows his scripture, he has listened and taken to heart many of his itinerate preacher father's sermons and words to live by...especially, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Billy Ray has to use that verse to correct his own social blunder in repeating small town gossip AND (like Darcy in P&P) being overheard by the person the gossip concerns. Please do not think this tale is a Bible heavy sermon, it does use scripture, but it is in terms of Billy Ray applying correction and insight and guidance in his life and then to help Lizzy make some changes, with a heavy emphasis on knowing herself and accepting/forgiving herself and growing from there. Wisely, he allows her the time to do so.
I, like Meredith, had tears more than once, but had to keep reading through blurry eyes as I was totally drawn in and read this in one day. This has a lot of angst in the relationship. Billy Ray's father, with whom he is very close (the mother died by drowning years ago) has made a judgment about this fallen girl (Tsk! Tsk!) and expresses his disappointment when coming upon Billy with his arm around Lizzy’s shoulders. Billy is a college grad, interning with a small town Dr. before going off to medical school. Any attachments might derail this plan. Lizzy is a girl who will act just as you judge her to be – to throw your opinion in your face.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was such a blast from the past in our nation's history, as we meet young Lizzy and Billie Rae, two young people trying to figure out their lives and each other, in a story set... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Claudine A Pepe (Just Jane 1813)
To be honest, I didn't read this when it was first released for a few reasons:
1. the cover looks kitschy, as if it was only meant for a summer read;
2. Read more
I recently read this story and just loved it. Billy Ray and LIzzy are unforgettable characters. The truth of this story lies in the ability of Billy Ray to recognize that a love... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by barblibrarian
I finally found the time to read this story. I think it is wonderful and inspiring. With whisperings of a bygone era, the way life was then, this book took me on an enchanting... Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by T. Garcia Ruy Sanchez
Note: I know this book isn't marketed or labeled an Austenesque novel, but I found it to be one. It isn't a retelling or adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but readers can clearly... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Being so used to novels written from the female perspective, I was captivated by this story being told by Billy Ray. Ms. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Kathy A