Gertie knows she doesn’t have a picture perfect life, but feels blessed with what she does have. So what if love left her heart shattered and broken? She has a great job at Simple Luxury, an apartment in Houston with her sister, Mabel, and an outspoken, no-filter, church-going Gram back in Eufaula, Oklahoma where she was raised after her parents died.
Things are going well for Gertie until the man who broke her heart shows up in Houston. Tyler knew he had made the biggest mistake of his life the night he lost Gertie, but now he is back to reclaim the woman who owns his heart. It won’t be easy though, but he is going to have to make Gertie accept the life he has now and want to be part of it. As the owner of a successful construction company, he is devoted to making Eufaula the place Gertie will want to return and to forgive him for his mistakes.
With Gram being so outspoken in her column Drama Mama in the Eufaula’s Daily Indian Journal, she doesn’t hold back with her opinions about books and the nonsense drama among authors in the book world. Gram isn’t afraid to give her opinion to Mabel and Gertie when it comes to life, either.
Will events out of their control change their future plans for everyone involved? (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
I enjoyed this as a quick fun read. Each chapter started out with a quote from Cujo the dog, which were surprisingly insightful at times. I also loved getting to read Gram’s columns. She’s a no-nonsense tell it like it is kind of woman, but she also seems to enjoy meddling a little TOO much.
I liked Gertie in that she had an interesting job and great healthy relationships with her family. I was disappointed in how easily she was persuaded to give it all up for Tyler and that she didn’t fight more for doing what she loves, which seems to be writing. I understand that Tyler and THINGS (avoiding a spoiler) intervene, but I feel like writing is something she could have continued part time, freelance or at least expressed interest in getting back into it later? I also don’t know if I would be able to handle the level of meddling she and Mabel seem to manage.
My only complaints are my feministic tendencies coming out, the level of meddling and what seemed like an awful lot of crying. Overall I enjoyed this as a fun fairy tale that still had a dash of realistic events in it.
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of the author.
Rating: 4 stars!
Who should read it? Dog fans and fans of love conquering all.