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First the narrator was extremely entertaining, with a mild southern accent that totally fit the setting without being corny. Second, the author has a wonderful sense of humor and the ability to depict a small town with an eclectic variety of supporting personalities.
However, I thought the main characters Lucy and Brantley seemed too bland and immature for their ages (early 30s) and life experiences. I kept wishing that some of Missy's joy and confidence would rub off on them.
Lucy was incredibly insecure about her fuller figure, constantly obsessing about calories and not feeling attractive enough. For a successful, healthy woman with lots of friends, Lucy didn't like herself which made me want to slap her silly.
Likewise, Brantley was stuck in the past, wallowing in guilt over the death of his mother and grandfather (more 10 years ago). I felt sympathetic for his loss but annoyed that he refused to work through his feelings and embrace happiness.
Simple Gone South was mildly entertaining but could have been amazing.